There is a difference in duration of residence permit issued to recognised refugees (“asylees”) and beneficiaries of subsidiary protection. A residence permit shall be issued to an asylee for a period of five years, and to foreigner under subsidiary protection for a period of 3 years.
Both categories have the right to residence in the Republic of Croatia from the day of the delivery of the decision approving international protection, which is demonstrated by their residence permit. The right to residence in the Republic of Croatia shall be established by the decision approving international protection. The request for issuing residence permit should be submitted to the competent police administration, and the residence permit should be issued within 30 days from submitting the request.
According to the Ministry of Interior 411 residence permits were issued to asylees and 79 to foreigners under subsidiary protection in 2018. However no information is available for 2019 and 2020.
However, the decision approving international protection shall be revoked in the part relating to approval of the right of residence in the Republic of Croatia if the asylee or foreigner under subsidiary protection moves out of the Republic of Croatia or resides continually abroad for longer than 6 months without previously informing the Ministry of Interior of this fact.
In 2020, due to COVID -19, the Law on foreigners was amended specifying that a third-country national who has been issued a temporary or permanent residence permit during the COVID-19 epidemic does not have to apply for a new residence permit, for a maximum of 30 days from the day the epidemic is declared over. Such a residence permit shall be deemed valid until the expiry of a period of 30 days from the date of the declaration of cessation of the epidemic. After the expiry of that period, the third-country national is obliged to apply for a new residence permit without delay.
 Article 75(2) LITP.
 Article 75(3) LITP.
 Article 55(1)-(2) LITP.
 Article 75(1) LITP; Article 10(1) Ordinance on the Forms and Data Collections in the Procedure for International and Temporary Protection.
 Article 12(1) Ordinance on the Forms and Data Collections in the Procedure for International and Temporary Protection.
 Information provided by the Ministry of Interior, 28 January 2019.
 Article 65(3) LITP.
 Article 140a, Law on Foreigners