How To Apply For The Croatia Student VISA

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Croatia Student VISA

Any International Student that wishes to study in Croatia, must get a Croatia student VISA. And this article is a complete guide to the Croatian Student VISA application.

Croatia Student VISA is a long-term VISA. By this, it’s applicants must obtain a Croatian residence permit once they arrive Croatia.

Before applying for the VISA, you have to obtain an admission offer from your preferred School, and print an admission letter as a proof, you will need to submit as part of the document for application.

Note; Only citizens of EU/EFTA enjoy the right to travel , live, study and work in Croatia without a VISA, long or short-term, due to the EU Right of Free Movement.

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Required Documents For Croatia Student VISA

You will have to submit the following supporting documents for application:

  1. A completed and signed Croatia VISA Application Form. For minors, their parent or legal Guardian has to sign.
  2. Your Passport or Travel Document; It must have at least three blank pages and be valid for at least three months from the time you intend to depart Croatia.
  3. A photocopy of your passport/travel document; Include all used pages as well as all VISAs, present or expired.
  4. Two passport-size pictures, with the following specifications:
    • Dimensions: 35mm x 45mm
    • Professionally taken in a white background
    • You must be centered in the picture, staring ahead with a neutral facial expression
    • Glasses are not recommended; If you have to wear them, they cannot cover your eyes or face. Tinted glasses are not allowed.
    • Headgear is only allowed if it’s for religious purposes. Even so, it cannot cover your face.
  5. Proof of Travel Health Insurance for the entire time you will be in Croatia. It must cover the duration of your stay and at least €30,000 for sudden illness, accidents, and repatriation.
  6. Proof of accommodation in Croatia, such as a Hotel reservation.
  7. Copy of the return flight ticket or proof of ticket booking.
    • Alternatively, other proof you intend to leave Croatia after the duration of your stay, such as a Bus/Train ticket to your Country, or a third Country.
  8. Proof of sufficient funds to cover the duration of your stay in Croatia.
    • Bank statements for the past three months
    • Letter from employer, stating your salary and position
  9. Proof of enrollment in a Croatian Educational Institution.
  10. Proof of accommodation in Croatia.
  11. Proof of sufficient financial means to sustain yourself while in Croatia. You must have private Funds or a Scholarship.
  12. Proof of health insurance, such as:
    • A European Health Insurance Card
    • A certificate of health insurance issued by the Croatian Health Insurance Fund
    • A certificate of health insurance from a health insurance provider in your Country, which states that you have access to Healthcare in accordance to EU regulations
    • Private/travel Health insurance, if your Country does not have a social security contract with Croatia.
  13. Cover letter stating why you are applying for a Croatian student VISA.
  14. If the Student is a minor:
    • Birth certificate
    • A letter of consent from the parent/s or legal guardian/s allowing the minor to live in Croatia for the purpose of studying
    • Copies of the parent/s’ or legal guardian/s’ passports

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How To Apply For The VISA

Croatia Student VISA Application

You will need to complete the VISA application form online and print it out. You can complete it here.

After you complete the first set of questions, you will receive a PIN and serial number. Save them because you may need them to resume your application, if you cannot finish it in one sitting. Then you will have to print the application form.

After you have finished filling the form, gather the Required documents. Book an appointment with the Croatian Embassy, or Consulate in your Home Country, where you will have to Lodge your application.

Submit all the required documents and pay your VISA fee.

Note: Children under 12 years of age do not have to pay a Croatia VISA fee but will be required to pay the service fee, if not applying at an Embassy or Consulate.

After you have submitted everything, wait for the VISA to be Processed. The minimum amount of time it takes to process a long-stay VISA for Croatia is four weeks.

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Arriving Croatia

Croatian Student VISA

After receiving a long-stay VISA for “student”, you can travel to Croatia where you have to apply for your Croatia Temporary Residence Permit at a Local Police Department.

The Residence Permit is what actually allows you to live in Croatia legally – the long-stay VISA only enables you to travel to Croatia, with the purpose of residence there.

You cannot apply for residence if you have entered the Country with a short-stay VISA.

EU Nationals are not required to have a long-stay VISA for Croatia, or to apply for a Residence Permit. If they intend to stay longer than 90 days, they have to register their presence at the Local Police department in Croatia.


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