Stay and work of third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA Member State and of their family members

Entry and stay of third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA Member State

Short-term stay

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA Member State may stay in the Republic of Croatia for up to 3 months from the day of their entry into the Republic of Croatia, or until the date of expiration of their visa or residence permit issued by another EEA Member State, if the validity period of the visa or residence permit is shorter than 3 months.

Temporary stay

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA Member State and who intend to stay in the Republic of Croatia for more than 3 months have to apply for temporary stay at a police administration/police station prior to the expiration of their visa or residence permit issued by another Member State.

They will be given a receipt of application.

Third-country nationals who have been granted permanent stay in another EEA Member State may be issued a stay and work permit outside the annual quota.

Temporary stay will be granted to third-country nationals who:
  • have a valid travel document,
  • have funds to support themselves and the members of their family,
  • have health insurance, and
  • meet all other requirements for temporary stay depending on its purpose.

If the application is approved, aliens are granted temporary stay in a form of a biometric residence permit.

Temporary stay of a family member

Family members of third-country nationals referred to in Article 184 of the Aliens Act who have been granted temporary or permanent stay in the Republic of Croatia will be granted temporary stay for the purpose of family reunification:

1. if they have been granted a residence permit in another EEA Member State, and

2. if they have lived with a third-country national in a joint household in a country where the said third-country national has permanent residence.

Family members of third-country nationals referred to in Article 184 of the Aliens Act are the following:

1. spouses,

2. their minor mutual children, their minor adopted children and minor children of each spouse, who do not have a family of their own,

3. parents or adoptive parents of minor children.

Applying for temporary stay

Third-country nationals referred to in Article 184 of the Aliens Act and their family members may apply for temporary stay at a police administration/police station or at a diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Croatia in the EEA Member State in which they have been granted residence.