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How to Get a Long Term Visa and Residency Permit in Montenegro

By Kach Umandap January 27th, 2022 Posted in Europe Travel Blog, Travel Blog, Travel Guides, VISA Application Guides 19 Comments

If you have not been following us in our travels, Jonathan and I settled in Montenegro and sold our sailboat, s/v Empress. After a few months of living in Herceg Novi, I got my residence permit and started my own company. We then bought an old stone house, and we’re renovating it into our dream house! Here’s a guide on how to get a Long Term Visa and Residency Permit in Montenegro

How to Get a Long Term Visa and Residency Permit in Montenegro
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Montenegro is a country in Europe in the Balkans. Though it’s not a member of the European Union, it is an official candidate. This coastal country filled with the natural environment and quaint buildings and towns will surely make you want to live here.

Immigrate to Montenegro

Type of Visas or Residency in Montenegro

How to Get a Residency Visa in Montenegro

  • Short Stay (C) – visa issued for tourists, business, or personal purposes. It may be for one to multiple entries with stay not exceeding 90 days in a 6 month period.
  • Long Stay Visas (D) – for those intending to stay over 90 days but not more than 6 months
  • Temporary Residence permit – those who are intending to stay for business or other activities, it’s usually good for a year
  • Permanent Residence permit– for the holders of a temporary residence for 5 years, this can last for five years and grants the holder privileges in the country like the citizens except for voting and travel exemptions
  • Citizenship – after living for 10 years in Montenegro, you can apply for a citizenship

Additional Notes for Philippine Passport Holders and some Citizens:

  • If you want to have a residency in Montenegro, you must have a Montenegro D Visa (Long Stay)
  • It has the same requirements and process as a Montenegro Tourist Visa, however, you will pass a Notarized Non-Criminal Record (NBI Clearance)
  • For more details, please contact the consulate of Montenegro in the Philippines at [email protected]

Purposes of those who can get Residency Permit in Montenegro (Temporary or Permanent)

Tourist Visa For Montenegro

  • Employment and work or have a business
  • Seasonal Work
  • Studies (Secondary Education)
  • Home Ownership
  • Exchange of students or youth programs
  • Research Work
  • Medical Treatment
  • Family Reunification
  • Humanitarian
  • Other reasons stated by law or international agreements

Usually, the residency visa validity will depend on your case as if the student exchange program is for 6 months, then the temporary permit is for that time only.

Temporary Residency Permit Requirements

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  • Passport – must be valid before your residency expires
  • Financial Solvency – if you have about €3,650 (about PHP 200,000 and computed as €10 x 365 days) that can be deposited in a Montenegrin Bank account, then you are good to go! However, if you don’t have that, you must be earning at least €350 a month. This is only for a single person; if you are a family, you need to multiply this amount to how many you are.
  • Proof of Education – may be a Diploma, Transcript of Records, etc.
  • Police Certificate – issued within the past six months and from your home country
  • Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate – for minor children and if you are applying as a family
  • Proof of Employment or Business
  • Health Insurance
  • Residence – You must have your own home or rent a place

A Montenegrin translator should translate those documents that were not issued in Montenegro. Should you put up a business in Montenegro, a lawyer and accountant are also needed.

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I got mine for about 3 weeks thanks to a great team that helped me! If you ever want to immigrate and live in Montenegro, you can hire me as your agent. I’ll be with you through the process; from consultation on how to move here, costs, requirements, or bringing your pets. I also have a team of lawyer, an accountant, and translators so that you won’t have to find a trustworthy one. It’s going to be a worth-it move since Montenegro is becoming quite popular and soon to be an EU state!

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19 thoughts on “How to Get a Long Term Visa and Residency Permit in Montenegro

  1. Hello,

    I am planning on retiring in Europe and Montenegro looks very appealing. i am looking at eventually buying something..
    I do not see a retiree listed in the requirements for a D visa. Do I have to set up a business there, or have a job there, in order to qualify?

  2. Hi madam.
    I hope you have a wonderful New Year i would like to apply for temporary resident (Bandle B) Or Long stay type D. I hope you can help me thanks

  3. Hi. I’m a “digital nomad” (remote work), can I get a temporary residence permit in Crna Gora without home ownership? Thanks.

  4. Hi, does your consultation package include everything – including translation service, lawyer etc. Or are those separate fees?

      1. Is it affordable to purchase a property there? Which is practical purchase a property or put up a business?

  5. Hi,
    We are intereste to migrate in montenegro. Can u please send me the details so we can study it and check if we are qualified. We are currently in UAE. We are family of 4.
    Thank you in advance for your reply.

  6. Hello Ms. Kach,
    I am Roselyn working here in Saudi Arabia for 14yrs. I want to seek advice from you if i have a chance to work there in Montenegro?

  7. Hi Kach,

    How are you?
    I really wanted to settle in any European countries, I believe Montenegro is an excellent plan. I am in Kuwait right now working and I would like to seek advice from you if it is possible to process from here and not going back to the Philippines.

  8. Hi I am exploring multiple European countries to live with family. I am from India, with 17+years of professional experience and working for one of the most reputed universities in the UK .

  9. Hi Ms Kach i want to move / work in Montenegro. Is there any jobsite for an expat there? I am currently working here in Carribean as Engineering Office Manager. Thanks

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Written by Kach Umandap

Founder of Two Monkeys Travel Group. Since 2013, Kach has visited all the 7 continents (including Antarctica) and 151 countries using her Philippines Passport. In 2016, she bought a sailboat and went on sailing adventures with her two cats - Captain Ahab & Little Zissou in the Caribbean for 2 years. She now lives in Herceg Novi, Montenegro where she's enjoying her expat life and living on a gorgeous Stonehouse. She writes about her experiences traveling as a Filipina traveler with a PHL Passport. Also tips on backpacking trips, luxury hotel experiences, product reviews, sailing & adventure travel.