Long-term residence


Country Report: Long-term residence Last updated: 10/07/24


Persons granted international protection in Slovenia can obtain long-term resident status in accordance with the Long-Term Residents Directive subject to the following conditions:

  • Five years of uninterrupted legal stay in Slovenia.[1] The law provides that half of the time spent in asylum procedure can be counted towards the required five-year period; if the asylum procedure was longer than 18 months, the entire period is counted towards it.[2] The law does not discriminate between refugee and subsidiary protection status;
  • General criteria for obtaining a residence permit: valid passport, health insurance and sufficient financial means,[3] and
  • Circumstances free of general reasons preventing the issuance of a residence permit, e., security concerns or fraud.[4]

Beneficiaries of international protection must lodge the request for a long-term resident status with the Administrative Unit, i.e., the general government office for administrative procedures, of their place of residence.

In 2023, 8 persons with international protection obtained the long-term resident status.




[1] Article 53.a(1) Foreigners Act.

[2] Ibid.

[3] As listed in Article 33 Foreigners Act.

[4] As listed in Article 55(1) 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