Services for immigrants

Informative tours of Slovenia with SIBIZ

Since October 2015, our company has been organizing informational tours in Slovenia for anyone contemplating obtaining a residence permit and trying to catch a glimpse of what life is really like here.

Selecting a country to immigrate to is a very complicated and high-stakes decision. But in reality, one can hardly make such a crucial decision guided only by the beautiful pictures in advertising catalogs or Internet articles. It’s reasonable to want to come and see everything with your own eyes first. Taking a vacation and spending one week in an area known for tourism won’t show the real life of the country either.

To get all the information you need, you’ll have to rent a car and drive to unknown places and cities. For our clients, this usually takes 2-3 weeks and assumes some hefty financial expenses, such as car rental, tolls and parking fees, staying the night in places with far from ideal prices, and much more.

That’s why we started organizing our own informational tours of Slovenia. This way, you won’t have to move from one place to another on your own trying to learn something about the “real” life in the country. We will assist you in choosing an optimal route, plane tickets and hotels, and also meet you at the airport, organize visits for anywhere you’re interested in, etc.

In just 3-5 days, you’ll be able to evaluate how people live here by visiting not just big cities, but also small villages. Get ready to see the beauty of its natural environment, learn about its climate zones and how people have adapted to them, visit schools, kindergartens, or medical and sport centers; through all this you’ll get the chance to see concrete examples of apartments that are either sold or rented, and understand the local price ranges and what they depend on. Visitors also get the chance to explore the variety of goods sold in stores, see the country’s natural and historical landmarks, and get information on residential buildings and heating technologies, public utility costs, conditions for moving, starting a business, sending children to school, and much more. 

Plus, you’ll get all this information from someone who has been through all the stages of obtaining their own residence permit, and who still lives in Slovenia today. 

CONDITIONS

The first contact via Skype is intended to discuss flight options, selecting proper accommodations, finding out the client’s needs, and adjusting the route and places to visit depending on them, for example, residential properties, exhibitions, schools, medical centers, malls, sports complexes, specific resorts, etc. All visits to populated areas include cities and their neighboring districts to make it easier to compare their living standards and infrastructure.

SUGGESTED PROGRAM

5 DAYS

Day 1. Meet at the airport or anywhere else. Depending on the arrival time, transfer to the hotel or a preliminary visit to Sibiz. If you arrive in the evening, the trip will take six days instead of five. This has no effect on the tour’s price.

Day 2. Ljubljana. A short (3 hour) walking tour through different districts of the city to see variations in local real estate offerings. Then you’ll visit the suburbs of Kamnik, Domžale and Mengeš to see private housing developments.

Day 3. Moving towards the Alps. Visit Kranj on the way. Stay overnight on Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj.

Day 4. Move on towards the Adriatic coast, to Koper. On our way, we’ll visit the city of Postojna, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle.

Day 5. Coastal cities: Koper, Portorož, Izola and Piran.

Day 6. Back to Ljubljana, follow-up visit to Sibiz, and transfer to the airport.

3 DAYS

Day 1. Meet at the airport or anywhere else. Moving towards the Alps. Visit Kranj on the way. Stay overnight on Lake Bled or Lake Bohinj.  

Day 2. Travel to Ljubljana. A visit to Sibiz, then on to different districts of the city to get an idea of the local real estate. Visiting the suburbs Kamnik, Domžale and Mengeš to see private housing developments. Evening transfer to the coast, stay overnight.

Day 3. Coastal cities: Koper, Portorož, Izola and Piran. Day transfer to Ljubljana or the airport. Depending on the departure time, a visit to Postojna Сave is possible on the way back.

TOUR PRICE AND A SPECIAL OFFER FOR NEW CLIENTS

A 5-day tour for a group of 1-4 people costs 550 €, while a 3-day tour costs 300 €. The price includes:

– an official invitation to Slovenia

– meeting at the airport, unlimited transportation, parking fees, tolls, etc.

– assistance in selecting accommodations for overnights

– translated real estate market statistical data and relevant reports from official Slovenian organizations

– a booklet with average prices for housing construction in various regions

– a list of necessary documents and a description of all procedures for getting a residence permit, work permit, etc.

Extra costs: flights, overnight accommodations, food.

Immigration consulting package

Moving to Slovenia isn’t the most typical thing someone can do. That’s why quite naturally, there are plenty of questions related to the immigration process itself, what life is like here, as well as numerous everyday issues that need to be settled first. 

The answers to many questions you may have can be found at any time on our website or on our blog. Complex and extraordinary situations with lots of individual details require professional consultations. Most often these concern issues such as the legalization of your status in Slovenia, family reunification, enrolling in a university, obtaining tax resident status, prolongation of a residence or work permit, re-registration of a vehicle or real estate acquisition. It is difficult to list each and every situation that may in reality require assistance. Every case is as unique as the person standing behind it.

