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CITIZENS OF EU AND EEA

 

If you are a member of a EU and EEA country you may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport and you are not required to obtain an entry permit, i.e. a visa or a residence permit. For the first three months after entry, you may stay without residence registration, while for a longer stay you are required to register your residence, i.e. submit an application for the issue of a residence registration certificate at the administrative unit in the area of your residence before the expiry of the permitted three-month stay. You can of course also apply for the issue of a residence registration certificate immediately upon your entry into the country.

 

Residence registration certificate
You can apply for the certificate immediately upon your entry into the Republic of Slovenia or prior to the expiry of the permitted three-month stay. You shall submit the application for the issue of a certificate at the administrative unit in the area where you reside. You can obtain a residence registration certificate if you have a valid identity card or a valid passport and depending on the purpose or the reason of your stay:

  • employment or work – your employer's certificate indicating its intention to employ you or proof that you are employed or performing work when you are already doing so;
  • self-employed person or a provider of services – proof of self-employment or proof that you are a service provider;
  • studies or other forms of education – proof of admission to a university or another educational institution, sufficient means of subsistence (in establishing these, the personal circumstances of EEA citizens are taken into account whereas their monthly amount may not be below the level set for obtaining the right for financial social aid in accordance with the act regulating social care) and adequate health insurance. A statement provided by the student is satisfactory as proof of sufficient means of subsistence.
  • family reunion or other reasons – sufficient means of subsistence (in establishing these, the personal circumstances of EEA citizens are taken into account whereas their monthly amount may not be below the level set for obtaining financial social aid in accordance with the act regulating social care) and adequate health insurance.

If you fulfil the conditions for issuing a residence registration certificate, the certificate shall be issued with a validity of five years or for the duration of the intended stay in the Republic of Slovenia if the intended stay is shorter. Upon your request, a residence registration certificate may be renewed under the same conditions as when it was issued.

 

Permanent residence permit
After five years of continuous legal stay on the basis of a residence registration certificate, a certificate attesting to the submission of an application for the issue or the renewal of a residence registration certificate or a valid identity card or a valid passport, and if there is no reason to suspect that your stay in the Republic of Slovenia could represent a serious or actual threat to public order, safety or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia, you may obtain a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Slovenia with unlimited validity. The administrative unit in the area of your residence is authorised to accept applications for the issue of a permanent residence permit.

 

Family reunion
The family members of an EEA citizen or the family members of a Slovenian citizen (hereinafter: family members) may be citizens of other EEA member states or third-country nationals for which, however, more favourable regulation regarding the entry into and stay in the Republic of Slovenia applies in comparison with other aliens and third-country nationals.

 

A family member who is not a citizen of an EEA member state may enter the Republic of Slovenia for the purpose of family reunion with an EEA citizen or a Slovenian citizen with a valid passport containing a visa issued by a competent authority of the Republic of Slovenia or another state which is party to the Convention Implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985, with the exception of cases where he/she is a citizen of a country where a visa is not required for entry into the Republic of Slovenia, or with a valid passport and a residence permit issued by another EEA member state. If a family member is a citizen of a state where an alternative document (identity card) is sufficient for entry into the Republic of Slovenia, he/she can enter with a valid identity card.
A family member who enters the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of a valid identity card, a passport or a passport and a residence permit issued by another EEA member state or a passport and an entry visa, may stay in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia without a residence permit for three months from the date of entry into the country.

 

Family members:

  • a spouse or a registered partner;
  • children of up to 21 years of age;
  • children of a spouse, a registered or a long-term partner of an EEA or a Slovenian citizen until 21 years of age;
  • children above 21 years of age and parents whom an EEA or a Slovenian citizen is obliged to support or actually supports under the legislation of a country of his/her citizenship;
  • children above 21 years of age and the parents of a spouse, a registered or a long-term partner of an EEA or a Slovenian citizen whom the married, registered or long-term partner of an EEA or Slovenian citizen is obliged to support or actually supports under the legislation of his/her citizenship country;
  • the parents of an EEA or Slovenian citizen under 21 years of age.

