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Who can apply?

To work in Slovenia under the Youth Mobility Scheme, you must:

  • be a Canadian citizen
  • be 18-35 years old (inclusive), and
  • have a valid Canadian passport

Other requirements may apply. Check Slovenia’s website for more details.

What type of work visa do I need?

You need to apply for a type D visa (Schengen visa). This visa has three categories:

Category a

Post-secondary graduates who want additional, paid training under a pre-arranged contract of employment to support the development of their career.

Category b

Registered post-secondary students who want to complete part of their academic curriculum at an institution in Slovenia under a paid pre-arranged internship or work placement. This can include an arrangement between post-secondary institutions.

Category c

Young Canadians who want to travel to Slovenia and work temporarily to help finance their trip. This is known as a Working Holiday.

Do I need a formal job or internship offer?

Yes, you need a job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer if you apply to:

  • Category a
  • Category b

No, you don’t need one if you apply to category c (Working Holiday).

How long can I stay and work?

You can stay and work in Slovenia for up to 12 months.

You can participate to the program twice. Your second participation must be under a different category and there must be a break in between stays.

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About Slovenia

Slovenia is an exceptionally diverse territory full of natural beauties. Discover the beautiful Slovenian landscapes: the Alpine area, the northeast uplands and lowlands, the karstic area and the area of the Slovenian coast. You can climb a summit on foot or by bike or experience adrenaline-filled ski slopes.

Travelling around Slovenia can be full of interesting experiences. Slovenia has many different and diverse cities and towns to visit. Explore country sides and mountains. Relax at thermal spas. Immerse yourself in various festivals, museums and galleries. Walk through Slovenian history by visiting some of the hundreds of castles and manors. Discover over 24 culinary areas, three wine-growing areas and indulge in Slovenian cheeses, sausages, meats, oils, honey and other foods.

Just like in the rest of Europe where small and medium-sized enterprises make up 99% of European businesses, Slovenia also has many unique small, often family-run operations.

Plan your trip

The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.

Before you leave, remember to register as a Canadian abroad to receive notifications in case of an emergency while you are abroad or of a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.

Recognized Organizations

Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.

Most recognized organizations charge a fee for their services.

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