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Immigrate to Macedonia

Updated on Wednesday 23rd August 2023

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Immigrate to Macedonia
 
Immigration to Macedonia is a simple process and involves certain types of visas for non-EU countries. With the help of our immigration lawyers in North Macedonia, you can find out the formalities to relocate to Macedonia and obtain a residence permit. We also offer specialized legal advice for those interested in Macedonian citizenship and for those who want to start a business in Macedonia.
 
 
 
 Quick Facts  
Entry visa requirement (from EU)  (YES/NO)

No

Entry visa requirement (outside EU) (YES/NO)

Yes

Types of visas available

- entry visa,

- business visa,

- employment visa  

Time frame for obtaining work visa (approx.) 

Around 7 days

Validity of temporary residence permit

1 year

Temporary residence permit renewal requirements

Proof of personal funds, domicile, clear criminal record

Documents for obtaining a residence permit

- valid passport,

- health insurance,

- bank statements,

- proof of accommodation

Time frame for obtaining permanent residence (approx.)

After living for at least 3 years in Macedonia

Investor Visa availability (YES/NO) Yes
Start-up Visa Scheme availability (YES/NO) Yes
Sponsorship requirement (YES/NO)

Yes

Time frame for obtaining citizenship

After living at least 8 years in Macedonia

Citizenship/Residency by investment scheme availability (YES/NO)

Yes

Taxation of foreign citizens

- 10% rate for incomes up to MKD 1,080,000;

- 18% on the difference above MKD 1,080,000

Tax benefits for expats

Taxation for non-residents is made on the income generated in Macedonia

 

Types of visas that are required for Macedonia 

 
Citizens of the European Union and those in the Schengen Area do not need a visa to immigrate to Macedonia. Things are changing for those who want to move to North Macedonia from non-EU countries. Here are some examples of visas for Macedonia:
 
  • Short-term visa - is valid for 90 days and is issued for the visit to Macedonia.
  • Tourist visa - foreigners can visit this country and live for 90 days, in a period of 180 days. This type of visa can be obtained from the consulate and embassy.
  • Business visa - Those who want to do business in Macedonia can apply for this type of visa. And those who want to participate in training or business meetings must apply for this visa. You can find out more about immigration to Macedonia from our lawyers.
  • Family visa - Family reunification is possible with this type of visa. If you have relatives in Macedonia and want to immigrate to Macedonia, then this visa is required.
  • Student D visa - this type of visa is intended for those who want to stay more than 3 months in Macedonia, for courses. College sponsorship is required. You can talk to us about how to immigrate to Macedonia.
  • Work visa - is issued for a period longer than 3 months, and the authorities require a copy of the employment contract.
 
If you want more about visas and North Macedonia immigration, we invite you to talk to our specialists. We offer legal advice and we can deal with the formalities involved if you want to immigrate to Macedonia. You can also watch the following video presentation we have prepared:
 

 
 

How do I obtain a residence permit in Macedonia?

 
A residence permit is required for those wishing to stay more than 3 months in Macedonia. Let's review the conditions for obtaining this important document:
 
  • Evidence of accommodation in Macedonia.
  • A valid passport.
  • Bank statements.
  • Health insurance.
 
Work and residence permits can be issued at the same time. We mention that the applicants must prove educational degrees, employment contracts, and criminal records. Please note that the document formalities can be handled by our immigration lawyers in Macedonia. They can also give you complete details on how to relocate to Macedonia.
 

Retire to Macedonia

 
Foreigners who want to retire and move to North Macedonia can do so in a fast manner. The formalities are simple, and among them, proof of pension for the last 6 months. You can discuss more about immigration to Macedonia with our lawyers.
 
How you can immigrate to Macedonia
 

Obtaining the permanent residence permit in Macedonia

 
Foreign citizens who have lived in Macedonia for at least 5 consecutive years can apply for a permanent residence permit. One of the conditions is that they must not leave the country for a period longer than 6 months. But there are other formalities imposed:
 
  • Documents such as a valid passport, and temporary residence permit attesting permanent domiciliation in Macedonia are required.
  • You must also prove the financial sources for support living in Macedonia.
  • Health insurance and a clear criminal record are also required to apply for a permanent residence permit in Macedonia.
 
If you are thinking of applying for this type of residence permit, please access the legal services of our immigration lawyers in Macedonia. They also collaborate with the Central Registry where any changes related to the domicile must be registered.
 

How can I apply for Macedonia Residence Program?

 
Macedonia Residence Program is intended for citizens who want to gain residency in this country with the help of investments. Basically, businessmen who invest a minimum of USD 500,000 in any sector of interest in Macedonia can access this program to obtain residency, together with their family members. Among the benefits of this program are:
 
  • Obtaining the residence permit in just 3 weeks.
  • Applying for a permanent residence permit in Macedonia after 3 years.
  • Application for Macedonian citizenship after 8 years of living in this country.
  • The Macedonian passport allows visa-free travel to approximately 100 countries. Those from the Schengen area are also included.
 
