Guide to Obtaining an Immigration Permit in Croatia

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What is it?

An immigration permit, also known as a residence permit, is a document that gives non-Croatian citizens the right to live, study, work, or do business in Croatia for an extended period.

Who needs it?

Anyone who is a non-Croatian citizen and wishes to remain in Croatia for a period longer than 90 days needs an immigration permit.


  1. First, you would need to secure a reason or purpose for your long-term stay in Croatia such as employment, studies, family reunification, or scientific research. This will form the base for your application.

  2. Apply for a temporary residence visa (type D visa), which you would do in the Croatian embassy or consulate in your home country.

  3. After entering Croatia with a D visa, you should apply for a temporary residence permit within the first 90 days of your stay. This is done at the local police station in Croatia.

  4. Finally, if the application for a temporary residence permit is approved, you’ll be issued a biometric residence permit card.

Required Documents

  • Valid passport
  • Purpose of stay (employment contract, enrolment confirmation from a Croatian educational institution, etc.)
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for the duration of your stay
  • Proof of accommodation in Croatia (rented, bought, or otherwise)

Note: Additional documents may be required depending on the purpose of your stay.

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Additional details

  • Remember that your reason for staying could significantly expedite the process. For instance, possessing a work contract from a Croatian employer could increase the chances of your permit being granted.

  • Residency permit applications can take up to 60 days to process, so it’s recommended to apply well ahead of time.

  • Once issued, the permit is valid for one year and can be renewed.

  • If your application for a residence permit is rejected, you do have the right to appeal. Appeals should be conducted with the assistance of a legal professional to ensure correct procedure is followed.


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