The new law regulates in detail the basis for obtaining temporary residence whereby new basis has been introduced, as well as the previously applied basis that had not been legally prescribed.
Temporary residence may be granted based on: employment, professional training, training and practice, scientific research or other scientific educational activities, family reunification, for providing religious services, treatment or care, ownership of real-estate, humanitarian stay, status of an assumed trafficking victim, status of human trafficking victim and other justified reasons pursuant to the law or international treaties.
A foreigner who has been granted residence on any of the aforementioned bases is obliged to stay in the Republic of Serbia in accordance with the purpose for which the stay has been approved.
A foreigner who legally entered the Republic of Serbia and did not need a visa to do so, as well as a foreigner who entered the Republic of Serbia with a long-stay visa, files an application for temporary residence within 90 days following the last entry, i.e. during the validity of the long-stay visa.
Temporary residence may be approved for the period of up to one year and may be extended for the same period. Application for extending temporary residence is filed at least three months in advance and not later than 30 days prior to the expiry of the validity of the temporary residence.
Temporary residence is issued in the form of a temporary residence stamp in the foreign travel document and its validity period has to exceed the period of residence by at least three months.
Additional information on getting a residence can be found in our blog on getting a residence permit in the Republic of Serbia.