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Country Name: Croatia
Official Country Name: Republic of Croatia
Country Code 2-Letters: HR
Country Code 3-Letters: HRV
Street: Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2 10010 Zagreb, Croatia
Fact sheet: https://www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/3166.htm
  • International Travel
  • Child Abductions
  • Intercountry Adoptions
  • Consular Notification
  • U.S. Visas
  • Contact
  • Quick Facts
  • Embassies and Consulates
  • Destination Description
  • Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws & Special Circumstances
  • Health
  • Travel & Transportation
Contact
Embassy Name: U.S. Embassy Zagreb
Street Address: Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb, Croatia
Phone: +(385) (1) 661-2200
Emergency Phone: +(385) (1) 661-2400
Fax: +(385) (1) 665-8933
Email: ZagrebACS@state.gov
Web: https://hr.usembassy.gov/

Embassy Messages

Zagreb

 


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Quick Facts
Passport Validity:


Three months after your planned date of departure


Blank Passport Pages:


One page is required for an entry stamp


Tourist Visa Required:


No


Vaccinations:


None


Currency Restrictions for Entry:


Up to 10,000 euros


Currency Restrictions for Exit:


Up to 10,000 euros

Embassies and Consulates

U.S. Embassy Zagreb

Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb, Croatia
Telephone: +(385) (1) 661-2200
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(385) (1) 661-2400
Fax: +(385) (1) 665-8933
Email: 

Destination Description

See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Croatia for information on U.S.–Croatia relations.

Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements

You need a valid U.S. passport to enter Croatia. Croatia requests three months validity on your passport. Croatia is not a member of the Schengen area. If you transit a Schengen country en route to Croatia, your passport should have at least six months of validity to avoid difficulties. For further details about travel into Schengen countries, please see the State Department’s Schengen Fact Sheet. Please be aware that a U.S. citizen traveling on a passport that has previously been reported lost or stolen will NOT be allowed entry in Croatia. Visit the Embassy of Croatia website for the most current visa information.

  • You do not need a visa if you hold a valid U.S. passport and are traveling to Croatia for tourism or business for less than 90 days within a 180-day period.
  • For entry and residence requirements in Croatia, please visit the Embassy of Croatia’s website. The U.S. Embassy is not able to expedite or intervene in the issuance of a Croatian residence permit.
  • Visitors to Croatia must register at a local police station within three days of arrival in country. If you are staying at a hotel, hostel, or vacation rental, this process is generally done on your behalf by the property owner.
  • Foreign documents submitted for residence in Croatia, including birth certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, educational records, driver’s licenses, or other documents, must be translated into Croatian and have an Apostille stamp. The U.S. Embassy cannot authenticate documents. For information on applying for Apostille and authentication services, please see the Department of State’s Office of Authentications website.

The U.S Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Croatia.

Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction, and customs  regulations on our websites.

Military/Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) Travelers: While active-duty U.S. military personnel may enter Croatia under the (SOFA) with proper Department of Defense (DOD) identification and travel orders, all SOFA family members, civilian employees, and contractors must have valid passports. Active-duty military personnel should obtain a tourist passport before leaving the United States to accommodate off-duty travel. DOD travelers should consult the DOD Foreign Clearance Guide, DOD 4500.54, before leaving the United States.

Safety and Security

Credible information indicates terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Europe. European governments are taking action to guard against terrorist attacks; however, all European countries remain potentially vulnerable to attacks from transnational terrorist organizations.

  • War hostilities ended in all parts of Croatia in 1995; however, de-mining of areas along former confrontation lines will continue until at least 2019. Mined areas are well-marked with Croatian-language warning signs using the international symbol for mines: a skull and crossbones inside a red, upside-down triangle. Drivers in former conflict areas should stay on paved roads to reduce the risk of encountering unmarked mines and unexploded ordnance.
  • For more information about mine-affected areas and de-mining operations in Croatia, please visit the Croatian Mine Action Center's website.
  • Avoid demonstrations. While civil disorder is rare in Croatia, U.S. citizens should monitor local media coverage, review their personal security practices, and be aware of their surroundings at all times. Even peaceful demonstrations can escalate into violence with little or no notice. Security messages about demonstrations can be found here on the U.S. Embassy website.

Crime: While violent crime is rare, isolated attacks targeting specific persons or property may occur and be racially-motivated or prompted by lingering ethnic tensions from Croatia's war for independence.

  • Safeguard your belongings in public areas, especially in bus or railroad stations, airports, gas stations, and public transportation. Report incidents of theft to the local police. File a police report if your U.S. passport is stolen.
  • Don’t display outward signs of wealth. It may make you a target for thieves.
  • Avoid "gentlemen's clubs." In the past, such establishments have presented foreign customers with inflated bills and threatened those who refuse to pay.

U.S. business entities are encouraged to read the most recent Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) Annual Crime and Safety Report for Croatia.

See the Department of State and the FBI pages for information on scams.

Victims of Crime: U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy at +(385) (1) 661-2200 and check the information on local resources for victims of sexual assault on the U.S. Embassy’s website.

Report crimes to the local police by dialing 112, and then contact the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb.

Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting crimes.

See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.

We can:

  • help you find appropriate medical care
  • assist you in reporting a crime to the police
  • contact relatives or friends with your written consent
  • explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
  • provide a list of local attorneys
  • provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the United States
  • provide information about local resources for victims of crime
  • provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
  • help you find accommodation and arrange flights home if you are destitute
  • replace a stolen or lost passport

Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance. You can find additional local resources for victims of domestic violence on the U.S. Embassy’s website.

For further information:

Local Laws & Special Circumstances

Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.

Furthermore, some crimes are also prosecutable in the United States, regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.

Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.

Real estate: U.S. citizens should exercise due diligence when considering purchasing real estate in Croatia. U.S. citizens should consult with an attorney before undertaking a real estate purchase, and should be careful to fully understand the implications of all parts of a real estate contract. Working with a translator can help ensure that your rights are protected. There is little the U.S. Embassy can do to assist U.S. citizens who enter into private land or business disputes; you must be prepared to take your case to the local courts. Please review the U.S. Embassy’s website for additional information on buying real estate in Croatia.

Travelers checks are less accepted and exchanged at an unfavorable rate. ATMs are common, and credit cards are accepted. Facilities are available for wiring or transferring money.

Recreational Boating: The Croatian Government requires all recreational captains chartering Croatian-flagged vessels to have a certificate of competence.

Croatia recognizes certain certificates issued by the U.S. Sailing Association and licenses issued by the national authorities of other countries.

Details on classes of licenses recognized by country can be found on the Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure’s webpage.

Tourists in Croatia can be certified by passing a test at harbormasters' offices in Pula, Rijeka, Senj, Zadar, Sibenik, Split, Ploce, Dubrovnik, or at the Ministry in Zagreb.

Travelers arriving by private marine craft should refer to the Ministry’s website for information on nautical regulations.

 

Climbing and Hiking: If you intend to hike or climb in the Croatian mountains, seek local guides’ expert advice. For emergencies call 112 and the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. Rock climbers in Paklenica National Park should consult a local guide or contact Paklenica National Park prior to their visit.

Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:

 

LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions regarding same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Croatia. Although lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) individuals are afforded full rights in Croatia, same-sex couples may face legal challenges in the areas of adoption and next-of-kin determinations. In 2014, Croatia enacted the Law on Life Partnership of Same Sex Couples allowing for formal registration of same sex unions. The LGBTI community is protected by anti-discrimination laws, and there are no legal or governmental impediments to the organization of LGBTI events. However, there have been incidents related to hate towards LGBTI groups, notably during annual pride events, both in Zagreb and Split. Individual cases of attacks on members of the LGBTI community have also been recorded.

See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section six of our Human Rights Report for further information.

Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Accessibility and accommodation in Croatia are different from those in the United States. Croatian law mandates access to transportation, communication, and public buildings for persons with disabilities; however, there is a marked difference in new construction compared to old construction, where access can still be limited. Croatia’s geography is hilly and often steep, particularly along the coast, and presents challenges to some persons with disabilities. Access to public transportation may not always be available. Outside urban areas, accessibility worsens significantly.

Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.

Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.

Health

Adequate medical care is readily available in Croatia, but the condition of hospital facilities may not be comparable to U.S. standards. Travelers to Croatia may obtain a list of English-speaking physicians on the U.S. Embassy’s website. You may require a prescription to get some medications that you can purchase over-the-counter in the United States.

If you will be in Croatia for more than three months, you may wish to get a tick-borne encephalitis vaccine. This vaccine is not available in the United States, but is available in Croatia from local doctors. Use insect repellent and inspect your body for ticks after spending time outdoors.

We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.

Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers in Croatia accept cash or credit card payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.

We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

If traveling with prescription medication, please visit the U.S. Embassy’s website for information on bringing medical drugs for personal use when traveling to Croatia. Note that Croatian law prohibits the importation of drugs via postal mail.

Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Further health information:

Travel & Transportation

Road Conditions and Safety: Road conditions in Croatia may differ significantly from those in United States. Current information about traffic and road conditions is available in English from the Croatian Automobile Association (HAK) or by calling +385 1 464-0800 (English-speaking operators available 24 hours) or +385 1 661-1999.

  • Exercise caution when driving in Croatia. On the highways, be aware of aggressive drivers passing on curves or in oncoming lanes.
  • Highway tolls are higher than those in the United States and can be paid in cash or by credit card. Information on tolls is available from the Croatian Motorways website.
  • Croatian radio broadcasts programs in foreign languages on several frequencies. From mid-June to mid-September, Channel 2 broadcasts foreign news, traffic information, and important information in English and German.
  • Within Croatia, emergency roadside assistance is available by calling 1987. Dial 112 or 192 to speak to the police, and dial 194 for an ambulance.

Traffic Laws: Vehicles drive on the right side of the road and overtake on the left. Speed limits range from 110 to 130 km/h on highways and motorways and 50 to 90 km/h on urban thoroughfares.

  • A Croatian driver's license is required for drivers who stay longer than twelve months. 
  • Don’t drink and drive. The maximum legal blood-alcohol limit for drivers is 0.05 percent (0.00 percent for drivers with less than two years’ experience, drivers under 24 years of age, and truck or bus drivers).
  • Police routinely spot-check for drunk driving and administer breath-analyzer tests at the scene of all accidents. Refusal to take a breath test is considered a de facto admission of driving while intoxicated. Penalties may include fines up to 2,000 euros and/or prison sentences.
  • For traffic accidents involving a foreign-registered vehicle, the responding police officer must issue a vehicle damage certificate to the owner of the foreign-registered vehicle; this is necessary to cross the border out of Croatia. Upon written request, the police station in the area where the accident occurred will issue a traffic accident investigation record.
  • Seat belts for drivers and passengers are mandatory. Infants must travel in child-safety seats. Children under 12 may not ride in the front seat. 
  • No right on red at traffic lights unless allowed by an additional green arrow. 
  • Pedestrians have the right of way when crossing in designated white-striped crosswalks. You must stop.
  • Headlights must be used all winter, as well as during fog and other inclement weather.
  • It is illegal to talk on a cell phone while driving unless using a hands-free device.

For specific information concerning Croatian driver's permits, vehicle inspection, road tax, and mandatory insurance, please contact the Croatian National Tourist Board.

Public Transportation: Pay attention to trams (streetcars) in Zagreb, which travel at high speed through the narrow streets.

See our road safety webpage for more information. Visit the websites of the Ministry of the Interior, the Croatian National Tourist Board, and the Croatian Ministry of the Sea, Transport, and Infrastructure, which are responsible for road safety.


Aviation Safety Oversight: The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has assessed the Government of Croatia’s Civil Aviation Authority as being in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards for oversight of Croatia’s air carrier operations. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.

Maritime Travel: Mariners planning travel to Croatia should also check for U.S. maritime advisories and alerts at www.marad.dot.gov/msci. Information may also be posted to the U.S. Coast Guard homeport website (https:homeport.uscg.mil), and the NGA broadcast warnings website https://msi.nga.mil/NGAPortal/MSI.portal select “broadcast warnings”.

Foreign Consular Office Contact Information
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Washington, DC (202) 588-5899 ext. 113 or 114 (202) 588-8936

Chicago, IL (312) 482-9902 (312) 482-9987

Los Angeles, CA (310) 477-1009 (310) 477-1866

New York, NY (212) 599-3066 (212) 599-3106

  • General Information
  • Hague Abduction Convention
  • Return
  • Visitation/Access
  • Retaining an Attorney
  • Mediation
Hague Questions | Learn More Links
Party to the Hague Abduction Convention? Yes
U.S. Treaty Partner under the Hague Abduction Convention? Yes
Learn why the Hague Abduction Convention Matters: /content/travel/en/International-Parental-Child-Abduction/for-providers/laws/important-feat-hague-abdtn-conv.html

General Information

Croatia and the United States have been treaty partners under the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (Hague Abduction Convention) since December 1, 1991.

For information concerning travel to Croatia, including information about the location of the U.S. Embassy, the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, entry/exit requirements, safety and security, crime, medical facilities and health information, traffic safety, road conditions and aviation safety, please see country-specific information for Croatia.

The U.S. Department of State reports statistics and compliance information for individual countries in the Annual Report on International Parental Child Abduction (IPCA).  The report is located here.

Hague Abduction Convention

The U.S. Department of State serves as the U.S. Central Authority (USCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention.  In this capacity, the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs, Directorate for Overseas Citizens Services, Office of Children’s Issues facilitates the submission of applications under the Hague Abduction Convention for the return of, or access to, children located in countries that are U.S. treaty partners, including Croatia.  Parents are strongly encouraged to contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the foreign central authority.

Contact information:

United States Department of State
Bureau of Consular Affairs
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, DC 20522-1709
Telephone:  1-888-407-4747
Outside the United States or Canada: 1-202-501-4444
Website:  travel.state.gov

The Croatia Central Authority (CCA) for the Hague Abduction Convention is located in the Ministry of Justice (MOJ).  The CCA has an administrative role in processing Hague Abduction Convention applications.  The CCA forwards completed Hague petitions to the competent municipal court and to the social welfare agency within the jurisdiction of the child’s location.  The social welfare agency will attempt to secure a voluntary return of the child, if appropriate.

