Embassy of the RS Washington /Consular Services, Visas /Citizenship /

1. REGISTRATION OF A CHILD (UNDER THE AGE OF 18)

A child born in a foreign country to one parent who is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the child’s birth, with the other being a foreign citizen, obtains citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by origin, as long as the child is registered as a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia by the age of 18 years.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents' marriage and other status changes (address, name change, etc.) must be registered with Slovenian Authorities prior to the submission of the citizenship application.

*IF BOTH PARENTS ARE SLOVENIAN CITIZENS, please write to sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si to receive a different application form and other instructions.

Documents to be submitted:
1. Completed and signed application form, must be filled out and signed by the parent, who is a Slovenian citizen.
2. Child's Birth Certificate with an Apostille Seal and a translation to Slovenian language
The Apostille seal has to be obtained from the local State Department Office in the State which issued the Birth Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE REMAINS IN THE RECORDS IN SLOVENIA AND CANNOT BE RETURNED!

Please note the Embassy does not offer translation services!

Translations to be provided by the applicant. Translations using Google Translate are not adequate!!

The list of translators is available here.
 * The Embassy does not guarantee the quality of the translation and is in no way connected to the persons/ companies on the list.

3. 15 USD Consular fee for registration (Money Orders only; no checks or cash or credit cards)
4. Completed form for Registration of Permanent Address
5. Completed form for Registration to the Electoral Roll (Please note: the child is registered into the Electoral Roll AT BIRTH/REGISTRATION OF BIRTH)
6. Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents
7. Prepaid express courier envelope (i.e. US Postal Service, UPS, etc.; must have tracking number) addressed from the Embassy to your address to receive the Slovenian Birth Certificate back by mail.

Please, do not forget to enclose a cover letter with your contact information, stating what you are applying for, and a complete list of enclosed documents.

2. REGISTRATION OF AN ADULT (AGE 18 TO 36)

A child born in a foreign country to one parent who is a citizen of the Republic of Slovenia at the time of the child’s birth, with the other being a foreign citizen, and who was not registered for citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by his parents before the age of 18, acquires citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia by origin, if he/she registers for citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia prior to reaching the age of 36 years.

PLEASE NOTE: Parents' marriage and other status changes (address, name change, etc.) must be registered with Slovenian Authorities prior to the submission of the citizenship application.

*IF BOTH PARENTS ARE SLOVENIAN CITIZENS, please write to sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si to receive a different application form and other instructions.

Documents to be submitted:
1. Completed and signed application form
2. Birth Certificate with an Apostille Seal and a translation to Slovenian language
The Apostille seal has to be obtained from the local State Department Office in the State which issued the Birth Certificate.

PLEASE NOTE: THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE REMAINS IN THE RECORDS IN SLOVENIA AND CANNOT BE RETURNED!

Please note the Embassy does not offer translation services!
Translations to be provided by the applicant. Translations using Google Translate are not adequate!!

The list of translators is available here.
* The Embassy does not guarantee the quality of the translation and is in no way connected to the persons/companies on the list.

3. 15 USD Consular fee for registration
(Money Orders only; no checks or cash)
4. Completed form for Registration of Permanent Address
5. Completed form for Registration to the Electoral Roll
6. Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents
 
7. Prepaid express courier envelope (i.e. US Postal Service, UPS, etc.; must have tracking number) addressed from the Embassy to your address to receive the Slovenian Birth Certificate back by mail.

If you are 36 or older you CANNOT register as a Slovenian citizen anymore. You can however apply for Slovenian Citizenship based on provisions of Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act – Extraordinary naturalization.

3. EXCEPTIONAL NATURALIZATION (Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act)

Individuals of Slovenian descent (up to the second generation in direct descent), who cannot register to citizenship (are older than 36 or none of the parents is a registered Slovenian Citizen), may apply for Slovenian citizenship according to the provisions of Article 13 of Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act.

The provision of Article 13 of the Citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia Act allows for the granting of citizenship of the Republic of Slovenia to persons if it is in the interest of the country due to scientific, economic, cultural, national or other similar reasons. The existence of circumstances that justify the reasons for this kind of citizenship being granted is established by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of the opinion of the competent authority.

In the procedure, the applicant must demonstrate:
1. Slovenian descent (up to the second generation in direct descent)
2. a multiannual active connection with the Republic of Slovenia; and
3. at least 5 years of activity in Slovenian associations, schools of Slovene language or Slovenian expatriate, emigrant or minority organizations.
Exceptions from above mentioned criteria can only be granted by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia.

Documents to be submitted are listed in the application form:
1 Completed application form; must be filled and signed by the applicant himself. The list of required documents to be submitted is contained in the application.
2 395 USD Consular Fee
(Money Orders only; no checks or cash)
3 All documents must be filed in Slovenian

Please note the Embassy does not offer translation services!
Translations to be provided by the applicant. Translations using Google Translate are not adequate!!

The list of translators is available here.
* The Embassy does not guarantee the quality of the translation and is in no way connected to the persons/ companies on the list.

4 Completed and signed permission to copy personal documents

* All the submitted documents must be translated into the Slovenian language.

IMPORTANT!
Additional clarifications:
* US documents must be accompanied with an Apostille Seal. United States of America is a member of The Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 Abolishing the Requirement of Legalization for Foreign Public Documents. First you should obtain the original document by the appropriate US authority (example: Vital records for Birth and Marriage certificates and local FBI office for FBI no criminal record certificate) and then verify with the responsible authority (usually local State Department Office) on the procedure of obtaining the Apostille seal.
* Slovenian documents are officially recognized without an authentication, and no additional certification is needed. For official Slovenian documents, copies will be accepted.
* As the citizenship application according to the provisions of Article 13 can be time consuming and as all the documents are required to be translated to Slovenian, we do recommend having a legal representative in Slovenia (family member, friend, legal advisor). With a power of attorney, the person can file the application on your behalf. In this case, you do not need to file the application with the Slovenian Embassy, as we do not process applications. Also, administrative fees are different (lower, as no postage and additional cost are necessary), and to be verified with Administrative Units in Slovenia by your representative.
* If you decide to file your application at the Embassy, please contact the Embassy by e-mail to sloembassy.washington(at)gov.si prior to sending the application to make sure you have all the documents.

Please, do not forget to enclose a cover letter with your contact information, stating what you are applying for and a complete list of enclosed documents.