Information for Foreigners

Temporary residence

Application for temporary residence permit is either submitted in person to the Police Directorate for the City of Belgrade-Directorate for Foreign Nationals or regional police directorates оr by e-Government portal, depending on either short-term residence address or a foreign national’s residential address, i.e., to organizational units that conduct activities regarding the movement and temporary residence of foreign nationals in the Republic of Serbia.

The application for either approval or extension of temporary residence shall be submitted in person followed by complete documentation i.e., all prescribed proofs enclosed with the application. The application may be supplemented by additional proof if requested by an authorized official.

The application for the extension of temporary residence shall be submitted no earlier than three months and no later than 30 days prior to 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 shall reside in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with the purpose for which his/her temporary residence has been approved.

More detailed conditions for granting temporary residence are set out in the Rulebook on Detailed Conditions for Granting Temporary Residence, Temporary Residence Approval Application Form Layout and Manner of Placing a Temporary Residence Sticker in a Foreign National’s Travel Document.

 

DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE APPROVAL

a. Mandatory documentation for temporary residence approval (on every grounds):

• a valid personal or official passport

• proof of means of subsistence during the planned temporary residence

• registration of either short-term or residential address in the Republic of Serbia

• proof of health insurance during the planned residence

• proof of prescribed administrative fee payment

• two photos (35x45mm, color, full face)

• filled out application form

 

b. Aside from mandatory documentation, a separate documentation shall be enclosed on each of these grounds

Proof of administrative fee payment

Payment slips for administrative fees are generated on the eGovernment portal by entering a name and surname, registration number, short-term residence address or residential address, after which the FOREIGN NATIONALS option is selected in the first drop-down menu, and later the administrative fee prescribed for the application you wish to submit.

1. Based on employment:

Employment

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on registration of either a legal entity or entrepreneur in the Republic of Serbia;
  • employment contract, fixed-term temporary contract or other contract proving the employment of a foreign national in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with labor regulations;
  • report by the employment agency on the fulfillment of employment conditions if the employment is established for the first time, i.e., a work permit if a temporary residence is extended.

Employment - a person registered in the Registration decision

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on registration of either a legal entity or entrepreneur in the Republic of Serbia;
  • work permit if temporary residence is extended

Employment - business and technical cooperation agreement with a foreign legal entity for a foreign national referred to work in the Republic of Serbia

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a legal entity in the Republic of Serbia
  • business-technical cooperation agreement entered with a foreign legal entity
  • decision of a foreign legal entity on referring or delegating employees to a legal entity registered in the Republic of Serbia, unless otherwise regulated in the business and technical cooperation agreement
  • certificate of a legal entity registered in the Republic of Serbia, i.e., certificate of a foreign national’s employment
  • work permit if a temporary residence is extended.

Employment - a foreign national who works at a company registered abroad for the purpose of his/her temporary referral, i.e., relocation to a legal entity registered in the Republic of Serbia

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a legal entity in the Republic of Serbia;
  • decision of a foreign legal entity on either referring or delegating employees to a legal entity registered in the Republic of Serbia;
  • certificate of a legal entity registered in the Republic of Serbia, i.e., certificate of a foreign national’s employment
  • work permit if a temporary residence is extended

Employment - professional engagement in a sports club

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a sports club in the Republic of Serbia;
  • contract on a foreign athlete’s engagement certified by the competent sports federation
  • work permit if a temporary residence is extended

Employment - volunteer

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a legal entity in the Republic of Serbia
  • volunteer agreement
  • certificate by the state body that the volunteer organizer is registered in the prescribed records of the volunteer organizer

Employment - accredited foreign journalist

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • accreditation by the Ministry of Culture and Information in the Republic of Serbia

Employment - experts engaged in the project implementation in cooperation with other government agencies

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • letter by the competent state body, local self-government unit, other organization or association on the need to engage a foreign national, his/her job position and duration of work engagement

2. Based on education:

Education - studying - learning the Serbian language

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • certificate of enrollment in a verified primary or secondary school, i.e. accredited higher educational institution;
  • certificate of enrollment in an organization registered for other types of education or language learning (provided that it is the learning of the Serbian language);
  • extract on the registration of either a legal entity or entrepreneur in the Republic of Serbia in which it is clearly stated that such legal entity or entrepreneur is engaged in education as its predominant activity, i.e., a certificate proving that the educational institution is either verified or accredited in the Republic of Serbia;

Participation in international student exchange programs

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a legal entity in the Republic of Serbia;
  • certificate of enrollment in a verified primary or secondary school, i.e. accredited higher educational institution within the international student exchange program and proof that the international student exchange program is approved by the ministry responsible for education and science

Specialization, professional training or practice

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a legal entity in the Republic of Serbia;
  • certificate of a legal entity that organizes specialization, training or practice in the Republic of Serbia by clearly stating the date of both the beginning and end of specialization, professional training and practice
  • work permit if a temporary residence is extended, depending on the nature of work engagement

