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Citizenship in Slovenia

Citizenship in Slovenia

Foreigners who want to permanently relocate to Slovenia can have the right of becoming Slovenian citizens, if specific conditions are met. There are few legal options to acquire Slovenian citizenship and the most common refers to the naturalization process, through a foreigner who is not related to other Slovenian individuals opts to become a citizen, after becoming a permanent resident and after showing evidence that he or she is accustomed with the Slovenian culture. If you want to know the legal steps that you have to follow in order to obtain Slovenia citizenship, you can always rely on our team of Slovenian lawyers. 

 Quick Facts  
How to obtain citizenship in Slovenia

By:

– birth,

– adoption,

– naturalization

Citizenship for individuals with Slovenian origins

Applicants up to the fourth degree of direct descent must have lived in Slovenia continuously for at least one year before applying for citizenship.

Citizenship for refugees/stateless persons

Live in Slovenia for a continuous period of five years before applying for citizenship.

Conditions for citizenship by naturalization

– 10 years of residence in Slovenia, including 5 years of continuous residence before applying;

– proficiency in Slovene language;

– demonstrate good character;

– show proof of financial self-sufficiency;

– renounce the foreign citizenship.

Exceptional naturalization for national interest

Granted to individuals who present scientific, economic, cultural, social, national interest to Slovenia

Required documents for naturalization

– passport,

– birth certificate,

– proof document of living in Slovenia,

– means of subsistence,

– marriage certificate (if applicable), etc.

Citizenship for married foreigners

If a foreigner is married to a Slovenian citizen for at least three years, he/she can be naturalized after one year of residence.

Citizenship for Slovenian children born abroad

His/her Slovenian citizenship is automatically registered only if there is a special agreement between Slovenia and the country where the child is born;

The child must have at least one parent with Slovenian citizenship.

Citizenship for higher education studies in Slovenia

Foreigners who completed higher education studies must live in the country for at least seven years, including a continuous period of at least one year before applying for citizenship.

Revoking citizenship If the individual holds a second nationality and engages in activities contrary to the international and other interests of Slovenia.
Conditions for residency by business investment

Register a business in Slovenia and invest 50,000 euros in paid-up capital;

Residency by investment can lead to citizenship if certain criteria are met.

Residency by real estate investment

No such special program – Our attorneys will guide you through other ways of obtaining residency or citizenship.

Dual citizenship Allowed, but restricted in some cases.
Advantages of obtaining Slovenian citizenship

– visa-free travel,

– EU citizenship,

– access to social services,

– right to vote,

– dual citizenship, etc.

Assistance

Our immigration lawyers in Slovenia will help interested individuals in obtaining citizenship, including preparing and submitting the required documents.

Our law firm in Slovenia is prepared to offer legal assistance and to present to you all the legal requirements you must fulfill, depending on the characteristics of your case. 

When can an individual obtain Slovenian citizenship in 2024?

The legislation in Slovenia prescribes few ways through which an individual is entitled to the Slovene citizenship – thus, one can become a citizen by birth or through naturalization, after living in Slovenia for a given period of time and after meeting other requirements that are of importance for this process. 

With regards to the process of naturalization, the pathway to citizenship by becoming first a permanent resident, you must know that the law als provides the possibility of extraordinary naturalization

Thus, you can apply for citizenship in 2024 under this procedure if your situation is considered to be of national interest for the country. It can apply to persons involved in academic life, cultural, scientific, etc. 

Here, the residency requirements are far less stringent. If you want to apply in 2024, you have to make the proof of living in Slovenia for minimum 1 year. In very limited situations, the person does not even have to comply with any residency requirements if their activity has brought a certain level of international reputation to Slovenia

When we refer to citizenship by birthSlovenia applies the principle of blood ties, which implies that if a baby is born out of Slovenian citizens (or the child has at least one biological parent who is a Slovenian citizen), then he or she will obtain Slovenian citizenship regardless if the birth took place in Slovenia or on the national territory of another country. 

