Application for temporary residence in Croatia

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Croatia offers a variety of ways for people (including citizens from outside the EU) to live in Croatia legally for up to one year, and in some cases longer.

There are many reasons someone can apply for temporary residence in Croatia, including:

  • Being an EU/EEA citizen
  • Being a family member of an EU/EEA or Croatia citizen
  • Being a digital nomad
  • Having a work contract with a Croatian company
  • Owning real estate
  • Prepaying rent
  • Holding permanent residence in another EU/EEA member country
  • Performing scientific research
  • Being a student
  • Volunteering
  • Owning your own company
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We can help you gain temporary residence in Croatia

Applying for residence in Croatia can be a bit tricky because most of the people who work in immigration will not speak English to applicants. In addition, these same people operate with their own discretion, so two people from the same country applying on the same basis may be held to two different standards and required to provide different things. Sometimes they will even be asked to provide documents they know do not exist.

Immigration is still a new concept in Croatia, so the system is not yet streamlined or standardized for easy processing. For these reasons, we recommend that first-time applicants use a lawyer when applying for residency in Croatia. Lawyers have connections within immigration, are able to skip common roadblocks and can identify any risks with your application. In addition, it is rare that the police (who handle immigration) will speak English to applicants.

Our expat-vetted network can review your situation and quickly determine if you qualify for residency, all in English. If you do qualify, they can also handle your residency application from beginning to end. This service includes:

  • Personalized consulting on your specific situation
  • Confirming latest immigration requirements for your nationality and basis
  • Assistance with putting together necessary documents
  • Preparation/review of rental, volunteer or property contracts
  • All communication with the police on your behalf
  • Assembly, submission and monitoring of your application
  • Answering questions and assisting you throughout the process

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 basis for residence.

If you meet the qualifications for residence, 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 situation. Based on this consultation, they will give you the exact cost for handling the residence application for yourself (or your family).

Everything up to this point is completely free and without obligation.

Start your journey towards living in Croatia now

If you’re ready to take the first steps towards living in Croatia, complete the form below.

Vlasta N.

Vlasta N.

Canada

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

Thank you so much to these wonderful ladies for the fantastic service. I needed help with some Croatian business issues, terms & processes. They connected me with an appropriate professional – another lovely lady who I immediately connected with and felt she really understood my issue, & she was able to answer all my queries in English – bonus! I would highly recommend these fabulous, friendly ladies and service to anyone who needs some assistance. Again, many thanks.

Anna O.

Anna O.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

I am very grateful for Sara and the EIC team! I stumbled across Sara & EIC a few years ago and have acquired so much useful and interesting information through them. Sara and team are so friendly, professional and passionate with everything Croatia! I had a consulting session with Sara a few weeks ago, and it was very helpful. I’m so excited to hear where the team and services are heading. They offer so many invaluable services. I am also trying to achieve dual citizenship through lineage (both grandparents born in Croatia) and worked with one of their vetted professionals.  It’s so reassuring to know that if I am able to get to Croatia, there are people to help support me and show me the ropes. Thank you Sara & Team!

Christine B.

Christine B.

Australia

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Introduced to a Professional

My brother and I required help with applying for Croatian citizenship. We found Expat in Croatia to be very helpful, emails were responded to quickly and we were referred to a professional who’s service was second to none. Pricing was very reasonable. We were surprised with the speed at which we received responses and how helpful and supportive the team was. The whole process was extremely daunting at first but the team explained every step in simple terms and checked in on us to offer help when we were stuck. Cannot express how highly we recommend Expat in Croatia, it has been without doubt an absolute pleasure to work with them.

Duane R.

Duane R.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

I needed a consultation in regard to temporary residence and potential citizenship and also how I could get an OIB. Ivona was very helpful explaining the hurdles involved and she was able to procure an OIB for me, an important first step.

Maryjane D.

Maryjane D.

France

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Free Guidance, Introduced to a Professional

I was looking for information and advice about buying property in Croatia. I contacted Expat in Croatia and the team was really helpful and responsive. They directed to someone who could help. Everything went smoothly and it was reassuring to have received advice from local expats.

Lawson S.

Lawson S.

United Kingdom

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

Sara listened to what the problem I was trying to solve, had a couple of ideas and then followed up by introducing me to a realtor. Superb outcome. Thank you very much indeed. You’d be mad not to talk to Sara!

Sarah T.

Sarah T.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

If you are looking to move to Croatia, talking with Sara is a must! She helped me understand the nuances of the application process, answered questions I would not have been able to answer on my own, and gave me priceless insider advice and a professional referral that turned out to be exactly what I needed in my case. Even if like me, you are someone who has done a ton of research on your own, you can save yourself a world of stress and costly wrong moves by getting Sara’s expert guidance! I’m so glad I did!

Marina S.

Marina S.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

Sara and I had a video chat regarding property my father left to my children. She was very helpful and pointed me to the direction of an English speaking Croatian lawyer. Thank you so much!!

Nevena K.

Nevena K.

Australia

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Introduced to a Professional

My experience working with Sara has been beyond amazing and helpful. The attentiveness and support right from the start was something I was amazed with which I haven’t experienced elsewhere. She understood my question and inquiry via my email and got back to be very quickly with a solution and put me in contact with a professional she could recommend. I truly believe that I would not be able to get the information needed on my own and without Sara’s help. My ongoing experience was great, I was treated very well with Sara’s contact and got all my questions answered and solved. Sara and her team reached out a few weeks later after our initial contact to see how my progress was going. I thought this was very kind and thoughtful knowing that they care about my situation and look forward to knowing my progress. I will be sure to highly recommend them to any one like myself who was in search of in depth information, guidance and support with an incredible experience.

Thomas J.

Thomas J.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

I have worked with Sara with some consulting, and with her introducing me to various professionals that I’ve needed to work with during my stay in Croatia. Sara has always displayed the utmost professionalism, competence, and a sincere attitude to want to help. There has never been a situation I’ve encountered that hasn’t been resolved and ultimately come to a positive resolution. Sara has a vast knowledge of the inter-workings of Croatia, has a wide array of the best professionals, and is fluent in the Croatian language and culture. I highly recommend her services if you’re seeking any information related to Croatia.

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