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Obtain Citizenship in Croatia

Updated on Friday 20th November 2020

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Obtain-Citizenship-in-Croatia.jpgCitizenship in Croatia can be obtained through naturalization in complete agreement with the international and local laws. The Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Croatia oversees the citizenship procedure which is made at the consulate or embassy in Zagreb. The citizenship can be obtained by foreigners who have been living for at least 5 years in Croatia with a legal residence status. Foreign investors who fulfill the eligibility criteria can easily obtain citizenship. As for the company registration in Croatia, we suggest you address to our Croatian specialists in company incorporation.
 

Necessary documents when applying for citizenship in Croatia

 
Besides the mandatory forms found at the consulate or embassy, foreigners must consider other several documents necessary for citizenship applications, such as:
 
  • a copy of the valid passport which contains information about the current nationality;
  • the birth certificate;
  • the residence permit for Croatia;
  • the marriage certificate, if it is the case;
  • a criminal record copy;
  • a biography which must provide your knowledge about Croatia, its culture, the language and the Latin script.
 
Please bear in mind that the authorities might ask for other types of documents, but these are usually announced on the official website of the ministries in charge. For support in company formation in Croatia and help offered to investors who want to obtain Croatian citizenship, you may get in touch with our company formation agents in Croatia
 

Foreign investors and citizenship in Croatia

 
From the start, we mention that Croatian citizenship offers the same legal rights for both nationals and foreigners. Investors from abroad who run their activities in Croatia can solicit citizenship after five years of residence in this country and are granted permanent residence if they are married to a Croatian citizen. Before obtaining the naturalization status in Croatia, foreigners can apply for permanent residence through the Croatia Residence Investor Programme, without having to consider minimum investments.
 

Who is eligible for citizenship in Croatia? 

 
People born overseas, from Croatian parents, persons adopted by Croatian parents, foreigners married to Croatian nationals can apply for citizenship in Croatia. Citizenship based on lineage refers to Croatian migrants and their descendants in the straight line, such as children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The good news is that there is no culture and language test involved, as established at the beginning of 2020. More details in this sense can be offered by one of our specialists. Also, foreigners interested in starting a business in Croatia can discuss all the formalities with our team of company formation agents in Croatia
 

What is citizenship based on naturalization?

 
Citizenship based on naturalization comes with several conditions and involves persons who already lived in Croatia for 8 continuous years with permanent resident status. If persons no longer hold a foreign nationality, Croatian citizenship is granted. Plus, underaged children will be granted Croatian citizenship at the same time as the parents. All the provisions are stipulated by the Croatian Citizenship Act and can be entirely explained by one of our specialists.
 

What is citizenship based on special interests in Croatia?

 
Citizenship through naturalization can be granted to foreigners who represent a benefit to Croatia if the government has reasons to believe so. The requirement of living for at least one year is applicable. Plus, the family members can apply for residency established on family reunification. The special interest for granting Croatian citizenship is decided by the Ministry of Interior of Croatia, alongside other important ministers. More details about these aspects can be provided by our team of specialists. You can also solicit our help if you want to start a business in Croatia.
 

The citizenship application in Croatia – Important steps

 
Besides the aforementioned requirements related to documents for citizenship application, the immigration authorities might solicit proof of lineage, and proof of benefits provided to Croatia if it is the case. The citizenship application process might take a while, yet, it is best to have the support of a specialized team, to make sure you skip the possible misunderstandings in matters of requirements. Plus, once the citizenship decision is made, there will be other formalities to take care of, mostly related to the new documents, such as “Domovnica” which comprises information about the acquired citizenship or your new status in Croatia. A new birth certificate will be issued, and then, a new passport needs to be solicited. 
 

Choosing our team of specialists for support

 
We have an experienced team of agents specialized in immigration matters like visas for Croatia, work permits, residence permits, citizenship, and many more. Foreigners living in Croatia and interested in citizenship are suggested to send their inquiries to our team and discuss the legal aspects related. Living abroad? There is no problem because our specialists can collect the required documents, handle the translations and notarization, plus review the citizenship application before submission. Do not hesitate to talk to our agents for more details.
 

Investing in Croatia

 
Croatia is open to foreign investments and provides the needed support for international entrepreneurs interested in doing business in this country. The food industry, tourism, pharmaceutical sector, engineering, manufacturing, textile, and ICT are among the solid and representative sectors in Croatia for which the authorities implemented a series of important measures and incentives. The skilled workforce in Croatia and the simplified process of company registration are important advantages for international entrepreneurs in this country. The following facts and figures show a few aspects of the business and economy in Croatia:
 
  • Around USD 30 billion was the total FDI stock for Croatia in 2019.
  • Most of the FDIs are directed to the financial services sector in Croatia.
  • 2020 Doing Business report ranks 51st out of 190 economies worldwide.
  • The Netherlands, Italy, Austria, and Germany are representative investors in Croatia and the main business collaborators.
  • The touristic potential of Croatia is impressive. There are many foreigners with businesses in the tourism sector.
 
If you would like to know more about citizenship in Croatia, and about the company incorporation in this insular state, please feel free to contact our team of advisors as soon as possible.
 
 

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