Family Reunion in Slovenia
The family reunion is a procedure for acquiring resident status for foreign family members with the subsequent legal right to reside jointly with the relative who has already received the resident status or is a citizen of the country.
Family reunion in Slovenia is available to foreigners living in the country with a residence permit obtained for any purpose — business, studies, employment, sports career, scientific activity, and others. According to the amendments to the Law on Foreigners, which entered into force in 2021, the family reunion procedure in Slovenia for a foreign citizen can be initiated after 2 years of legal residence in Slovenia.
Children of foreigners have the exclusive right of family reunion without waiting for a 2-year period of residence in Slovenia if both their parents reside in the country or apply for a residence permit simultaneously. A similar exclusive right is provided for family members of a Blue Card holder in Slovenia (Blue Card EU), permanent residence holders, and family members of a Slovenian citizen. Besides, researchers, employees of higher educational institutions, and athletes can be attributed to the privileged categories of foreigners.