There are a variety of methods and steps to take for those looking to live and work in Slovenia. Those who hold the status in the EU of national or hold national status in the EEA or European Economic Area, will be granted free access to work in Slovenia. The labor market of Slovenia is also open to Swiss nationals. These individuals are not required to obtain a work permit and hold the right to apply for any job vacancies. Once the individual has employment, it is the requirement of the employer to provide health and unemployment insurance and register any pensions within 8 days of the completed paperwork for hiring.
Those who are not considered citizens of the EU and its member states must attain a work permit in order to become legally employed in the country. The best method to obtain this permit, is to find an employer in advance who is willing to hire and vouch for you. This is because these permits are only granted to employers rather than to individuals seeking work. These permits are not easy to obtain as the employer must first prove that there are no eligible candidates already registered with the Employment Service of Slovenia. If the employer is able to prove these conditions, then the permit may be granted. The permit must also not be considered to be causing any disturbance in the labor market of the country. These rules are in place to protect Slovenian workers and the local economy from being outsourced to those who are willing to work for lower wages.
If your employment will have you living in Slovenia for more than three months, you will be required to obtain a residence permit. You will need an identity card or valid passport in order to obtain a permit from the local Administrative Unit. You will need proof of employment from your employer that lists the type of employment and the duration that you will be working. You must also show proof of health insurance along with proof that you will be able to sustain yourself while in the country. Students and the self employed will also be required to demonstrate proof of their status in order to gain residency.
Websites such as those produced by the EURES and Employment Service of Slovenia will be helpful in finding an open position. Daily newspapers and the radio are also good sources of job listings. The Employment Service of Slovenia can help you to find work and there are also many private agencies that can offer help. These agencies offer their services without expense to the job seeker. The Curriculum Vitae or CV that should be used to apply is the standard form that should also be used to find any employment within the greater EU.