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Obtaining Slovenian Citizenship

Slovenian citizenship can be acquired:

- by descent, in the following cases:

- if both parents are citizens of the Republic of Slovenia and the child was born in the Republic of Slovenia or abroad;

- if one parent is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia and the child was born in the Republic of Slovenia;

- if one parent is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia and the child is born abroad and a subsequent notification of the child's nationality is made;

- if one parent is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia and the other parent is unknown, of unknown or no nationality and the child is born abroad;

- the adopted child in the case of a full adoption,

- by birth in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia (if the parents are unknown, of unknown nationality or stateless),

- by naturalisation (admission under the conditions laid down by law on application);

- by international treaty (refugees, asylum).
 

1. Registration of a child (under the age of 18)

A child born in a foreign country to one parent who is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the child’s birth, with the other being a foreign citizen, obtains citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by origin, as long as the child is registered as a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia by the age of 18 years. Registration is done by the parent, who is a Slovenian citizen.

Parents' marriage and other status changes (address, name change, etc.) must be registered with Slovenian authorities prior to the submission of the citizenship application.

Documents to be submitted:

- Completed and signed application form, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.

- Child's Birth Certificate with an Apostille Seal and a translation to Slovenian language. Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo can translate the document against the payment.

- If the child's parents were not married at the time of the child's birth, they need to sign a paternity statement in person at the Embassy of the Republic Slovenia in Tokyo. 

-Completed form for registration of permanent address, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Completed form for registration to the Electoral Roll, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.  

- Prepaid blue courier envelope to receive the Slovenian Birth Certificate back by mail.

The consular fee of 13 EUR has to be paid in JPY at the time of filling the dossier. Due to monthly currency fluctuations, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo (consular.tokyo(at)gov.si) for an exact calculation of the fee in YPY.

If both parents are Slovenian citizens please write to consular.tokyo(at)gov.si to receive a different application form and other instructions.


2. Registration of an adult (age 18 to 36)

A child born in a foreign country to one parent who is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the child’s birth, with the other being a foreign citizen, and who was not registered for citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by his parents before the age of 18, can acquire citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by origin, if he/she registers citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia prior to reaching the age of 36 years.

Parents' marriage and other status changes (address, name change, etc.) must be registered with Slovenian authorities prior to the submission of the citizenship application.

Documents to be submitted:

- Completed and signed application form, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Birth Certificate with an Apostille Seal and a translation to Slovenian language. Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo can translate the document against the payment.

- If the child's parents were not married at the time of the child's birth, they need to sign a paternity statement in person at the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.

- Completed form for registration of permanent address, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Completed form for registration to the Electoral Roll, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.  

- Prepaid blue courier envelope to receive the Slovenian Birth Certificate back by mail.

The consular fee of 13 EUR has to be paid in YPY at the time of filling the dossier. Due to monthly currency fluctuations, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo (consular.tokyo(at)gov.si) for an exact calculation of the fee in YPY.

If you are 36 or older you cannot register as a Slovenian citizen anymore. You can, however, apply for Slovenian Citizenship based on provisions of Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act (extraordinary naturalization) if you fulfil the requirements.


3. Exceptional naturalization (Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act)

Individuals of Slovenian descent (up to the second generation in direct descent), who cannot register for citizenship (are older than 36 or none of the parents is a registered Slovenian citizen), may apply for Slovenian citizenship according to the provisions of Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act.

The provision of Article 13 of the Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act allows for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia to persons if it is in the interest of the country due to scientific, economic, cultural, national or other similar reasons. The existence of circumstances that justify the reasons for this kind of citizenship being granted is established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of the opinion of the competent authority.

In the procedure, the applicant must demonstrate:

- Slovenian descent (up to the second generation in direct descent);

- A multiannual active connection with the Republic of Slovenia; and

- At least 5 years of activity in Slovenian associations, schools of Slovene language or Slovenian expatriate, emigrant or minority organizations. The applicant should provide the recommendations of the relevant organizations confirming his active connection with the Republic of Slovenia.

Exceptions from above mentioned criteria can only be granted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Documents to be submitted: 

- Completed application form applicant, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo. 

- Documents listed in the application form. Public documents (e.g. birth and marriage certificates, certificates of non-criminal record) must be duly authenticated with the Apostille seal.  They must also be translated into Slovenian language. The Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo can provide a working translation against the payment of a consular fee.

- Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents, provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo.  

The consular fee of 354 EUR has to be paid in yen at the time of filling the dossier. Due to monthly currency fluctuations, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Tokyo (consular.tokyo(at)gov.si) for an exact calculation of the fee in yen.


Legal representative

As the citizenship application according to the provisions of Article 13 can be time consuming and as all the documents are required to be translated to Slovenian, we recommend that you appoint a personal representative in Slovenia (family member, friend, legal advisor). With a power of attorney your representative can file the application on your behalf at the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Slovenia which is authorized to process the application.