Permit for permanent residence – when can you get one?

Permit for permanent residence - when can you get one?

A permit for permanent residence is a form of permit that you obtain under certain conditions. When is this possible? Do you want to start your business in Slovenia? There are different conditions for obtaining this permit. It also depends on whether you are an EU national or a third-country national. Are you an entrepreneur and want to register a company in Slovenia? That is one of the best methods to get the permits! We at DATA can help you with that! Just call us on +386 40 530 718 (Viber/WhatsApp) and we will be happy to help!

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Permit for permanent residence for third-country nationals – 5-year continuous residence requirement

In essence, a third-country national can get a permit for permanent residence if he/she legally lives in Slovenia for five years. That means the person needs to have temporary residence for five years before the application. During this period, the person can be absent from Slovenia for a maximum of 6 consecutive months. Do you have any dilemmas about residence, work permits, etc.? We also offer services for foreigners! We help foreigners register companies and much more! You can call us on +386 40 530 718 (Viber/WhatsApp) or send us an email at

Exceptions to the five-year residence requirement

Of course, there are some exceptions. That is when you study in Slovenia. In this case, the time counts in half. Moreover, EU Blue Card holders can apply for permit for permanent residence if they live somewhere for at least 5 years on the basis of the card. For Slovenia, they need to live for at least 2 years. Eventually, the the Aliens Act (ZTuj-2) also provides for certain exceptions. So, a foreigner can get a permit for residence permit if he/she is a national of Slovenia or whose residence is in the interest of the country. There are also other exceptions. They include foreigners who live in Slovenia as refugees or have protection status. However, family members of a foreigner can get it before the 5 years expiry. They can apply for a permit for permanent residence after two years of residence in Slovenia.

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EU nationals and permanent residence

What about EU nationals? How does the law apply for them? In general, EU nationals do not obtain a permit for permanent residence. Still, they are able to apply for it after five years. They need to follow the same rules for absence. However, before the 5 years are up, an EU national can get a certificate of permanent residence if he or she is of Slovenian origin or if his or her residence is in the country’s interest.

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Exceptions for EU nationals – what are they?

Normally, there are exceptions here too. For instance, if the EU national works in Slovenia for the last 12 months and is a legal resident for at least 3 years. Moreover, if you work in Slovenia for more than 3 years and get a job in another EU country, you can still get a permit for permanent residence. However, you need to return to Slovenia once a day or once a week. To this end, family members can also benefit from this. In time, they can also apply for the permit after two years, only if their member gets the permanent residence. Do you need more information? Just call us on +386 40 530 718 (Viber/WhatsApp).

Benefits of a permanent residence permit

Eventually, a permit for permanent residence gives foreigners many advantages. Firstly, they have free access to the labour market. Secondly, they can work in companies or become self-employed (set up a s.p.) under the same conditions as national jobseekers. Thirdly, a permit also allows you to apply for full-time courses with no extra fees. Fourthly, you get the permit for life. You don’t need to renew it at all. You just change the card before it expires. These are only some of the benefits. Slovenia has a lot of advantages!

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Register a company and get the permits!

To sum up, there are different conditions to get a permit for permanent residence. If you want to get them, but don’t know how, we can help you with that! One of the best methods is to register or migrate a business in Slovenia! After that, you can apply for family reunification and much more. Our experts at DATA can guide you through the whole process. We provide quality business, tax, and legal services. Without a doubt, we assure a smooth registration process! Does this help you? Does this interest you? Just contact us and start your business dream today! Last but not least, if you want to know more about business in Slovenia, please follow our Facebook and LinkedIn pages.

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