The CCA can be reached at:

Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy
Trg Nevenke Topalusic 1
10 000 Zagreb
Republic of Croatia
Telephone: +385 (1) 555 7111
Email address: ministarstvo@mdomsp.hr
Website: www.mdomsp.hr

To initiate a Hague case for return of, or access to, a child in Croatia, the USCA encourages a parent or legal guardian to review the eligibility criteria and instructions for completing the Hague application form located at a the Department of State website and contact the Department of State for assistance prior to initiating the Hague process directly with the CCA.  Translations of the Hague Abduction Convention application and submitted documents into Croatian are not required.  The USCA is available to answer questions about the Hague application process, to forward a completed application to CCA, and to subsequently monitor its progress through the foreign administrative and legal processes. 

There are no fees for filing Hague applications with either the U.S. or Croatia central authorities.  The CCA offers free legal aid and other professional assistance to all parties in Hague Abduction Convention proceedings.   Additional costs may include airplane tickets for court appearances and for the return of the child, if so ordered.

Return

A parent or legal guardian may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for return to the United States of a child abducted to, or wrongfully retained in, Croatia.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand whether the Convention is an available civil remedy and can provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Visitation/Access

A person may file an application under the Hague Abduction Convention for access to a child living in Croatia.  The criteria for acceptance of a Hague access application vary from country to country.  The U.S. Department of State can assist parents living in the United States to understand country-specific criteria and provide information on the process for submitting a Hague application.

Retaining an Attorney

The competent social welfare agency will appoint an attorney as a guardian ad litem in order to ensure the protection of the child in Hague proceedings. The Ministry of Social Policy and Youth may appoint an attorney for left-behind parents who are unable to afford an attorney. Parents may also choose to retain private legal counsel in Croatia to handle their Hague case.  A parent who hires private counsel should notify both the Croatian and the U.S. central authorities.   

The U.S. Embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, posts a list of attorneys including those who specialize in family law.

This list is provided as a courtesy service only and does not constitute an endorsement of any individual attorney. The Department of State assumes no responsibility or liability for the professional ability or reputation of, or the quality of services provided by, the persons or firms included in this list. Professional credentials and areas of expertise are provided directly by the lawyers.

Mediation

The CCA strongly promotes mediation and will attempt to initiate mediation in all Hague Abduction Convention cases. 

  • Hague
  • Hague Convention Information
  • U.S. Immigration Requirements
  • Who Can Adopt
  • Who Can Be Adopted
  • How To Adopt
  • Traveling Abroad
  • After Adoption
  • Contact Information
Hague Questions
Hague Adoption Convention Country? Yes
Are Intercountry Adoptions between this country and the United States possible? Intercountry adoptions to the United States from Croatia and from the United States to Croatia are possible.
Is this country a U.S. Hague Partner?
Hague Convention Information

Please see our section on Adoptions from the United States for more information on the process for adopting a child from the United States. We urge prospective adoptive parents residing abroad who are considering adoption of a child from the United States to consult with the Croatia’s Central Authority, Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy, for its determination as to whether it considers your adoption to be subject to the Convention. 

Croatia is a party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention or Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Convention countries must be done in accordance with the requirements of the Hague Adoption Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations; as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Croatia. 

Note: If any of the following occurred prior to April 1, 2014 (the date on which the Hague Adoption Convention entered into force for Croatia), the Hague Adoption Convention may not apply to your case: 1) you filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, identifying Croatia as the country where you intended to adopt and the approval is still valid; 2) you filed a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, on behalf of a child from Croatia, or 3) the adoption was completed. Under these circumstances, your adopted child’s adoption could continue to be processed as a non-Convention intercountry adoption, provided the child’s country of origin agrees. For more information, read about Hague Transition Cases. Please contact adoption@state.gov with the details of the case if this situation applies to you. 

U.S. Immigration Requirements For Intercountry Adoptions

To bring an adopted child to the United States from Croatia, you must meet certain suitability and eligibility requirements. USCIS determines who is suitable and eligible to adopt a child from another country and bring that child to live in the United States under U.S. immigration law. 

Additionally, a child must meet the definition of a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law in order to be eligible to immigrate to the United States with an IH-3 or IH-4 immigrant visa.

Who Can Adopt

In addition to being found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS, prospective adoptive parents seeking to adopt a child from Croatia must meet the following requirements imposed by Croatia: 

  • Minimum Residency: None. 

  • Age of Adopting Parents: An adoptive parent must be at least twenty-one years old and at least eighteen years older than the adoptee. In certain circumstances with sufficient justification, the adoptive parent may be younger than twenty-one years of age and at least eighteen years older than the adoptee. 

  • Marriage: A child can be adopted by a heterosexual married couple or by a couple in a common-law heterosexual marriage, by one married spouse with the consent of the other spouse, or a single individual.    

  • Minimum Income: The Croatian Family Act does not specify minimum income requirements. The adoption authority relies on the U.S. home study when determining eligibility of prospective adoptive parents. 

  • Other requirements: A child cannot be adopted by persons deprived of parental rights or legal capacity and persons whose previous behavior and personal characteristics indicate that they are not suitable to be entrusted with parental child care. A person cannot adopt her/his blood relative in a straight line, a brother or a sister. In accordance with Article 186 of the Croatian Family Act an adoptive parent, as a rule, can only be a Croatian citizen. In exceptional cases, a foreign citizen can qualify as an adoptive parent if such an adoption would be in the best interest of a child. If the adoptive parent is a foreigner the adoption can be established only with prior approval from the Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy.

Who Can Be Adopted

Because Croatia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, children from Croatia must meet the requirements of the Convention in order to be eligible for intercountry adoption. For example, the adoption may take place only if the competent authorities of Croatia have determined that placement of the child within Croatia has been given due consideration and that an intercountry adoption is in the child’s best interests. 

In addition to qualifying as a Convention adoptee under U.S. immigration law, the child must also meet the following requirements imposed by Croatia: 

  • Eligibility for adoption: A child without parental care and whose parents have given consent to the adoption to the adoption authority or local social services center can be adopted. 

  • Age of Adoptive Child: A child of unknown origin can be adopted after the period of three months of child’s birth or abandonment. A child may be adopted up to age 18.  

Caution: Prospective adoptive parents should be aware that not all children in orphanages or children’s homes are eligible for adoption. In many countries, birth parents place their child(ren) temporarily in an orphanage or children’s home due to financial or other hardship, intending that the child return home when possible.  In such cases, the birth parent(s) have not relinquished their parental rights or consented to the adoption of their child(ren).

How To Adopt

Warning:  Do not adopt a child in Croatia before:  1) USCIS has approved your Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country, 2) the Central Authority of Croatia has determined the child is eligible for intercountry adoption, 3) USCIS has provisionally approved your Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative, and 4) a U.S. consular officer has issued an “Article 5/17 Letter” in the case.  Read on for more information. 

Croatia’s Central Adoption Authority
Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy 

The Process 

Because Croatia is party to the Hague Adoption Convention, adoptions from Croatia must follow a specific process designed to meet the Convention’s requirements. A brief summary of the Convention adoption process is provided below. You must complete these steps in the following order to meet all necessary legal requirements. Adoptions completed out of order may cause significant delays or result in the child not being eligible for an immigrant visa to the United States.

