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Immigrate to Montenegro

Updated on Monday 01st November 2021

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Immigrate-to-MontenegroForeign citizens looking for a great destination to move to can choose Montenegro for several reasons. Apart from having some of the most spectacular views, Montenegro is one of the Southeastern European countries that have registered a continuous economic growth, thus offering development possibilities to businesses and regular citizens. Those who already plan to immigrate to Montenegro can do that by starting a company or by finding employment with a local company.
If you want to immigrate to Montenegro and need information on the available pathways for relocation, this guide below is for you. With the help of our lawyers in Montenegro, moving here is simple and fast.

EU and non-EU citizens relocating to Montenegro


Montenegro is not an EU member state yet, which is why at the moment, those interested in moving here will need to go through the same procedures. This means that no matter your country of residence you need to apply for a temporary visa to live here. Even so, the procedure is fairly simple and support in immigration to Montenegro can be provided by our law firm.

The main options for those who want to immigrate to Montenegro

Foreign citizens from EU and non-EU countries benefit from the same conditions if they want to move to Montenegro. They can obtain residence and work permits depending on the reasons they relocate here for.
Here are the main options for foreigners who immigrate to Montenegro:
  1. temporary residence permits for those who plan to stay here for more than 90 days (for short stays, the tourist visa is your go-to option);
  2. long-term residence permits that are the main path for residency and citizenship;
  3. the residence by investment permit which can be acquired under a special program;
  4. student residence permits (Montenegro is one of the few countries to have a special program for students who want to obtain residency).
As you can read here, there are plenty of options if you want to relocate and obtain Montenegro citizenship, most of them quite flexible in requirements.
If you are interested in moving to this country, our law firm in Montenegro is at your disposal with dedicated services in accordance with the type of residence permit solicited.

Immigrating to Montenegro as a student

Montenegro is one of the few European countries to enable students to move here and apply for long-term residency. The program is dedicated to young persons coming from EU countries who can enter the country based on their passports and here, they can apply for long-term residency once they enroll in high-education institutions.
Non-EU citizens must first obtain student visas based on which they will enter the country and then follow the same procedure to remain in Montenegro.
No matter the way you want to immigrate to Montenegro, you can obtain more information from one of our dedicated lawyers.

Business immigration to Montenegro

One of the most employed ways of moving to Montenegro is business creation. Foreign investors can immigrate to Montenegro by registering companies here. The main requirement they need to abide by in this case is to become directors or managers of the company in order to live here.
The best part about this immigration process is that the business incorporation procedure in Montenegro is straight-forward.
We are a Montenegrin law firm specialized in various legal matters, including company registration. So, if you are looking to move to Montenegro as a businessperson, you can rely on us for assistance in both business creation and immigration procedures.

Immigration to Montenegro through temporary residency

For many foreign citizens who want to relocate to Montenegro, applying for temporary residency can be a good solution, especially when they don’t know if this the country that suits them best. However, the beautiful landscapes and numerous job and business opportunities alongside the thriving economy convince many foreigners to decide and remain here.
The advantage of moving to Montenegro through temporary residency is that there are several ways through which one can obtain such a visa.
Here are the main reasons under which you can obtain a Montenegrin temporary residence permit:
  • scientific and/or research activities;
  • humanitarian work;
  • medical treatment;
  • sports activities.
As for the documents you need to prepare when seeking to relocate here this way, you must prepare:
  • a copy of the valid passport;
  • a clean criminal record;
  • documents that attest to your education;
  • proof of having sufficient means to support yourself during our stay;
  • rental or tenancy agreement as a proof of having a place to stay;
  • a valid health insurance;
  • copy of the employment contract (if this is the reason of immigration).


It is possible to move to Montenegro and obtain temporary residence with family members too, and in this case, their identification papers are also required (the marriage certificate and birth certificate of the children, included). Also, in this case, the amount of money required for self-support will be higher. However, compared to other countries, Montenegro does not impose substantial requirements in this sense. The money must be deposited in a bank account opened in this country.
An important aspect to consider is that when applying for temporary residency by employment, it takes around 20 days to obtain the visa, while for other purposes, it will take longer (around 40 days).
Immigration to Montenegro is not complicated, however, our lawyers are at your service, no matter the path you choose to relocate here.

How to obtain Montenegrin residency by owning a vessel

People who own yachts can obtain residency in Montenegro. The country is quite unique from this point of view, which is why if you are the owner of such a vessel you can successfully relocate to Montenegro.
The same privileges extend to crew members on vessels. These can obtain employment permits if they have contracts of at least 90 days with a Montenegro port. The main advantage of this type of residence permit, which is in fact a temporary one, is that it will enable you to come and go outside the country without any penalty.
You can obtain more information on obtaining residency as a seaman or yacht owner from our Montenegrin lawyers.

Applying for Montenegrin permanent residency

Foreign citizens have several options if they want to apply for permanent residency in Montenegro. One of them is the residence by investment program which requires an applicant make one of the following contributions to the national economy:
  • at least 250,000 euros in projects in less developed areas in Montenegro;
  • at least 450,000 euros in projects in urban and other developed zones of the country;
  • the payment of a government fee of 100,000 euros, no matter the option selected;
  • a guarantee of 15,000 euros is also required.
If you decide to immigrate to Montenegro through this program, you should know that applications are received by the end of 2021. The reason behind this decision of the government is Montenegro’s accession to the European Union planned for 2025. The good news is that the officials are working on a new program that will be presented at the end of 2021 and set to launch in 2022.
Permanent residency in Montenegro is available after 5 years of living here based on long-term residence permits, while citizenship is available after 10 years of living in this country.
Montenegro’s accession to the EU is one of the best reasons to decide to move here, as the government is making all the arrangements to become a member state and benefit from all advantages this status implies. We have also created a video you can watch below:

Finding a place to stay when relocating to Montenegro


One of the most stringent requirements when moving to Montenegro is finding an apartment or house to live in. No matter the path you choose, you don’t need to worry about this aspect, as there are plenty of properties available, especially since the Citizenship by Investment Scheme was launched. However, this program imposes for the property to be purchased and for it to have a minimum value in order to meet the eligibility conditions of the scheme.
If you decide to immigrate to Montenegro based on employment or for any other purposes, you can rent a property stress-free. We advise to start looking for houses and/or apartments before submitting your visa papers in order to have the lease or rental agreement in time for the filing procedure, when you will need a proof that you have a place to stay once moving here. The same applies when required to prove you have the means to support yourself: you should start the bank opening procedure before the actual relocation.
Our lawyers in Montenegro are at your service and with a power of attorney can represent you in the relation with the bank and real estate agency if you decide to use such services to find a place to stay. This way, once you have filed the immigration papers all you need to do is wait for the visa to be issued and move here.
Relocation to Montenegro is a fairly simple process, as the authorities here are keen on welcoming persons who want to work or launch businesses here, as they can contribute to the country’s economy.
If you want to immigrate to Montenegro, think no longer! Choose your type of residence permit and contact us for starting the relocation procedure!