Russian citizens can immigrate to Slovenia from Russia by completing certain immigration obligations. It must be observed that Russian passport holders have to apply for a visa, regardless of the purpose of stay or the duration of stay.
If you need legal advice or legal assistance on the visa processing requirements, our team of Slovenian lawyers can help you; you can also receive tailored assistance on other immigration matters of concern.
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What visa is suitable for short-term stays in Slovenia?
According to the immigration legislation currently in force in Slovenia, a short stay is defined as any visit in the country that has a duration of maximum 90 days in a period of 180 days.
For this, Slovenia issues the Schengen Visa, a type of visa recognized at the level of the member states of the European Union (EU) that are part of the Schengen Agreement.
For Russians who will immigrate to Slovenia from Russia, the visa can be requested for any of the following reasons:
- tourism purposes;
- business purposes;
- visiting family and friends.
For this issuance of this visa, the following are necessary:
- having a valid passport that was issued in the last 10 years;
- the passport has to be valid for at least 6 months (3 out of which have to be valid after the moment when the visa expires);
- the passport must also contain at least 2 blank pages;
- the fingerprints of the applicants will also be taken, and they will be stored in a Slovenian database for a period of 5 years;
- this, however, will not apply to children with an age below 12 years old.
What is the procedure for obtaining a Schengen visa in Slovenia?
Slovenia applies the same legal procedure that is imposed at the level of other Schengen states. Please mind that persons who will move to Slovenia from Russia will have to apply for this visa prior to their arrival in Slovenia, and the procedure should be done through the Slovenian embassy or consulate working in Russia.
Below, our Slovenian lawyer has prepared some of the main steps that are involved in this process:
- addressing to the Slovenian embassy/consulate operating in Russia;
- apply for the visa, by submitting the required paperwork and filling the application form;
- pay the visa processing fee charged by the embassy;
- wait for an e-mail notification regarding the answer provided by the embassy;
- for those who have received a positive answer, the visa will be issued (and added to the passport), which will grant the right to relocate to Sloveniafor the validity of the visa.
What documents should Russians prepare for the visa application?
In order to relocate to Slovenia, even for a short period of time, such as it is the case of the Schengen visa, applicants must prepare a large set of documents. Given that the procedure can be seen as complex by numerous applicants, our Slovenian lawyers remain at your service.
Slovenia currently imposes the following:
- a valid travel insurance recognized in Slovenia that has a value of minimum EUR 30,000;
- a bank statement that shows the applicant has the necessary financial means of living in Slovenia for a period of 90 days;
- the traveling arrangements (flight tickets and hotel bookings);
- documents attesting the current status of the applicant – employed, self-employed, retired, university student, etc;
- information regarding other family members that will travel to Slovenia.
It is important to also verify the current health and safety conditions applied by the EU states after the Covid-19 pandemics. The entry rules regarding this matter can modify, based on the Covid rates registered by each country.
Because of this, we highly recommend you to receive legal advice from our Slovenian law firm.
A person can obtain residency in Slovenia on account on any of the legal grounds that are regulated under the Slovenian legislation. It can also be acquired by those who arrived here under humanitarian reasons or as refugees.
Residency is also allowed to individuals who are considered stateless persons. All these categories can become permanent residents after 5 years of uninterrupted stay.