Is it possible to get Temporary Residence in Croatia basing upon real estate ownership?
Yes, it is.
For a sufficiently long period of time in Croatia there were various most ways of obtaining a residence permit: ownership for 51% of shares in a functional Croatian company, then hiring three or more local employees in a Croatian company as an opportunity to obtain residence permits for the owner. In addition to the options for business emigration, studentship was practiced (various Croatian universities), employment local employer, marital status, and so on.
However,starting from 2016-2017 Croatia began to issue a temporary residence permit basing on "other grounds" or "u druge svrhe".
What is required to obtain this status?
- fill out A1 form from the website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Croatia
- provide a fresh extract of the ownership of the property in Croatia or a lease contract for a period of more than a year
- to get medical insurance (a one-time payment of 5062 kunas + 460 kunas a month)
- provide an account statement for a bank account in Croatia with at least 12,000 euros per person
- attach a copy of the passport and two photos
This package of documents should be submitted to the embassy or consular post at the place of permanent residence (outside Croatia) and wait for a response which will enable you to come to Croatia. You can do it on your own once you purchased a property in Croatia or rented it, opened an account in Croatia and made a local health insurance.
The authorization is issued for a period of 1 year. This reason for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Croatia does not entitle you to apply for permanent residence in the future.
There are also possible surprises in the extension of the status, when the applicant, in case of untimely extension, has to leave the country and wait for the decision to be taken outside.