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A foreigner can permanently reside in Montenegro on the basis of a permanent residence permit.

A permanent residence permit may be issued to a foreigner who lawfully resided in Montenegro for five consecutive years before submitting the application for a permit based on a temporary residence permit or approved additional protection in accordance with the law governing asylum.

Continuous residence shall mean a temporary residence during which a foreigner was absent from Montenegro several times for a total period of 10 months or six months continuously.

Exceptionally, permanent residence may be granted to an a foreigner who was granted temporary residence in Montenegro for less than five years continuously before the application, if so required by reasons of humanity, or would be of interest for Montenegro.

The time required for approval of permanent residence shall not include the time during which a foreigner was in Montenegro:

A permanent residence permit may be issued to a child:

The Conditions for the Issuance of Permanent Residence Permit

A foreigner may be granted a permanent residence permit if he/she:

The Form of a Permanent Residence Permit

A permanent residence permit is a public document by which a foreigner proves that he/she has been granted a permanent residence in Montenegro. The permit shall be issued in the prescribed form containing: Coat of arms of Montenegro, the name "Montenegro", the name of the permit, protective elements and spaces for theinput of personal and other data: last name, first name, personal identification number of a foreigner, gender, citizenship, day, month and year of birth, permit number, date of issuance, the validity date, a photograph, signature, name of the authority that issued the permit and machine-readable records. The entry of the data shall be done by the Ministry.

The Submission of the Application for a Permanent Residence Permit

An application for a permanent resident permit shall be submitted by a foreigner in person to the Ministry in the place of his residence, on the prescribed form.

At the moment of submission of the application for a permanent resident permit, the foreigner must have temporary residence approved.

Deciding on an Application for a Permanent Residence Permit

A permanent residence permit shall be issued by the Ministry, followed by the prior opinion of the Agency and the police about the existence of obstacles due to the reasons of national security or public order.

The Agency and the Police are obliged to deliver to the Ministry the opinion without any delay and not later than 60 days from a receipt of the request for an opinion.

If the Ministry receives no opinion within the prescribed period, it shall be deemed that there are no obstacles for the issuance of a permanent residence permit.

An application for a permanent residence permit issuance shall be decided within six months of filing a complete application.

A rejection of the application for a permanent residence permit shall be stipulated by a decision. An appeal may be initiated against the decision .

Validity Period of the Permanent Residence Permit

A permanent residence permit shall be issued for a period of five years.

A foreigner under the age of four years shall be issued a permanent residence permit for a period of two years. A foreigner shall, within eight days of the expiry of the permit submit a request for the replacement of a permanent residence permit.

The Rights of a Foreigner with Permanent Residence

A foreigner who is granted permanent residence in Montenegro has the right to:

Termination of the Permanent Residence

The right of a foreign person to permanent residence shall be terminated if:

The decision on termination of permanent residence shall be issued by the Ministry. The decision determines the period during which the foreigner must exit from Montenegro, and in certain cases he/she may be imposed a denial of entry and stay in Montenegro from one to five years. The period of the entry denial shall be counted from the date of leaving Montenegro. Administrative proceedings may be instituted against the decision in question.

The Existence of the Obstacles in Terms of National Security

The existence of reasons, i.e. the obstacles in terms of national security shall be established by the Agency, upon which it delivers the opinion to the Ministry or the police, if not otherwise provided by this law. The reasons, i.e. obstacles in terms of national security exist if the person:

When the police or the Ministry issue a decision based on the opinion of the Agency that there are the reasons, the reasons for issuing the opinion does not comprise these ones.

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