Every day, our professionals support our new or old clients in the preparation and submission of applications for temporary residence permits and their renewals.
This is typically submitted in person to the Police Directorate for the City of Belgrade, namely, Directorate for Foreign Nationals.
But, an application can also be submitted to regional police directorates оr through the e-Government portal.
The application for either approval or extension of temporary residence must be submitted in person followed by complete documentation (all prescribed proofs enclosed with the application). The application may be supplemented by additional proof if requested by an authorized official. But, we make sure that our clients submit the complete documentation to avoid back and forth with the authorities which may severely delay the successful ending of the application process.
The application for the extension of temporary residence must be submitted no earlier than three months and no later than 30 days prior to the expiry of an approved temporary residence permit.
The validity of the travel document shall be at least three months longer compared to the period for which temporary residence is granted.
A foreign national must reside in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with the purpose for which his/her temporary residence has been approved.
If any of the above has gotten off track, then it is necessary to prep up the case carefully ahead of submission to avoid or at least reduce fines and penalties.
Next to the foregoing mandatory documentation, an applicant must submit to the authorities separate documentation. Depending on the specific ground for permit application.
For temporary residence based on employment, an applicant must always submit:
In addition to this, an applicant must submit a separate set of documents, which depends specifically on the type of employment behind each application (for instance, a business and technical cooperation agreement with a foreign legal entity for a foreign national referred to work in Serbia, a foreign national who works at a company registered abroad for the purpose of his/her temporary posting to a legal entity registered in Serbia, professional engagement in a sports club, volunteering, accredited foreign journalists, experts engaged in the project implementation in cooperation with other government agencies, etc.).
The same applies for other purposes, such as education, family reunification, medical, religion, real estate or others, where documentation will differ for each specific case.
On the other hand, if you fall within a specific category, such as a start-up, investor, talent, or you have Serbian origins, then even though you are a foreign national, you will generally be eligible to be granted temporary residence.
Yet, you must fulfill certain specific requirements which again differ depending on the type of applicant.
If you, as a foreign national founded a company in Serbia and whose innovative activity has been recognized by a registered Science and Technology Park, in which the state has its stake, you may apply for the so called “start up” residence permit.
Along with your application, you need to submit:
In such context, the first temporary residence shall be approved for a period of one year, therefore one of the following documents specified below shall be enclosed when submitting a request for an extension of a temporary residence:
If you intend to invest in an already registered company in Serbia, then you are eligible to apply for temporary residence, providing that along with the application you submit:
The first temporary residence shall be approved for a period of six months, and one of the following documents below shall be enclosed when submitting a request for an extension of a temporary residence:
If you are a foreign national holding a decision on professional recognition of a tertiary education certificate issued by the competent authority of Serbia, then you are also eligible to apply for temporary residence permit in Serbia.
In such context, you must submit
The first temporary residence shall be approved for a period of one year, and one of the following documents specified below shall be enclosed when submitting a request for an extension of a temporary residence:
For the purpose of obtaining a temporary residence permit, Serbian origin is considered either a blood or adoptive kinship with an ancestor in a direct line who is either a citizen of Serbia or a citizen of predecessor countries of the Republic of Serbia (a country of which Serbia is a legal successor), or who either declares or has declared as a Serb.
For a successful application in this case, you must prepare and submit:
The first temporary residence shall be approved for a period of one year, and one of the following documents below shall be enclosed when submitting a request for an extension of a temporary residence:
When we say proof that a foreign national has secured means of subsistence, you should know that Serbian authorities shall interpret this in practice as follows:
On the other hand, proof that a foreign national has health insurance shall be considered as follows:
Proofs that are not issued by the competent authorities of Serbia must be translated by an authorized court translator.
Statements made by a foreign national, which serve as proof of fulfillment of the appropriate legal conditions for granting temporary residence or permanent residence, must be certified by a notary public.