A foreigner who, on the grounds of termination of employment or work in Slovenia, was issued a decision granting unemployment benefit and a decision on the suspension of this right due to non-compliance with the condition of having a permanent residence permit in Slovenia, and who has left Slovenia on the grounds of expiry of his or her residence permit, may, after the entry into force of the amendments to the Agreement, acquire his or her first residence permit on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit, which is deemed to be another justified reason for the issuing of a temporary residence permit. One the first residence permit is served on the holder, the reason for suspension of the right to unemployment benefit shall cease to exist.
A foreigner shall lodge an application for his or her first residence permit at a diplomatic mission or consular office of Slovenia abroad. On the application, a foreigner shall indicate the unemployment benefit as the grounds on which he or she is seeking the permit. The following must be enclosed to the application:
- a valid passport (the validity of which exceeds the intended period of stay in Slovenia by at least three months);
- a photograph which is a true likeness of the applicant and
- an extract from a judicial record of the country of origin.
When applying for an issue of a first residence permit at the diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Slovenia abroad, a foreigner must provide fingerprints.
When submitting an application, a foreigner may attach his or her decision granting the right to receive unemployment benefit, but has no obligation to do so. If a foreigner decides not to submit such a decision, the administrative unit shall seek the information on the decision recognising the right to unemployment benefit, the period of enjoyment of the right and the amount of benefit to be received by the foreigner under this decision, from the Employment Service, on an ex officio basis.
The application for a first residence permit on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit needs not to be supported by proof of sufficient means of subsistence because the unemployment benefit itself, as recognised by the decision granting the right to such benefit, is deemed to be sufficient means of subsistence. It shall also be deemed that a foreigner maintains an appropriate health insurance on the grounds of unemployment benefit which includes compulsory health insurance. A foreigner who is to obtain his or her first residence permit on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit after the entry into force of the Agreement will, when granted to right to the remaining part of unemployment benefit, receive this benefit and thus acquire a valid health insurance for the period of entitlement to unemployment benefit which shall being on the day of service of the first residence permit.
Upon fulfilment of all conditions for an issue of a temporary residence permit on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit, a foreigner shall be issued a first residence permit with a 30-day longer validity than that of his or her entitlement to unemployment benefit, yet not exceeding one year. This extension is due to the time required for the manufacture the residence permit card and the time required for the card to travel to the administrative unit and further to the diplomatic or consular representation of the Republic of Slovenia. Where the period of entitlement to unemployment benefit is longer that the period of validity of the first residence permit, a foreigner’s temporary residence permit may be extended on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit. In case a foreigner has already been granted a residence permit on the grounds of receiving unemployment benefit whereas, later, his or her right to receive the remaining (unused) part of unemployment benefit is not granted, the administrative unit shall revoke such a residence permit for failure to fulfil the condition for an issue of this permit