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ADMISSION OF EMIGRANTS INTO CITIZENSHIP

ADMISSION OF REFUGEES, OUTCAST OR DISPLACED PERSONS INTO CITIZENSHIP

ADMISSION OF MEMBER OF SERBIAN NATION INTO CITIZENSHIP

ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP BY ORIGIN

VALIDATION OF CITIZENSHIP

RE-ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP (REINTEGRATION)

TERMINATION OF CITIZENSHIP

 

 

ADMISSION OF EMIGRANTS INTO CITIZENSHIP

Emigrant (an individual who emigrated from Republic of Serbia with intention of permanently living abroad) and his/her descendant can be admitted into the citizenship of Republic of Serbia under condition that he/she is full 18 years old, that his/her work capabilities are not compromised and that he/she submits a written statement stating that he/she recognizes the Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. (Article 18, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request for admission into the citizenship (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the  applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form MS Word or  PDF format) that he/she recognizes Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. Signature must be notarized  by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. If a statement is signed that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (MS Word or PDF format), then it must be submitted with a completed application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, it must be signed before a notary. If the application is filed along with the given statement it is not necessary to submit documents under Section 6.
  4. Original or a certified copy of US Birth Certificate notarized with a  Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents of the state in which the applicant was born. The applicant must submit a certified translation of the Birth Certificate into Serbian language. Translation also may be made and certified at the Consulate General for a specified fee.
  5. Original or a certified copy of US Marriage certificate notarized with an Apostille with a certified translation of the document into Serbian language.
  6. Birth Certificate for ancestor/s born in the Republic of Serbia and who had citizenship of the Republic of Serbia. This document/s need to be submitted if the applicant signs a statement allowing the competent authority of the Republic of Serbia to officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process, and fill out forms under Section 3.
  7. Photocopies of the old passports and other documents available to the applicant.
  8. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License).
  9. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

In case where an adolescent is included in the request:

  • Request and statement are signed by the parent. The signature must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person;
  • Statement of the agreement by other parent (Form MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, the signature must be notarized by the Notary Public. 
  • A child between 14 and 18 years of age must sign a statement (Form MS Word  or PDF format) in front of the Notary Public or in the Consulate General that he/she is in agreement with the request submitted by the parents for the admission into citizenship.
  • Children born in USA require a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified by an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents and translated into Serbian.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 256.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • If the request is submitting by the family, consular fee for whole family (parents and children who are minors) amounts $ 292.00.
  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.
  • Fee for the notarization of signature on the statement of consent by child 14 to 18 years of age is $36.00.   
     

 

ADMISSION OF REFUGEES, OUTCAST OR DISPLACED PERSONS INTO CITIZENSHIP


An individual born in another republic of former Yugoslavia who had citizenship of that republic or is a citizen of another country formed on the territory of former Yugoslavia who is a refugee, outcast or displaced person resides in the territory of the Republic of Serbia or is a refugee abroad, can be accepted into the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia under following conditions: that the individual is full 18 years of age, that his/her work capabilities are not compromised, and that he/she submits a written statement stating that he/she recognizes the Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. (Article 23, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request for admission into the citizenship (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the  applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form MS Word or  PDF format) that he/she recognizes Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. Signature must be notarized  by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. Original Birth Certificate, not older than six months (for those born in USA a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified with an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents in the state in which the applicant was born;  also certified translation of this document into Serbian).
  4. Original Marriage Certificate (verified with an Apostille and translated into Serbian language - if marriage was concluded in USA).
  5. Original Citizenship Certificate of another country formed on the territory of former Yugoslavia, not older than six months from the date of issue.
  6. Proof of refugee status or proof that the applicant has been outcast of displaced.
  7. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card,  Driver’s License).
  8. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

In case where an adolescent is included in the request:

  • Request and statement are signed by the parent. The signature must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person; 
  • Statement of the agreement by other parent (Form MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, the signature must be notarized by the Notary Public.
  • A child between 14 and 18 years of age must sign a statement (Form MS Word  or PDF format) in front of the Notary Public or in the Consulate General that he/she is in agreement with the request submitted by the parents for the admission into citizenship.
  • Children born in USA require a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified by an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents and translated into Serbian.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 99.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • If the request is submitting by the family, consular fee for whole family (parents and children who are minors) amounts $135.00.
  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.
  • Fee for the notarization of signature on the statement of consent by child 14 to 18 years of age is $36.00.    

