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Temporary residence permit in the Republic of Croatia

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Under immigration laws of the Republic of Croatia a foreign citizen can stay without residence permit for up to 90 days within any 6 month period. Citizens of EU Member States and other countries with which Croatia has agreement on visas can enter Croatia without obtaining the visa in advance. They have to carry a valid passport or ID card only. Others must obtain the travel visa what can be done in Croatian diplomatic missions and embassies.

Foreign citizens who intend to stay longer than 90 days in the Republic of Croatia must obtain a residence permit. The temporary residence permits are issued for period of one year, and can be easily renewed.

Applications for a temporary residence permit must be made to the Croatian Embassy or consular offices in a country of residence before travel to Croatia. Citizens of EU Member States and countries who have treaties on visas with Croatia can apply to locally relevant police station.

Documentation needed in order to obtain the temporary residence permit includes: 2 photos, a photocopy of valid passport, birth certificate, proof of sufficient funds. According to Croatian immigration rules it is 150 EUR per day or possession of credit cards. When applying for the first time, a foreign citizen must present a prove of clear record with legal authorities of her/his country of residence, not older than 6 months, in addition.

A permanent residence can be granted to:
• a foreigner who has stayed in Croatia with temporary residence/work permit for a period of not less than five years continuously
• a foreigner who has a temporary residence/work permit and who is married to a Croatian citizen at least three years
• a foreigner who has a temporary residence/work permit and who is married to a foreigner with the permanent residence permit at least three years
• a child under 18 years accompanying the parent holder of the permanent residence permit.

As Croatia is not yet an EU Member State generally a foreign citizen who intends to work in the Republic of the Croatia must obtain the work permit. But the foreign nationals (holders of the temporary residence permit) such as: founders, procurers, management staff and members of the board working in Croatian corporations, providing that they have not signed the permanent employment contract with the company and their work is temporary i.e. not longer than 3 months per year can work in Croatia without obtaining the work permit.

Foreign nationals who are physically present in Croatia for more than 182 days/year are considered tax-residents and generally taxed on world-wide income. You are tax resident in Croatia based on your physical presence if you stay for at least 183 days under circumstances that indicate your visit is not temporary. This period may overlap calendar years. You are tax resident based on maintaining a home in Croatia if you have accommodation there at your exclusive and continuous disposal for at least 183 days and you intend to keep and use that accommodation further. Possession of a resident permit does not necessarily mean you are tax resident.

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