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to act as your primary provider that has been authorized by Croatia’s Central Authority to operate in Croatia

2.  Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt (Form I-800A)

3.  Through your Adoption Service Provider apply to Croatia’s Central Authority to adopt, and be matched with a child

4.  Apply to USCIS for the child to be found provisionally eligible for immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee (Form I-800) and receive U.S. agreement to proceed with the adoption (Art. 5/17 letter)

5. Adopt the child in Croatia

6.  Apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child and bring your child home

 

1. Choose a U.S. Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Provider to Act as Your Primary Provider That Has Been Authorized by Croatia’s Central Authority to Operate in Croatia 

The first step in adopting a child from Croatia is to select an adoption service provider in the United States that has been accredited or approved to provide intercountry adoption services to U.S. citizens and that has been authorized by Croatia’s Central Authority. A primary provider must be identified in each Convention case and only accredited or approved adoption service providers may act as the primary provider in your case. Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, a primary provider is required in every intercountry adoption case. Your primary provider is responsible for:

  • Ensuring that all six adoption services defined at 22 CFR 96.2 are provided consistent with applicable laws and regulations;

  • Supervising and being responsible for any supervised providers, and otherwise complying with the requirements regarding the provision of adoption services using other providers (see 22 CFR 96.14); and

  • Developing and implementing a service plan in accordance with 22 CFR 96.44

For more information on primary providers and the UAA, please see Universal Accreditation Act of 2012. Learn more about Agency Accreditation.

 

2.  Apply to USCIS to be Found Suitable and Eligible to Adopt 

In order to adopt a child from Croatia, you will need to meet the requirements of the Government of Croatia and U.S. immigration law. 

After you choose an accredited or approved adoption service provider, you must be found suitable and eligible to adopt by USCIS by submitting Form I-800A, Application for Determination of Suitability to Adopt a Child from a Convention Country. You will need to submit a home study, provide biometrics, and cooperate in a background check as part of this application.  Read more about Suitability and Eligibility Requirements. Unless an exception applies, the home study must be prepared by a person who is authorized under 22 CFR 96 to prepare home studies and must comply with the requirements in 8 CFR 204.311.

 

3.  Through your Adoption Service Provider Apply to Croatia’s Central Authority to Adopt and Be Matched with a Child 

Submit Your Dossier to the Central Authority
After USCIS determines that you are suitable and eligible to adopt and approves the Form I-800A application, your adoption service provider will provide your approval notice, home study, and any other required information to a court-appointed translator in Croatian for translation of the dossier.  The translator will deliver the completed package to the U.S. Embassy Zagreb Consular Section for submission to Croatia’s Central Authority, who will then forward your application to the adoption authority in Croatia as part of your adoption application. Croatia’s Central Authority will review your application to determine whether you are also suitable and eligible to adopt under Croatia’s law and the Convention. 

Your dossier for the adoption application must include: 

  • Evidence of citizenship of prospective adoptive parents (a certified and authenticated copy of your passport);

  • Evidence of residence of prospective adoptive parents (I-800A and additional evidence such as lease or purchase contracts, utilities bills, etc.);

  • Birth certificates of prospective adoptive parents;

  • Marriage certificate (if applicable);

  • Psychological assessment of prospective adoptive parents;

  • Home study (included in I-800A);

  • Certificate confirming that prospective adoptive parents have completed preparation and counselling concerning intercountry adoption;

  • Evidence of employment and income of prospective adoptive parents (letter of employment from your employer, W2 form, etc.);

  • Evidence that prospective adoptive parents have legal competence (contained within the home study);

  • Evidence that prospective adoptive parents have not lost parental rights;

  • Health certificate of prospective adoptive parents,

  • Criminal records and police certificates;

  • Photographs of adoptive parents, family members and family home; and

  • Written consent of prospective adoptive parents for registration in the Croatian Register of Prospective Adoptive Parents. 

Important: All of the documents prospective adoptive parents submit from the United States must be certified and authenticated by an Apostille seal. They also must be translated into Croatian by a court appointed translator in Croatia. Croatia’s Central Authority may at any time in the process require additional documentation to be submitted. 

Upon submission of complete documentation submitted by your adoption service provider your information will be entered into the Register of Prospective Adoptive Parents in the Republic of Croatia. 

Receive a Referral for a Child from the Central Authority 

If both the United States and Croatia determine that you are suitable and eligible to adopt, and Croatia’s Central Authority has determined that a child is eligible for adoption and that intercountry adoption is in that child’s best interests, the Central Authority in Croatia may provide you with a referral.  The referral is a proposed match between you and a specific child based on a review of your dossier and the needs of the child.  The Central Authority in Croatia will provide a background study and other information, if available, about the child to help you decide whether to accept the referral.  We encourage families to consider consulting with a medical professional and their adoption service provider to understand the needs of the specific child but you must decide for yourself whether you will be able to meet the needs of, and provide a permanent home for, a specific child.  You must also adhere to the recommendations in the home study submitted to USCIS with respect to the number of children and capacity to deal with any special needs of an adoptive child.  Learn more about Health Considerations.  If you accept the referral, the adoption service provider communicates that to the Central Authority in Croatia.  Learn more about this critical decision.

 

4.  Apply to USCIS for the Child to be Found Provisionally Eligible for Immigration to the United States as a Convention Adoptee and Receive U.S. Agreement to Proceed with the Adoption 

Submit a Petition for a Determination on the Child’s Immigration Eligibility 

After you accept being matched with a particular child, you will apply to USCIS for provisional approval for the child to immigrate to the United States by filing the Form I-800, Petition to Classify Convention Adoptee as an Immediate Relative. USCIS will make a provisional determination as to whether the child appears to meet the definition of a Convention adoptee and will likely be eligible to be admitted to the United States. 

Submit an Immigrant Visa Application 

After provisional approval of the Form I-800 petition, you or your adoption service provider will submit a visa application to the consular section of the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb responsible for issuing immigrant visas to children from Croatia.  

You should receive a letter from the National Visa Center (NVC) confirming receipt of the provisionally approved Form I-800 petition and assigning a case number and an invoice ID number. Use this information to log into the Consular Electronic Application Center (CEAC) to file the Electronic Immigrant Visa Application (DS-260) for the child.  Answer every item on the form. If information is not applicable, please write “N/A” in the block.  Please review the DS-260 FAQs, our Online Immigrant Visa Forms page, or contact the NVC at NVCAdoptions@state.gov or +1-603-334-0700 if you have questions about completing the online DS-260 form. The Consular Officer will review the Form I-800 and the visa application for possible visa ineligibilities and will advise you if there are options to waive any noted grounds of inadmissibility. If the medical examination of the child has been completed, then the required medical exam will be considered at this provisional approval stage of the visa review. If the Consular Officer determines that the child appears eligible to immigrate to the United States and that the information provided indicates that the adoption process thus far has complied with the Convention and IAA, he or she will notify the Croatia’s Central Authority by issuing an Article 5/17 letter. The Article 5/17 letter will inform the foreign central authority that U.S. competent authorities have determined the prospective adoptive parents are eligible and suited to adopt, that the child may enter and reside permanently in the United States, and that the U.S. Central Authority agrees that the adoption may proceed. 

In Convention adoptions, prospective adoptive parent(s) may not proceed with an intercountry adoption of a child until the Department of State has issued the Article 5/17 letter. 

Warning:  Do not attempt to adopt a child in Croatia before you receive provisional approval of your Form I-800 petition AND a U.S. consular officer issues the “Article 5/17 Letter” for your adoption case. 

Remember: The consular officer will make a final decision about a child’s eligibility for an immigrant visa later in the adoption process.

 

5.  Meet the Child in Croatia 

  • Croatia’s Central Authority notifies the local adoption authority of your acceptance of the referral and determines the date and time for a meeting between the prospective adoptive parents and a team of experts from Croatia’s Central Authority.

