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Matters of citizenship have been regulated by the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia and the Law on Amendments to the Law on Citizenship of the Republic of Serbia.


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 drzavljanstvo-iseljenik-clan 18.doc). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form Drzavljanstvo-Izjava.doc) that he/she recognizes the Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. The signature must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. The statement that the competent authority in the Republic of Serbia may officially obtain the data necessary for the decision-making process (ZUP.Obrazac.drzavljanstvo.doc). 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. 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 (by Notary Public) of Canadian Birth Certificate. The applicant must submit a translation of the Birth Certificate into the Serbian language. Translation also may be made and certified at the Embassy for a specified fee.
  5. Original or a certified copy (by Notary Public) of Canadian Marriage certificate with a translation of the document into the Serbian language.
  6. Proof of Canadian Citizenship (Certificate of Canadian Citizenship)
  7. Birth Certificate for ancestor/s born in the Republic of Serbia and who had citizenship of the Republic of Serbia. This document/s doesn't 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.
  8. Photocopies of the old passports and other documents available to the applicant.
  9. Any document which could be the proof of Serbian origin for ancestors 
  10. Proof of residence in Canada (photocopy of Permanent Residence Card) if not a Canadian citizen.
  11. Photocopy of the Canadian passport.

In the case where an adolescent is included in the request:

  • Request and statement are signed by the parent.
  • Statement of the agreement by another parent (Form Drzavljanstvo-IzjavaRoditelja-Prijem.doc).
  • A child between 14 and 18 years of age must sign a statement (Form Drzavljanstvo-IzjavaDeteta-Prijem.doc) that he/she is in agreement with the request submitted by the parents for the admission into citizenship.
  • Children born in Canada require a certified copy of the Birth Certificate which is verified by Notary Public and translated into Serbian.

The consular fee in the amount of 324 CAD must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • If the request is submitting by the family, the total consular fee for the whole family (parents and children who are minors) amounts 324 CAD.
  • Each document in English must have a translation into the Serbian language. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is 81 CAD for each such document.
  • It takes approximately 18 months to process this kind of application by the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.

ADMISSION OF THE MEMBER OF SERBIAN NATION INTO CITIZENSHIP

A member of the 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 drzavljanstvo-clan 23-stav2.doc). The signature of the applicant must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  2. Statement (Form Drzavljanstvo-Izjava.doc) that he/she recognizes the Republic of Serbia as his/her own country. The signature must be notarized by the Notary Public if the request is not submitted in person.
  3. If an applicant was born in one of the former Republics of Yugoslavia, original Birth Certificate (Rodni list) and the Certificate of Citizenship (Domovnica, Uvjerenje o državljanstvu) not older than one year from the date of issuance. If you are a Canadian Citizen too, then you should submit the copy of the Certificate of Naturalization certified by Notary Public along with a translation into the Serbian language.
  4. If an applicant was born in the Republic of Serbia, the following form should be submitted: ZUP.Obrazac.drzavljanstvo.doc, authorizing the authorities of Serbia to obtain necessary documents in Serbia.
  5. If an applicant was born in Canada - Original Birth Certificate or the photocopy verified by Canadian Notary Public, along with the translation into the Serbian language. Also, the proof of Canadian Citizenship – the Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, also translated into the Serbian language.
  6. If the applicant is married, the original Canadian Marriage Certificate or a photocopy verified by Canadian Notary Public along with the translation into the Serbian language. If the marriage was concluded in the former Yugoslavia, original Marriage Certificate (Vjenčani list), not older than one year since the date of issuance.
  7. Proof of residence in Canada (photocopy of Permanent Residence Card, photocopy of work permit, photocopy of Canadian passport).
  8. Photocopy of passport.

In the case where an adolescent is included in the request:

The consular fee in the amount of 324 CAD must be paid by cash or Money Order payable to the Embassy of Serbia. Consular fee is non-refundable.

Notes:

  • If the request is submitting by the family, the total consular fee for the whole family (parents and children who are minors) amounts 324 CAD.
  • Each document in English must have a translation into the Serbian language. If the document is sent without the translation then the fee for its translation and notarization is 81 CAD for each such document.
  • It takes approximately 18 months to process this kind of application by the Ministry of Interior of Serbia.