Long-term residence


Country Report: Long-term residence Last updated: 27/05/21


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Permanent residence may be granted to a foreigner who, before the submission of the application for permanent residence in the Republic of Croatia, has had legal residence in an uninterrupted period of 5 years, including granted temporary residence, asylum or subsidiary protection.[1] Uninterrupted residence in the Republic of Croatia means that within a period of 5 years, a foreigner was absent from the Republic of Croatia on multiple occasions up to 10 months in total, or up to 6 months in the case of a one-time absence.[2]

The 5 years’ residence period required for the approval of permanent residence for asylees or foreigners with granted subsidiary protection, shall be calculated also to include the time before international protection was granted i.e. to include a half of the time from the day when application for international protection was submitted until the day when international protection was granted, or the entire period of time if it exceed 18 months.[3]

A beneficiary shall submit an application for the issuing of a permanent residence permit to the Police Administration or Police Station based on the place of his/her temporary residence. The Ministry of Interior decide on application for approval of permanent residence and an administrative dispute may be initiated against the Ministry’s decision.[4]

Permanent residence shall be granted to any foreigner who, along with the above conditions:[5]

  1. Has a valid foreign travel document;
  2. Has means of supporting him or herself;
  3. Has health insurance;
  4. Knows the Croatian language and the Latin script,; and
  5. Does not pose a danger for public order, national security or public health.

Asylees and foreigners under subsidiary protection are not obliged to meet the condition of having valid foreign travel document.[6]

In 2018, 8 long term residence statuses were granted to asylees and 7 to foreigners under subsidiary protection. A total of 15 long-term residence permits for asylees and 13 for subsidiary protection beneficiaries were valid at the end of the year.[7] However, no information is available for 2019 and 2020.



[1]           Article 92(1) Law on Foreigners.

[2]           Article 92(2) Law on Foreigners.

[3]           Article 93(3) Law on Foreigners.

[4]           Article 95(1)(3) Law on Foreigners.

[5]           Article 96(1) Law on Foreigners.

[6]           Article 93(4) Law on Foreigners.

[7]           Information provided by the Ministry of Interior, 28 January 2019.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the of the main changes since the previous report update
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation