According to some media reports, the Slovenian government have announced changes to the Aliens Act that will make it easier for third-country nationals to obtain residence permits. The initiative aims to bring more foreign workers to the country in order to address a labour shortage.
The amendments, which were published in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia on April 27, remove several barriers to obtaining a permit while also making it possible to obtain one faster.
Furthermore, the government has extended free Slovenian language and introduction to Slovenian society courses for all categories of foreigners.
Language Requirements for Family Members Delayed until 2023
Family members of third-country nationals in Slovenia who wish to join them must provide proof of language knowledge at the A1 entry level.
This requirement, however, will not take effect until October 27, 2023. For those seeking permanent residence permits, basic level A2 will be required.
Proof of Slovenian language knowledge at the required level will be required for all those extending a temporary residence permit due to family reunification and those applying for a permanent residence permit beginning November 1, 2024.
Other Changes to Facilitate Residence Permit Process
The Slovenian government is also taking other steps to make the process of obtaining a residence permit easier. For example, foreigners with expired temporary protection status will be able to apply for a temporary residence permit within eight days.
Furthermore, it will eliminate the requirement for those already in the country to submit written confirmation from the administrative unit when changing employers, while also easing the procedures for hiring foreigners in healthcare and social services.
The Impact of Labour Shortage in Slovenia
Slovenia and other European Union countries are facing a labour shortage, which has increased the number of foreigners seeking work permits. Slovenia’s efforts to address this issue include changes to the Aliens Act.
The government hopes that the measures will encourage more foreign workers to come to Slovenia, benefiting both the economy and society as a whole.