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Long Stay National Visa

Overview

Every applicant, including children/infants, has to submit his/her Schengen visa application in person and by appointment only on their appointment date, which needs to be booked online (see Schedule an Appointment) by the applicant.

WHO CAN APPLY

Foreigner fulfilling legal conditions who intends to stay in Slovenia for more than three months is issued a long-term national visa "D" with validity up to 1 year.

Visa Fees

Visa Category Visa fee (in Euro) Visa fee (in GBP) VFS Service fee (in GBP)
Long Stay National Visa 77.00 70.00 18.33

Applicable visa fee, in Pound Sterling (£), is as per the current exchange rate and may be subject to change without notice.

VFS service fee (inclusive of VAT) is charged per visa application, in addition to the applicable visa fee.

All fees can be paid by cash (except in Manchester and Edinburgh) or Credit/Debit card.

Cheque payments and direct bank transfers are not accepted.

All fees are non-refundable.

Documents Required

Article 20 of the Aliens Act defines that visa "D" is issued to:

  1. Close family member of Slovenian/EU citizen for the purpose of reuniting with his/her family in Slovenia (visa D is issued solely to foreigners with visa requirement for entering Schengen area)

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • evidence of marriage (extract from Slovenian registry) or evidence of extramarital community (document verifying extramarital community in accordance with local legislation);
    • birth certificate (for family reunification with minor children);
    • for integration with non-biological parents, parties must submit a biological parent's consent or a court judgment or the decision of the Centre for Social Work;
    • certified non-criminal record, not older than 3 months (due to subsequent procedure for obtaining residence permit at the competent authority in Slovenia);
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia; aliens applying the principle of free movement under Directive 2004/38/EC are exempt from this requirement, i.e. in the case of family reunion of aliens with the citizens of other European Union countries living in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  2. Diplomats and administrative-technical personnel and their family members as defined in Article 47 of the Aliens Act who travel to Slovenia with the purpose to take their posts as members of diplomatic mission or consulate or international organization with a seat in the Republic of Slovenia or as personal staff of diplomats (baby sitters, cooks, etc.)

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one colour photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • Note Verbale of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the sending country with information about their posts and eventual accompanying family members, if they are holders of diplomatic or official passports.

    For personal staff of diplomats:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
      one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • guarantee in diplomatic Note Verbale of sufficient funds for support (by a diplomat) and information on the length of staff’s term (guarantee should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia);
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.

    Visa D issued to personal staff of diplomats presents a legal basis for acquiring residence permit at the competent authority in Slovenia (working permit is not required).

  3. Participants of courses or other similar forms of education (i.e. language courses, summer schools, Erasmus exchange) in the length of at least 3 months and up to 1 year

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • evidence of admission to study;
    • contract between the applicant and institution in Slovenia with information on the purpose of studying, financial arrangement, etc.;
    • evidence of payment for the course, if payment is required;
    • evidence of eventual scholarship or other evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  4. Foreigners due to economic interest of the Republic of Slovenia demonstrated with the opinion of the Ministry in charge of economy

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • written opinion of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology of Slovenia;
    • evidence of employment and status in a foreign company;
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  5. Foreigners due to interest of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of higher education and science demonstrated with the opinion of the competent Ministry

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • written opinion of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia;
    • evidence of admission to study or contract of employment;
    • evidence of eventual scholarship or other evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  6. Foreigners due to interest of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of culture demonstrated with the opinion of the competent Ministry

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • written opinion of the Ministry of Culture of Slovenia;
    • contract of employment or cooperation;
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  7. Sport trainers, professional athletes or private sport workmen with training, employment or cooperation contract with club or sport organization with a seat in the Republic of Slovenia

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • evidence from club/sport organization in Slovenia which will train, employ or cooperate with athlete/trainer (from the register of sportsmen);
    • evidence of status of professional athlete or sport trainer from competent sport organization in home country;
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  8. Reporters of foreign media or foreign correspondents accredited in Slovenia

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • written attestation from media house in home country of assignment in Slovenia;
    • valid press card;
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;
    • travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.
  9. Priests and monks practicing clerical profession or monastic activity as members of registered religious community or recognized humanitarian organizations and foreigners carrying our charitable and humanitarian activities as part of acknowledged humanitarian organization or registered religious community

    Following documentation should be enclosed to visa application form:

    • original passport - must be valid at least three months after the intended date of departure from Slovenia and other Schengen member states;
    • one color photograph dimension 3,5 x 4,5 cm (face must cover 70-80% of the photograph);
    • written attestation of religious institution/humanitarian organization in home country of assignment in Slovenia (stating date of arrival and length of stay in Slovenia);
    • written attestation of competent religious institution/humanitarian organization in Slovenia stating time of arrival, length of stay and type of activity in Slovenia;
    • evidence of sufficient funds for support which should demonstrate sufficient means of subsistence in the amount equal to the minimum income in Slovenia;

    travel health insurance in the value of at least 30.000 EUR for the period of the validity of visa.

