Effective immediately, Slovenia has introduced new work and residence permit rules for intra-corporate transfer (ICT), transposing into national law European Union (EU) Directive 2014/66 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer”.
The new ICT work and residence permit is available to third-country nationals transferred to work in Slovenia within the same group of companies as managers, specialists with suitable professional qualifications, or trainees with a university degree. The foreign employee must have worked for their sending company for at least nine months (six months for trainees). For managers and specialists, the ICT permit is issued for a duration of up to twelve months, renewable for twelve months at a time up to a maximum total of three years for managers and specialists. For trainees, the maximum total stay is one year.
A holder of an ICT permit issued in Slovenia will be able to work in another EU member state for a company of the same group, for stays of up to 90 days in a 180-day period, without a separate work permit, although the host country may require a notification. For stays of more than 90 days, a “mobile ICT permit” for that country may be required.
- A holder of an EU ICT permit issued in another EU member state can work at a company of the same group in Slovenia for up to 90 days without obtaining a separate permit. A notification must, however, be filed with the authorities no later than 8 days after the transfer takes effect.
- For assignments of more than 90 days in Slovenia, a holder of an EU ICT permit issued in another EU member state must apply for a long-term transfer permit, within 30 days of entering Slovenia. The applicant can enter Slovenia while this application is pending and can start work before the permit is approved. This permit cannot be issued for longer than the validity of the original EU ICT Permit from the first EU member state.
Directive 2014/66/EU of 15th May 2014 “on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals in the framework of an intra-corporate transfer” aims to create a consistent EU-wide system for non-EU nationals sent on assignment within a group of companies to EU Member States.
Employers intending to transfer third-country nationals to Slovenia from outside the EU within the same group of companies should consult their Newland Chase immigration expert for advice on the application.
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