If you’re facing a complicated, ambivalent or dire situation in which any improper actions may lead to serious consequences, our consultants will be happy to help and keep you safe from making a mistake. But you can also come to us with less important issues as well, such as choosing an optimal banking service package or changing a power provider for your home.

You can ask any question and get a preliminary understanding whether you truly need a consultation by emailing us at info@sibiz.eu

Business immigration support

Here is the list of most popular ways of business immigration:

Business immigration: investment

Combined residence and work permit for a foreign representative of a Slovenian company on the basis of business investment

Brief information:

  • Average temporary residence permit waiting period from the moment of investment: 2-3 months.

Documents you have to prepare:

  • international passport;
  • police clearance certificate with an apostille;
  • tax reference number certificate/current fiscal residence confirmation;
  • tourist insurance.
  • In this case, the main condition for obtaining a combined work and residence permit in Slovenia is an investment in your company’s development totaling at least EUR 50,000, which needs to be made within the first six months from the launch of your company.

THE SERVICE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

all the necessary consultations, paperwork, translations, sending documents and support at various stages by an attorney.

Stages:

  1. Obtaining a tax identification number by POA (including all necessary translations and paperwork)
  2. Registration of a company (including consultations, all duties, Russian language support, translations and paperwork)
  3. Administrative services on opening a company operating account (including Russian language support, translations and instructions)
  4. Legal services on obtaining a combined work and residence permit (including consultations, full support, paperwork, sending documents via DHL, translations)
  5. Registration in the compulsory insurance system (including paperwork)
  6. Registration at the place of residence (support)

This method of moving to Slovenia is currently the most expensive, but clearly the fastest and best suited for those who plan to invest in Slovenian business development at an early stage. It’s also optimal for anyone who wants to purchase real estate in Slovenia right away. If you want to be in Slovenia and run your own company (conduct negotiations, make transactions, issue invoices, find clients, etc.) before obtaining a combined work and residence permit, we can file for a director’s work permit for 90 days a year for you without any extra paperwork or additional costs.

After obtaining a combined work and residence permit for a foreign director/procurist, you are allowed to conduct activities (stipulated in your employment contract) on behalf of your company.

The following is a detailed list of what we charge for.

The package’s contents have been calibrated over many years, but you can of course decline any options you don’t need or you’re ready to do by yourself.

Before making a decision, we highly recommend visiting Slovenia to understand whether this country suits you and your family. And also to learn more information on the Slovenian cost of living and related yearly expenses.

If you are interested in business immigration to Slovenia, or have any other questions, please email us at info@sibiz.eu

Business immigration: on the basis of company turnover

Combined residence and work permit for a foreign representative of a Slovenian company on the basis of the company’s monthly turnover

Brief information:

  • Average waiting period for temporary residence permit from when a company is officially founded: 8-9 months.
  • Documents you have to prepare:
  • international passport;
  • police clearance certificate with an apostille;
  • tax reference number certificate/current fiscal residence confirmation.
  • In this event, the main condition for obtaining a combined work and residence permit in Slovenia is that the company’s monthly turnover for the past 6 months is not less than EUR 10,000.

THE SERVICE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  1. Obtaining a tax identification number by POA (including all necessary translations and paperwork)
  2. Registration of a company (including consultations, all duties, Russian language support, translations and paperwork)
  3. Administrative services on opening a company operating account (including Russian language support, translations and instructions)
  4. Legal services on obtaining a combined work and residence permit (including consultations, full support, paperwork, sending documents via DHL, translations)
  5. Registration in the compulsory insurance system (including paperwork)
  6. Registration at the place of residence (support)

This is optimal if you already have a successful business that needs European representation in other countries, and you aren’t rushing to relocate to Slovenia. If you want to be in Slovenia and run your own company (conduct negotiations, make transactions, issue invoices, find clients, etc.) before obtaining a combined work and residence permit, we can file for a director’s work permit for 90 days a year for you without any extra paperwork or additional costs.

Business immigration: The European Union Blue Card

Temporary residence permit biometric card for highly-skilled specialists on the basis of the EU Blue Card program.

Blue Cards can be obtained only by people with higher education and confirmed labor experience who are employed in Slovenia and offered wages at least 1.5 times higher than the country’s average, which includes the respective taxes and social charges. It combines both work and residence permit functions, and helps family reunite immediately. In addition, there are also special requirements for the companies that employ such specialists.

Brief information:

  • Average waiting period for temporary residence permit from when a company is officially founded: 3-6 months.

Documents you have to prepare:

  • international passport;
  • police clearance certificate with an apostille;
  • tax reference number certificate/current fiscal residence confirmation.
  • Higher Education Diploma with an apostille (and other documents confirming work experience and professional qualifications).

