Marrying and Sponsoring a Slovenian Citizen

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Marriage to a Slovenian Citizen

Every country has its own laws that apply to its citizens marrying a person from a different country. Getting married to a Slovenian citizen with the goal of eventually bringing them to Canada to live is a process with many steps.

If you want to bring your Slovenian spouse or partner to live in Canada, you must then file a sponsorship application for them to become a permanent resident. If they would like to visit you in Canada while their application is in process, they must also apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). For more information, please see our family sponsorship page and our eTA article.


Processing Time

If you file a Canadian sponsorship application for your Slovenian spouse or partner, this application takes an average of 10-12 months.

An eTA for your spouse or partner to visit you in Canada while the sponsorship applications are processing can be applied for online.

Please see our pages on family sponsorship and the eTA for more information on the processing times of these applications.


Slovenian Marriage Basic Requirements

A foreigner may get married in Slovenia, either to a Slovene citizen or to another foreigner. Under Slovene law, only a civil marriage service is considered valid, although you may then have a religious ceremony if you wish.

You must register the forthcoming marriage with the Marriage Registry Office of the Administrative Unit (Upravna enota, Oddelek za upravne notranje zadeve, Matični urad) in the location where you wish to get married. This can be accomplished not more than six months before the proposed wedding date, but no sooner than 14 days before the proposed wedding date.

You will be required to submit to the Administrative Unit:

Both marriage partners should be present when applying at the Administrative Unit. If this is not possible, then the absent fiancé(e) must submit a notarized Power of Attorney, which also must be translated into Slovene, authorizing a third person to sign the Administrative Unit document regarding his/her intent to marry.

Once you submit these documents, then you can sign up for any available marriage date at the Administrative Unit. After the marriage has been performed, the Administrative Unit will issue a marriage certificate.


Family Members

If your Slovenian spouse has dependent children, this does not affect the Slovenian Marriage document application.

If you have dependent children, they have no effect on the application to marry a Slovenian citizen.


List of Slovenian Consulates in Canada

Embassy in Ottawa


Calling Slovenia from Canada

011 – 386 – Area Code – local number


Area Codes of Slovakia (landlines only)

Celje and Trbovlje 3
Koper, Postojna and Nova Gorica 5
Kranj 4
Ljubljana 1
Maribor, Murska Sobota and Ravne na Koroškem 2
Novo mesto and Krško 7


Cell Codes

  • Mobitel: 31, 41, 51 or 71
  • Si.mobil: 30, 40 or 68
  • T-2: 64
  • Tusmobil: 70


VOIP Codes

590, 591, 592, 81, 82 or 83


Calling Canada from Slovenia

00 – 1 – Area Code – local number

  • 00- Exit code for Slovenia, and is needed for making any international call from Slovenia
  • 1 – ISD Code or Country Code of Canada

Area Codes of Canada

Province Code Province Code
Alberta 403 / 587 (southern Alberta)

587 / 780 (central and northern Alberta)

Nunavut 867
BC 236 / 250 / 778 (majority of BC)

236 / 604 / 778 (Metro Vancouver)

Ontario 226 / 519 (southwestern Ontario)

249 / 705 (northeastern Ontario)

289 / 365 / 905 (Greater Toronto Area)

343 / 613 (eastern Ontario)

416 / 647 (Toronto)

807 (northwestern Ontario)

Manitoba 204 / 431 PEI 782 / 902
New  Brunswick 506 Quebec 418 / 581 (eastern Quebec)

438 / 514 (Montreal)

450 / 579 (Greater Montreal)

819 / 873 (remainder of Quebec)

Newfoundland and Labrador 709 Saskatchewan 306 / 639
Northwest Territories 867 Yukon 867
Nova Scotia 782 / 902


Time Difference

Slovenia is on Central European Time (GMT+1). Slovenia, as with the rest of Europe, uses Daylight Saving Time over a slightly different span than Canada. In late March and late October the time differences are off by 1 hour. Saskatchewan does not observe DST and so in the summer add an hour to the difference.

Canadian Time Zone # of Hours Slovenia is Ahead
Pacific (BC, Yukon) 9 hours
Mountain (Alberta, western Nunavut, Lloydminster, Saskatchewan) 8 hours
Central (Manitoba, Northwest Territories, central Nunavut, northwestern Ontario, Saskatchewan*) 7 hours
Eastern (most of Ontario, most of Quebec) 6 hours
Atlantic (Labrador, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, PEI, eastern Quebec) 5 hours
Newfoundland 4.5 hours


Emergency Information for Canadians in Slovenia

Consulate of Canada in Ljubljana

Linhartova cesta 49a.
1000 Ljubljana

Telephone: 386 (1) 252-4444
Fax: 386 (1) 252-3333
Email: [email protected]
Website: No Website

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Embassy of Canada in Budapest

Ganz utca 12-14
1027 Budapest

Telephone: 36 (1) 392-3360
Fax: 36 (1) 392-3390
E-mail: [email protected]

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Canadian Government’s Travel Alerts for Slovenia

For travel alerts, click here

Sponsoring Your Slovenian Spouse to Canada

The sponsorship application process is long and can be stressful. To learn more about it, click the button below:

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