Scientific research or other scientific educational activities

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of an accredited scientific research organization in the Republic of Serbia where a foreign national conducts either scientific research or other scientific educational activity;
  • contract entered with a scientific-research organization on the performance of scientific-research and implementation of research activities
  • certificate by the institution, i.e. legal entity where a foreign national conducts scientific research or other scientific educational activities followed by the exact date of both the beginning and end of scientific research or other scientific educational activities
  • work permit if a temporary residence is extended

3. Based on family reunification:

Family reunion - marriage

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • marriage certificate not older than 6 months (spouse - citizen of the Republic of Serbia)
  • document proving the marriage to a foreign national in compliance with the national legislation of the country where the marriage was solemnized (spouses - foreign nationals)

Family reunion – common-law partners

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • single status certificate for both partners
  • other proofs of the existence of a common-law marriage (statements made by common-law partners and certified statements by two witnesses on a more permanent cohabitation, proof of a common residential address, i.e., an extract on the register of a common-law marriage, if it is registered in the country where a common-law marriage was entered into, etc.)
  • a birth certificate for the child if a child was born in a common-law marriage

Family reunion - for a minor

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • child’s birth certificate
  • presence of both parents is required. If it is not possible to ensure the presence of both parents, the certified consent of the other parent shall be enclosed.

Legal representatives (parents, guardians) of children born in the Republic of Serbia, who have been granted temporary residence, shall submit an application for temporary residence for a child within 90 days of the child's birth.

Family reunion - with a foreign national who has been granted asylum in the Republic of Serbia

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • a copy of the decision on granted asylum in the Republic of Serbia for a close family member based on which he/she shall submit an application for temporary residence
  • other proof of kinship at his/her disposal

4. Miscellaneous:

Independent temporary residence

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • proof i.e. documentation proving that he/she had been granted temporary residence based on family reunion in the previous four years
  • death certificate for the deceased family member, i.e. divorce decree (if a spouse passed away, or divorce occurred)
  • proof that criminal proceedings have been initiated against a close family member for committing the criminal offense of domestic violence, i.e. that a close family member has been convicted of such criminal offense (victim of domestic violence)
  • document issued by the competent Center for Social Work proving that measures were taken within its competence during the validity of a foreign national’s temporary residence based on a family reunion to protect a foreign national from domestic violence, or the document issued by a safe shelter proving that during the validity of a foreign national’s temporary residence based on a family reunion the applicant was accommodated in their premises for the purpose of protecting them against a close family member, who has been repeatedly reported to the police, prosecutor's office or other state bodies, due to the existence of reasonable grounds that he/she has committed the criminal offense of domestic violence (victim of domestic violence).

Performing religious ceremony

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on the registration of a church or religious community in the Republic of Serbia
  • employment contract or a letter by a registered church or religious community in the Republic of Serbia stating that a foreign national is engaged in the capacity of a priest or a religious official

Medical treatment

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • decision on the registration of a health care institution in the Republic of Serbia
  • a letter by the health care institution stating the place of treatment and the need for continuous treatment for a certain period of time
  • decision on the registration of a social welfare institution in the Republic of Serbia and a work license issued by the body responsible for social welfare (in the event of patient care)

Real estate ownership

a. required documentation + b. separate documentation:

  • extract on immovable property

exceptionally, other document proving ownership can also be considered as proof (certified real estate purchase agreement, deed of gift, probate decision, court decision, etc.)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Proof that a foreign national has secured means of subsistence shall be considered as follows:

  • salary certificate (salary slip, etc.);
  • employment contract, fixed-term temporary employment contract or other contract proving the employment of a foreign national in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with labor regulations;
  • proof of pension insurance payments;
  • proof of entry on the Register of Agricultural Holdings;
  • certificate of or extract on bank account funds of a bank registered in the Republic of Serbia in the amount of the minimum salary in the Republic of Serbia;
  • a guarantee by either an employer or a natural person who is a member of a foreign national’s household, who has submitted an application for permanent residence approval and who shall incur the costs of supporting a foreign national;

Proof that a foreign national has health insurance shall be considered as follows:

  • European health insurance card, i.e. another document proving that a foreign national is insured in their country of origin, in accordance with the regulations of the Republic of Serbia on health insurance;
  • a foreign national’s health insurance policy agreed with the health insurance company in Serbia;
  • proof of funds that can cover the costs of emergency medical care, or treatment of chronic diseases;
  • a guarantee from either an employer or a natural person that he/she shall cover the costs of emergency medical care, i.e. treatment of chronic diseases;
  • valid health insurance card of the Republic of Serbia.

Proof not issued by the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia shall 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, shall be certified by a notary public.