If you were born abroad and have a parent who was a Croatian citizen at the time of your birth, then you may qualify to register for Croatian citizenship based on Article 5 of the Citizenship Act.
Registering for Croatian citizenship is not the same as applying based on descent.
Who qualifies to register for citizenship
You may register for citizenship if you one of the below 3 situations applies to you:
#1 If you were born after October 8, 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 register your citizenship.
#2 If you were born after October 8, 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 register your citizenship before January 1, 2023 (the deadline was prolonged in November 2021).
#3 If you were born between January 8, 1977 and October 8, 1991 AND both parents were Croatian citizens at the time of your birth, then you qualify to register your citizenship before January 1, 2023 (the deadline was prolonged in November 2021).
If you do not fall into any of the above categories or you parents did not gain citizenship until after you were born, then you must apply for Croatian citizenship by descent. To get help with your application for citizenship by descent, click here.
We can help you register for Croatian citizenship
We recommend using a Croatian lawyer specializing in citizenship to obtain all the required documents within Croatia and to prepare your application to increase your chances of approval on the first try.
Sara Dyson, creator of Expat in Croatia, has personally vetted a network of lawyers across Croatia that are specialized and experienced in citizenship. All of them speak excellent English and are currently helping people across the world register for Croatian nationality.
A lawyer can:
- Validate your claim to citizenship
- Locate and obtain Croatian records needed to prove your right to citizenship
- Coordinate translation and notarization of your foreign documents
- Review your application and identify any gaps or risks
- Prepare an airtight case to reduce the chance of issues during processing
If you live abroad, you must register for citizenship at an embassy or consulate. While a lawyer cannot file applications on behalf of those living outside Croatia, they can prepare the application so all you have to do is turn it in.
What does the process look like?
The first step is to complete the form below so that we can better understand your situation. Next, Expat in Croatia will help validate your claim for citizenship.
If you meet the qualifications based on the Citizenship Act, we will provide you with the estimated cost of what a lawyer would charge to prepare your application. If you wish to move forward, we’ll then connect you with a vetted lawyer in Croatia best suited to handle your case.
The lawyer will schedule a FREE consultation with you to learn more about your family and situation. Based on this consultation, they will give you the exact cost for the preparation of the application for yourself (or your family).
Everything up to this point is completely free and without obligation.
During the process, a dedicated member of the Expat in Croatia team will follow up periodically to make sure you’re getting everything you need. We will always be there for you throughout the process.
If you’re ready to take the first steps towards Croatian citizenship, complete the form below.