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Slovenia is a country in Central Europe bordering the Adriatic Sea. Neighbouring countries include Austria, Croatia, Hungary, and Italy. Despite its small size, Slovenia controls some of Europe's major transit routes. The Alps dominate northern Slovenia, and numerous rivers lie in the east. The government system is a parliamentary republic; the chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Slovenia has a mixed economic system in which the state is considerably involved in centralized planning, but there is private sector freedom. Slovenia is a member of the European Union (EU).
According to the Slovenian Law on Employment and Work of Foreign Citizens intending to find a job in a Slovenian company, there are the following possibilities for obtaining a work permit in Slovenia (a unified work and residence permit):
However, Non-EU nationals may only be employed in Slovenia on the basis of a work permit and a residence permit, which must be obtained beforehand. Work and residence permits are regulated under the Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act, which was enacted in 2015. The permits are obligatory for all non-EU nationals who wish to be employed in Slovenia. Unless they can be considered for an exception. Exceptions to the requirements of work and residence permits are the following:
To obtain a long-term work permit, an individual should apply for the Single residence permit for work and residence in Slovenia (The Single Permit). It enables professional immigration to Slovenia. Although this is only one of several ways to obtain a work and residence permit, it is one of the most reliable ones. It provides a fallback in case the individual’s business endures a setback and/or negative projections. Single Permits are issued by The Administrative Unit (“Upravna enota”) with the consent of the Employment Service of Slovenia (“ESS”) on the basis the Employment, Self-employment and Work of Foreigners Act and corresponding regulation. After submitting the application for The Single Permit, the administrative unit will automatically begin the process of obtaining consent from the Employment Service of Slovenia. An application for The Single Permit may be submitted by a foreigner or by his employer. In exceptional cases the worker may apply for a personal work permit. It enables the worker to freely select employment for a certain amount of time. Applicants have to submit their single permit application at an administrative unit or at the diplomatic or consular office in their home country. The single permit procedure, managed by administrative units, requires the Employment Service of Slovenia’s approval, which is granted – provided the legal requirements for that particular approval are met. The procedure for issuing approvals Single Residence permit for work and residence in Slovenia is launched ex official based on the administrative unit’s request.
Approval is not necessary when issuing a single permit for self-employment of a foreign national. Foreign nationals are entitled to self-employment after legally (and continuously) residing in Slovenia for one year. The above stated condition for residence does not apply if the foreign national is registered in the Business Register as a person with an independent professional occupation.
Formerly part of Yugoslavia, Slovenia is a Central European country that has become a mecca for international students. After all, those admitted to public universities need not pay tuition. As for private schools, the tuition is cheaper compared to the rest of Europe. With more and more students eyeing Slovenia, here’s a guide that will help you see through the lengthy application process of getting a student visa in Slovenia.
As part of the EU, Slovenia has a bilateral with fellow EU/EEA countries and Switzerland. Citizens of these countries are not required to get a visa, though they will need to secure a residence permit for the duration of their studies. As for citizens of other countries, a long-term stay visa (type C) is needed. It is valid for 90 days up to six months. The requirements for this student visa in Slovenia are as follows:
You may download the application form at this link. Note: for students under age 18, the form must be signed by your parent or guardian.
Your passport should have been issued within the last decade. Additionally, it should be valid for three months after your departure. See to it that your passport has at least two blank pages for the visa.
The visa photo should measure 35 by 45 mm. It should not be more than six months old. The ideal background for your photo should be a light colour. Head coverings may be worn if it is a religious requirement.
This should also certify that the Ministry is preparing to enter your details into the system.
The minimum coverage amount required is EUR 30,000 or $35,160. It should be valid throughout the entire course of your studies.
You will need to submit a bank statement or other documents that prove your ability to shoulder your studies. If you will study under a scholarship, you will need to prove such through a scholarship letter, contract, etc.
If your parent or guardian will fund your studies, you must let them sign this guarantee letter form. This is proof that they can shoulder all the costs of your education, accommodation, etc.
You will need to submit your rental contract or any other document pertaining to your living accommodations in Slovenia.
You need to submit the original form, plus a certification of translation to Slovene.
The long-term visa C costs EUR 80 ($94.)
Slovenia offers one of the world’s best passports. Being an EU member, its passport grants visa-free entry into the US and freedom of movement in other EU member countries. It also comes with an affordable program and a low “residency to naturalization time” (if the applicant’s aiming for citizenship status). Slovenia does have a residence by investment program or Golden Visa. But business applicants can get temporary residency in Slovenia. The minimum investment amount required is EUR 50,000 to fund a company. In some situations, fixed assets can be accepted, which may include furniture, cars, and real estate. Family members (spouse and children) can receive temporary residence through this program. Up to two investors in a family are eligible for a residency permit under the Slovenia Business Investor program. Temporary permits are issued first, lasting up to 5 years. After that, applicants can apply for permanent residency.
Naturalization comes soon after. Two years of permanent residency qualifies a foreigner for Slovenian citizenship. Major investors can sometimes receive citizenship directly for their contributions. However, the investor must file a petition to show that they have exceptionally contributed to Slovenia.
For an applicant to qualify under the Slovenia Business Investor Visa, they need to meet the following criteria:
There are additional conditions that an applicant must fulfil to get their first permit. This depends on their defined purpose of stay in Slovenia.
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