  • The prospective adoptive parents, the team of experts from the adoption authority and the individuals caring for the child meet at the Central Authority in Zagreb.The meeting is held in Croatian language and the prospective adoptive parents must utilize a court-appointed translator if they do not speak Croatian. During the meeting, the prospective adoptive parents will be familiarized with the remaining steps of the intercountry adoption in Croatia, the team of experts will interview the prospective adoptive parents, they will provide detailed information about the child, her/his habits, sleeping patterns, feeding, activities, games, etc. 

  • The adoption authority or local social services center provides written approval for personal contact between the prospective adoptive parents and the child, and schedules the first meeting of the prospective adoptive parents and the child. A minimum of seven meetings on consecutive days for children under three years of age or a minimum of ten meetings on consecutive days for children over three years of age are required.

  • A team of experts from the adoption authority, or local social services center monitors the meetings and prepares a written report. The adoption authority, or local social services center, forwards the report and its conclusion to Croatia’s Central Authority in order to obtain prior approval for adoption.

     

6.  Adopt the Child in Croatia 

Remember:  Before you adopt a child in Croatia, you must have completed the above five steps. Only after completing these steps can you proceed to finalize the adoption. 

The process for finalizing the adoption in Croatia generally includes the following: 

  • Role of Central Adoption Authority: The Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy is responsible for administering intercountry adoption.  The Ministry prepares an adoption approval (or rejection) statement (or Article 17 letter) for submission to the adoption authority (Social Services Center) responsible for the final adoption decree. After the adoption decree becomes effective, the Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy issues a statement certifying that the adoption has been completed in accordance with the Hague Adoption Convention (Article 23 Certificate). 

  • Role of the Court: The Courts have no role in adoption process in Croatia. The adoption is an administrative decision rendered by the competent authority (Social Services Center) in the jurisdiction where a child lives.  

  • Role of Accredited or Approved Adoption Service Providers: Adoption service providers are not allowed to represent parents or assist with required translations and file adoption applications at the Ministry.  Prospective adoptive parents are required to personally participate in adoption proceedings before the competent adoption authority.  

Unless a public domestic authority is providing all adoption services in your case, there must be a U.S. accredited or approved adoption service provider acting as the primary provider in every case. Also, any agency or person providing an adoption service on behalf of prospective adoptive parents in any Convention or non-Convention intercountry adoption case must be accredited or approved, or be a supervised or exempted provider. Adoption service means any one of the following six services:

  • Identifying a child for adoption and arranging an adoption;

  • Securing the necessary consent to termination of parental rights and to adoption;

  • Performing a background study on a child or a home study on a prospective adoptive parent(s), and reporting on such a study;

  • Making non-judicial determinations of the best interests of a child and the appropriateness of an adoptive placement for the child;

  • Monitoring a case after a child has been placed with prospective adoptive parent(s) until final adoption; or

  • When necessary because of a disruption before final adoption, assuming custody and providing (including facilitating the provision of) child care or any other social service pending an alternative placement. 22 CFR 96.2 Definitions. 

Important: Only the child adopted by final and enforceable decision of the competent Croatian authority may leave the territory of the Republic of Croatia. It is not possible for foreign adoptive parents to obtain legal custody of a child in Croatia for the purposes of adoption in the Receiving State. 

  • Adoption Application: See above for the adoption application process. 

  • Time Frame:  After the matching of prospective adoptive parents with a child, the intercountry adoption in Croatia may take approximately 3-6 months to complete.  However, individual timing can vary.    

  • Adoption Fees: 

We encourage prospective adoptive parents to obtain detailed receipts for all fees and donations paid, either by them directly or through your U.S. adoption service provider, and to raise any concerns regarding any payment that you believe may be contrary to the Convention, U.S. law, or the law of Croatia, with your adoption service provider, and, when appropriate, through the Complaint Registry. Improper payments may violate applicable law or create the appearance of buying a child, and could put all future adoptions in Croatia at risk. The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, for instance, makes it unlawful to make payments to foreign government officials to assist in obtaining or retaining business. Further, the IAA makes certain actions relating to intercountry adoptions unlawful, and subject to civil and criminal penalties. These include offering, giving, soliciting, or accepting inducement by way of compensation intended to influence or affect the relinquishment of parental rights, parental consent relating to adoption of a child, or a decision by an entity performing functions as a competent central authority, or to engage another person as an agent to take any such action. 

In the adoption services contract that you sign at the beginning of the adoption process, your adoption service provider will itemize the fees and estimated expenses related to your adoption process. 

Some of the fees specifically associated with adopting from Croatia include: 

The intercountry adoption in the Republic of Croatia is free of charge. However, prospective adoptive parents have to bear the costs of translations, costs of travel and accommodation as well as the administrative fees required by Croatian laws for issuance of a child’s birth certificate and a Croatian passport. Some of the fees may include:              

Written translations (10 -20 USD per page of text)

Simultaneous interpretation services (50 – 60 USD per hour),

Croatian birth certificate, passport and administrative fees (150 – 200 USD).

 

7.  Apply for a U.S. Immigrant Visa for Your Child and Bring Your Child Home 

Once Croatia’s Central Authority gives final approval of the adoption, the local adoption authority, that is, the local social services center that has jurisdiction over the area where a child lives issues a decision on adoption and informs the prospective adoptive parents on how to obtain documents for the child (a birth certificate and a passport). After the decision on adoption becomes valid, the adoption authority, or local social service center submits a decision on adoption to the Vital Records Office in Croatia. 

The Vital Records Office enters the adoptive parents into the Register of Births in accordance with the provisions of the Croatian Family Act. Croatia’s Central Authority issues a certificate that the adoption has been established in accordance with Article 23 of the Convention and delivers a certificate personally to the adoptive parents and submits it to the Central Authority of the receiving State and the local adoption authority enters data on adoption in the Register of Adoptions.  Specifically, you need to apply for three documents before your child can travel to the United States: 

Birth Certificate 

You will need to obtain a birth certificate for your child. 

After you have finalized the adoption in Croatia, you will first need to apply for a new birth certificate for your child.  Your name will be added to the new birth certificate. 

Croatia Passport

Your child is not yet a U.S. citizen, so he/she will need a travel document or passport from Croatia. 

Once your name was entered into the Register of Births you will be able to apply for a child’s Croatian passport. 

U.S. Immigrant Visa

After you obtain the new birth certificate and passport for your child you need to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa for your child from the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb. After the adoption  is granted, visit the U.S Embassy for a final review of the case, and if applicable, the issuance of a U.S. Hague Adoption Certificate or Hague Custody Certificate, the final approval of the Form I-800 petition, and to obtain your child’s immigrant visa. This immigrant visa allows your child to travel home with you and be admitted to the United States as your child. Please contact the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb by email at ZagrebIV@state.gov to schedule your child’s immigrant visa appointment. As part of this process, you must provide the consular officer with the Panel Physician’s medical report on the child if you did not provide it during the Form I-800 provisional approval stage. Read more about the Medical Examination

If the consular officer determines that the child is eligible for an immigrant visa, visa issuance after the final interview generally takes 24 hours. It is not usually possible to provide the visa to adoptive parents on the same day as the immigrant visa interview. You should verify current processing times with the U.S. Embassy in Zagreb before making final travel arrangements.  Additional information on immigrant visa processing can be found on our website.

