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HOW CAN ONE ACQUIRE CITIZENSHIP OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA?

1. Acquiring citizenship by origin

Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia based by origin may be acquired, subject to conditions, by children up to the age of 23, if both or one parent is a Serbian citizen at the time of the child's birth.

2. Acquiring citizenship by admission

A) If you are a foreigner with a minimum three years uninterrupted registered permanent residence in Serbia, who has been released from a foreign citizenship or will be released from it, if admitted to the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia;

B) If you are a foreigner who has been married for at least three years to a Serbian citizen and have been granted permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia;

C) If you are an emigrant from the Republic of Serbia or his/her descendant living permanently abroad (release from foreign citizenship is not required);

D) If you are a Serbian national from the territories of the former SFRY and do not have permanent residence in Serbia (release from citizenship of other SFRY states is not required).

Application form and original documents received by the Consulate General are sent to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia, who make the final decision in regard to the application.

Please note, the application fee does not include translation of documents from English to Serbian.

REGISTRATION OF BIRTH AND CITIZENSHIP OF A CHILD - up to the age of 23.
(Form no. 14. and Form no.13)

A child born abroad may acquire Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, by origin of parents, if at least one parent at the time of its birth is a citizen of the Republic of Serbia. These conditions also apply to persons over the age of 18 and up to the age of 23.

Registration is made through the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia in Sydney by one or both the parents, who are citizens of the Republic of Serbia. For children over the age of 14, their consent is required and has to be signed and certified by a Consular officer in Sydney or by an authorised Justice of the Piece, if lodging the application by mail.

To register the birth and citizenship of a child born overseas, the following is required:

  1. Application Form No.14 (PDF) and Form No.13 (PDF), completed and signed by both parents. If both parents have Serbian citizenship, the application may be submitted by one parent. The application for birth and citizenship will be sent to the Registry in Serbia in the last place of residence of a parent;
  2. Original birth certificate of the child issued by Australia/NZ authorities (not older than six months), stamped with an "APOSTILLE" seal and translated into Serbian language;
  3. Proof of Serbian citizenship of the parents (citizenship certificate). If one parent is not a Serbian citizen, proof of other citizenship is required;
  4. Proof of residence of parents in Australia/NZ (eg. driver licence with current address)
  5. Photocopy of passport of both parents or document of identification with a photograph;
  6. Marriage Certificate of parents, issued by the Registry of Marriages in Serbia (if married outside of Serbia, marriage needs to be registered in the Registry of Marriages in Serbia - see section on "Notification of Marriage" under Consular Services). If the child was born in a de facto relationship, the evidence of paternal recognition is required, stamped with Apostille seal & translated in to Serbian language;
  7. Application fee: for Australia AUD $ 29.00, for NZ $37.00 AUD.

Application fees may be paid in cash at the Consulate; money order or bank cheque made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia” if sent by mail.

INFORMATION ON ADMISSION OF A FOREIGNER - (Form No. 2)

A foreigner who is, under regulations on foreigners’ residency and movement, granted permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia, may be granted citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, provided that they are over 18 years of age and not deprived of legal capacity and released from the citizenship of the foreign country they hold.

The pre-requisite of permanent residence includes three (3) consecutive years of approved temporary residence in the Republic of Serbia, approved by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Serbia.

A foreigner who has at least three years of marriage to a Serbian citizen and who has been granted permanent residence in the Republic of Serbia, may also be granted citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, if they sign a statement accepting Republic of Serbia as his/her country.

Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia may also be granted to a foreigner (and their spouse) whose admission represents an interest to the Republic of Serbia, on recommendation by the competent Ministry. The decision on admission in this case is made by the Government of the Republic of Serbia.

In order to submit the application, the following documents are required:

  1. Completed application form (PDF  or Word )
  2. Signed statement accepting the Republic of Serbia as your state;
  3. Proof of release from foreign citizenship or other evidence that you will be released from that citizenship, if granted citizenship of the Republic of Serbia;
  4. Proof of three continuous years of registered residence in Serbia prior to submitting the application;

If a foreign country does not allow release from citizenship or sets conditions for release that the applicant can not meet, the requirements referred to in point 3 shall not be required if the applicant submits a statement renouncing his/her foreign citizenship upon acquisition of citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.
Renouncement or loss of previous citizenship will not be required if it is not possible or can not be reasonably expected.

INFORMATION ON ADMISSION OF AN EMIGRANT OR HIS/HER DESCENDANT - (Form No. 4)

An emigrant (an individual who emigrated from the Republic of Serbia with intention of permanently living abroad) and his/her descendant may be granted Serbian citizenship if they are over 18 years of age and have legal capacity and if they sign a statement that they accept Serbia to be their country.