The following may qualify as family members: a person who has lived with an EEA of a Slovenian citizen as a member of a household in another EU member state or a person whom an EEA or a Slovenian citizen is obliged to support or actually supports under the legislation of his/her citizenship country, as well as a person who is under the personal care of an EEA or a Slovenian citizen due to his/her health condition and a partner with whom an EEA or a Slovenian citizen lives in a long-term relationship.

 

The issue of a temporary residence permit for family members
If a family member who is not an EEA member state citizen wishes to stay for longer in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for the purpose of family reunion with an EEA or a Slovenian citizen, he/she must apply at the administrative unit in the area of his/her residence for the issue of a temporary residence permit for a family member prior to the expiry of the permitted stay. The application for the issue of a permit may be submitted by him/her or by his/her legal representative while it may also be submitted by the EEA or Slovenian citizen with whom this person is to be reunited.

A temporary residence permit may be issued to a family member who is a third-country national provided that the following criteria are met:

  • he/she is a family member of an EEA citizen who resides in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of an issued residence registration certificate or a permanent residence permit, or of a Slovenian citizen with a place of residence registered in the Republic of Slovenia;
  • he/she holds a valid identity card or a valid passport;
  • he/she has sufficient means of subsistence, which is verified by taking into consideration the personal circumstances of a family member and an EEA or a Slovenian citizen, in which case the monthly amount of these means may not be below the level set for obtaining the right to financial social aid in accordance with the act regulating social security revenues;
  • he/she maintains adequate health insurance that covers minimal health care services in the Republic of Slovenia;
  • he/she has entered the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the provisions of the Aliens Act;
  • it has not been established that his/her marriage was concluded or his/her partnership relationship was registered for the sole purpose of obtaining a residence permit;
  • no reasons are given to refuse the issue of a permit due to a serious and actual threat to public order, safety or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia or due to the suspicion that his/her residing in the country could be linked to terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence activities, the production of and trade in narcotic drugs or other criminal acts; or if during the procedure for the first permit issue it was established that he/she is infected with a contagious disease that may lead to epidemics as listed in the international health rules of the World Health Organization, or with a contagious disease that could pose a threat to people's health and for which the prescribed measures must be taken in accordance with the act regulating contagious diseases; or if it was established that his/her work in the Republic of Slovenia is in conflict with regulations on working relationships, employment and work, or in conflict with regulations on the prevention of undeclared employment and work.

A temporary residence permit issued to a family member of a citizen of another EEA country shall be valid for the same period as the residence registration certificate issued to this EEA citizen; the permit issued to a family member of a Slovenian citizen and a family member of an EEA citizen with a permanent residence permit shall be valid for five years. A family member's temporary residence permit may be extended under the same conditions under which it was issued. The application for an extension to a temporary residence permit must be submitted at an administrative unit prior to the expiry of the permit.

 

The issue of a permanent residence permit for family members
A family member who is an EEA citizen and stays in the Republic of Slovenia continuously and legally for five years on the basis of a residence registration certificate and for whom no reason exists to suspect that he/she could pose a threat to public order or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia may obtain a permanent residence permit for his/her stay in the Republic of Slovenia with unlimited validity.

 

An EEA citizen who is a family member of a Slovenian or EEA citizen or a third-country national who already has a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Slovenia may obtain a permanent residence permit after two years of continuous legal residence in the Republic of Slovenia.

A permanent residence permit with unlimited validity may also be obtained by a family member who is a third-country national under the condition that he/she has been legally residing in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of a temporary residence permit continuously for five years and that he/she fulfils the conditions stipulated in the Aliens Act regarding the issue of a temporary residence permit for family members. A family member of an EEA citizen who already has a permanent residence permit in the Republic of Slovenia and a family member of a Slovenian citizen may be issued a permanent residence permit after two years of continuous legal stay in the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Additional Information:
Internal Administrative Affairs, Migration and Naturalisation Directorate
Migration Office
Status Affairs Division
T: +386 1 428 43 02