Family members in the Republic of Slovenia are:
- a spouse;
- minors (under 18 years), unmarried children of a foreigner;
- minors, unmarried children of a spouse;
- parents of a minor foreigner, with whom he/she lived in the family before entering the Republic of Slovenia;
- adults, unmarried children, and parents of a foreigner or a spouse, who should be supported by the foreigner or the spouse under the laws of his/her country of origin. (For example, an elderly parent, if he/she needs daily care for medical reasons and is living alone).
An administrative-territorial authority, as an exception, can also refer other relatives to family members if special circumstances speak in favour of family reunion in the Republic of Slovenia.
In addition to meeting the conditions, to obtain a residence permit based on a family reunion in Slovenia, the applicant (a residence permit holder) will need to support its application with the documents confirming the family ties, health insurance for family members, and proof of financial solvency (€ 300 per month per person). It is also possible to attach a confirmation of the child’s admission to a school or a kindergarten in Slovenia.
An application for a temporary residence permit shall be applied either to the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia abroad or to an administrative-territorial authority, in the territory of which you reside.
Residence Permit in Slovenia for Schoolchildren
If your child has reached school age (i.e. in the current calendar year he/she turns 6 years old), he/she can obtain a residence permit on the basis of school enrolment. School education in Slovenia for all foreigners is compulsory and free. Learn more about the peculiarities of the Slovenian school system and the enrolment of children to school by reading this article.
Residence Permit in Slovenia for Preschoolers (Preschoolers Reunion)
Since visiting a kindergarten in Slovenia is not required, the residence permit on the basis of enrolment in a kindergarten cannot be issued to a child. The only sure way to obtain a residence permit for a preschooler is his/her reunion with a family member, who has already extended his/her residence permit for the 2nd year.
If both parents have a residence permit in Slovenia on the basis of employment or education, it is possible to apply for an early reunion. We recommend to apply for a preschooler reunion with the support of a lawyer. Such cases shall be considered individually. The success of such activity depends largely on the experience of the lawyer and related factors: employment of parents/parent in Slovenia, breastfeeding, child’s health, etc. Now, unfortunately, no lawyer can guarantee success. Therefore, when planning to move to Slovenia, you should consider in advance the ways for obtaining residence permits for all family members.
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