Post by johnnyenglish on Apr 26, 2011 7:15:46 GMT 1
Any foreign (ie. not Croatian) documents I've needed in the past always had to be certified by the Apostille, it's an office where documents get stamped as genuine and get an "international" certificate of authenticity attached to them so that they are legally acceptable as genuine anywhere.
Costs about €40 per document if I recall. A bit steep, especially if you need several documents done. The Apostille office I was using was in London, I'm not sure how many of these offices there are, but they can also process your documents by post.
Post by johnnyenglish on Apr 26, 2011 13:02:14 GMT 1
Ok, after my wife spoke directly to MUP, it would seem all of the above information is correct with some exceptions:
1) They only seem interested in the income of the spouse, ie. the partner which is a Croatian national. I've not been asked to produce any proof of my income. For a married couple with no kids, 2000kn per month seems to be the minimum requirement. I think it was around 3000kn if you have kids.
2) They need a document from my home country which states that I'm not a criminal or have any legal actions pending against me. I had to produce one of those before, but it seems they need another one. In my case as a British citizen, such a document is available from New Scotland Yard. If I recall correctly from last time, Scotland Yard said it would take up to 40 days to issue this, however I believe in the end I got it within about 10 days. It then needs to be translated into Croatian by a registered translator, and the original needs to have an approval by the apostille attached.
3) Proof of health insurance isn't as simple as flashing the HZZO card, apparently a document needs to be obtained from the health office. Apparently fairly straightforward.
4) The wedding certificate needs to be no older than 3 months. A copy can be drawn up by the issuing office, again pretty straightforward.
In order to proceed, I need to make sure I get an entry stamp in my passport as soon as I arrive at the border, then go directly to MUP and get a 3 month tourist visa. Once I've done that and legally established my entry into Croatia, I can submit all the other bumpf for temporary residency via "family reunification". It can be renewed each time it's up for expiry (1 year) without having to leave the country. This temporary residency allows me to work and/or have a business.
To get police check you don't have to contact New Scotland Yard, although they might supply the service. Often it is just the local police station from the town you are from. You can get them to mail you the form, fill it in, then send the form and a cheque back for processing. As you rightly say, it can take up to 40 days, but less if your squeaky clean. They may send it to you abroad, although I have never tried this?
Once you have your HR yearly visa, you will no longer need a police check as they can then check your record here and go by that (so be good).
For the Health waver, go to the Croatian National Health Insurance agency and they will print you out a waver. It should be free of charge. I once posted info on it on this forum of the form, so do a search.