THE SERVICE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  1. Obtaining a tax identification number by POA (including all necessary translations and paperwork)
  2. Registration of a company (including consultations, all duties, Russian language support, translations and paperwork)
  3. Administrative services on opening a company operating account (including Russian language support, translations and instructions)
  4. Legal services on obtaining a combined work and residence permit (including consultations, full support, paperwork, sending documents via DHL, translations)
  5. Registration in the compulsory insurance system (including paperwork)
  6. Registration at the place of residence (support)
  7. Сertification of a diploma

Each client also receives a welcome package filled with perks:

  •  A SIM card and mobile plan
  • URBANA card for public transport and parking payments in Ljubljana
  • A stamp for your company
  • Free Slovenian language classes (4 academic hours)
  • Two months of free virtual office services

Business immigration: Checking on the labor market

Assistance in obtaining a uniform residence and work permit for a foreign employee in a Slovenian company on the grounds of a vacancy check on the labor market

As soon as you launch your own company for conducting business in Slovenia and Europe, you can obtain a combined work and residence permit and be officially employed by your own company.  This employment option is possible after your company’s vacancy is checked on the labor market.

Brief information:

  • The average waiting period for a temporary residence permit from when the company was opened is 3-5 months.

Documents you have to prepare:

  • international passport;
  • police clearance certificate with an apostille;
  • tax reference number certificate/current fiscal residence confirmation;
  • Higher Education Diploma with an apostille (and other documents confirming work experience and professional qualifications).
  • This option is optimal for people already holding a diploma of higher education. Remember that an apostille can take a long time (up to 45 days), so make sure to handle this step in advance.

THE SERVICE PACKAGE INCLUDES:

  1. Obtaining a tax identification number by POA (including all necessary translations and paperwork)
  2. Registration of a company (including consultations, all duties, Russian language support, translations and paperwork)
  3. Administrative services on opening a company operating account (including Russian language support, translations and instructions)
  4. Legal services on obtaining a combined work and residence permit (including consultations, full support, paperwork, sending documents via DHL, translations)
  5. Registration in the compulsory insurance system (including paperwork)
  6. Registration at the place of residence (support)

Each client also receives a welcome package filled with perks:

  • A SIM card and mobile plan
  • URBANA card for public transport and parking payments in Ljubljana
  • A stamp for your company
  • Free Slovenian language classes (4 academic hours)
  • Two months of free virtual office services

Before making a final decision, we recommend visiting Slovenia to get acquainted with local conditions for doing business. Our consultants will provide you with information on current taxes, accounting, licensing, customs legislation, etc.

Translations and support

We understand that learning a foreign language is very time-consuming, but we also don’t want you to have to face any language barriers in either your everyday life or business operations.

In order to facilitate your first steps, or those of your partner or family, we offer written translation services (Slovenian, Russian, English, German, Croatian) in various spheres (accountancy, taxes, finances, etc.). We can also organize for an in-person legal interpretor or handle the notarized translation of official documents.

Sometimes situations can be absolutely unpredictable, which is why we provide support services in Ljubljana and other Slovenian cities. With our help you can make various processes easier:

  • in state organizations (Upravna enota, Tax Department, Health Insurance Organization, Labor Ministry, etc.)
  • in banks (opening a personal or operating account)
  • with a notary (legal or regular translation)
  • with a lawyer
  • at school (enrolling children in school)
  • at the doctor
  • during vehicle registration and at service centers
  • at meetings in various organizations

If you need any support or translation services, please email us at info@sibiz.eu or call +386 1 200 92 00.

Learning Slovenian

If you’re interested in Slovenia, then sooner rather than later you’ll start chatting with Slovenes who speak Slovenian. Be open and prepared to communicate! That is why we developed a Skype course to learn Slovenian no matter where you are!

Description of Slovenian language courses

The program is based on specially selected material designed to develop all the core language skills: reading, listening and speaking. The focus is set squarely on the everyday language spoken by Slovenes in formal and informal circumstances, as well as on the culture and geography of Slovenia. Students can vary the amount and content of their grammar classes, for example, by adding business vocabulary or other professional terminology. Students learn the language’s grammar rules through everyday conversational phrases. According to general European standards of foreign language proficiency, after the successful completion of the basic course, students will have attained the elementary level (A1 and A2), and thus will be able to:

 

A1:

  • understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs;
  • introduce themselves and others; ask and answer questions regarding personal details, such as where they live, people they know and the things they own;
  • interact in a simple way, provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help;

 A2:

  • understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of the most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, employment, etc.);
  • communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters;
  • describe in simple terms various aspects of their background, immediate environment and matters in areas of their immediate needs.

