Free Advice and Services for Foreigners

In October, the residents of these cities can get to know the cultures and people from different parts of the world. The first event „We Are At Home Here“ will take place on 3 October at 6pm in the Cultural Centre Stanica Žilina-Zářiečie and the second will start on 10 October at 6pm in Trnava, Cultural Centre Malý Berlin.

Program of the events „We are here at home“ in Žilina and Trnava:

What is it like for foreigners to live in Slovakia? Why did they decide to come here? What has changed for them? These are some of the questions to discuss with three interesting guests from Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia, that you can meet in Žilina and Trnava.

The experiences and personal stories of our guests will be completed with short film stories of other foreigners living in Slovakia. We will also show you the life in Afghanistan at a photo exhibition, and we will taste a gourmet specialty from Central Asia: Mantu.

Entrance to the event is free of charge.


The events „We Are At Home Here“ are organized by the Migration Information Centre (MIC) of the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Are you a foreigner from a non-EU country, working and living in Slovakia? Do you need advice on residence, employment and doing business in Slovakia?

Come on Thursday, September 27, 2018, from 9:00 to 14:00 to „One Stop Shop“ – Info Day for Foreigners, that will take place at the Foreign Police Department at 4, Regrútska street in Bratislava.

You will get free counselling by representatives from the Foreign Police, Labour Office, Trade Licensing Office and IOM MIC consultants.

For more information please send us email or call MIC Helpline 0850 211 478.


From May 1, 2018, an employer wishing to hire a foreigner must report a job vacancy to the competent Labour Office at least 20 working days prior to submitting the application for temporary residence for employment purposes. The filing deadline for the application was thus reduced from 30 working days to 20.

If the job is on the shortage occupations list, the competent Labour Office will issue a confirmation of the possibility of filling a vacancy without taking into account the situation on the labour market and it is not necessary to report the vacancy. The employer must comply with the legal requirements, e.g. the number of the employed foreigners must be less than 30% of the total number of employees. The shortage occupations list in the regions with the average registered unemployment rate lower than 5% can be found on the website the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.

For information on other changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners:

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners: Applying for residence

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners: Proof of accommodation

On May 1, 2018, a change to the Act on Residence of Foreigners shall take effect, bringing about several major changes regarding the conditions for applying for certain types of residence.

From May 1, 2018, the application for residence permit at the Alien Police can be personally submitted by a foreigner who:

  • is staying in Slovakia on the basis of:

           - a valid residence permit,

           - a national visa,

           - a tolerated stay (except for a tolerated stay under the international commitments of the Slovak Republic)

           - a Schengen visa issued by another Member State based on a representation agreement between the Slovak Republic and another Member State - ONLY IN CASE OF THE APPLICATION FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCE FOR 5 YEARS,

  • does not require a visa,
  • is a holder of the Certificate of a Slovak living abroad,
  • is applying for permanent residence for an unlimited time period,
  • is applying for long-term residence,
  • is applying for a tolerated stay.

This does not apply if a foreigner is applying for temporary residence for employment purposes within intra-corporate transfer. In such case, as well as in other cases not covered by the above mentioned list, the foreigner must submit an application for temporary residence abroad to an embassy in the country which issued their travel document or in which the foreigner resides. An application for permanent residence for 5 years may be submitted to any embassy abroad.

In addition, from May 1, 2018, a foreigner who was granted a temporary residence permit for employment and seasonal employment as well as for educational purposes (attending language or university preparation course organized and carried out by a Slovak university) may not apply for the change of the purpose of temporary residence at the relevant Alien Police department.

For information on other changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners:

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners concerning the Single Permit for Employment.

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners: Proof of accommodation

Central Office of Labor, Social Affairs and Family has published a shortage occupations list in regions with an average registered unemployment rate below 5% in 2017. For more information, visit the website of Central Office of Labor, Social Affairs and Family.

As of May 1, 2018, it will no longer be necessary to submit the original of the deed of ownership to prove the accommodation to the Foreign Police. The declaration of the owner/owners on providing the accommodation or a rental agreement is sufficient. The signatures must be notarized and the document must not be older than 90 days.

Nevertheless, we recommend that you provide at least an informative deed of ownership from the Internet.

For information on other changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners:

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners: Applying for residence

Changes to the Act on Residence of Foreigners: Single permit for employment

On March 19, 2018, the Foreign Police in Bratislava will operate from a new location: Regrútska 4, Bratislava, (city part Vajnory).

Opening hours:

The amendment to Act on Health Insurance came into effect in January 1st, 2018. The change primarily affects the employees without permanent residence in Slovakia and without health insurance in other EU Member state.

Since January 1st, 2018 only employees with minimum monthly wage in sum stipulated by Act on Minimum Wage can be a part of public health insurance system. The minimum wage was increased to 480,- EUR on January, 2018. For the purposes of health insurance, working hours are not relevant.

The employee who is paid a monthly wage in the amount of minimum wage or more (minimum 480,- EUR) will have public health insurance.

The employee who is paid an hourly rate must assess the respective sum from his wage and compare it with the amount 480,- EUR. According to sub. 2 par. 2 Act on Minimum Wage, the respective sum for worked hours comes from 1/174 of monthly minimum wage.

Calculation: HOURLY WAGE x 174 x WORKING HOURS

e.g. Employee works 20 hours/week for hourly wage 3,50 EUR.

3,50 x 174 x (80h/174) = 280,- EUR . Employee is not entitled to have health insurance.

Once employee does not have entitlement for health insurance, he must get the commercial insurance.

Contact us

Info line: 0850 211 478                (during opening hours)


  Skype: MICconsultant
      +421 905 063 908

Tel: +421 2 5263 0023

Grösslingová 35
811 09 Bratislava

Tel: +421 55 625 8662
Poštová 1
040 01 Košice

Opening hours


Monday:   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday:   9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday:  by appointment only



Monday:   1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Wednesday:  1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Thursday:   1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Friday:  by appointment only


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