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.

Stewart M.

Stewart M.

United Kingdom

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

We were a little nervous about buying a property in Croatia but Carol Anne (CAM) was a calming influence on our Zoom call and via email, laying out the whole process for us. We were then connected with a lawyer in Zadar, who was fabulous and completed the sale. It was pretty much stress free thanks to Karlo and his team. I can highly recommend Expat in Croatia. Make sure you have a lawyer, despite what the property agent tells you!

Curtis C.

Curtis C.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

I needed help with securing a temporary residency visa. I was immediately introduced to a legal professional that greatly assisted me. He offered me several options and insight that I would have likely overlooked. It offered me peace of mind and security knowing everything was done correctly, easily and most importantly professionally. The experience exceeded my expectations.

Laurianne C.

Laurianne C.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

My attorney, Ana, was fantastic throughout my whole citizenship application process. She was able to locate an 1800’s baptismal record for my great-grandfather right away. I would never have been able to do that on my own. Ana has gone above and beyond providing me with help and guidance during the entire citizenship application process. I very much appreciate her knowledge and kindness. I would highly recommend her.

Sarah M.

Sarah M.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

Both Ana and Lorena were wonderful and helpful on my application journey. Ana was always quick to respond and made herself available if I needed assistance on the day I applied for citizenship. She was also able to help my husband apply as well. I couldn’t recommend Expat in Croatia and Ana enough! I’m very happy with the services I received and am now waiting (excitedly!) for my application to get processed.

Damien N.

Damien N.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

My experience with Lorena and Josip was fantastic- they made a complicated process very easy, from start to finish. Very professional and great communication. I wasn’t too sure how I was going to be able to find my great grandfather’s birth certificate from 1886! They knew exactly what to do, where to go and how to get everything I needed for my dual citizenship application. Without their help this would have been extremely difficult, if not impossible to accomplish. I would highly recommend working with Josip and Lorena at EIC- they really are the best!

Joely R.

Joely R.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

Thanks to Teri’s help, the Croatian law firm I worked with helped me to successfully submit a citizenship application for myself and my spouse which is now pending approval. Last week we booked a trip to Croatia for this April focused on the Istrian peninsula to explore the area and look for temporary/long-term residence possibilities. I have also started studying Croatian and love your weekly Croatian language prompts.

Madolline G.

Madolline G.

Australia

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Introduced to a Professional

Thank you so much to the Expat in Croatia team for introducing me to immigration specialist Ana. Ana was incredibly helpful, and prompt in responding to any questions and concerns I had. I got some conflicting advice from the consulate (in Australia), but I trusted Ana’s advice and was successful in obtaining citizenship by descent. There’s no way I would’ve been able to submit this application without Ana!

C N.

C N.

Canada

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Introduced to a Professional

Lorena was able to connect me to Ana who guided me through everything required for a citizenship application. I had to collect documents from several countries since I am already an expat and do not reside in the country of my nationality. I found this stressful so decided to seek legal assistance to make the process easier. I recently handed in my application to the local consulate who were impressed with the thorough organisation of documents and mentioned this to me! Thanks to Ana for the assistance.

Melita H.

Melita H.

Croatia

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Introduced to a Professional

I wish to thank you for law firm in Zadar you provided to us. Lovre provided us with comprehensive knowledge and experience in acquiring of documentation for my husband’s “boraviste”. Thank you and Lovre for support and assistance.

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.

Brett B.

Brett B.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional, Professional Assistance

On short notice I accepted a work trip to Europe and decided to stop in Zagreb prior to my job in Paris. Having obtained citizenship approval the purpose of this trip was to file birth records and my marriage record as well as obtaining domovnicas for my family and to apply for my passport. Filip coordinated everything on very short notice, including vetting our documents and coordinating a new translation due to a copy and pasting error within 3 hours. Ines met me and obtained the domovnicas for my family on my behalf. The registrar wished to have another document to complete registering my marriage and my wife and my birth certificates but Filip has told me exactly what to get. Finally Filip accompanied me to the MUP to file for my first passport. He guided me through the process and, unbelievably, I had my first Croatian Passport in my hands three hours later (not exaggerating)! These are the second group of professionals Expat in Croatia has referred me to, and again my expectations were exceeded. Thank you so much Filip and Ines for your attention to detail, guidance, timeliness, and professionalism all on short notice. The remainder of my family will be using your services once they receive their decisions as well. Thank you!

Tom C.

Tom C.

United States

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Introduced to a Professional

Expat in Croatia linked me up to Filip in Zagreb, who helped me from beginning to end of my applications for Croatian citizenship by descent. (My wife also applied by marriage.) Filip gave very helpful guidance on the process speaking broadly, as well as concrete revisions to our application documents for filing, review of my family history documents, and arrangement of translation and apostilling. All that, quickly and efficiently. Filip was generally available for questions on the go, including as we left our citizenship interview. I am also a lawyer, so speaking personally, it was a good experience to see such professionalism from another lawyer in a jurisdiction where I would be completely on my own otherwise.

