Changes in the Act on the Residence of Foreigners related to the crisis situation caused by the COVID-19 disease

The Slovak parliament has approved an amendment to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners, which is dealing with issues emerging in connection with the spread of the COVID-19 disease. 

Note: a crisis situation is to be understood as an extraordinary situation or a state of emergency declared in connection to the COVID-19 disease. 

IMPORTANT: The state of emergency declared on 25 November 2021 ended on 22 February 2022. The extraordinary situation (crisis situation) declared on 11 March 2020 is still in force.  

 

Persons without a granted residence in Slovakia

If you entered Slovakia legally (e.g. with a visa or within a visa-free regime) and you are not granted residency, you are authorised to stay in Slovakia until one month after the revocation of a crisis situation.

 

Persons with a granted residence in Slovakia

Should the validity of your temporary, permanent or tolerated residence expire during the crisis situation or within one month of the situation being revoked, your residence will not expire. Its validity will be extended until two months after the revocation of a crisis situation.

If you are granted a temporary residence or a permanent residence for five years and you are abroad during the crisis situation, you can submit your application for the renewal of your temporary residence or your application for a permanent residence for unlimited time at the Slovak diplomatic or consular mission (embassy/consulate general) abroad.

If you cannot submit your residence or renewal application during the crisis situation, the Foreign Police will be able to accept required documents even if older than 90 days, provided that they were not older than 90 days during the crisis situation and you did not leave Slovakia before the submission of your application.

Persons with a temporary residence for the purpose of business who will be submitting their renewal applications next year will not be obliged to meet the requirement of minimum income/profit for this year if they submit an affidavit stating that their business activities have been affected by the crisis situation.

 

Deadlines

The following deadlines, after the elapse of which the Foreign Police can normally start the process of cancelling your temporary residence, are extended by the period of crisis situation:

During the crisis situation, deadlines for the following actions are suspended:

The 180-day period during which a foreigner normally has to enter Slovakia once being granted temporary or permanent residence does not run during a crisis situation.

Ministry of Interior may pardon missing other deadlines if the deadline expired during the crisis situation.

 

Duties

Until the revocation of a crisis situation you are not obliged to: