Residence permit in Slovenia.
A guide to immigration to Slovenia

Any foreign national can obtain a temporary residence permit in Slovenia, and the reasons for receiving one can vary. The most reliable ways to move to Slovenia in 2021 are the “Elective Residence” and “Business Immigration via Investment” programs.
Residence Permit in Slovenia gives you and your family the right to:

Living in Slovenia pros and cons

How can I legally move to Slovenia?

Residence Permit in Slovenia – The “Elective Residence” program

This program for obtaining a Slovenian residence permit is available to citizens of OECD countries (USA, Canada, Israel and more). The basis for obtaining this type of residence permit is the intention to live in Slovenia for a longer period of time.

This migration program is suitable for you if you are:

  • a citizen of the USA, Canada, Israel, Australia or another OECD country.
  • have a permanent income or savings;
  • want to permanently reside in Slovenia, travel around Europe, provide your children with the opportunity to receive a high-quality European education,
  • want to get permanent residence in Slovenia in 5 years and citizenship in 10 years.

There is no legal requirement for a minimum number of days of residence in Slovenia. However, in our experience the government agencies conduct regular checks of residence at the registered address of foreigners who have received a residence permit using the elective residence program.

Requirements for obtaining an Elective Residence Permit in Slovenia

  • documentation confirming the availability of funds to support the applicant at the rate of € 5500 per year per person;
  • availability of housing in Slovenia. Long-term rentals or ownership of residential properties are suitable;
  • availability of medical insurance (private or paid by the state);
  • no criminal record in the country of citizenship;
  • documents confirming your purpose of residence in the country.

A residence permit based on employment in your own company must be extended until the moment you submit documents for permanent residence.
The process of moving under the “Residence Permit”
program includes several steps:
Step 1
Step 1 Execution of the contract and drawing up an immigration plan
Step 2
Selection and execution of a long-term lease or purchase agreement
Step 3
Collection and submission of documents to the Embassy of Slovenia to obtain a residence permit
Step 4
Arrival in Slovenia, registration of the place of residence.
On average, the process of obtaining a residence permit for financially independent individuals takes about 6 months.

Immigration lawyer in Slovenia. How can we help you?

Our specialist has experience in successfully obtaining residence permits on the basis of elective residence for citizens of the United States, Israel and Australia. A full 100% of our clients received residence permits under this program.
We guarantee the result, because full payment for our services is paid only after you receive a residence permit.
Services
Your personal manager will:
  • draw up your personal migration plan;
  • help in finding housing for rent or purchase;
  • prepare the application and documents for obtaining a residence permit;
  • supervise your application in the migration service;
  • accompany you for registration in Slovenia;
  • offer options for health insurance programs in Slovenia.
Cost – €2500 + €500 for each family member 50% payment after receiving the residence permit card
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Advantages and disadvantages of the “Elective Residence in Slovenia” program
Residence permit extension

To extend this residence permit, the applicant must provide the following documents:

  • confirmation of the availability of funds;
  • rental contract or proof of ownership of housing;
  • evidence of paid medical insurance;
  • completed application form and paid duty.

This residence permit must be renewed annually, up to the moment of submission of documents for Permanent Residence in Slovenia.

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Business Immigration to Slovenia by Investment

As in most European countries, the opening of a company by a foreigner does not give owner the right to reside in Slovenia. However, any foreigner employed by a Slovenian company can obtain a work and residence permit in Slovenia. Therefore, business immigration is the general process of obtaining a work and residence permit by a foreigner on the basis of employment in their own company.

A citizen of any country can move to Slovenia for business immigration.

This migration program is suitable for you if you:

  • are a citizen of any country outside the EU;
  • are ready to do business and invest at least € 50,000 in your company (for example, buy real estate);
  • want to permanently reside in Slovenia, travel around Europe, provide your children with the opportunity to receive a high-quality European education;
  • want to have access to free health insurance;
  • want to get permanent residence in Slovenia in 5 years and citizenship in 10 years.

There is no legal requirement for a minimum number of days of residence in Slovenia. But in our experience, government agencies conduct regular checks of residence at the registered address of foreigners who have received a residence permit under the business immigration program.

