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EEA CITIZENS AND SWISS NATIONALS

Entry and residence of EEA citizens or Swiss nationals and their family members

For the first three months after entry, an EEA citizen or Swiss national may reside in the Republic of Slovenia without registering residence; however, if the period of residence exceeds three months, they must register the residence (i.e. submit an application for the issue of a residence registration certificate) at the administrative unit in the region where they reside before the expiry of the authorised three-month residence period. An EEA citizen or Swiss national may apply for a residence registration certificate immediately after entering the Republic of Slovenia.

 

Residence registration certificate

 

An EEA citizen or Swiss national may apply for a certificate immediately after entering the Republic of Slovenia or before the expiry of the authorised three-month residence period. The application for a certificate should be submitted at the administrative unit in the region where they reside. An EEA citizen or Swiss national may be issued a residence registration certificate if they have a valid personal identity card or passport and, in accordance with the purpose of residence in the Republic of Slovenia:

  • For employment or work purposes: a document issued by the employer attesting the intention to employ the EEA citizen or Swiss national concerned, or evidence of employment or work if the EEA citizen or Swiss national concerned is already employed and works;
  • For the purposes of working as a self-employed person or performing services: a document attesting that the EEA citizen or Swiss national concerned is a self-employed person or provider of services
  • For the purposes of studies or other forms of education: a document attesting acceptance by an educational institution for the purposes of studies or other forms of education, sufficient funds (whereby, when establishing them, the personal circumstances of the EEA citizen or Swiss national shall be considered and whereby they must be greater than the threshold below which financial social assistance is granted in accordance with the Act regulating social security), and appropriate health insurance; the student’s statement of having sufficient funds shall be regarded as appropriate evidence;
  • For the purposes of family reunification or other reasons: sufficient funds (whereby, when establishing them, the personal circumstances of the EEA citizen or Swiss national and their family member shall be considered and whereby they must be greater than the threshold below which financial social assistance is granted in accordance with the Act regulating social security), and appropriate health insurance

The administrative unit shall issue the residence registration certificate, valid for five years or for the duration of the intended period of residence in the Republic of Slovenia if the latter is less than five years, to an EEA citizen or Swiss national who fulfils the conditions for issuing the certificate. At the request of the EEA citizen or Swiss national, the residence registration certificate may be extended under the same conditions as it was issued.


Permanent residence permit

 

A permit for permanent residence for an unlimited period of time may be issued to an EEA citizen or Swiss national who has legally resided in the Republic of Slovenia uninterruptedly for five years on the basis of a residence registration certificate, a certificate attesting to the filing of an application for the issuing or renewal of a residence registration certificate, or a valid personal identity card or passport, and if there are no reasonable grounds for the suspicion that their residence in the Republic of Slovenia might pose a serious and actual threat to public order and safety or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia. The relevant authority for accepting the application and issuing a permanent residence permit to an EEA citizen or Swiss national is the administrative unit in the region where they resides.


Family reunification

 

A more convenient regime for entering and residing in the Republic of Slovenia applies to family members of an EEA citizen or Swiss national and to family members of a Slovenian national (hereinafter: family member) who may be nationals of other EEA Member States or Switzerland or third-country nationals than to other third-country nationals.

 

A family member who is not a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland may, for the purposes of family reunification with an EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national, enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid passport containing a visa issued by a relevant authority of the Republic of Slovenia or another Contracting Party to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985 unless they are a national of a country which does not require a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia, or a valid passport and residence permit issued by another Contracting Party to the Convention implementing the Schengen Agreement of 14 June 1985. If the family member is a national of a country allowing entry into the Republic of Slovenia with another document (personal identity card), they may enter with a valid personal identity card.


A family member who enters the Republic of Slovenia with a valid personal identity card, passport, passport and residence permit or passport and visa may reside on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia (if provided for by the visa or residence permit validity) without a residence permit for three months from the date of entering the country. Family members are:

  • A spouse or registered partner
  • Children up to the age of 21;
  • Children of the spouse, a registered partner or partner with whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national has cohabited for a longer period of time, up to the age of 21;
  • Children over the age of 21 and ancestors whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national is obliged to maintain in accordance with the legislation of the country whose national they are, or whom they actually maintain;
  • Children over the age of 21 and ancestors of the spouse, a registered partner or partner with whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national has cohabited for a longer period of time whom the spouse, registered partner or partner with whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national has cohabited for a longer period of time is obliged to maintain in accordance with the legislation of the country whose national they are, or whom they actually maintains;
  • Ancestors of the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national until they reach the age of 21.

