Visa and paperwork for moving

If you plan to spend more than 90 days in Serbia, as a foreign citizen, you can do this with a temporary stay permit or permanent residence.

Temporary stay visa

The certificate and the temporary residence sticker are issued by the competent authority for a period of 90 days to one year. With the application you should attach:

  • Valid passport (must be valid at least 90 days from issue date of visa)
  • Completed visa application form (3 copies)
  • Two photos (size 3.5 x 4.5 cm)
  • Notification of flat (house contract)
  • Proof of reasons for staying in Serbia
  • Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia
  • Health insurance
  • Proof of residence (if you are not residing in your native country)
  • White card registration
  • Proof of payment for a visa fee

You can request a temporary stay visa for several reasons like education, employment, participation in international exchange programs, professional specialization, training and practice, scientific research work…

After applying for a temporary visa, you need to take the request personally to the Serbian immigration services where you’ll have a short interview with a police officer about your application. After the interview, you will receive the instructions on how to pay a visa fee and the time when you can come for your visa. The process for obtaining a visa usually takes up to three weeks.

You’ll need to pay about 16,000 dinars (135€/155$) for a visa fee, another 400 dinars (3€/3.8$) for a passport sticker and 300 dinars (2.5€/2.8 $) for administrative fees.

When the application is approved, you will get a valid visa for a period from three to six months. Once you renew it for a second time, you will get a one-year valid temporary stay visa. The temporary stay visa is a sticker including details and validity. It goes on the first available page of your passport.

If you want to stay in Serbia longer you need to renew your visa. You have to submit the new application at least 30 days prior to the expiry date of your permit. The process will be the same but it should be quicker, because they already have the information about you in the immigration database.

Serbian immigration services, located in a police station in Savska street number 35 is responsible for foreign citizens' issues in Belgrade.

Permanent stay visa

After 5 years of temporary visa, you have the right to apply for a permanent stay visa. At the time you apply for this visa, you must have an approved temporary stay visa. In the period of 5 years, you have a right to be up to 10 months in shorter periods and up to 6 months continuously out of Serbia, otherwise, you will lose the right to a visa.

There are several reasons for getting a permanent stay, such as marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Serbia, for family joining, if your parent is a citizen of Serbia, but also because of employment.

If you are applying for a permanent stay visa based on employment your application needs to include:

  • Completed visa application form
  • Proof of payment for visa fees (around 65 €)
  • Photocopy of a passport (pages with authorized temporary stay)
  • Two photos (size 4 x 3 cm)
  • Medical certificate (issued on the form of the Serbian Medical Society)
  • Certificate or other documents on education
  • Birth certificate
  • Proof of means for supporting
  • Proof of ownership, lease or another basis of dwelling
  • Proof of a relationship with a citizen of the Republic of Serbia or permanently staying a foreign citizen

The request for permanent residence is submitted to the registry desk of the Police Administration for the City of Belgrade, located in Bulevar Despota Stefana number 107. Here you can see an example of the application form.

Evidence which is not issued by the competent authority of the Republic of Serbia must be submitted with the translation of an authorized court interpreter.

If you need any further information on Serbian visa policy and paperwork, feel free to contact us.