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Third-country nationals

Employment

Third-country nationals in the Republic of Slovenia may be employed, self-employed or work only on the basis of a previously obtained single permit.

EU citizens and persons granted international protection the same standing in the labour market as Slovenian citizens.

More information is available on the website of the Employment Service of Slovenia, and you can also visit the regional unit of the Service in person.

If you wish to stay in Slovenia for the purposes of employment or work, to perform work as a self-employed person, to perform seasonal work, for cross-border provision of services as a posted worker or commuter, you are required to obtain a single permit for employment or work.

An application for a single permit may be lodged by yourself or by your employer or representative of one of the contracting parties on your behalf. The application must be accompanied by certificates and other supporting documents confirming the fulfilment of the conditions of residence and of employment or work. After receiving your application, the administrative unit will, as a matter of course, obtain the approval of the Employment Service of Slovenia for granting a single permit. You or your employer are not required to obtain a work permit before submitting an application for a residence permit.

The single permit for residence and work enables you to enter, reside and work in Slovenia.

An application for an EU Blue Card may be lodged by yourself or by your employer and has to be accompanied by relevant supporting documents relating to the conditions of residence and highly qualified work. After receiving your application for an EU Blue Card, the administrative unit will, as a matter of course, obtain the approval of the Employment Service of Slovenia. For that reason, you or your employer are not required to obtain a work permit before submitting an application for an EU Blue Card.

A temporary residence permit for the purpose of highly qualified employment is issued in the form of the Blue Card as a single permit allowing you to enter, stay and work in Slovenia.

For more information visit Employment Service of Slovenia.

Seasonal employment may take place in agriculture and forestry, inseparably connected with a season, in which, for an individual activity, a distinctive increase in the scope of the need for labour force is typical. A permit for seasonal employment is required for seasonal employment of less than 90 days in a calendar year. A permit shall be issued by the Employment Service of the Republic of Slovenia.

Seasonal employment exceeding 90 days in a calendar year may be performed if you hold a single permit issued based on the consent to seasonal work.

Rights and obligations

If you are employed on the basis of a work permit, you hold the rights and have to comply with all obligations in accordance with the national legislation, especially the Employment Relationship Act, as regards, for instance, salary, working time, break, rest, occupational safety and other rights.

In case of an employer infringing on your rights, please consult Labour Inspectorate of the Republic of Slovenia which is charge of supervising the implementation of labour legislation