In order to submit the application, the following documents are required:

  1. Original Birth Certificate, not older than 12 months from the date of issue (Australian/NZ birth certificates must be verified with the Apostille seal and translated into Serbian language. If children are included in the application their birth certificates must be submitted in the same manner);
  2. Original Marriage Certificate (if married), verified with the Apostille seal, and translated into Serbian.
  3. Proof of Serbian citizenship for at least one of the applicant's ancestors (ie. Citizenship Certificate, not older then 12 months);
  4. If a child over the age of 14 is included in the application, their written consent is required, certified by a Consular officer or an authorised Justice of the Piece;
  5. Signed statement that the applicant accepts Republic of Serbia as his/her country.
  6. Completed Form No.4  (PDF or Word) for admission into the citizenship of Republic of Serbia. Signature of the applicant must be witnessed by a Consular Officer or by the authorised Justice of the Piece.

The application fee: for Australia AUD$ 367.00 (and AUD$375.00 for NZ), may be paid in cash at the Consulate; or by money order or bank cheque made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia”, if sent by mail. 

INFORMATION ON ADMISSION OF SERBIAN NATIONALS FROM FORMER SFRY - (Form No.6)

A member of Serbian or any other nation or ethnic group from the territory of the Republic of Serbia, who does not have residential status in the Republic of Serbia, may be admitted to citizenship of the Republic of Serbia if 18 years and older and has not been deprived of legal capacity and signs a statement accepting Republic of Serbia is his/her country.

In order to submit the application, the following documents are required:

  1. Application Form No. 6 (PDF  or  Word)
  2. Original Birth Certificate, not older than 6 (six) months from the date of issue;
  3. Original Citizenship certificate from the Republic of the former SFRY where the applicant was born, not older than 6 months from the date of issue;
  4. NOTE:  If the applicant did not acquire the citizenship of the country of birth, a confirmation statement issued by the civil registry of that country is required; 
  5. Original Marriage Certificate (if married), not older than 6 months from the date of issue;
  6. Copy of a Document of Identity with a photograph (eg. passport, driver licence);
  7. Signed statement that the applicant accepts the Republic of Serbia as his/her country, witnessed by a Consular officer or an authorised Justice of the Piece;
  8. Children from 14 – 18 years old are required to submit their consent in writing, if included in the application. 

The application fee of AUD$ 367.00 (AUD$375 for NZ) may be paid in cash over the counter at the Consulate; or by money order or bank cheque made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia-Sydney” if sent by mail. 

INFORMATION ON ADMISSION OF SERBIAN NATIONALS WITH REFUGEE STATUS - (Form No.7)

Member of the Serbian or some other nation or ethnic group from the territory of the Republic of Serbia who does not have residence on the territory of the Republic of Serbia may be admitted to citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, if 18 years of age and is not deprived of legal capacity and signs a statement accepting Republic of Serbia as his/her country.

Under these provisions, a person born in a Republic of the former SFRY who held citizenship of that Republic, or citizenship of another Republic of the former SFRY and had escaped to the Republic of Serbia or another country abroad, with established refugee status, or as an internally displaced person, may be admitted into the Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.

In order to submit the application, the following documents are required:

  1. Completed application Form No. 7 (PDF or Word form);
  2. Evidence of permanent or temporary residence in Serbia or abroad;
  3. Original Birth Certificate, not older than 6 months from the date of issue;
  4. Original Citizenship Certificate of the state of birth in former SFRY, not older than 6 months;
  5. Original Marriage certificate (if married), not older than 6 months from the date of issue;
  6. Copy of the Refugee Identity Card (or other proof that the applicant was a refugee in the Republic of Serbia) and Humanitarian/Refugee Visa to Australia;
  7. Copy of a Document of Identity with a photograph;
  8. Consent of a child age between 14 – 18 years old, if included in the application; 
  9. Signed statement that the Applicant accepts the Republic of Serbia as his/her country, certified by a Consular Officer or by an approved Justice of the Piece;

Application fee of AUD$ 131.00 (AUD$139.00 for NZ) may be paid in cash at the Consulate; or by money order or bank cheque made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia”, if sent by mail,.

INFORMATION ON TERMINATION OF SERBIAN CITIZENSHIP BY RELEASE - (Form No. 9)

A citizen of the Republic of Serbia  may be released from the Serbian citizenship, if the following requirements are met:

  1. Applicant is over the age of 18;
  2. has no impediments with military service requirements;
  3. tax and other legal obligations in Serbia have been met;
  4. marrital status and child maintenance responsibilities in Serbia have been regulated,
  5. there is no pending criminal proceeding in Serbia for the crimes prosecuted ex officio, and if sentenced to prison in Serbia - the sentence has been served;
  6. is a holder of a foreign citizenship or submits proof that foreign citizenship will be granted.

