Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia Semester Year Visa FAQ

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What type of visa do I need?

It is not necessary to obtain a visa prior to entering into Bosnia and Herzegovina. You will be required to obtain a residence card ("White Card") upon arrival and a temporary residence permit within 75 days of your stay.

How do I apply for the Residence Permit?

You will apply for a temporary residence permit in your local host community. You must bring a series of documents with you in order to do so. You may also need to undergo a physical health examination at a local public medical institution. AFS-Bosnia and Herzegovina will help you with this process.

What documents will I need to collect in order to apply for the visa?

  • A list of required documents will be sent to you by your Visa and Compliance Specialist.
    *You will also need to contact your consulate for a finalized list of requirements.

How much will the visa cost?

You should bring $200 USD to cover fees related to your registration and residence permit in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

*Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.

Are there any other expected costs?

There are additional costs involved in obtaining, notarizing and legalizing the required documents.

Are any of these costs covered in my AFS program fee?

No, your program fee does not cover any of the costs related to obtaining your passport or visa.

Can I travel before the start of my program?

You should not plan any travel outside the United States during the four weeks prior to your program start date. Should there be any changes to the residence permit process, this will give you time to collect additional documents.

Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.


Need more clarification on visa-related questions? Check out the General Visa FAQs.

IMPORTANT: Do not begin the visa application process until you are notified by AFS.

The information above is a general overview of your expected student visa or residence permit application process. The laws, fees, document requirements, and processes are subject to change at any time.

Additional student visa / residence permit application information and support will be posted as soon as it is available for your specific departure cycle. You will be notified by email as detailed support materials are posted for your program.

The visa application process, including requirements and fees, are determined by the government of your host country and are subject to change. AFS will support you as you apply for your travel documents but ultimately it is your responsibility to obtain legal permission to live and study abroad.

Fees and requirements are determined by each country’s immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.