How children of Croatians can request their citizenship (in 2020)

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If you have an ancestor that is Croatian, then you may qualify to apply for citizenship. Considering the flood of descendants currently applying for citizenship, the processing time is currently a minimum of 2 years. However, some children of Croatian parents, can request their citizenship rather than apply for it. This is a faster and cheaper process.

In this post, we’ll explain:

Let’s get started…

What is the difference between requesting citizenship and applying for citizenship?

When requesting Croatian citizenship, you are asking for something you are already entitled to. You have a birthright to citizenship based on origin.

The process of applying is for those who are using lineage or some other reason as their basis for gaining citizenship. In terms of lineage, a full application is required for grandchildren, great grandchildren, spouses and adopted children, to name a few examples.

If need to apply for citizenship, here is a post that explains the requirements and process.

If you are unsure if you qualify for citizenship, find out right now by clicking here.

Who qualifies to request Croatian citizenship?

If you were born after October 18, 1991 AND at least one of your parents was a Croatian citizen at the time of your birth AND you are younger than 21, then you qualify to request your citizenship.

If you were born after October 18, 1991 AND at least one of your parents was a Croatian citizen at the time of your birth AND you are older than 21, then you qualify to request your citizenship before December 31, 2022.

If you were born before October 18, 1991 or you parents did not gain citizenship until after you were born, then you must apply for citizenship. To find out how you can apply for citizenship, click here.

How can I request Croatian citizenship?

Step #1 Prepare your application

Your application to request citizenship must include the following:

  • Completed application – Download it here
  • A copy of your birth certificate (officially translated, notarized and apostilled/formalized based on international treaties)
  • A copy of your marriage certificate, if you are married (officially translated, notarized and apostilled)
  • A copy of your passport (notarized)
  • Government-issued document that states when you were granted foreign citizenship, like an equivalent to a domovnica (Some countries like the US do not have a domovnica-equivalent, in which case you must provide explanation that this document doesn’t exist and state when you became a foreign citizen.)
  • Copies of birth certificates for both parents (foreign birth certificates must be officially translated, notarized and apostilled)
  • Domovnica or certificate of registration for your parent whom had Croatian citizenship at the time of your birth
  • Any additional proof of former your Croatian parent’s life in Yugoslavia like a working book, military book, or old passport (this is preferred, but optional)

If you need help gathering birth records, domovnica, or certificate of registration from the Croatian government, we can help! Click here to get assistance.

Step #2 File your application

You must request citizenship in the country of you residence. If you live outside Croatia, you must file your application to request citizenship at the closest Croatian consulate or embassy to your residence.

If you live within Croatia, then you can request your citizenship at the closest administrative police station to you.

Take the entire application with all required attachments and submit it in person. While it will not take nearly as long as an application for citizenship, it will take some time.

What else do I need to know?

When putting together your documents, make sure:

  • Apostilles are less than 6 months old
  • Any documents issued by the Republic of Croatia are less than 6 months old

How can I get help with my request for citizenship?

The hardest part of your request for citizenship will be getting all of the documents together. The documents like domovnica, birth records and certificate of registration are especially challenging to get a hold of if living outside Croatia.

Many consulates and embassies are either closed or currently have limited hours, so it is best to get these kinds of documents directly from Croatia.

We have a team of expat-vetted immigration lawyers that specialize in citizenship. They all speak great English and can dig up the documents you need for your application.

They can also help with translation and notarization of your foreign government documents. The cost for translation and notarization that will meet the requirements is substantially lower in Croatia than in foreign countries.

If you’d like help gathering documents for your citizenship request, complete the below form. Once we hear from you, we’ll connect you with an expert.

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4 thoughts on “How children of Croatians can request their citizenship (in 2020)

  1. Grace
    September 29, 2020 @ 5:28 pm

    Hi there — I am trying to figure out if I qualify for citizenship through lineage. My father was born on the Dalmatian coast in the former Yugoslavia in 1937. He emigrated to American but kept his Yugoslav citizenship, and was still a Yugoslav citizen when I was born in NY in 1970. When Yugoslavia was dissolved in the 1990s, he became an American citizen. My father would like to spend his remaining years in his hometown and I would like to accompany him, but would prefer to do so as a dual citizen of Croatia and the US. Based on your knowledge, do you think that I have enough qualifications to apply? Thanks!


    • Expat in Croatia
      October 6, 2020 @ 8:29 am

      Hi Grace,

      Based on what you’ve shared, it sounds like you qualify to apply for Croatian citizenship. If you want further assistance with your citizenship, feel free to contact me.




  2. Grace
    September 29, 2020 @ 11:10 pm

    Hi Sara, If my father was born in Croatian when it was Yugoslavia, and was still a Yugoslav citizen when I was born (in the U.S.), can I apply for dual Croatian/U.S. citizenship? Thanks!


    • Expat in Croatia
      October 2, 2020 @ 8:27 am

      Hi Grace,

      Based on what you’ve shared, then yes you can apply for citizenship. However, it’s not as simple as that. There are a few other factors to consider. If you email me, I can ask a bit more about your situation and better advise you on your options.




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