Am I eligible to apply for a Blue Card?
To apply for a Blue Card, the applicant must:
- have a valid work contract or binding job offer for highly qualified employment with a duration of at least 1 year;
- meet the minimum salary threshold in the Member State concerned (see below);
- for regulated professions: present documents proving that the national legal requirements are met;
- for unregulated professions: present documents proving that the relevant higher professional qualifications are met (for more information about higher professional qualifications, see the FAQ section);
- present a valid travel document, an application for a visa or a visa (if necessary), and a valid residence permit or a national long-term visa (if appropriate);
- present a proof of sickness insurance (or a proof of having applied for it).
In addition, the applicant must not pose a threat to public policy in the view of the Member State. S/he may also be required to provide his/her address in that Member State.
How much do I have to earn to qualify for a Blue Card?
The gross annual salary resulting from the monthly or annual salary specified in the work contract or binding job offer must be equal to or higher than the relevant salary threshold defined by the Member State (at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Member State concerned).
Are there exceptions to the minimum salary requirement?
Will EU citizens' applications be prioritised over mine?
Some Member States apply a Labour Market Test (LMT). This is a mechanism that aims to ensure that migrant workers are only admitted after employers have unsuccessfully searched for national workers, EU citizens (in EU Member states this also means EEA workers) or legally residing third-country nationals with access to the labour market according to national legislation (for more information see the FAQ section).
Slovenia applies a labour market test.
How long will my EU Blue Card be valid?
The standard period of validity in Slovenia is: Two years.
Specific rules: In Slovenia, the EU Blue Card is issued for a period not exceeding two years. If the employment contract is of shorter duration, the EU Blue Card shall be issued for the duration of the contract plus three months, but for not more than two years.
How much will it cost?
If the application for the first Blue Card is lodged at the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia abroad, the administrative fee is 102 EUR.
If the application for the first Blue Card is lodged at the competent administrative unit in the Republic of Slovenia, the administrative fee is 70 EUR.
The price of the residence permit card is 12 EUR.
Renewal: The administrative fee for the renewal of the Blue Card is 70 EUR.
Replacement: The price of the residence permit card is 12 EUR.
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How long will it take to get my Blue Card?
The Foreigners Act foresees that the competent authority must decide on applications for a residence permit (which includes Blue Card) as soon as possible and not later than within 30 days of receiving a complete application. Where in order to establish the existence of reasons for refusing a permit or certificate a special fact-finding procedure is necessary, the competent authority must decide on an application not later than within 60 days.
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