How To Obtain A Temporary Stay Visa In Serbia
HOW DOES IT WORK?
This is the VISA you will be given when you move temporarily to Serbia. It will allow you to stay from three months up to one year and after this period, you can extend your permit for the same period every year until you decide to leave the country.
You can only request this temporary stay VISA if you have valid reasons to stay in the country for more than three months (employment, education, professional activities, scientific research, practical training, family rejoining…etc).
You have to apply for this VISA once you are in Serbia, you cannot submit the paperwork before you enter the country.
Depending on which type of VISA you are asking for (due to work in Serbia, student VISA, etc.) you might need to bring slightly different documentation, but the points listed below are the most common ones.
If you are asking for a temporary VISA due to work reasons your employer will help you with the process. If you are a student, your university or college will be able to help you with the process for international students.
- 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 residence (if you are not residing in your native country)
- White card registration
- Proof of sufficient funds for staying in Serbia
- Health insurance
- Proof of payment for VISA fee
WHAT IS THE PROCESS?
1. Firstly, you need to submit the temporary stay VISA application and full documentation to the Serbian immigration services, located in Savska 35, the police station from Savski Venac. You will have to be present and take a short interview with the officers with – some personal questions are part of an ordinary check.
It normally takes one month to obtain the permit, but in certain cases can go up to three months, so don’t delay in submitting your application.
When the application is approved, you will get a valid VISA for a period from three to six months (regardless of whether you are staying longer than that). 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.
- The working hours of the immigration services office are Monday to Friday from 09h until 13h, so make sure you go within this time frame, otherwise you will have to come back another day.
- You don’t need to book an appointment as it works with first-come, first-serve basis. This first meeting with the immigration services will take you around 1 h.
- When you enter the main office to submit the documentation you will get instructions to pay for the VISA fee at the main desk in the entrance of the building.
- When you finish with the payment, come back to the office and give the receipt to the officers. In the next few minutes you will be called for a short interview.
- Once you have finished the interview, the officers will give you a receipt (written in Cyrillic) with the date you have to come back to collect the VISA.
- On the day of your VISA collection, bring the passport and receipt from 09h until 13h to the same immigration office and you will be asked to leave your passport there and come back and collect it from 14h until 15h. Your passport will then have the VISA sticker.
- Remember that every time you want 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 as described above but should be quicker, as your details will be registered in the immigration database.
If you want some further advice, you can always contact the Embassy or Consulate of the Republic of Serbia abroad – but remember they won’t be able to process any paperwork for you.