Slovenia’s rapidly growing economy makes this European country a popular destination for expatriates and international businesses alike. If you’re planning to expand your company to Slovenia, you’ll need to put together a team of employees who are willing to move along with you. You’ll also need to ensure that they have all the required work visas and permits to live and work in Slovenia legally. Failure to obtain the necessary documentation can result in operational delays and costly fines for your company, so you’ll want to make sure you’re compliant with Slovenian regulations from day one.
Types of Work Visas in Slovenia
The Slovenian government issues a variety of different visas to foreign nationals based on the purpose of their planned visit to Slovenia. The categories of visas issued in Slovenia include:
- Business visas
- Visas for medical purposes
- Visas for members of official delegations
- Tourist visas
- Visas for study, research, or training
- Airport transit visas
- Visas for spouses of Slovenian citizens
While these visas allow entry into Slovenia, they do not give foreign nationals the right to live and work there on a long-term basis. For that, foreign nationals will need to obtain a Single Work and Residence permit.
Requirements to Obtain Slovenia Work Visas
Any foreign employees who are not citizens of member states of the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) will need a Single Work and Residence permit to work in Slovenia. This permit is sometimes referred to as a Single Permit. To obtain this permit, applicants will need to provide the following documents:
- A valid passport
- A passport photo and fingerprints, which will be taken at the time of the application
- Proof that the applicant has health insurance coverage in Slovenia
- A recent criminal background check from the applicant’s country of residence
- A bank statement proving that the applicant has sufficient financial means to support themselves in Slovenia
In some cases, the applicant will also be asked to attend an interview with Slovenian officials at the embassy in their country of residence.
One of the advantages of doing business in Slovenia is that foreign employees need only one permit to live and work in the country. As a result, the application process is relatively streamlined and simple.
A Slovenian work and residence permit can be obtained by the employer in Slovenia or by the foreign employee. The same documents are required either way, but the employer would apply from within Slovenia, whereas the employee would begin the application process at the Slovenian embassy or consulate in their country of residence.
Slovenian work permits are issued conditionally based on employment, so it’s important to have an employment contract in place before beginning the application process.
Other Important Considerations
As Slovenia is a member of the European Union (EU), the laws and regulations surrounding the need for a work permit do not apply to citizens of other EU member states who plan to work in Slovenia. Even so, EU citizens will still need to apply for a residence permit if they hope to live and work in Slovenia for longer than a three month period.
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