The Slovenian Foreigners Act stipulates that foreigners who wish to stay in the Republic of Slovenia for a longer period of time than possible on the basis of a visa, or who wish to enter and stay in the Republic of Slovenia for reasons other than those possible on the basis of a visa, must obtain a residence permit.
A residence permit is a permit to enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia for a definite period of time and for a specific purpose, or to reside in the country for an indefinite period of time.
The conditions for issuing a residence permit are listed in the Foreigners Act. The first residence permit to reside in the Republic of Slovenia is issued as a temporary residence permit and the foreigner must generally obtain it prior to entering the Republic of Slovenia.
The application for a temporary residence permit is submitted to the diplomatic-consular mission of the Republic of Slovenia abroad (or to the competent authority in the Republic of Slovenia if the law provides for this option). The application for a permanent residence permit is submitted to the Administrative Unit in Slovenia in the area of residence of the foreigner.
The residence permit procedure takes approximately three months. The consular fee for submitting the application at the Embassy of Slovenia in Tokyo is 12 470 YEN. At the end of the procedure, additional consular fees in the amount of 1590 yen (for serving the decision outside Europe) and 1470 YEN (in case of issuing the residence permit card) must be paid. Please note, that, due to the currency fluctuations, these amounts might be slightly changed; the fees are adapted monthly, based on the currency fluctuations.
Eligibility for issuing a temporary residence permit
In order to be granted a temporary residence permit, foreigners must also have a legitimate purpose for residing in the Republic of Slovenia. Such legally stipulated purposes are:
• employment or work;
• studies, education, specialization or professional training and acquisition of practical skills, participation in international volunteer exchange programs and other programs which do not fall under the system of formal education;
• family reunion;
• long-term resident status in another EU member state;
• Slovenian origin (direct descendants up to the third generation),
• other legitimate reasons defined by law, international acts or international principles and customs.
Required documents for the temporary residence permit
Filled- in application (appication form). Please note that the procedure is carried in Slovenian language only.
Recent photo or ref. number from photo digital storage facility.
Valid passport (the passport needs to be valid at least three months after your stay in Slovenia).
Proof of compulsory health insurance when the alien states that he or she does not have health insurance in the Republic of Slovenia (the health insurance need to cover the period of validity of the residence permit and needs to cover the costs of eventual repatriation).
Proof of sufficient means of subsistence (amounting to at least the basic minimum income which is currently set at 402,18 EUR monthly).
Information from the criminal records of the alien's country of origin, which cannot be older than 3 months;
Employment contract signed by the employer.
Proof of adequate education or professional qualification of the alien and fulfilment of any other conditions required by the employer;
Signed statement by the employer whether the foreigner's accommodation is provided or not.
Contact details in case of questions
If you have additional questions send an e-mail inquiry to: consular.tokyo(at)gov.si. Please indicate your name, purpose and duration of stay in Slovenia, and contact info.