 

ADMISSION OF MEMBER OF SERBIAN NATION INTO CITIZENSHIP


A member of Serbian nation, who do not reside within the territory of the Republic of Serbia, may be admitted into the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia provided that he/she is 18 years of age, that his/her work capabilities are not compromised, and that he/she submits a written statement stating that he/she recognizes the Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. (Article 23, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request for admission into the citizenship (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the  applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form MS Word or  PDF format) that he/she recognizes Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. Signature must be notarized  by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. If a statement is signed that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (MS Word or PDF format), then it must be submitted with a completed application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, it must be signed before a notary. If the request is submitted along with the statement in this case it is not necessary to submit the documents filed in the official records of the Republic of Serbia.
  4. Original Birth Certificate not older than one year (for those born in USA a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified with an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents in the state in which the applicant was born;  also translation of this document into Serbian).
  5. Original of the Marriage Certificate (if the marriage was entered into in the USA, it must be certified an Apostille seal and translated into Serbian language).
  6. Original Citizenship Certificate (if citizenship of another countiry formed on the territory of former Yugoslavia, not older than one year from the date of issue).
  7. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License).
  8. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

In case where an adolescent is included in the request:

  • Request and statement are signed by the parent. The signature must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person;
  • Statement of the agreement by the other parent (Form MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, the signature must be notarized by the Notary Public. 
  • A child between 14 and 18 years of age must sign a statement (Form MS Word  or PDF format) in front of the Notary Public or in the Consulate General that he/she is in agreement with the request submitted by the parents for the admission into citizenship.
  • Children born in U.S.A. require a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified by an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents and translated into Serbian.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 256.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • If the request is submitting by the family, consular fee for whole family (parents and children who are minors) amounts $ 292.00.
  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.
  • Fee for the notarization of signature on the statement of consent by child 14 to 18 years of age is $36.00.

 

ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP BY ORIGIN

A person older than 18 years of age, born abroad, whose one parent at the time of his birth was a citizen of the Republic of Serbia, while the other parent was a foreign citizen, can acquire the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia through origin if by his 23rd birthday he submits a request to be registered into the evidence of the citizens of the Republic of Serbia. (Article 10, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. If the applicant signs a statement (MS Word or PDF format) that a competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process it is necessary to complete this application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, the same must be signed before a notary. If the application is filed along with the given statement, in that case it is not necessary to submit documents under Sections 3, 5 and 6.
  3. Proof that the applicant was not registered in the evidence of citizens of the Republic of Serbia at the place of birth or residence of the parent(s) at the time of applicant's birth. It is not necessary to submit this proof if a statement is signed authorizing that it may be obtained through official channels.
  4. Original or a certified copy of American Birth Certificate, certified by Apostille seal (Secretary of State Office of the state in which the child was born) and translated into Serbian language. Translation also may be made at the Consulate General for a specified fee.
  5. Original Citizenship Certificate for parents, not older than one year. It is not necessary to submit these documents if the applicant signs a statement that the proof of citizenship of Serbia for parents may be obtained through official channels.
  6. A copy of marriage certificate for parents issued by the competent authorities of the Republic of Serbia. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement that the said document may be obtained through official channels.
  7. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License).
  8. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

Consular fee in the amount of $15.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.

 

 VALIDATION OF CITIZENSHIP


A person, who acquired citizenship of the Republic of Serbia, while not entered into the book of vital records of birth or into the evidence of citizens of the Republic of Serbia, can submit request for the validation of citizenship. (Article 44, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. If a statement is signed that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (MS Word or PDF format), then it must be submitted with a completed application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, it must be signed before a notary. If the application is filed along with the given statement, in that case it is not necessary to submit documents under Sections 3, 5 and 6.
  3. Proof that the applicant was not registered in the evidence of citizens of the Republic of Serbia at the place of birth or residence of the parent(s) at the time of birth of the applicant. It is not necessary to submit this proof if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels.
  4. Original Birth Certificate (for those born in USA a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified with an Apostille at the Office of Secretary of State – Office for Authentication of Documents in the state in which the applicant was born. Also along with the copy of the Birth Certificate, applicant must submit a certified translation of same into Serbianlanguage. Translation also may be made and certified at the Consulate General for a specified fee.
  5. Original Citizenship Certificate of the Republic of Serbia for parents, not older than one year. If the applicant signs a statement that data on the nationality of Serbia for the parents may be obtained through official channels then it is not necessary to submit this document.
  6. Marriage Certificate for parents. If the applicant signs a statement that the Serbian Marriage Certificate may be obtained through official channels then it is not necessary to submit this document.
  7. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License);
  8. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 97.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.
     

