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Immigration to Slovenia

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Migration is a way of life in the modern world. Like other Member States of the European Union, Slovenia supports the integration of foreigners holding a residence permit. Slovenia adheres to the principles and values of equality, freedom and mutual cooperation. As the personal circumstances of immigrants are different, we devote special attention and care to each individual. We encourage and facilitate their inclusion in cultural, economic and social life.

Together we resolve the most common issues

Following their arrival in a new country, immigrants are faced with many practical issues, for example how to officialise their move to Slovenia or which requirements they must fulfil, how to register temporary or permanent residence, and who is entitled to Slovenian citizenship.  They will need detailed, clear and concise information to make all the necessary arrangements for their life in Slovenia.  To this end, an informative brochure covering all the basic topics was published. It provides foreigners with information on education and employment possibilities, health insurance, social assistance, free legal aid and other important information about Slovenia.  Knowledge of the basics of the society, language, history and social order in Slovenia is very useful for successful integration and are warmly welcomed by Slovenians.

 

Entry into Slovenia

Citizens of the Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA) may enter Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport and do not require a visa or a residence permit.   A more favourable treatment upon entry and for the acquisition of a residence permit is also accorded to family members of the citizens from the EEA countries. Before their arrival to Slovenia, third country nationals must acquire a visa or a residence permit from Slovenia's diplomatic mission abroad.

International protection granted by Slovenia

As a signatory to the Geneva Convention and a Member State of the European Union, Slovenia grants international protection or asylum to persons not provided such protection in their countries of origin. Slovenia grants the status of refugee to persons who submit well-founded and credible proof of being persecuted in their countries of origin for reasons of their political opinion, religion, race, nationality or ethnic affiliation, and whose return to said country of origin would pose a threat to their lives or freedom or expose them to torture and inhuman treatment.