U.S. citizen trying to stay in Slovenia beyond 90 days

Hi! I am an American citizen here in Slovenia. I have been invited to stay on beyond my 90 day limit as an artist in residence. I have all of my required documentation such as letter of invitation, letter of sponsorship/proof of living accommodations, travel insurance, etc. My problem is I'm not getting a clear answer on my next step. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs told me I need to apply apply for a a Temporary Residence Permit at the Upravna Enota/Administrative Unit since I am already in Slovenia. When I went to the branch in Piran today they looked at me like I was crazy & said I need to go back to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and apply for a Visa. Looking on all their websites for information is confusing because the information on them is limited & the language barrier when trying to get information over the phone is extremely frustrating. Any straightforward information on what my next step is, what forms I need to fill & where to obtain the forms would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Hi, depends on who  gave you this letter of invitation. If you received from one of our institutions   you can  maybe  apply  as 'persons who prove the existence of an interest of the Republic of Slovenia in the field of the economy, education, science or culture by submitting an opinion issued by the competent ministry'
You have to fulfill  one of  conditions  to receive  temporary residency  Have a look please  following  link  : 

http://www.mnz.gov.si/en/services/slove … ce_permit/

In case you have invitation from  our institution they should help you.

But if you have only personal invitation and you have visa on basis of tourism  you can't  prolong  your visa  in Slovenia      ....  I am not sure but  this practice  I did   so  all over the world  I leaved the country and applied again in some other country in the neighborhood.   

You have no other choice if you don't have  for  example job , company  , Slovenian  partner  (they check  if marriage is thru)   and in case you open the company you will have to pay all taxes and social contributions to  Slovenian   budget   as self-employed person.

You see this  'strange faces'  because you ask questions they expect you should already know. It is same all over  the world . Even me  can't  stay in USA for  more than 90  days.
I couldn't stay anywhere, where I entered  as a tourist.   So i would  suggest you  leave  the country  and  go to  maybe Bosnia and Herzegovina and apply at  one of Slovenian embassy   and than wait for a reply . 
Good luck.

Thanks so much for your reply. Valuable information.

Hello,

I am an American and I am considering early retirement and my plan is to travel the world, spending several months to possibly a couple of years in several different locations.  Slovenia looks like a perfect spot to spend at least one year.  Is this difficult to do?  I wont be working or volunteering.  Just spending my money in local restaurants and markets.  Can you get by on English and Google Translate?  Thank you for your help.

fixfireleo :

Hello,

I am an American and I am considering early retirement and my plan is to travel the world, spending several months to possibly a couple of years in several different locations.  Slovenia looks like a perfect spot to spend at least one year.  Is this difficult to do?  I wont be working or volunteering.  Just spending my money in local restaurants and markets.  Can you get by on English and Google Translate?  Thank you for your help.

Hi there,

That's so sweet of you. You're more than welcome to enjoy Slovenia.

My partner is renting out a small house in Cresnjice pri Cerkljah village. It would be our pleasure to accommodate you there.

I can share the details in a private message to discuss it further, OK 😃

Cheers,
Nas

Slovenia is nice, yes. You can certainly get by on just English, my experience is that every place has at least someone who speaks English (younger people, generally). Whether you can get by on American is of course another question ;-)

AirBNBs are plentiful and the cost of living is not bad (excellent if you compare it with Austria).

There is however the 90/180 day rule... or does that not apply to you / do you have a way of getting around it?

I dont know.  I am American, I thought rules didnt apply to me??  haha...KIDDING!!  :)  That was what I was asking about.  I dont really understand the policy.  If I cant do longer than 90 days (or, you mentioned 6 months??) then I could just make my stay shorter I guess.  I have about a dozen countries I  want to visit and 8 years to do it in.  I would prefer to have a few longer stays though or I will run out of countries before my 8 years!

You are from UK I take it?  How long did you spend in Slovenia?  What was your favorite thing about the country,  what was the most frustrating and what did you miss the most about not being in UK (besides family)?  Thank you.

Rob

I'm in South Africa :-)  We bought a little place in Globoka and we go there often. Again in March. But not for very long at a time.

The general rule is you can spend 90 days every 180 days, which is three months in six. I think your best bet would be to get another 90 / 180 visa for one of the non-Schengen countries like Turkey then spend 3 months in Schengen, 3 months out, lather rinse repeat.

Dunno if it's feasible, might get you a raised eyebrow or two.

OK, so they wont let people just come stay for a year?  How odd.  You would think that any country would welcome visitors if they dont have a criminal history and have the means to support themselves.  Thank you for your advice.

Rob

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