Natalie N.

Natalie N.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

My husband and I met consulted with Expat in Croatia in order to learn about obtaining Croatian citizenship. We met with Sara Dyson initially and she was able to answer all of our general questions with regard to citizenship. She also put us in contact with our attorney, Ines, in order to begin the application process. I was very pleased with Sara’s expertise on the matter. Our attorney, Ines, was very thorough and professional. She clearly explained the process step by step and answered all of our questions and concerns throughout the entire process. Our appointment with the Chicago consulate went very smoothly and it was all thanks to Ines’ hard work! We couldn’t be more pleased with the experience and I would recommend Expat in Croatia and their professionals to anyone looking into Croatian citizenship.

Brice R.

Brice R.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

I really did not know where to start but Expat Croatia (Sara) introduced me to Antonela (Immigration lawyer) and she is the best. The citizenship process can be a bit daunting but having someone in Croatia to help is so necessary. I also feel that Antonela and Mia provide a service that is great value for what they charge. My advice to anyone who is applying for citizenship is to be diligent and patient. We were able to find all the necessary paperwork and I did secure Croatian citizenship for myself, my wife and our three children. (My grandmother was born in Croatia). The citizenship process took just over 2 years. We are now working on getting our Croatian passports which of course while a straightforward process, does take several months.

Paola P.

Paola P.

United States

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Free Guidance, Introduced to a Professional

We reached out to Expat in Croatia for assistance in finding a lawyer to help us with our application for citizenship by descent, and their recommendation of Antonela S. was a perfect match! We were dealing with gathering documents from three different countries and submitting our applications in a fourth, so we needed all the expertise (and hand-holding) we could get. Antonela and her staff, particularly Mia, were very responsive considering all of our correspondence was via email and across several time zones. We recently submitted our applications and the consular officer who reviewed our documents remarked that everything was well-organized and complete. Aside from our satisfaction with EIC’s professional recommendation, we have found this site to be a wonderful resource for so many aspects of Croatian life and culture!

Rebecca G.

Rebecca G.

New Zealand

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Introduced to a Professional

I needed support with an application for Croatian citizenship by descent and found Expat in Croatia through their comprehensive article on the subject. They answered my questions and introduced me to Ivan R. Let me be clear that Ivan exceeded all my expectations on knowledge, conscientiousness, patience, and support during this process. From the very first meeting it was clear that he is very familiar and thorough with these applications. Unexpectedly, finding evidence documents for my application was much more complicated than either of us had anticipated, but Ivan was there every step of the way until we finally pieced the puzzle together. I submitted my application yesterday and they said it was perfect. I am immensely grateful for Ivan’s help and I highly recommend Ivan and Expat in Croatia to others hoping to navigate this process with minimal delays. Thank you.

Tara H.

Tara H.

New Zealand

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

My journey with Expat in Croatia started with a consulting session with Sara, From here I decided to work with a vetted lawyer to help me with my Temporary Residence application and dealing with the infamous Croatian bureaucracy. I was paired with the lovely Andrea and her team, who were amazing. It was awesome to know everything was taken care of, and that everything was explained to me clearly and carefully. I was given updates of my application status, accompanied when having to get things done such as ID photos, dealing with MUP etc., and all the forms filled out for me. This experience was definitely worth the money as it saved me a lot of stress; I enjoyed it so much I’m using another Expat in Croatia lawyer to help me with my Citizenship application!

Jelena P.

Jelena P.

Australia

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Introduced to a Professional

Amazing service. Very friendly and helpful. I needed some advice on residency options. Their vetted partners were prompt, kind and easy to communicate with.

Jenn K.

Jenn K.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

EIC has a Wonderful team of professionals to help guide us through our process of obtaining Croatian citizenship by descent. We had initial consultation with Sara, and then one of the attorneys, Andrea. Although we are gathering our documents on our own, we will be hiring them to oversee the process and help us with requirements we are unable to complete on our own during and after our applications are submitted . We would highly recommend Expat in Croatia !

Ninka S.

Ninka S.

United States

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Consulting, Introduced to a Professional

I had first consultation with Carol Anne (CAM). She did a great job, very informative and willing to help . I would recommend Expat to my friends. Steve was very responsive to my emails and he connected me to Filip who we hired to help my son and his girlfriend. So far great experience but I know it is a process. We needed help with temp residence for my son’s girlfriend who was looking for looking to stay longer the 90 day . My son has USA /Croatian Citizenship.

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