Legal Requirements for a Residence Permit in Slovenia - Updated for 2021

Legal Requirements for a Residence Permit in Slovenia

Updated on Thursday 01st April 2021

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The legal requirements for a residence permit in Slovenia depend on the nationality of the individual who wishes to enter the country. Members of the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA) countries do not need to obtain entry permits or residence permits if their stay in the country does not exceed a certain amount of time. All other citizens need to follow specific procedures. Our Slovenian lawyers can help you with legal advice on obtaining a residence permit in Slovenia.

Citizens of EU and EEA countries in Slovenia

Citizens belonging to an EU or EEA country only need a valid identity card or a valid passport to be able to enter the Republic of Slovenia. This is applicable for periods that do not exceed three months. If foreign citizens stay longer than three months in Slovenia, they need to register their residency in this country.
The application for a residence registration certificate can be submitted after the three months have passed or immediately after arrival, if the individual knows that he or she will stay longer than three months in Slovenia. The application must be submitted at an administrative unit in the area of the residence and the necessary documents for the application include: 
  • a proof of employment in Slovenia - a document indicating an employer’s intention for employment or an already existent employment contract;
  • a proof of self-employment, if the foreign individual is self-employed in Slovenia;
  • a proof of admission from a Slovenian university or other form of education institution for students who attend courses in Slovenia;
  • proof of family reunion and proof that the person has sufficient funds for living in Slovenia
The residence registration certificate in Slovenia is available for a period of five years, after which it can be renewed under the same conditions. Our attorneys in Slovenia can help you apply for a residence permit in Slovenia and can also assist on the legislation regarding the procedure of obtaining the Slovenian citizenship.

Third-country nationals in Slovenia

Individuals who come from non-EU and non-EEA countries are considered third-country nationals and the legal requirements for residing in Slovenia are slightly different for them. A visa is mandatory for any purpose, including touristic activities, business or personal purposes. The visa can be obtained from a consulate of the Republic of Slovenia.
The types of residence permits in Slovenia available for third-country nationals are the following: temporary residence permits, permanent residence permits, employment permits or permits for the purpose of family reunion. The registration of the temporary residence in Slovenia has to be completed in maximum three days since the date in which the temporary residence permit was issued. 
The application for obtaining a temporary residence permit in Slovenia has to be completed prior to the person’s arrival in the country, if the foreigner is aware of the fact that his or her stay in the country exceeds the purposes prescribed by a visa
In this case, it is necessary to apply for a first permit for temporary residence, a procedure which falls under the obligations of the applicant, who must obtain the document from the relevant authorities located in his or her country of residence (a diplomatic mission or a consulate of Slovenia registered in the respective country).  

Who can apply for a first residence permit in Slovenia in 2021? 

The document is opened for a wide category of natural persons, as prescribed by the Slovenian legislation. The first residence permit in Slovenia can be obtained by athletes and other sport related individuals (such as trainers). It is also available for the parties that are involved in religious communities or for those who perform humanitarian activities, but it is also addressed to the following: 
  • reporters and media representatives who are accredited in Slovenia for this activity;
  • researchers, teachers and professors, college and university associates arriving in Slovenia for research and educational purposes;
  • persons who have obtained a Blue Card and their close family members;
  • persons who are victims of various illicit activities, such as human trafficking or illegal employment
The issuance of a permanent residence permit in Slovenia is granted provided that the foreigner has sufficient evidence regarding his or her stay in the country for at least five years. In this sense, it is necessary to provide the temporary residence permit, as well as other documents regarding the application for extension of the temporary residence permit
The application can be concluded in person by the foreigner who applies for a permanent residency document, but it can also be completed by a legal representative, in which case foreigners can easily address to our team of Slovenian lawyers, who can handle the administrative procedure. 

Who can obtain a residence permit based on family reunification programs in Slovenia in 2021?

If you are a foreigner interested in immigrating to Slovenia in 2021 under a family reunification program, you must know that you will be entitled to a residence permit if you are related to a foreigner who already lives here. You can obtain a residence permit as a spouse, as a child of the person living here, as long as you have an age below 21 years old, as well as an older relative, such as the parents. 
Our Slovenian attorneys can provide complete information on working in Slovenia and buying a property here. Please contact our lawyers for detailed information; our attorneys can also provide assistance in obtaining a certain type of visa, including the ones available for investment purposes in this country.