 

RE-ACQUISITION OF CITIZENSHIP (REINTEGRATION)

A person who was released from the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia and acquired a foreign citizenship as well as an individual who, at the request of his/her parents, terminated citizenship of Republic of Serbia by a release from or renunciation of same, can again acquire citizenship of Republic of  Serbia if he/she is full 18 years of age, if his/her work capabilities are not compromised and if he/she submits a written statement that he/she considers Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. (Article 34, Law on Citizenship)

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form MS Word or  PDF format) that he/she recognizes Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. Signature must be notarized  by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. If a statement is signed that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (MS Word or PDF format), then it must be submitted with a completed application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, it must be signed before a notary. If the application is filed along with the given statement, in that case it is not necessary to submit documents under Sections 4 and 6.
  4. Copy of document on discharge from the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels.
  5. Proof of foreign citizenship.
  6. Original Serbian Birth Certificate. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels.
  7. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License).
  8. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 255.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.
 

 

TERMINATION OF CITIZENSHIP


Citizen of the Republic of Serbia terminates his/her citizenship of the Republic of Serbia by submission of request for release from same and if he/she fulfills the following conditions:

  • applicant is full 18 years of age;
  • if male, has no impediments regarding military service;
  • has satisfied all taxes and other obligations required by law of the Republic of Serbia;
  • has regulated legal obligations pertaining to ownership within the marriage and regarding the familial relations between parents and children in respect to persons residing in Serbia;
  • that in Serbia there is no criminal investigation or legal action in connection with a felony against him/her, or if he/she was sentenced to an incarceration, that the given sentence has been carried out and served;
  • that he/she has a foreign citizenship or proof that he/she will be admitted into the foreign citizenship. (Article 28, Law on Citizenship).

The following documents are required:

  1. Completed request (Form MS Word or PDF format) and questionnaire (Form MS Word or PDF format). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. If a statement is signed that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (MS Word or PDF format), then it must be submitted with a completed application form (MS Word or PDF format). If the statement is not signed at the Consulate General, it must be signed before a notary. If the application is filed along with the given statement, in that case it is not necessary to submit documents under Sections 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7.
  3. Original Birth Certificate (as well as for a minor child if included in the request). It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels under Section 2.
  4. Original Certificate of Citizenship of the Republic of Srbia, not older than one year. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels under Section 2.
  5. Certificate of the relevant Court in Serbia that there is no legal action in connection with a felony. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels under Section 2.
  6. Tax Clearance Certificate. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels under Section 2.
  7. Certificate on fullfiled legal obligations pertaining to ownership within the marriage and regarding the familial relations between parents and children in respect to persons residing in Serbia. It is not necessary to submit this document if the applicant signs a statement which allows that the data may be obtained through official channels under Section 2.
  8. Proof on foreign citizenship or a guarantee of acceptance into foreign citizenship (as well as for a minor child if included in the request);
  9. Written agreement by the other parent (Form MS Word of PDF format), if the request includes a minor child under 18 years of age (signature of the parent must be notarized by Notary Public if the request is not submitted at the Consulate General);
  10. A child between 14 and 18 years of age must sign a statement (Form MS Word  or PDF format) in front of the Notary Public or in the Consulate General that he/she is in agreement with the request submitted by the parent(s) for the termination of citizenship;
  11. Proof of residence in the USA (photocopy of Green Card, Driver’s License).
  12. Photocopy of passport. It must be notarized by the Notary Public, if the request is not submitted in person.

Consular fee in the amount of $ 567.00 must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Consulate General of Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • Each document in English must have a certified translation into Serbian language. If the translation of the document is forwarded by mail the Consulate General performs a notarization of the translation for a fee of $34.00 per each document. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is $78.00 for each such document.
  • Fee for the notarization of signature on the statement of consent by the other parent is $36.00.
  • Fee for the notarization of signature on the statement of consent by child 14 to 18 years of age is $36.00.

 

Note: In addition to the above the Consulate General may require additional documents when applying in relation to the citizenship. Also, incomplete requests can not be submitted for processing and will be returned to the applicant at his/her own expense.

More information on the citizenship of the Republic of Serbia can be found here.

For additional information, please contact Consulate General.