Immigrate to Slovenia from US
Immigrate to Slovenia from USUpdated on Monday 19th October 2020
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Persons who want to immigrate to Slovenia from US may need to follow different legal pathways, depending on their current status related to their citizenship or residence in the USA, as well as the duration and the purpose of stay in Slovenia. The legislation in Slovenia distinguishes between short-term stays and long-term stays and, depending on the legal situation of the applicant, a visa will be required.
The requirement for having a visa issued by the Slovenian authorities will also vary depending on the purpose for which the visa is issued. Given the complexity of the visa requirements and the legal procedures that American citizens may have to respect, you can always rely on the legal services provided by our team of Slovenian lawyers, who are ready to assist you in any immigration matter.
Short-term stays in Slovenia for American citizens
A short-term stay in Slovenia is defined as any visit in this country that has a duration of less than 90 days. As a general rule, foreigners who are not citizens of the European Union (EU) will have to apply for a visa for short-term stays, but the local legislation stipulates that certain nationalities are exempted from this regulation.
This exemption is also applied to persons who immigrate to Slovenia from US for a short period of time, but the right is granted only to persons who have the American citizenship. In the case of persons living in the US, who have obtained their permanent residency in America, the requirement to have a visa even for short-term stays may still be applicable, depending on the nationality of the applicant. Foreigners living in the US as permanent residents can receive in-depth legal advice on this matter from our team of lawyers in Slovenia.
What are the requirements for long-term stays in Slovenia?
Americans who immigrate to Slovenia from US for a long-term period (any stay with a duration of more than 90 days) will need to apply for a visa in accordance with the purpose of their stay. At the same time, it is necessary to know that staying in this country for a period of more than 90 days requires foreigners to obtain a residence permit.
The residence permit is issued on a temporary basis and the applicant must start the procedure at a Slovenian embassy or consulate working in the US, close to the place where the applicant has his or her current residence. However, there is an exemption from this rule, and this is applied in the case of those who want to obtain a visa and a temporary residence permit in Slovenia based on family ties with Slovenian citizens. In this case, the residence process can be started in Slovenia.
When arriving in this country, Americans should be able to meet a set of basic requirements. Our law firm in Slovenia has prepared a short list of basic aspects Americans should know prior to their arrival here, some of the highlights being the following:
- the validity of the American passports has to be 6 months longer than the date at which the departure from Slovenia will take place;
- the passport must also have blank pages, as 1 page will be required for each visa stamp;
- in the case Americans will arrive here for at least 90 days in a period of 180 days, they will need to obtain the D visa (for long-term stays);
- it is also necessary to declare upon entry and exit in Slovenia any sums of money larger than EUR 10,000;
- Americans are amongst the top non-EU nationalities represented as foreign-born immigrants in this country (800 persons in 2018, according to the data provided by the Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia).
How can Americans obtain permanent residence permits in Slovenia?
A foreigner is also entitled to obtaining a permanent residence permit in Slovenia, as is for obtaining the Slovenian citizenship. However, these procedures can only be started if specific conditions are met, and they may depend upon the relation of the American citizen with Slovenia, the purpose of stay, the type of visa obtained here and other conditions, that can be presented by our Slovenian lawyers.
A permanent residence permit can generally be obtained by a foreigner after living here for an uninterrupted period of 5 years (the foreigner must have a continuous legal residence in Slovenia, which can be attested by various papers). Americans who want to immigrate to Slovenia on a permanent basis can receive in-depth information on the procedure from our Slovenian lawyers.
We also invite you to contact our law firm in Slovenia for legal representation or legal assistance on the citizenship formalities. A foreigner can become a Slovenian citizen only after obtaining the permanent residency and for more details on the immigration procedures applicable here, our lawyers remain at your disposal.