A person who has resided with the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national in another EU Member State as a member of the household, or whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national is obliged to maintain in accordance with the legislation of the country whose national they are, or whom they actually maintain, or whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national personally provides care for due to their health condition, or a partner with whom the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national has cohabited for a longer period of time, may also be considered a family member.


Temporary residence permit for family members

 

A family member who is not a national of an EEA Member State or Switzerland and wishes to extend their stay on the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for the purposes of family reunification with an EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national must apply for a temporary residence permit for a family member at the administrative unit in the region where they reside before the expiry of the authorised residence period. The application for the permit may be filed by the family member in person, their legal representative, or the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national with whom the family member is reuniting.


A temporary residence permit may be issued to a family member who is a third-country national if:

  • They are a family member of an EEA citizen or Swiss national who resides in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of a residence registration certificate or permanent residence permit, or a Slovenian national with the residence registered in the Republic of Slovenia;
  • They have a valid personal identity card or passport
  • They have sufficient funds. when establishing them, the personal circumstances of the family member and the EEA citizen or Swiss or Slovenian national shall be considered, and whereby they must be greater than the threshold below which financial social assistance is granted in accordance with the Act regulating social security;
  • They have an appropriate health insurance covering at least emergency healthcare in the Republic of Slovenia;
  • They entered the Republic of Slovenia in accordance with the provisions of the Aliens Act;
  • It is not established that the marriage was concluded or the partnership was registered exclusively for the purpose of obtaining a residence permit;
  • There are no reasons to refuse the permit due to a serious and actual threat to public order and safety or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia, or the suspicion that their residence in the country will be associated with the commission of terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence activities, drug production and trafficking or the commission of other criminal acts; or if during the procedure of issuing a first-residence permit, it is established that they are infected with an infectious disease with epidemic potential laid down in the international health rules of the World Health Organisation, or an infectious disease which could pose a threat to the health of people and which requires the prescribed measures to be adopted pursuant to the Act governing infectious diseases; or if it is established in the Republic of Slovenia that they are is acting contrary to the provisions regulating employment and work, or contrary to the provisions on the prevention of illegal work and employment;
  • They are in possession of an original certificate of no criminal record and its authenticated translation into Slovenian, if they are an adult.

A family member of a national of another EEA Member State or Switzerland may be issued a temporary residence permit with the same period of validity as the residence registration certificate of the EEA citizen or Swiss national. A family member of a Slovenian national or a family member of an EEA citizen or Swiss national with a permanent residence permit may be issued a temporary residence permit with a validity of five years. The temporary residence permit of the family member may be extended under the same conditions as those applicable to the issuing of the permit. An application to extend the permit must be submitted before the expiry of the permit to the administrative unit in the region where the family member resides.

 

Permanent residence permit for family members

 

A permit for permanent residence for an unlimited period of time may be issued to a family member who is an EEA citizen or Swiss national and who has legally resided in the Republic of Slovenia uninterruptedly for five years on the basis of a residence registration certificate if there are no reasonable grounds for the suspicion that they might pose a threat to public order or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia.

 

An EEA citizen or Swiss national who is a family member of a Slovenian national or an EEA citizen or Swiss national or a third-country national who already has a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia may be issued a permanent residence permit after having legally resided in the Republic of Slovenia uninterruptedly for two years

 

A permit for permanent residence for an unlimited period of time may also be issued to a family member who is a third-country national if they have legally resided in the Republic of Slovenia uninterruptedly for five years on the basis of a temporary residence permit, and if they fulfil the conditions for issuing a temporary residence permit for a family member laid down in the Aliens Act. A permanent residence permit may also be issued to a family member of an EEA citizen or Swiss national who already has a permit for permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia and to a family member of a Slovenian national after two years of uninterrupted legal residence in the Republic of Slovenia.

 

For more information, please contact:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia
Migration and Integration Directorate
Migration Department
Phone: +3861428/4494