Private Skype lessons, prices

  • One academic hour (45 minutes) costs EUR 20

(payments for lessons completed in the previous month are made before the 5th day of the following month)

The Slovenian Language Basics package (15 hours)

Students will learn the Slovenian alphabet and phrases for everyday communication used in both formal and informal situations, and also how to talk about general information regarding themselves. This package is for anyone who wants to have a closer look at the Slovenian language for the first time to see whether they’re ready to study it more thoroughly in the future.

Package cost: EUR 285 (5% discount included)

(the package is prepaid once the invoice is sent)

The 44-hour A1 Level package 

Package cost: EUR 792 (10% discount included)

(the package is prepaid once the invoice is sent)

The 64-hour A2 Level package, for people whose language proficiency is already at the A1 level

Package cost: EUR 1,152 (10% discount included)

(the package is prepaid once the invoice is sent)

❖ The student and tutor agree on the most convenient time for the lesson.

❖ Skype lessons for private individuals who aren’t residents of the EU are not liable for VAT.

 

College/university admission in Slovenia

Education is an inseparable part of modern life, and one of the most common reasons for moving to Slovenia.

Therefore, we offer consultations, support and services related to the entrance to vocational schools, gymnasiums, colleges, and bachelor, master and doctoral programs in Slovenia.

Our services in this are are designed to:

  • understand the client and their goals;
  • explain the Slovenian educational system in connection with their goals;
  • help make a list of the best suitable educational institutions and/or programs;
  • explain the admission process step by step and provide a list of documents needed in advance (grades for several years, certificate or diploma with an apostille);
  • support the admissions process if the need arises.

If you are interested in education in Slovenia (for yourself or your children), we are always happy to answer your questions and help your plans become reality.

Admission to a long-term (90 days+) educational program in Slovenia can serve as the basis for a D-category visa or residence permit, depending on the situation.

As we assist our clients in choosing educational programs and enrolling in the educational institutions of Slovenia, we also ensure they successfully obtain D-type visas or a temporary residence permit. This requires a simple package of documents:

  • a valid international passport;
  • Schengen-type photos;
  • the completed form;
  • insurance;
  • proof of financial security;
  • and most importantly, confirmation of enrollment in an educational program.

Of course, our specialists also provide complete consultation support to clients.

We are also ready to support all the paperwork for a residence permit for any students who need one.

Integrated residence and work permit prolongation

An integrated residence and work permit is a single document authorizing the right to work (which used to be a separate document) and temporarily live in the country.

Applications for the prolongation of this permit are usually submitted one month before the expiration of the current permit to the administrative department (Upravne enote) at the holder’s place of registration in Slovenia (but not later than 1 day before the expiration date). The documents are considered by the respective department in the Ministry of Labor, with the procedure sometimes lasting up to 60 days. 

You can reach out to us anytime for a preliminary consultation on the following:

  • explanation of legislative requirements;
  • selecting the optimal way to prolong your integrated residence and work permit;
  • preparation of documents.

We also offer full support for the integrated permit prolongation process, which aside from just collecting the necessary documents, also includes communicating with the officials who deal with your case.

If you have any questions about the permit prolongation process, please email us at info@sibiz.eu

Prolongation of a temporary residence permit

If you live in Slovenia together with a family member, the validity period of your permit will depend on the permit validity of the “carrier,” or an employed spouse or parent, and your permits will expire at the same time as usual.

Remember that your international passport’s validity period is also important: a temporary residence permit cannot be issued for a term longer than three months before the expiration of your international passport (this requirement is not applied to children born in Slovenia).

You can apply for the prolongation of your temporary residence permit one month before the current permit’s expiration in the administrative authority (Upravna enota) at your place of registration in Slovenia (but not later than one day before the expiration date).

We provide a complete package of consulting services that includes full support for residence permit prolongation on the grounds of family reunification, namely:

  • we explain the prolongation requirements;
  • we help with the paperwork;
  • we support communications with a consultant;
  • we support the submission of documents and handle their translation;
  • we prepare amendments to the application (based on the consultant’s recommendations).

We also offer the following special consulting services:

  • translations and support throughout interviews, which in turn can be appointed by the consultant who works on your application;
  • prolongation for a new status condition (for example, reunification after employment, prolongation for an individual entrepreneur).

Property lease

Our specialists are ready to help you no matter the stage of locating and renting real estate in Slovenia:

  • provision of information on the most appealing residential areas and city districts (average price, Internet providers, schools, kindergartens, medical centers, flooding risks, environmental conditions, options for additional classes for children and sports activities, proximity to supermarkets, etc.);
  • recommending an optimal location based on specific requirements;
  • selecting various options;
  • contacting owners of the places you like, and setting up viewings;
  • accompanied viewings, communication with owners and the clarification of all important details;
  • checking and translating rental agreements;
  • legal support.

If you’re planning on renting real estate in Slovenia and need help, you can contact us anytime via info@sibiz.eu

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