If the applicant is a minor (under 18) and travels without parents or with one parent, please submit all requested documents depending on the purpose of the visit as listed above, and:

  • Birth certificate;
  • If travelling alone: consent of the parental authority (both parents) or legal guardian (notarized);
  • If travelling with one parent or legal guardian only: consent of other parental authority (notarized);
  • If travelling alone or with one parent or legal guardian only: original passports of both parents;
  • If the single parent with whom the minor is to travel, holds the paternal authority alone: document that proves he/she is the only parental authority e.g. birth certificate of the minor (indicating only one parent), death certificate, divorce or custody agreement.

Photo Specifications

Photospecification

One recent colour photo, passport size. The photo cannot be older than 3 months. Further instructions are below:

Size of the photograph: 3,5 x 4,5 cm;

Facial image shall not comprise more than 70% of the photograph (on all of the four sides has to be 3 to 5 mm of empty space from head to the edge);

The photograph can be black and white or colour, the background light brown or light blue, but in any case not white or dark blue;

The person must not show his or her teeth;

Head has to be levelled, nose in the middle of the photograph;

Sharpness and contrast are important;

Face has to be evenly brightened and without shadows;

A person, who wears glasses, must ensure that the frames do not cover eyes and that there is no visible reflection on the glasses;

On the photographs of children, hands of parents or toys must not be seen (the best way to photograph them is lying down);

Best photograph for fair-haired or white-haired persons is black and white.

If the photographs presented do not meet these requirements (see examples here), then the visa application will be considered incomplete and applicant will be asked to take new photographs in the photo booth in the visa application centre.

Processing Time

Please start your visa procedure on time – no more than three months and no less than 15 days before the start of the intended visit. We recommend you submit your application about 3 - 4 weeks before the day of departure.

The visa procedure at the Embassy takes up to 15 calendar days after the submission of a complete application.

Please note that visa processing time for some nationals is longer than 15 but not longer than 60 calendar days.

THIRD COUNTRIES WHOSE NATIONALS OR SPECIFIC CATEGORIES OF SUCH THIRD COUNTRY NATIONALS WHO ARE SUBJECT TO PRIOR CONSULTATION

A Member State may require the central authorities of other Member States to consult its central authorities during the examination of visa applications lodged by nationals of specific third countries or specific categories of nationals.

Please note that visa processing time for such nationals is usually longer than 15 calendar days.

In order to avoid any delays in the visa application process, it is paramount that the visa application is complete and its documents submitted are as per the Mission’s requirements (see Documents Required for the different visa categories).

Applicants also need to be aware that, especially during busy season around Easter, Summer holidays (July and August) and Christmas, the appointments (see Schedule an Appointment) are being fully booked very quickly as the Mission only processes a fixed amount of visa applications on a daily basis.

Furthermore applicants need to consider that VFS/Mission’s closures and holidays (see Public Holidays/Closures) may extend the visa application processing time.

Therefore VFS recommends all applicants:

  1. to book their appointment as soon as they know they’ll be travelling
  2. to ensure that their visa application’s documentation meets the Mission’s requirements
  3. to leave enough processing time for the Mission

Applicants submitting their visa application in our satellite centre in Manchester or Edinburgh, need to calculate 2 extra days to their minimum processing time as their visa application will first be dispatched to the VFS London office, from where it is forwarded to the Mission in London the following day.

The Mission may always request for additional information/documents or invite applicants for an interview during the visa application process and this may cause delays in the visa process, which applicants accept responsibility for.

Application Form

In order to apply for Slovenia visa applicants must provide an online visa application form (VAF).

Therefore each applicant first needs to duly complete and print the online Schengen visa application form as follows:

  1. Click Schengen Visa Application form (PDF format)
  2. Duly complete the online visa application form (as per the passport’s details)
  3. Select File in Menu bar
  4. Select Print and confirm Printing

Once the online Schengen visa application form has been printed then applicant needs to finish the remaining steps:

  1. Sign the completed visa application form in the designated places (1st signature at no.37, 2nd signature right under the disclaimer at the end of the VAF)
  2. Bring the signed visa application form with the supporting documents on his/her appointment day

Please note that hand filled applications will not be accepted any more at the visa application centre.