For children born in Slovenia who have at least 1 Slovenian parent the registration is done ex officio, which means that if you will have a child in 2024, as a parent, you do not have to take any additional steps to register the citizenship, as it can be the case of some European states where the law on citizenship differs and citizenship is acquired following a more complex route.

Please mind that persons who are Slovenian nationals and who were born abroad and who also hold the citizenship of the other state can renounce Slovenian citizenship if they wish to do so prior to their 25th anniversary. For this, they need to write a declaration which can be submitted to a Slovenian consular mission/embassy.

We invite you to watch a short presentation on obtaining citizenship in Slovenia

Then, with regards to the process of naturalization, the list of possibilities of acquiring citizenship is far more extensive, as it takes into consideration more scenarios that can apply to foreigners who relocated in this country. In the list below, our team of Slovenian lawyers will present the main options applicable to foreigners: 

  • according to the Ministry of Interior of the Republic of Slovenia, a foreigner is generally entitled to citizenship if he or she has lived in this country for a period of 10 years and has been a permanent resident for at least 5;
  • foreigners who are married with Slovenian citizens are entitled to apply for the Slovene citizenship if the couple has been married for at least 3 years;
  • those who have previously held Slovenian citizenship and lost or renounced it and they want to apply for it again and have been living in Slovenia for at least 6 months prior to the date of the application;
  • they are a Slovenian descendent or expatriate and have been living in Slovenia for at least 1 year before the application is made;
  • the foreigner is a stateless person and has been living in Slovenia for at least 5 years on a continuous basis. 

What is the law for Slovenian dual citizenship?

Numerous European countries grant the right to have dual citizenship, which refers to the fact that when applying for the new citizenship of the country where the person resides, he or she will be allowed to maintain the first citizenship, of the country from where the person relocated. Slovenia is one of the country that recognizes dual citizenship

However, the Slovenian dual citizenship is limited by specific regulations. For instance, in the case of a Slovenian national who is relocated to a foreign country where he or she wants to acquire citizenship, the Slovenian citizenship may be lost due to the national law of the said country. 

Given that all countries have sovereignty on their national territories, if the law of a country imposes to a foreigner to give up his or her previous citizenship, then the Slovenian dual citizenship will not apply. However, in Slovenia, the national law does not require a foreigner to automatically renounce his or her nationality when obtaining Slovenian citizenship

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The rules applicable in this case are highly influenced by the first citizenship of the foreigner and the acts and regulations that can be recognized in each particular case. Due to this, if you are interested in Slovenian dual citizenship, we highly recommend you to request legal advice from our law firm in Slovenia

For the citizens of the EU, the rules on immigration to Slovenia are rather simple, as EU citizens benefit from the free movement of persons in the EU. 

This means that an EU citizen can relocate to this country without having to go through complicated immigration procedures. However, even if EU citizens can relocate here without any visa requirements, they will need to apply for a residence permit if necessary.

In Slovenia, persons who arrive from the European Union (EU) and who are citizens of EU member states do not have to provide any evidence on the fact that they have renounced their first citizenship when acquiring Slovenian citizenship, which means that they can easily benefit from the Slovenian dual citizenship. The same rule can apply to other categories of foreigners arriving from outside the EU, but also to minors, as they can’t legally decide on what citizenship they prefer.

Our Slovenian lawyers can put you in touch with their partners in other countries, such as Italy, if you need information about obtaining citizenship in other states.

We present you a comparison related to obtaining citizenship in Italy vs. Slovenia:

  • Dual citizenship is allowed in both countries, but in Slovenia there are restrictions in some cases;
  • Third party nationals can get citizenship in Italy if they live there for 10 years before applying. EU citizens benefit from a shorter residency requirment – only 4 years. In Slovenia, a foreigner must have lived in this country for 10 years and has been a permanent resident for at least 5 before asking for citizenship;
  • Validity of an Italian passport is 3 years (for children aged 0-3 years), 5 years (for those aged 4 – 17 years) and 10 years (for adult persons). In Slovenia, the validity is the same for adult persons and minors.

Please contact our law firm in Sloveniaif you want to know more details regarding the ways in which a person can obtain citizenship