The Memorandum of Understanding between the Government of the Republic of Croatia and the Government of Canada concerning Youth Mobility entered into force on May 7, 2010 and its implementation commenced on May 10, 2011
The purpose of the Memorandum is to simplify and facilitate administrative procedures applicable when citizens of one country who are eligible under this Memorandum intend to enter and remain in the territory of the other country to improve their knowledge of the other country’s language(s), culture and society through a travel, work and life experience.
Who is eligible under the Memorandum?
Instructions for Canadian citizens may be found on this website and for Croatian citizens at www.canadainternational.gc.ca/croatia-croatie/experience_canada_experience/international_experience_canada-experience_internationale_canada.aspx?lang=eng .
For additional information, Croatian or Canadian citizens may contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration:
Directorate for Consular Affairs - Tel. +38514599400
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Ottawa - Tel. +1 613 562-7820
Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Mississauga - Tel. +1 905 277-9051
A Canadian citizen wishing to enter the Republic of Croatia using the provisions of this Memorandum is required to regulate his/her temporary residence.
The application seeking initial temporary residence (the form is available at www.mup.hr) must be submitted to the relevant Croatian diplomatic mission or consular post in the country in which the Canadian citizen is legally resident.
A Canadian citizen applying for initial temporary residence must:
Proof of sufficient financial resources
Canadian citizens must demonstrate proof of sufficient financial resources for the beginning of their stay as follows:
The following documents qualify as a proof of sufficient financial resources:
In the event that the Canadian citizen is not in possession of a return ticket enabling him/her to leave the Republic of Croatia, he/she must demonstrate proof of sufficient financial means to purchase one.
Travel health insurance is considered proof of valid health insurance. Following the granting of temporary residence and upon arrival in the Republic of Croatia, the foreign citizen will be obliged to pay health care premiums to the Croatian Health Insurance Institute.
A consular fee is charged for the application for initial temporary residence. The prescribed fee is:
This amount is subject to change and will be updated accordingly.
Any payment lower than the prescribed fee, will not be accepted.
The consular fee is non-refundable.
Travelling to the Republic of Croatia to work
A Canadian citizen travelling to the Republic of Croatia for work purposes is required to enclose with his/her application for initial temporary residence, a photocopy of the work permit or confirmation from relevant police authorities that an application for a work permit has been initiated.
The application for a work permit is initiated by the prospective Croatian employer. Work permits for foreign citizens are issued by the relevant police department or police precinct. Additional information or clarification regarding work permits for foreign citizens may be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior
Other requirements of the immigration legislation:
The following must also be included with the application for initial temporary residence:
The decision to grant initial temporary residence rests with the relevant police authorities of the Ministry of the Interior.
The application processing time may take up to two months, provided all relevant documentation has been submitted.
The applicant will be notified of the decision by the diplomatic mission or consular post at which the application was submitted. In the event that the application is approved, the competent official will affix the appropriate temporary resident permit into the passport of the applicant.
The Canadian citizen to whom temporary residence has been granted must register at the relevant police precinct or police department within 3 days of entering the Republic of Croatia. Information regarding procedures and time limits for registering residence may be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior
Restrictions related to the application of the Memorandum. Persons eligible to use the benefits under the Memorandum may use them only twice. Between both stays there must be a pause and the permitted duration of each stay may not exceed 12 months.