 

Child Citizenship Act

For adoptions finalized abroad prior to the child’s admission into the United States: An adopted child residing in the United States in the legal and physical custody of the U.S. citizen parent pursuant to a lawful admission for permanent residence generally will acquire U.S. citizenship automatically if the child otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000, including that the child is under the age of eighteen

For adoptions finalized after the child’s admission into the United States:  You will need to complete an adoption following your child’s admission into the United States and before the child turns eighteen for the child (if he or she otherwise meets the requirements of the Child Citizenship Act of 2000) to automatically acquire U.S. citizenship. 

Read more about the Child Citizenship Act of 2000.

Traveling Abroad

Applying for Your U.S. Passport

U.S. citizens are required to enter and depart the United States on a valid U.S. passport. Once your child acquires U.S. citizenship, s/he will need a U.S. passport for international travel. Only the U.S. Department of State has the authority to grant, issue, or verify U.S. passports. 

Getting or renewing a passport is easy. The Department of State’s Passport Application Wizard will help you determine which passport form you need, help you to complete the form online, estimate your payment, and generate the form for you to print—all in one place. 

Obtaining a Visa to Travel to Croatia

U.S. citizens do not require a visa for travel to Croatia for a period of up to 90 days. To find information about obtaining a visa for Croatia, see the Department of State’s Country Specific Information

Staying Safe on Your Trip

Before you travel, it is always a good practice to investigate the local conditions, laws, political landscape, and culture of the country. The Department of State provides Country-Specific Information for every country in the world about various issues, including health conditions, crime, currency or entry requirements, and any areas of instability. 

Staying in Touch on Your Trip

When traveling abroad during the adoption process, we encourage you to enroll with the Department of State through our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country. Enrollment makes it possible for the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in Croatia, to contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Whether there is a family emergency in the United States or a crisis in Croatia, enrollment assists the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in reaching you. 

Enrollment is free and can be done online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

After Adoption

Post-Adoption/Post-Placement Reporting Requirements 

Croatia’s Central Authority requires two post adoption reports. The first report must be submitted by your ASP six months after the adoption.The second report must be submitted by your ASP two years after the adoption. 

We urge you to comply with Croatia’s post-adoption/post-placement requirements in a timely manner. Your adoption service provider may be able to help you with this process. Your cooperation will contribute to Croatia’s positive experiences with U.S. citizen adoptive parents. 

Post-Adoption Resources

Many adoptive parents find it important to find support after the adoption. There are many public and private nonprofit post-adoption services available for children and their families. There are also numerous adoptive family support groups and adoptee organizations active in the United States that provide a network of options for adoptees who seek out other adoptees from the same country of origin. You may wish to take advantage of all the resources available to your family, whether it is another adoptive family, a support group, an advocacy organization, or your religious or community services. Your primary provider can provide or point you to post- placement/post-adoption services to help your adopted child and your family transition smoothly and deal effectively with the many adjustments required in an intercountry adoption.  

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services maintains a website, the Child Welfare Information Gateway, which can be a useful resource to get you started on your support group search. 

COMPLAINTS 

If you have concerns about your intercountry adoption process, we ask that you share this information with the Embassy in Zagreb, particularly if it involves possible fraud or misconduct specific to your child’s case. The Department of State takes all allegations of fraud or misconduct seriously. Our Adoption Comment Page provides several points of contact for adoptive families to comment on their adoption service provider, their experience applying for their child’s visa, or about the Form I-800/A petition process. 

The Complaint Registry is an internet based registry for filing complaints about the compliance of U.S. accredited or approved adoption service providers with U.S. accreditation standards. If you think your provider's conduct may not have been in compliance with accreditation standards, first submit your complaint in writing directly to your provider. If the complaint is not resolved through the provider's complaint process, you may file the complaint through the Complaint Registry.  

Contact Information

U.S. Embassy in Croatia
Address:
Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel: +385-1-661-2200
Fax: +385-1-665-8933
Email: ZagrebACS@state.gov
Internet: http://hr.usembassy.gov 

Croatia’s Adoption Authority
Address:
Ministarstvo za demografiju, obitelj, mlade i socijalnu politiku
Služba za međunarodnu suradnju u području zaštite djece i koordinaciju sustava socijalne sigurnosti
Trg Nevenke Topalušić 1
10000 Zagreb
Croatia
Tel: +385-1-555-7111
Fax: +385-1-555-7222
Email: ministarstvo@mdomsp.hr
Internet: http://www.mdomsp.gov.hr 

Embassy of Croatia
Address:
Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in the United States of America
2343 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C., 20008
Tel: +1-202-588-5899
Fax: +1-202-588-8937; +1-202-588-8936
Email: crocons.washington@mvep.hr 
Internet: http://us.mvep.hr/en/ 
Croatia also has consulates in: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. 

Office of Children’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
CA/OCS/CI
SA-17, 9th Floor
Washington, D.C. 20522-1709
Tel: 1-888-407-4747
Email: Adoption@state.gov 
Internet: adoption.state.gov 

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition:
USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1- 913-214-5808
Email: NBC.Adoptions@uscis.dhs.gov 

For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS National Customer Service Center (NCSC)
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
Internet: uscis.gov 

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Visa Classifications

 
Visa
Classification
Fee Number
of Entries
Validity
Period
A-1 None Multiple 60 Months A
A-2 None Multiple 60 Months A
A-3 1 None Multiple 24 Months
B-1 None Multiple 120 Months
B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
B-1/B-2 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1 None Multiple 120 Months
C-1/D None Multiple 120 Months
C-2 None Multiple 12 Months
C-3 None Multiple 60 Months A
CW-1 11 None Multiple 12 Months
CW-2 11 None Multiple 12 Months
D None Multiple 120 Months
E-1 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2 2 None Multiple 60 Months
E-2C 12 None Multiple 24 Months
F-1 None Multiple 60 Months
F-2 None Multiple 60 Months
G-1 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-2 None Multiple 60 Months A
G-3 None One 60 Months
G-4 None Multiple 60 Months
G-5 1 None Multiple 24 Months
H-1B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-1C None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2A None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2B None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-2R None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
H-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
I None Multiple 60 Months
J-1 4 None Multiple 60 Months
J-2 4 None Multiple 60 Months
K-1 None One 6 Months
K-2 None One 6 Months
K-3 None Multiple 24 Months
K-4 None Multiple 24 Months
L-1 None Multiple 60 Months
L-2 None Multiple 60 Months
M-1 None Multiple 60 Months
M-2 None Multiple 60 Months
N-8 None Multiple 60 Months A
N-9 None Multiple 60 Months A
NATO 1-7 10 None Multiple 60 Months
O-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
O-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-1 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-2 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-3 None Multiple 60 Months 3
P-4 None Multiple 60 Months 3
Q-1 6 None Multiple 15 Months 3
R-1 None Multiple 60 Months
R-2 None Multiple 60 Months
S-5 7 None One 1 Month
S-6 7 None One 1 Month
S-7 7 None One 1 Month
T-1 9 N/A N/A N/A
T-2 None One 6 Months
T-3 None One 6 Months
T-4 None One 6 Months
T-5 None One 6 Months
T-6 None One 6 Months
TD 5 N/A N/A N/A
U-1 None Multiple 48 Months
U-2 None Multiple 48 Months
U-3 None Multiple 48 Months
U-4 None Multiple 48 Months
U-5 None Multiple 48 Months
V-1 None Multiple 120 Months
V-2 None Multiple 120 Months 8
V-3 None Multiple 120 Months 8

Country Specific Footnotes

Visa to be issued with a validity of the duration of the applicant's assignment as indicated in the official note of request but not to exceed 60 months.

Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, please contact the U.S. Embassy or Consulate where you plan to apply if you believe this information is in error or if you have further questions.

Visa Category Footnotes

  1. The validity of A-3, G-5, and NATO 7 visas may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the person who is employing the applicant. The "employer" would have one of the following visa classifications:

    • A-1
    • A-2
    • G-1 through G-4
    • NATO 1 through NATO 6

  2. An E-1 and E-2 visa may be issued only to a principal alien who is a national of a country having a treaty, or its equivalent, with the United States. E-1 and E-2 visas may not be issued to a principal alien if he/she is a stateless resident. The spouse and children of an E-1 or E-2 principal alien are accorded derivative E-1 or E-2 status following the reciprocity schedule, including any reciprocity fees, of the principle alien’s country of nationality.  

    Example: John Doe is a national of the country of Z that has an E-1/E-2 treaty with the U.S. His wife and child are nationals of the country of Y which has no treaty with the U.S. The wife and child would, therefore, be entitled to derivative status and receive the same reciprocity as Mr. Doe, the principal visa holder.  

  3. The validity of H-1 through H-3, O-1 and O-2, P-1 through P-3, and Q visas may not exceed the period of validity of the approved petition or the number of months shown, whichever is less.

    Under 8 CFR §214.2, H-2A and H-2B petitions may generally only be approved for nationals of countries that the Secretary of Homeland Security has designated as participating countries. The current list of eligible countries is available on USCIS's website for both H-2A and H-2B visas. Nationals of countries not on this list may be the beneficiary of an approved H-2A or H2-B petition in limited circumstances at the discretion of the Department of Homeland Security if specifically named on the petition.  

    Derivative H-4, L-2, O-3, and P-4 visas, issued to accompanying or following-to-join spouses and children, may not exceed the validity of the visa issued to the principal alien.

  4. There is no reciprocity fee for the issuance of a J visa if the alien is a United States Government grantee or a participant in an exchange program sponsored by the United States Government.

    Also, there is no reciprocity fee for visa issuance to an accompanying or following-to-join spouse or child (J-2) of an exchange visitor grantee or participant.

    In addition, an applicant is eligible for an exemption from the MRV fee if he or she is participating in a State Department, USAID, or other federally funded educational and cultural exchange program (program serial numbers G-1, G-2, G-3 and G-7).

    However, all other applicants with U.S. Government sponsorships, including other J-visa applicants, are subject to the MRV processing fee.

  5. Under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canadian and Mexican nationals coming to engage in certain types of professional employment in the United States may be admitted in a special nonimmigrant category known as the "trade NAFTA" or "TN" category. Their dependents (spouse and children) accompanying or following to join them may be admitted in the "trade dependent" or "TD" category whether or not they possess Canadian or Mexican nationality. Except as noted below, the number of entries, fees and validity for non-Canadian or non-Mexican family members of a TN status holder seeking TD visas should be based on the reciprocity schedule of the TN principal alien.

    Canadian Nationals

    Since Canadian nationals generally are exempt from visa requirement, a Canadian "TN' or "TD" alien does not require a visa to enter the United States. However, the non-Canadian national dependent of a Canadian "TN", unless otherwise exempt from the visa requirement, must obtain a "TD" visa before attempting to enter the United States. The standard reciprocity fee and validity period for all non-Canadian "TD"s is no fee, issued for multiple entries for a period of 36 months, or for the duration of the principal alien's visa and/or authorized period of stay, whichever is less. See 'NOTE' under Canadian reciprocity schedule regarding applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality.

    Mexican Nationals

    Mexican nationals are not visa-exempt. Therefore, all Mexican "TN"s and both Mexican and non-Mexican national "TD"s accompanying or following to join them who are not otherwise exempt from the visa requirement (e.g., the Canadian spouse of a Mexican national "TN") must obtain nonimmigrant visas.

    Applicants of Iranian, Iraqi or Libyan nationality, who have a permanent resident or refugee status in Canada/Mexico, may not be accorded Canadian/Mexican reciprocity, even when applying in Canada/Mexico. The reciprocity fee and period for "TD" applicants from Libya is $10.00 for one entry over a period of 3 months. The Iranian and Iraqi "TD" is no fee with one entry over a period of 3 months.

  6. Q-2 (principal) and Q-3 (dependent) visa categories are in existence as a result of the 'Irish Peace Process Cultural and Training Program Act of 1998'. However, because the Department anticipates that virtually all applicants for this special program will be either Irish or U.K. nationals, the Q-2 and Q-3 categories have been placed only in the reciprocity schedules for those two countries. Q-2 and Q-3 visas are available only at the Embassy in Dublin and the Consulate General in Belfast.

  7. No S visa may be issued without first obtaining the Department's authorization.

  8. V-2 and V-3 status is limited to persons who have not yet attained their 21st birthday. Accordingly, the period of validity of a V-2 or V-3 visa must be limited to expire on or before the applicant's twenty-first birthday.

  9. Posts may not issue a T-1 visa. A T-1 applicant must be physically present in the United States, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands or a U.S. port of entry, where he/she will apply for an adjustment of status to that of a T-1. The following dependents of a T-1 visa holder, however, may be issued a T visa at a U.S. consular office abroad:

    • T-2 (spouse)
    • T-3 (child)
    • T-4 (parent)
  10. The validity of NATO-5 visas may not exceed the period of validity of the employment contract or 12 months, whichever is less.

  11. The validity of CW-1 and CW-2 visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (12 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

  12. The validity of E-2C visas shall not exceed the maximum initial period of admission allowed by DHS (24 months) or the duration of the transition period ending December 31, 2014, whichever is shortest.

 

 

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General Documents

Croatian Civil Documents are secure documents and are available upon application generally within 1 and 30 days

Birth, Death, Burial Certificates

Birth Certificates

Available

Fees:  20 HRK fee+4 HRK form

Document Name: Rodni list (Birth Certificate)

Issuing Authority:  Matični ured (Civil Registrar)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Silver foil security feature in upper right corner, light blue color, form number 8

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Civil Registrar Clerk

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application is submitted at the Civil Registrar, in person or by individual with legal interest

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  Izvadak iz matice rodjenih (Extract from the Birth Record) form number 5

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Extract from the Birth Record contains information on parents: name, surname, mother’s maiden name, DOB, POB, nationality, citizenship, profession and address. International version in 9 languages is available.


Death/Burial Certificates

Available

Fees: 20 HRK fee+4 HRK form

Document Name:  Smrtni list (Death Certificate)

Issuing Authority: Civil Registrar (Matični ured) having jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Silver foil security feature in upper right corner, light grey color, form number 10.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Registrar Clerk

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application is submitted at the Civil Registrar, by family members or an individual with legal interest

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available

Alternate Documents:  Izvadak iz matice umrlih (Extract from the Death Record) Form number 7.

Exceptions:  None

Comments:  Extract from the Death Record contains information on profession, address, marital status of the deceased, information about reporting individual or institution, declaration of death of a missing person, declaration of death in court procedure.  An international version in 9 languages is available.

