What are my rights and responsibilities?
The rights you are entitled to in Croatia, as a foreigner, will depend on your legal status.
If you are asylum seeker, you have the right on residence, accommodation, emergency healthcare, legal aid and documents. You move freely within Croatia, you have freedom of religion and right to be protected against discrimination. Children asylum seekers have the right to education. You have the right to work only when you obtain a work permit, and you can get it 9 months after you apply for international protection.
If you are granted international protection you have the same human and citizens’ rights as Croatian citizens, except the right to vote or be elected for public office.
As a foreigner in Croatia, no mater your legal status, you have the responsibility to respect Croatian Constitution and laws, and to respect the rights of others in Croatia. You have the obligation to register your place of residence whenever you move. You have the responsibility to learn the language and to take steps toward employment or education.
If you are granted international protection in Croatia, you have the right to acquire Croatian citizenship if you meet the conditions from the Citizenship Law. Foreigners can apply for the citizenship after 8 years of continuous living with a registered residence (temporary and/or permanent) in Republic of Croatia.
You can apply for Croatian citizenship only personally, in the local police station or police department, or Croatian embassy if you are currently abroad.
The application form for citizenship can be downloaded at following web address.