Embassy of the RS Ottawa /Consular Affairs /Youth Mobility Program  /

In order to encourage mobility and exchanges of youth, to enhance excellence of post-secondary institutions and non-governmental organizations and to enhance competitiveness of businesses, including small and medium-sized businesses the Republic of Slovenia and Canada have concluded a Youth Mobility Program.

The Program makes it possible for young Canadians and Slovenes from age 18 to 35 to travel to the other country for up to a year. Under the Agreement there are 3 categories of young people who can benefit from it:

a) Young citizens, including post-secondary graduates, who intend to obtain further remunerated training in the host country under a pre-arranged contract of employment in support of their career development;
b) Registered students of a post-secondary institution in their home country who intend to complete part of their academic curriculum in the host country by undertaking a pre-arranged, mandatory and remunerated internship or work placement, including in the context of an arrangement between post-secondary institutions;
c) Young citizens, including registered students in their home country, who intend to travel in the host country and who wish to obtain remunerated employment in order to supplement their financial resources.

Young Canadians who wish to participate under this Agreement have to apply for it through the Embassy of Slovenia. The following requirements have to be met in order for a person to be eligible:

a) Be between the ages of 18 and 35 inclusively on the date the application is received by the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia;

b) Be a Canadian citizen holding a Canadian passport with a period of validity exceeding the expected duration of stay under this Agreement;

c) Be in possession of a departure ticket or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket and have proof of the financial resources necessary to cover the expenses involved at the beginning of their stay in the territory of Slovenia;

d) Not be accompanied by dependants;

e) Agree to take out appropriate insurance for health care, including hospitalization and repatriation, for the duration of their authorized stay, prior to their entry in the territory of the other Party;

f) As the case may be:

i. Demonstrate that they have obtained a pre-arranged contract of employment,

ii. Provide documentation proving registration at a post-secondary institution in Canada and demonstrate that they have obtained a pre-arranged internship or work placement in Slovenia,

iii. Confirm their intention to travel in the territory of Slovenia with the possibility of obtaining remunerated employment to supplement their financial resources;

g) Meet any other conditions required for aliens to enter the host country resulting from its legislation, to the extent not already set out in sub-paragraphs a) to f) above;

h) Pay the current application or participation fees and any relevant visa fees (221 CAD, please send us a money order together with visa application).

Canadian citizens can benefit from the application of the Agreement up to a maximum of two times provided that it is under two different categories as set out above and that there is an interruption between each stay. The duration of each stay shall not exceed one year.

The eligible Canadian citizen will receive visa type D with the validity of one (1) year. The form that needs to be fulfilled for the visa application can be fund here. Also a form for the personal work permit will need to be signed and sent together with the visa application. This form can be found here (please click here for help regarding filling out the form).

The Embassy would advise the applicants when filling out the forms to state as precise as possible the dates of arrival (point 29 in the visa application form) as the visa and the work permit will be valid from that day on for 12 months.

The eligible Canadian citizen will have to pick up the personal work permit at the Employment office of the Republic of Slovenia (“Zavod za zaposlovanje Republike Slovenije), Dunajska cesta 20, Ljubljana. The eligible Canadian citizen will receive, when receiving the visa, also the copy of the personal work permit but in order to legally work in Slovenia he/she will have to pick up the original.

Canadian citizens who are benefiting from the application of this Agreement are subject to the laws and regulations in force in Slovenia, particularly with regard to the practice of regulated professions.

The wording of the Agreement can be found here. Other relevant information regarding the life and work in Slovenia can be found here.