Slovenian citizenship by marriage

Obtaining Slovenian citizenship through marriage is a pathway available to foreign nationals who are married to Slovenian citizens. The process and requirements for acquiring Slovenian citizenship by marriage, eligibility criteria, necessary documentation, and steps involved in the application process are below.

How to get citizenship by marriage in Slovenia

To obtain Slovenian citizenship through marriage, there is a specific process that needs to be followed. Here are the general requirements and steps involved:

  1. Marriage. The first requirement is to be legally married to a Slovenian citizen. The marriage must be recognized as valid under Slovenian law.
  2. Continuous Residence.: You must have resided in Slovenia continuously for at least one year before applying for citizenship. This means you need to have a registered address in Slovenia and have proof of your residency.
  3. Basic Language Proficiency. You will need to demonstrate basic proficiency in the Slovenian language. This typically involves passing a language examination, which tests your understanding and communication skills.
  4. Integration. You are expected to show evidence of integration into Slovenian society, such as being familiar with the country’s culture, history, and customs.
  5. Good Character. You must have a clean criminal record and be of good character. This means you should not have any serious criminal convictions or be involved in activities that could negatively affect your application.
  6. Financial Stability. You should be able to prove that you have sufficient financial means to support yourself and your family in Slovenia.
  7. Application and Documentation. You will need to submit an application for Slovenian citizenship to the Administrative Unit (Upravna enota) in the area where you reside. The application form, along with the required supporting documents, will need to be provided. The specific documents required typically include your marriage certificate, proof of residence, proof of language proficiency, and other relevant identification and personal documents.
  8. Processing and Decision. Once you submit your application, it will be processed by the relevant authorities. They will review your application, conduct any necessary checks, and make a decision on your citizenship request.

Documentation and Application

When applying for Slovenian citizenship by marriage, you will need to gather and submit various documents along with your application. While the specific documentation requirements may vary depending on your circumstances, here are some commonly required documents:

  1. Marriage Certificate. The certificate should be issued by the competent authority in the country where the marriage took place and must be translated into Slovenian if it is in a different language.
  2. Proof of Identity.
  3. Proof of Residence. You should provide evidence of your continuous residence in Slovenia for at least one year
  4. Language Proficiency. This typically involves passing a language examination recognized by the Slovenian authorities.
  5. Good Character Certificate. This document should confirm that you do not have a criminal record or any legal issues that could hinder your citizenship application.
  6. Integration Documentation. This can include certificates of participation in Slovenian cultural, social, or educational activities, proof of employment or self-employment, or any other documents that demonstrate your integration efforts.
  7. Financial Documentation. You should provide proof of your financial stability, showing that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and any dependents in Slovenia

Dual Citizenship

Slovenia allows dual citizenship, meaning you can hold Slovenian citizenship along with the citizenship of another country. The Slovenian government recognizes and accepts dual citizenship for its citizens.


Can I automatically become a Slovenian citizen by marrying a Slovenian citizen?

No, marriage to a Slovenian citizen does not automatically grant you Slovenian citizenship. You will need to go through the process of applying for citizenship and fulfill the necessary requirements.

How long do I need to be married to a Slovenian citizen before I can apply for citizenship?

In order to apply for Slovenian citizenship through marriage you need to have a legally recognized and valid marriage with a Slovenian citizen for a minimum of 2 years before you can initiate the citizenship application process

Do I need to speak Slovenian fluently to obtain citizenship through marriage?

No, fluency is not required. However, you will need to demonstrate basic proficiency in the Slovenian language.

Can I retain my original citizenship when obtaining Slovenian citizenship through marriage?

Yes, Slovenia allows dual citizenship. You can retain your original citizenship while acquiring Slovenian citizenship through marriage.

Are there any financial requirements for obtaining Slovenian citizenship by marriage?

While there are no specific financial requirements mentioned in the law, you should be able to demonstrate sufficient financial means to support yourself and your family in Slovenia.

How long do I need to live in Slovenia before I can apply for citizenship by marriage?

To be eligible for Slovenian citizenship by marriage, you are generally required to have resided in Slovenia for a continuous period of at least 2 years


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