Non-EU citizens – business immigration to Slovenia

Non-EU citizens - business immigration to Slovenia

Slovenia is a country within the EU that provides stable economic market to expand your services to. If an EU citizen starts doing business in Slovenia by opening a company here, that person does not need to obtain a work and residence permit for that in advance.

But the rules are somewhat different for non-EU citizens. If they open a company, they cannot automatically relocate to Slovenia just by being an owner of the company. In order to work in the company and live in Slovenia for longer periods of time, the non-EU citizen has to apply for a work and residence permit. As it is not automatic based on company establishment, we will be explaining the conditions the company has to meet in order for it to be eligible for employing foreigners.

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1st step – company registration

Sometimes, non-EU citizens think that they can establish sole proprietorship in Slovenia and this way do business in Europe. But non-EU citizens, who have not yet been living in Slovenia at least 1 year, cannot open sole proprietorship.

However, they have the possibility to open an LTD company without prior residence in Slovenia. This company type requires 7.500€ founding capital, which you can later spend on business expenses. You will also have to decide who will be shareholder and who representative. Those people would have to obtain a Slovenian tax number before company registration.

All companies in Slovenia also require a business address already in the process of company registration. You will need to obtain a statement from the owner of the business address allowing you to register your company address there.

When you have collected everything, you would have to come to Slovenia to officially register the company and open the bank account.

2nd step – fulfilling the conditions of active business conduct for employing non-EU citizens

After the company is active you will have to decide which condition you will fulfill in order for your company to become eligible to employ non-EU citizens.

It is no longer the case that the owner automatically receives a work and residence permit. From 2015 onwards, the Slovene legislation states that the company has to fulfill one of three conditions in order to start the business immigration procedure.

The conditions are the following:

  • investing 50.000€ to the company’s fixed assets,
  • or employing an EU citizen for 6 months for full-time,
  • or showing company turnover 10.000€/month for 6 consecutive months.

Your company only has to fulfill one condition, not all. After it is completed, the representative of the company can apply for business immigration in their country of citizenship or residence. Having this permit give you unique possibility to oversee your business in Slovenia personally and actively contribute to your company’s business conduct.

Data d.o.o. assists foreigners in every step of business immigration to Slovenia!

At Data, we are aware that starting such an endeavor on your own might seem impossible. Hence, we have built on a team of professionals over the last 28 years to provide all-around support for entrepreneurs. We have 100% guarantee on our services.

We assist from the beginning, which is obtaining the necessary documents for company registration.

You can also register the company in our office, as we are a licensed VEM point.

Data’s unique feature is also our own legal department. Skilled legal advisors give professional consultation to locals and non-EU citizens. They also draft contracts you might need.

We provide accountancy services as well as tax consultation.

If your company does not have a business address, we can provide the services of virtual office.

If you are keen to know more about business immigration to Slovenia for non-EU citizens, send us an e-mail to You can also contact us over the phone 00386 1 6006 270 or 00386 40 530 718 (Viber, WhatsApp). You can also follow us on Facebook.

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