Requirements for obtaining a residence permit in Slovenia for business immigration

  • opening a company and depositing authorized capital of €7500;
  • making an investment of €50000 into the fixed assets of your company (for example, real estate, transport, equipment, etc.);
  • employment as a director (in your own company);
  • no criminal record in the country of citizenship.
The process of moving for business immigration includes several steps:
Step 1
Execution of the contract and drawing up an immigration plan.
Step 2
Preparation of documents for company registration.
Step 3
Registration of a company, opening a bank account and depositing the authorized capital. At this stage, your personal presence in Slovenia is required.
Step 4
Fulfilling the conditions for your employment – for example, making investments in your company’s business activities by purchasing real estate.
Step 5
Submission of documents for obtaining a unified work and residence permit in Slovenia at the Slovenian Embassy in your country.
Step 6
Obtaining a residence permit card and arrival in Slovenia.
The general terms for obtaining a residence permit for business immigration usually take about 6 months. The exact time depends on the preliminary preparation, the method of making the investment and the chosen region of residence.
Immigration lawyer in Slovenia. How can we help you?
We have been involved in more than 73 successful cases of obtaining a residence permit for business immigration for citizens of China, Russia, Hong Kong, Israel, the USA and other countries. We have developed a comprehensive package of services, from company registration to obtaining a residence permit, and will guide you every step of the way.
We guarantee the result, because full payment for our services will only be made after you receive a residence permit.
Services
Your personal manager will:
  • draw up your personal migration plan;
  • prepare documents for opening a company and a bank account;
  • come along with you to register your company and open a bank account;
  • advise on the best investments;
  • prepare documents for obtaining a residence permit,
  • supervise your application in the immigration service;
  • register your address of residence in Slovenia and arrange your health insurance.
Cost – €7000 + €300 for each family member 50% payment after receiving the residence permit card
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Pros and cons of the “Business Immigration to Slovenia” program
Extension of residence permit under the Business Immigration program
To extend this residence permit, the applicant must provide the following documents:
  • confirmation of timely payment of wages and taxes;
  • confirmation of the availability of funds in the bank account;
  • employment contract;
  • medical insurance.
A residence permit based on employment in your own company must be extended until the moment you submit documents for permanent residence.

Family reunion in Slovenia. How can my family members also get a residence permit?

The application for family reunification takes place after 1 year. In other words, after the main applicant has renewed their residence permit for the 2nd year. Only the spouse and minor children can obtain a residence permit for the purpose of reunification. There is the possibility of moving the whole family at the same time on the basis of other types of residence permit. Your personal manager will suggest the most convenient option so that you will not be separated from your family for any longer than needed. Family members of citizens of OECD countries do not apply for family reunion, but instead apply for a residence permit based on the program of the chosen place of residence at the same time as the main applicant.

Conditions for family reunion in Slovenia:
  • the applicant has enough financial resources to support all family members (at the rate of €500 per month for each family member to be reunited);
  • the applicant has a valid residence permit;
  • medical insurance for each family member;
  • confirmation of relationship (marriage certificate and birth certificates for children).
Timeline for family reunification in Slovenia
  • On average, the family reunification process takes 3 to 6 months.
  • The residence permit card for reunification is issued for 1 year, but not longer than the duration of the residence permit of the main applicant.

Obtaining permanent residence

You can apply for permanent residence in Slovenia after 5 years of permanently living in the country with a temporary residence permit. The review process takes, on average, 6 to 8 months. Permanent residence is issued indefinitely, but the card itself must be renewed every 5 years.

To obtain permanent residence, the applicant must fulfill certain conditions:

  • reside in Slovenia for at least 5 years on the basis of a temporary residence permit;
  • have sufficient funds to support themselves;
  • have a residence address in Slovenia;
  • no criminal record.

You do not need to take a language exam when applying for a Slovenian permanent residence permit.

Permanent residence status differs from citizenship in the fact that a foreigner with permanent residence cannot be elected to administrative authorities. Otherwise, the rights of the holder of permanent residence to medicine, education and social benefits are the same as those of citizens of Slovenia.

Citizenship of Slovenia

After 10 years of residence in the country, you can obtain citizenship. Consideration of the application can take to 12 months, and after a positive decision you are called to take the oath of allegiance.
Unfortunately, Slovenia does not support dual citizenship. Therefore, if you want to obtain Slovenian citizenship then you have to give up another citizenship. For this reason, most foreigners choose to keep their permanent residence status in Slovenia. The passport of Slovenia is ranked 5th in the world according to the Global Passport Power Rank. This will allow you to travel to 91 countries without a visa.
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FAQ
Is it possible to get a Residence Permit in Slovenia on the basis of purchase of real estate?

It is possible to get a Residence Permit if you have purchased real estate in Slovenia and if you are a citizen of an OECD country, such as the USA, the UK, Australia, Canada, Israel, Japan, etc.
For citizens of non-EU and non-OECD countries, the purchase of real estate under a company name can be a way of getting a Residence Permit under the Business Immigration program.

Is there an age restriction for the Elective Residence program in Slovenia?

There is not age restriction, which means that you can get the Residence Permit in Slovenia if you are looking to retire, or settle with your family.

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