Serbia

A third of all raspberries in the world are produced in Serbia.

About Country

    Continent

    Europe

    Capital

    Belgrade

    Population

    8,737,371

    World share 

    0.1 %

    Land area

    87,460 km²

    Official Languages

    - Serbian

    Unofficial Languages

    - Bosnian
    - Hungarian
    - Romani

    Currency

    RSD

    Economy rating

    75

    Economy GDP

    60,435 millions USD

    ВВП на человека

    6,917 USD

Democracy Index

6.22

Flawed
democracy

*

Electoral process and pluralism

8.25
8.25

Functioning of government

5.36
5.36

Political participation

6.67
6.67

Political culture

3.75
3.75

Civil liberties

7.06
7.06

    Crime Rate

    1.2

    Safe zone

    Unemployment

    7.3 %

    Normal unemployment

Expense and Salary

;">

3.26

Bad

*

Average salary

0.88
0.88

Average expense

5.15
5.15

Average rent price

3.74
3.74

    Average salary

    617 USD

    Average expense

    451 USD

    Average rent price

    297 USD

Immigration

    Immigration difficulty

    Normal

    Recommended Savings

    4,484 USD

    Double citizenship

    Allowed

    Official site

    Immigration official website

    Compulsory exams

    Serbian Language Examination B1+

    Passport rating

    38 Amount of countries: 136

Immigration options

Immigration typeRequired TimeFee
Studentfrom 5 to 15 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
162 USD
Employeefrom 5 to 10 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
162 USD
Marriagefrom 7 to 30 days (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)
81 USD
Real estate investmentsfrom 4 to 8 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
162 USD
Family reunificationfrom 7 to 30 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
162 USD
Businessfrom 1 to 15 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)
162 USD


Student

Immigration feeImmigration Time
162 USDfrom 5 to 15 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Invitation letter;
- Color photo;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- Admission documents
Additional Information:
Upon admission to a higher educational institution in Serbia, you receive a residence permit.
Education for foreign citizens is paid, but compared to most other European countries it is quite inexpensive. The approximate cost of annual training is from 3000 to 8000 euros. All diplomas comply with European standards and are recognized worldwide.

Employee

Immigration feeImmigration Time
162 USDfrom 5 to 10 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Invitation letter;
- Color photo;
- Return tickets;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- Working contract
Additional Information:
You can immigrate to Serbia through employment.
To do this, the future employer will have to submit an application himself and prove that he needs you, because hiring the local population is a priority in the country.
At first, the visa is issued only for 3 months, and then you can extend it up to a year with the approval of the police.

Marriage

Immigration feeImmigration Time
81 USDfrom 7 to 30 days (paperwork)
3 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Invitation letter;
- Color photo;
- Return tickets;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- Documents confirming kinship/marriage
Additional Information:
You can get a residence permit when you marry a Serbian citizen.
First, a long-term visitor visa for 3 months is issued. After entering the country, you need to marry.
A visitor visa can be extended for another 3 months and then for another six months if you haven't enough time to get married.
After marriage, you can apply for a residence permit.

Real estate investments

Immigration feeImmigration Time
162 USDfrom 4 to 8 weeks (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Return tickets;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- Documents confirming the purchase of real estate
Additional Information:
One of the easiest ways to immigrate to Serbia is to buy an apartment, land or any other property.
Rates are quite democratic, so it s not difficult to buy housing.
After the purchase of real estate, a residence permit is issued for 6 months, if financial independence is confirmed. After 6 months, the residence permit can be extended for another year.

Family reunification

Immigration feeImmigration Time
162 USDfrom 7 to 30 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Invitation letter;
- Color photo;
- Return tickets;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- Documents confirming kinship/marriage
Additional Information:
You can get a residence permit if you have relatives in Serbia.
The procedure is quite easy, you just need to get a long-term guest visa with an invitation from a relative. The invite is obliged to provide housing, financial support, etc.
Once you are in the country, you can apply for a residence permit.

Business

Immigration feeImmigration Time
162 USDfrom 1 to 15 days (paperwork)
5 years (for citizenship)

List of documents:
- Completed questionnaire;
- International passport;
- Color photo;
- Return tickets;
- Proof of solvency;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- Medical insurance;
- A business plan with a development strategy
Additional Information:
You can get a residence permit when buying a business.
In fact, a business visa has the same conditions as a work visa, the only difference is that you do not need a permit from the labor exchange. You just need to purchase a ready-made business or register an organization, and then get yourself a job.
The authorized capital is 500 euros + 23 euros for business registration.
First, the visa is given for 3 months, and after the expiration of the period, you can apply for a residence permit.

