Status and rights of family members


Country Report: Status and rights of family members Last updated: 25/05/22


Before 2014, family members of the sponsor were granted the same status (refugee or subsidiary protection) as the sponsor. However, with legislative changes adopted that year, family members are now granted resident status under the Foreigners Act. Family members of persons with refugee status are granted a permanent residence permit, while family members of a persons with subsidiary protection are granted a temporary residence permit with the same duration as that of subsidiary protection, which can be extended under the same conditions as it is granted and for the same time as the extension of the subsidiary protection status of the sponsor.[1]

Family members are entitled to accommodation in an Integration House or financial assistance with accommodation at a private address together with the sponsor, except for family members of a person with subsidiary protection, who are not entitled to financial assistance (see Housing).[2]

Family members are entitled to the same rights regarding health care, social security, education and employment as citizens of the Republic of Slovenia.[3]

In case the family member granted family reunification with a beneficiary of international protection does not possess a valid passport, the Ministry of the Interior issues them a passport without fingerprints and signature, with a validity of 90 days, for the purpose of entry into the Republic of Slovenia.[4] Financial assistance for arrival in Slovenia is not provided.




[1] Articles 47.a(3) and 47.b(3) and (7) Foreigners Act.

[2] Articles 93(2) and 97(5) IPA.

[3] Family members of persons with subsidiary protection pursuant to an explicit provision in Article 47.b(12) Foreigners Act and family members of persons with refugee status as holders of a permanent residence permit.

[4] Article 98(5) Foreigners Act.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation