I am Canadian trying to get my Croatian citizenship. My father was born in Croatia (Rijeka). He moved to Canada with my grandparents (also Croatian) when he was 8 years old. He doesnt have a birth certificate but a baptismal certificate (I forget the actual name of this)...obviously at that time, it would state he was from Yugoslavia.
I read that the citizenship laws are changing and there wont be a language requirement anymore. I do know some Croatian, probably at A2 level. Does anyone have experience with this updated process? Is there any way for me to do this without relying on their paperwork? If I call myself, will them seeing his name or my grandparents be enough for "proof"?
Also is there anyone who has used a lawyer who was helpful for this? I have contacted my embassy but this was before the updated processes.
I don't know about the updated process but we have had customers in a similar situation as you describe. The problems arise when the MUP people want to know which nationality your father was when in Yugoslavia. Without saying it out loud, they want to know if he was Croatian, Serb, Bosniak... whatever. Your difficulty may be in convincing them he is Croatian and thus help clear the path for your attempt to gain your domovnica.
Last December I had two people send me info about the language test being discontinued but my papers were already in Zagreb. My father's nationality is listed as "Yugoslav" on my birth certificate but I have an original copy of his baptism certificate that lists him as "Roman Catholic" and "Croatian" and used those for my citizenship application.
You will absolutely need your father's paperwork and if you have your grandparent's paperwork that should also help. My application is a little more complicated since I had to request my father's birth certificate from BiH.