Marriage, Divorce Certificates

Marriage

Available

Fees: 20 HRK fee+5 HRK form

Document Name:  Vjencani list (Marriage Certificate)

Issuing Authority: Civil Registrar (Matični ured) having jurisdiction over the locality where the event occurred.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format:  Silver foil security feature in upper right corner, pink color, form number 9

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar Clerk

Registration Criteria:  There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application is submitted at the Civil Registrar, in person, by immediate family members or by an individual with a legal interest.

Certified Copies Available:  Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents:  Izvadak iz matice vjencanih (Extract from the Marriage Record), form number 6.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Extract from the Marriage Record contains additional information on parents of the bride and groom, name and address of the witness and name of the registrar clerk who performed the ceremony. An international version in 9 languages is available.


Divorce

Available

Fees:  100 HRK

Document Name: Rjesenje o razvodu  (Divorce Decree)

Issuing Authority Građanski općinski sud (Municipal Civil Court) which decided the case.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten

Issuing Authority Personnel Title:  Court Clerk

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application for certified copy is submitted in person or by legal representative.

Certified Copies Available: Only certified copies of the divorce decree are available from the court.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Only a divorce obtained through the civil court is legal.

Adoption Certificates | Identity Card | Police, Court, Prison Records | Military Records
Adoption Certificates

Available

Fees: There are no fees

Document Name: Rjesenje o posvojenju (Disposition on Adoption).

Issuing Authority: Centar za socijalnu skrb (Center for Social Services) which has the jurisdiction over the adoptee.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten document with the Center for Social Services seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Director of the Center for Social Services.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Disposition on adoption is issued upon completion of adoption procedure only. The Center for Social Services will forward the information to the Registrar Office.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: Center can issue confirmation certificates to adoptive parents, which they can use for different purposes. Such certificates will contain no confidential information.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Disposition on Adoption contains personal data of adoptee and of the biological parents of the child, personal data of the adoptive parents and if they will or will not be listed as parents. At the age of 18, the adopted child may request the complete adoption record. Adoption records are kept permanently.

Identity Card

Available

Fees: 79.50 HRK for the regular 30 days procedure for adults and children over 5 years. The fee may vary, depending on the age of the applicant and level of the expedited procedure.

Document Name: Osobna iskaznica (Identity Card).

Issuing Authority: Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova -Policijskauprava (Ministy of the Interior – Police Department).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Polycarbonate card in compliance with the International Standard ICAO 9303 security requirements. Since 2015 eID card contains contact chip with inscribed identification data. Contains the photograph, date and place of birth, gender and address of the bearer, serial and registry number and signature.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Police Department Clerk.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person at the police department where the applicant has registered the place of residence. Parents or legal custodians can apply on behalf of minors. Detailed instructions available on the link: stari.mup

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Every citizen of Croatia is entitled to identity card, regardless of age or registered place of residence. Identity card is mandatory for all persons of 18 years of age.

Police, Court, Prison Records

Police Records

Available

Fees: 40 HRK

Document Name: Potvrda o osuđivanosti (Certificate on criminal convictions)

Issuing Authority: Ministarstvo pravosuđa Republike Hrvatske, Uprava za kazneno pravo i probaciju, Odjel za kaznene evidencije, Pododsjek za upravne poslove, Vukovarska 49, Zagreb (Ministry of Justice of the Republic of Croatia, Administration for Criminal Law and Probation, Department for Criminal Record, Administrative Section, Vukovarska 49, Zagreb).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten document with Ministry of Justice seal

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Administrative Clerk.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person, by mail or by legal representative.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  A certificate on criminal convictions (Potvrda o osuđivanosti) issued by the Ministry of Justice shows whether the applicant has been convicted of any crimes and the articles of law he was convicted under. Due to Croatia’s law on expungement, criminal history certificates frequently do not accurately represent an applicant’s criminal history.  Depending on the type of crime and length of punishment, records are expunged after 3, 5, 10, 15, or 20 years.  No criminal offenses are exempt from expungement.
 

Court Records

Available

Fees: 40 HRK

Document Name: Uvjerenje da nije u tijeku istražni postupak, da nije podignuta optužnica, izrečena nepravomoćna osuđujuća presuda ili kazna zatvora (Certificate on no pending charges).

Issuing Authority: Municipal Criminal Court (Općinski kazneni sud) of the district in which the applicant currently resides.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten document with Municipal Court seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Court Clerk

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person or by legal representative.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents:  There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Shows whether the applicant is currently under investigation in any criminal matter.

Prison Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name: Uvjerenje o odsluženoj zatvorskoj kazni (Confirmation on completed prison sentence).

Issuing Authority: Penitentiary institution where the sentence was served.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten document with the penitentiary administration seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Penitentiary director

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person or by legal representative.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Military Records

Available

Fees: There are no fees.

Document Name: Potvrda o odsluzenju vojnog roka (Confirmation on Military Service).

Issuing Authority: Ministry of Defense (Ministarstvo obrane), Field Defense Department according to the registered place of residence in Croatia.

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Typewritten document with MoD seal.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Defense Department Clerk.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person at the Field Defense Department.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: None

Passports & Other Travel Documents | Other Records | Visa Issuing Posts | Visa Services
Passports & Other Travel Documents

Available

Fees: 320 HRK kn+35 HRK administrative fee for regular 30 days procedure.

Document Name: Putovnica (Passport)

Issuing Authority: Ministarstvo unutarnjih poslova – Policijska uprava (Ministry of Interior – Police Department).

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Dark blue cover with Croatian coat of arms and symbol for travel document with contactless chip.  Design and security features are in compliance with the International travel document standard ICAO 9303.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Police Department Clerk.

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining: Application is submitted in person in the police department which has the office for issuance of identity documents, regardless of the registered place of residency of the applicant. Application for minors is submitted by parents or legal custodians. Detailed instructions for passport application can be found here: stari.mup

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: Putni list (Traveling Certificate), issued by Croatian diplomatic missions abroad exclusively for returning travel to Croatia, valid for 30 days.

Exceptions: None

Comments:  Types of Croatian passport: diplomatic, official, special passport for aliens, passport Convention Sept 28, 1954 for stateless persons, passport Convention 28 July, 1951 for refugees.

 

Other Records

Statement of Unmarried Status

Available

Fees:  20 HRK

Document Name: Potvrda o slobodnom bracnom stanju (Free to Marry Certificate).

Issuing Authority: Maticni ured (Civil Registrar)

Special Seal(s) / Color / Format: Light grey document with silver security foil in upper right corner, form number 11.

Issuing Authority Personnel Title: Registrar Clerk

Registration Criteria: There are no registration criteria.

Procedure for Obtaining:  Application is submitted in person according to the registration of residence.

Certified Copies Available: Certified copies are available.

Alternate Documents: There are no alternate documents.

Exceptions: None

Comments: Non-residents may apply for these documents through a Croatian diplomatic or consular mission or by writing directly to the issuing office. The Civil Register (Matični ured) having jurisdiction over a person's birth may issue a certificate (Uvjerenje o slobodnom bračnom stanju) stating that the applicant is not married.

Visa Issuing Posts

Post Title: Embassy

Address: Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 210010 Zagreb

Phone Number: Tel:
 (385) (1) 661-2200

Fax: (385) (1) 661-8933

Visa Services: All visa categories for all of Croatia

Comments / Additional Information: None

Visa Services

All visa categories for all of Croatia, as well as IV and K visas for Slovenian nationals.