What is temporary residence?

A third country national (i.e. non EU citizen) planning to work, do business or study in Slovakia may be granted a temporary residence (provided that he/she meets the relevant legal conditions and based on a submitted application).

A temporary residence may be granted for one of the following specific purposes: 

  1. Business
  2. Employment or seasonal employment
  3. Study
  4. Special activities (lecturing, sport, artistic and voluntary activities, activity of an accredited journalist, medical treatment, internship etc.) 
  5. Research and development
  6. Family reunion
  7. Performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces 
  8. Person with acknowledged status of a Slovak Living Abroad
  9. Person with acknowledged long-term residence in another Union Member State

A Blue Card is also considered as a temporary residence permit.

There is no legal entitlement for being granted temporary residence.

A foreign national must always apply for temporary residence in person, except in the case of family reunion which allows the application to be submitted by a foreign citizen with whom an immobile applicant is applying for family reunion. The application is usually submitted abroad at a Slovak diplomatic mission accredited to the country of the applicant´s citizenship or the country of the applicant´s residence. The Slovak diplomatic mission that accepted the application will interview the applicant for the purpose of preliminary assessment of the application. If a foreign national resides in Slovakia legally, the application may be submitted at the competent Foreign Police Department according to the place of his/her residence, which is not applicable in case:

 Temporary residence allows the third country national to stay legally in Slovakia and to travel abroad and back during the period for which the residence was granted. 

The first temporary residence may be granted for various time periods depending on the purpose of residence. In case of a third country national applying for temporary residence for the purpose of employment, special activities or research and development for a maximum period of two years, for the purpose of business for a maximum period of three years, for the purpose of family reunion, performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces, Slovak Living Abroad or persons with long-term residence in another Union Member State for a maximum period of five years and for the purpose of study for a maximum period of six years. Temporary residence is always granted for a specific purpose, which must be documented in the application. If the purpose of residence persists and the foreigner continues to meet the conditions for residence, temporary residence may be renewed for up to three or five years depending on its purpose.  However, if the purpose of residence for which the temporary residence was granted changes, the foreign national has to apply for a new residence.