Find out from our specialists all the details about the Residency by Investment in Macedonia Program.
 

Short steps to relocate to Macedonia

 
If Macedonia is on your list for relocation, then it is important to go through the following guide to get an idea of the whole process. We remind you that you can benefit from legal advice from our immigration lawyers in Macedonia who can take care of the relocation formalities in this country.
 
  • Visa requirements – Citizens from non-EU countries must apply for a visa before relocating to Macedonia. Depending on the plans, you can choose an employment visa, business visa, or entry visa.
  • Temporary residence permit – Another important aspect is obtaining the residence permit, if you intend to stay for a longer period of time in Macedonia. This document can be issued at the same time as the work permit, and the work contract and proof of domicile are required among the documents.
  • Accommodation in Macedonia - It is recommended to look for a house for rent or to buy in Macedonia, before applying for a residence permit. The authorities ask for information in this regard, namely the documents certifying that you have a place to stay in Macedonia.
  • Sponsorship in Macedonia - The employing company is a sponsor for those who want to immigrate to Macedonia for a job. Our lawyers, together with the employer, will take care of all the visa, work, and residence permit formalities in Macedonia.
  • Documents required – It is important to take into account the requirements imposed by the authorities for entering Macedonia and, respectively, for obtaining the necessary visa. Thus, you must present a valid passport, health insurance, information about personal income (bank statements are sufficient), as well as details about the new domicile.
  • Assistance offered by our lawyers - In order to benefit from the relocation process without difficulties regarding the necessary documents and other formalities, we recommend you talk to a specialist in the field, such as our lawyer in Macedonia. He/she can advise you on the legal aspects to take into account if you want to move to Macedonia.
 
This short guide can help you when you want to change your country of origin, to Macedonia. There are legal aspects that only a lawyer can explain, so we invite you to discover the services of our law firm in Macedonia.
 

Citizenship by investment – Immigrate to Macedonia

 
There is also the possibility of obtaining citizenship by investment in Macedonia, a country that continues the formalities of entering the European Union. For a contribution of at least EUR 200,000 in funds intended for the Macedonian government, candidates can enter the citizenship program. As for other contributions, there is a government application fee of approximately EUR 20,000 for the candidate's spouse, but also EUR 10,000 for children under 18 involved in the program.
 
As in the case of the investment program for obtaining residency, candidates interested in citizenship receive a Macedonian passport that allows them to travel to more than 100 countries in the world, without the need for a visa. Also, those interested in citizenship in Macedonia by investment are not required to prove knowledge of the Macedonian language, nor are they asked for information about education and qualification.
 
With an expanding economy and a corporate tax rate of only 10%, Macedonia is an interesting destination for those who want to relocate their businesses or enjoy the optimal living conditions in this country. If you are also interested in how to immigrate to Macedonia, you can discover the legal services offered by our specialists. We also remind you that we also offer legal advice to those seeking asylum.
 
 

Citizenship in Macedonia

 
Foreigners who have already lived in Macedonia for 8 years can apply for citizenship. The application can be extended for several years, and candidates must prove their knowledge of the language, culture, values, and history of Macedonia. A clear criminal record, proof of financial means, and health insurance are other formalities to keep in mind.
 
Here are some facts and figures about North Macedonia immigration and population:
 
  1. As of July 2021, Macedonia had a population of over 2,128,000 citizens.
  2. All data for 2021 show that net migration was 0.38% per 1000 population.
  3. There are over 25% of Albanians of the total population of Macedonia living in this country.
  4. Over 3.5% of Macedonia's population is Turkish, and 1.78% are Serbians.
 

Benefits of citizenship in Macedonia

 
From 2020, Macedonia is in negotiations to enter the European Union, so this will represent a benefit from a social, political, and economic point of view. Another important advantage is the corporate tax in Macedonia, set at a 10% rate, being the lowest in Europe. Also, the health system, as well as education, are of high standards, accessible, and extremely appreciated.
 
Those who apply for citizenship and receive a Macedonian passport benefit from free access, without any other visa, to 124 countries, including the Schengen member states. So, relocating to Macedonia is quite beneficial, and here you can take into account the 0% income tax for foreigners in this country.
 

Is dual citizenship allowed in Macedonia?

 
Macedonia allows dual citizenship, without requiring applicants to give up the original one. When you apply for citizenship, you must make sure that you have the necessary documents, including health insurance, a Police Clearance Certificate, and proof of the financial funds you have. All aspects related to dual citizenship in Macedonia can be explained to you by our local advisors.
 

Working with our Macedonian lawyers

 
If you are thinking of moving to Macedonia, we advise you to use the legal services offered by our specialists with experience in immigration matters. From the beginning, you can rely on professionalism, dedication, and proficiency because we offer the necessary solutions to those who want to move their businesses to Macedonia or relocate with their family, in a fast and reliable manner.
 
Want to know more about how to immigrate to MacedoniaContact our law firm in Macedonia and ask for the formalities of how to move to Macedonia.