Request for Termination of Citizenship is completed on Form No. 9 PDF. Additional Questionary Form must be completed as well and enclosed with the Application and the following documents:

  1. Birth Certificate, not older than 6 months from the date of issue ( if children are included in the Application, their birth certificates should be enclosed ),
  2. Proof of citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, not older than 6 months from the date of issue:
    • Certificate of Serbian Citizenship, not older than 6 months from the date of issue, or;
    • an Extract from the Yugoslav Citizenship Registry that was kept by the Federal Ministry of Internal Affairs and issued in accordance to the law, or;
    • an Extract from the Civil Registry of Birth stating the fact of the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia that has been registered in accordance to the law, not older than 6 months from the date of issue, or;
    • passport of the Republic of Serbia.
  3. Certificate of completed military service or approval of the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Serbia that there are no impediment to termination of the Serbian citizenship in regard to military service requirements;
  4. Certificate or other proof of foreign citizenship or guarantee that foreign citizenship will be granted (and of the children if they are included in the Application),
  5. Consent in writing of the other parent, if the same application seeking termination of citizenship includes children up to the age of 18 (consent of the parent giving the authorization must be certified by the court or the municipal authority in Serbia, or at the Diplomatic/Consular Mission of the Republic of Serbia abroad);
  6. Opinion of the competent guardianship authority in the Republic of Serbia, or opinion of the D/CM of Serbia overseas, if the Applicant and children are residing overseas (in the case of failed marital relationship);
  7. Consent of the child over 14 years of age signed in front of an official of the competent authority in the R. Serbia or at the D/CM of Serbia overseas;
  8. Decree Nisi Made Absolute or Certificate of Divorce (if the parents are divorced) or a copy certified by a competent authority in R. Serbia or by D/CM of Serbia overseas (in case the Application is submitted by a parent who has full custody of a child);
  9. Opinion of the competent guardianship of the R. Serbia or D/CM of Serbia overseas if the other parent doesn’t give approval for termination of the citizenship or his/her residence is unknown, or is deprived of legal capacity or parental rights;
  10. Certificate on the full adoption of a child in cases where the requested termination of the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia includes adopted child under 18 years of age (when the Application is submitted by adoptive parent who is a foreigner, proof of foreign citizenship must be enclosed ).

The application fee of AUD$ 760.00 (AUD$768.00 for NZ) may be paid in cash over the counter at the Consulate, or by bank cheque or money order made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia”.

INFORMATION ON RE-ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA - (Form No. 10)

An individual who was released from the citizenship of Republic of Serbia and acquired a foreign citizenship as well as an individual whose Serbian citizenship was terminated at the request of his/her parents, either by release or by renunciation of the same, may acquire again the citizenship of Republic of Serbia, if he/she is 18 years of age, if he/she have not been deprived of legal capacity and submits a written statement that he/she considers Republic of Serbia as his/her own country.

The application is submitted on Form No.10, with the following documents:      

  1. Original Birth certificate-not older than six months from the date of issue.
  2. A copy of the official Decision stating the release from the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.
  3. Proof of foreign citizenship.
  4. Application Form No. 10 (PDF)) completed and signed by the Applicant. 
  5. Statement accepting the Republic of Serbia as his/hers country, signed in front of a Consular officer or an approved Justice of the Piece.
  6. A photo-copy of Australian/NZ passport.

Application fee of AUD $ 367.00 (AUD$375.00 for NZ) may be paid in cash over the counter at the Consulate; or by money order or bank cheque made out to “The Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia” if sent by mail. 

INFORMATION ON VERIFICATION OF CITIZENSHIP OF THE REPUBLIC OF SERBIA - (Form No. 11)

If you have acquired citizenship of the Republic of Serbia and have not been entered in the birth register or the register of citizens of the Republic of Serbia kept in accordance with the previous regulations, the Ministry of Internal Affairs shall verify and determine your nationality and citizenship at your request.

Upon completion of the verification procedure, the Ministry of Internal Affaires of the Republic of Serbia shall make the final decision and record the person's details in the Registry of Citizens of the Republic of Serbia.
          
Application for verification of citizenship requires the following:

  1. Completed application form No. 11 (PDF or MS Word form);
  2. Evidence that he/she is not registered in the records of citizens of the Republic of Serbia on the territory of Serbia (by place of birth of the Applicant, or by the place of birth or place of residence of parents).
  3. Original birth certificate, not older than 12 months from the date of issue;
  4. Proof of citizenship of parents of the Applicant (ie. citizenship certificate, not older than 12 months);
  5. Original birth certificates of parents, not older than 12 months from the date of issue;
  6. Original marriage certificate of parents, not older than 12 months from the date of issue.
  7. Original marriage certificate of the applicant (if married), not older than 12 months from the date of issue.
  8. A document proving the presumption of citizenship (passport, military records, school certificates etc.).

The application fee is AUD$ 131.00 (AUD$139.00 for NZ) and is payable in cash, over the counter at the Consulate, or by a bank cheque or money order in the name of “the Consulate General of the Republic of Serbia-Sydney".

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For futher information on citizenship please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of RS web site.