Immigrate to Macedonia - 2022 Update

Immigrate to Macedonia

Updated on Tuesday 28th June 2022

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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 Macedonian lawyers, 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 in 2022.
 Quick Facts  
Entry visa requirement (from EU)  (YES/NO)


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


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)


Time frame for obtaining citizenship

After living at least 8 years in Macedonia

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


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 are required for Macedonia in 2022

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 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.

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 lawyers in Macedonia. They can also give you complete details on how to relocate to Macedonia in 2022.

Retire to Macedonia

Foreigners who want to retire and move to Macedonia in 2022 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.

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.
Want to know more about how to immigrate to Macedonia in 2022? Contact our law firm in Macedonia and ask for the formalities of how to move to Macedonia.