Taxes

The tax system of the Republic of Serbia is built by the Government of Serbia.
Serbia has one of the lowest tax rates.
For VAT, the tax rate is 20% and applies to delivered goods and services, including imported ones. It is paid every month. Financial, banking, insurance, medical and social services are exempt from VAT.
Corporate tax is 15%, capital gains tax is also 15%.
There is no payroll tax in Serbia.
A huge advantage of Serbia is the agreement on the possibility of avoiding double taxation with a large number of countries in the world.
Individuals are subject to income tax (personal income tax) on capital, income, real estate, copyrights, etc.
Excise taxes are a special form of sales tax, which, unlike VAT, taxes the turnover of a smaller number of certain products.
The object of taxation by excise taxes are:
✓ Petroleum products;
✓ Tobacco products;
✓ Soft drinks;
✓ Alcohol and alcoholic beverages;
✓ Beer and wine;
✓ Coffee.
Profit tax is paid by legal entities from the profit received from the sale of goods and services, which is indicated in the tax balance, in accordance with the Income Tax Law.
This tax is paid at the rate of 10% per calendar year.
Non-residents are taxed only on the income they received in Serbia.
Real estate tax is paid at a rate of up to 0.20% in accordance with the Law on Real Estate Tax.
The income tax rate is not more than 15%.
Inheritance tax from 1.5% to 2.5%.
Property tax is taken at a progressive rate of 0.4% to 2%.
In addition, there is no wealth tax in Serbia.

Education

Education in Serbia is divided into 4 stages: preschool, primary, secondary and higher.
Children can be sent to preschool institutions from 6 months, and after the age of 3, the child goes to kindergarten. They come in 3 types: public, private and for children with developmental disabilities.
In Serbia, kindergartens have the form of boarding houses, in which children can arrive 24 hours a day, except 2 weekends. All kindergartens are paid. The next stage is elementary school. There are junior classes (grades 1 to 4) and senior classes (grades 5 to 8). Education is free, but parents must pay for the child's meals at school.
In general, the system is simple, in the lower grades children have one teacher and basic subjects, and in the older ones new subjects are added. At the end, the student passes the exam and receives a diploma.
Then the children choose the next educational institution. It can be a gymnasium, a vocational school or an art school. The main difference is that the gymnasium prepares for further admission to a higher educational institution, the college provides a professional education in any field, and the art school is for those who want to connect their lives with art.
And the last step is higher education. Here the guys also have a choice. These are either universities or higher schools. In the first, students receive an academic education, and in the second, they receive a narrow specialty. Serbian universities have a number of advantages: relatively low tuition fees, a high level of universities and the opportunity to study in English. And what is important, the diploma of the Serbian University is recognized in all European countries.

Healthcare

In Serbia, there is both public and private medicine.
To use the state, you need to have a Health card - this is an analogue of the policy. All services are provided to you for free, but in fact you deduct taxes to the treasury monthly for the opportunity to use this service. The amount of deductions is approximately equal to the cost of a doctor's examination (25 USD).
Everyone who has official sources of income in the country has the right to receive a Health card, since the health insurance tax is paid to the state treasury. Similarly, relatives have the right to receive free medical care. After you have received a health card, you need to visit the Health House you have chosen with it and you will be "attached" to the doctor. Zdravlya houses accept both adults and children.
The alternative to state medicine is private. It's quite expensive. In Serbia, you can both conclude a VMI agreement and use this service once.
So far, private medicine cannot completely replace the state. For serious diseases, operations, it is better to contact state institutions.
Serbia is also a great place to recover from an illness, this is facilitated by a mild climate, a huge number of mud springs, unique nature and clean air. To date, there are a huge number of resorts, wellness centers and about 20 well-equipped resorts in the country.
Serbian medicine offers its patients effective treatment of various urological problems, diseases of the spine, cardiovascular and bone systems, reproductive organs, sexual infections, gastrointestinal diseases, etc. Also, all doctors have high training, they are friendly, and the hospital wards have a cozy atmosphere and modern equipment.
Another advantage of Serbian medicine is the loyal prices for services.

Climate

Serbia is located on the Balkan Peninsula, located in the south-east of Europe.
There are two climates on the territory of the country: a continental climate with warm and humid summers (22 degrees Celsius) and frosty winters (-3 degrees Celsius), and a Mediterranean climate with hot summers (25 degrees Celsius) and fairly warm winters (5 degrees Celsius).
The coolest month is January (the maximum temperature can reach -25 degrees Celsius), and the warmest month is July (the maximum temperature is up to 45 degrees Celsius).
The rains are short and heavy. Most precipitation falls in summer. The average annual precipitation is 896 mm.
The country is surrounded by fairly warm seas - the Black Sea, the Adriatic and the Aegean Sea. Also an important factor that determines the climate is the mountainous terrain. The highest point in Serbia is Mount Djaravica. There are many rivers in the Serbian Highlands. The largest river in the country , the Danube , has a length of 588 km . Some of the largest tributaries of this river are the Tisza, Sava and Morava. The Danube is navigable throughout its entire length, it connects Serbia with five European countries. The Sava, Drava and Tisza rivers are also accessible for navigation and are used for cargo transportation. Lake Shkoder is located in the south of the country and borders Albania.
The main types of vegetation in Serbia are steppes, coniferous, broad–leaved and mixed forests in the mountains and Mediterranean thickets of trees and shrubs on the slopes.
Serbia borders Hungary in the north, Romania in the northeast, Bulgaria in the southeast, Macedonia in the south, Bosnia and Herzegovina in the west, Croatia in the northwest.

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