TAKING UP RESIDENCE IN LJUBLJANA, REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
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.
The methods and conditions of entry into Slovenia differ depending on whether the person entering the country is a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area (European Union Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are all part of the EEA), or a national of a third country.
Foreign citizens need to report their presence in Slovenia and the address at which they will be staying to the nearest police station within three days of entering the country and, upon leaving the country, report that they are no longer staying at that address, irrespective of the duration of their stay.
APPLYING FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT
1. EEA CITIZENS
Citizens of the EEA may enter Slovenia with just a valid identity card or passport, irrespective of the reason for entering or residing in the country. They may reside in Slovenia without a residence permit for the first 90 days after the entry. However, with the intention of a longer stay, they are required to submit an application for a residence permit at the Administrative Unit in the area of their residence (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Department for foreign citizens – Upravna enota Ljubljana, Oddelek za tujce) any time before the expiry of the permitted 90 day stay.
To apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study, a citizen of the EEA needs to submit the following:
2. CITIZENS OF THIRD COUNTRIES
A non-EU citizen, who was admitted to a state-approved education or study program, performs professional or practical training, specialization or participates in international student exchange in relevant educational organizations in Slovenia may apply for a residence permit.
The application may be submitted by the student abroad at the competent Slovene diplomatic mission or consulate, or at the Administrative Unit in the area of their residence (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Department for foreign citizens – Upravna enota Ljubljana, Oddelek za tujce), the latter only if they are already lawfully residing in Slovenia on the basis of a valid passport or identity card (when no visa is required); a valid passport and a residence permit issued by another EU member state; a C visa issued by Slovenia or other Schengen state; or a study D visa issued in another EU member state. Such application to the Administrative Unit must be submitted any time before the expiry of their lawful stay in Slovenia.
The application may also be submitted by the educational institution at the competent Slovene diplomatic mission or consulate abroad or at the competent Administrative Unit in Slovenia. Please note, that the University of Ljubljana will help with the procedure if necessary, but will not be able to submit the applications on behalf of students.
The non-EU citizens who have a valid residence permit issued by another EU state and who participate in EU or multilateral programs that include measures to promote mobility, or in an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, may complete part of the studies at a higher education institution in Slovenia. In these cases, the foreign citizen, or the education institution from the EU Member State that first issued the residence permit, or the Slovene education institution where the student will complete part of studies, need to notify the competent authority in Slovenia of the intended student mobility and provide the supporting documentation, as soon as the mobility is decided upon and before the intended entry of the student into Slovenia.
To apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study, third country citizens or the institution need to submit the following:
HOW TO APPLY
REGISTRATING TEMPORARY RESIDENCE
Individuals who have been issued a residence permit are then required to register their residence at the relevant administrative unit within eight days of being issued the permit. When registering temporary residence, an individual is required to submit a valid identification document with a photograph and evidence of their right to reside at the address they are registering, that is a proof of ownership, a lease or sublet contract or the written consent of the owner or co-owners of the dwelling or of the manager of the accommodation facility (the owner's consent does not need to be certified).
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