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On 29 March 2017, the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) began the process of leaving the European Union (EU). The UK and the EU negotiated the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union in October 2019. On 17 October 2019, the European Council endorsed the revised agreement. Following the general election in the UK in December 2019, the UK Parliament endorsed the agreement in January 2020. The European Parliament endorsed it on 29 January 2020.

UK citizens in Slovenia after Brexit

Application window

  • Open from 4 Jan 2021 - 31 December 2021, or until the permit expires, if it expires before 31.12.
  • Close family members, or where the relationship existed before the end of the TP, can join the UK national resident at any point in time after the end of the transition period., provided that they were family members before the end of the TP or are born after the end of the TP and that the permit holder has regulated their status by 31 December 2021.

Conditions for issuing a residence permit

 The conditions to obtain residence rights under WA essentially replicate the conditions Union free movement rules set with respect to residence rights. 

You will need:

  • your UK passport
  • a passport photo
  • proof of health insurance
  • a bank statement
  • your work contract, if you are employed
  • a pension statement, if you get a pension
  • proof of school enrolment, if you are a student

You must check with your town hall what further documentation you may need to apply for residency.

You will need to visit the Upravna Enota in person. The new residence card is biometric so you must also submit:

  • a digital passport photograph, or in person,
  • two fingerprints for digital capture (in person).

Confirmation of the submitted application

When you have made the application, the Upravna enota will issue a ‘certificate of application’ for a temporary/permanent residence permit.

The application certificate confirms that:

  • the application has been made,
  • the applicant has fulfilled the obligation to apply for a new residence status,
  • the applicant shall be deemed to have all the rights relating to residence under the Agreement until his application has been finally decided. 

Until a final decision on the application is made, in accordance with the WA, the applicant is considered to have the right to reside in the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of the WA.

Administrative fees

  1. Temp resident permit (17 euro)
    EUR 0.50 for application for a temporary residence permit,
    EUR 4.50 for the issuance of the temp residence permit,
    EUR 12.00 for the temp residence permit card.
  2. Perm resident permit (22 euro)
    EUR 0.50 for application for a permanent residence permit,
    EUR 9.50 for the issuance of the perm residence permit,
    EUR 12.00 for the perm residence card.

Termination of residence documents issued to UK citizens and their family members before 1 January 2021

Your residence permit (provided it was acquired before the end of the TP), and those of close family members shall remain valid until 31 December 2021, (or until its’ expiry before 31.12) , or until the final decision application has been made.

UK nationals not in scope of the WA / future immigration

Will be covered by the provisions of the Aliens Act, applicable to third-country nationals and their family members, and apply to entry, residence and departure.

More information can be found on Infotujci

Example: A citizen of the United Kingdom who will enter the Republic of Slovenia for the first time on 1 January 2021 (after the expiry of the transitional period), e.g. for the purpose of employment or performance of work, will have to apply for a single residence and work permit in accordance with the provisions of the Aliens Act.

Posted workers

If you wish to reside in the Slovenia as posted workers after the transitional period, the Ministry of the Interior proposes you to apply for a single permit for posted workers immediately after the transitional period at the local UE (Article 45 of the Aliens Act), which is issued to third-country nationals for the purpose of providing cross-border services or for training in a company in Slovenia.

The Withdrawal Agreement

In keeping with the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, the UK left the EU on 31 January 2020 in an orderly manner. The agreement provides legal certainty even after EU treaties and EU law cease to apply to the UK. It will expire at the end of the transition period, on 31 December 2020.

Political declaration

Despite the fact that, as of 1 February 2020, the UK is no longer an EU Member State, the transition period in principle provides for the continuation of all activities as if the UK remained in the EU. During this period, the entire Union acquis continues to apply to the UK and in the UK. This means that the UK continues to be part of the EU Customs Union and the Single Market (with all four freedoms) and continues to comply with all EU policies. Among other provisions, the Agreement provides for the continued safeguarding of citizens’ rights on both sides, the rights arising from the system of social security coordination, possibility of travel to the UK in accordance with the arrangements in force (valid personal identity card), etc.

The Withdrawal Agreement sets out a path for the United Kingdom to smoothly transition from being an EU Member State to becoming a third country. The purpose of the transition period, which ends on Decenber 31 2020, is to negotiate new future relations. The EU and the UK launched negotiations on all the areas laid out in the Political declaration setting out the framework for the future relationship between the European Union and the United Kingdom immediately following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Nine negotiating rounds have been held so far.