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Application for temporary residence

Application for temporary residence in Slovakia consists of an official form and all required attachments. 

Application for temporary residence must be submitted in person at the Embassy of the Slovak Republic accredited to the country where the passport of a third country national was issued or to the country of his/her residence. (If this is not possible or if the case requires special attention, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and the Ministry of Interior of Slovakia may empower another embassy of the Slovak Republic to accept and process the application). The embassy will interview the applicant for the purpose of preliminary assessment of the application.

The application for temporary residence may be also submitted at the competent Foreign Police Department according to the place of residence of the foreigner in the Slovak Republic if:

  1. the applicant is residing in Slovakia on the basis of a valid residence permit;
  2. the applicant is residing in Slovakia on the basis of a valid national visa;
  3. the applicant does not require a visa to stay in Slovakia;
  4. the applicant is the holder of the certificate of a Slovak living abroad;
  5. the applicant is the holder of tolerated residence (acc. to Paragraph 58 section 1, items a-c or section 2).

 The applicant must attach the following documents:

  1. filled in application form;
  2. 2 identical colour photos (3 x 3.5 cm);
  3. proof of payment of the administrative fee (as required for the relevant type of residence);
  4. valid passport;
  5. document proving the purpose of residence;
  6. document proving a clear criminal record;
  7. confirmation of accommodation;
  8. proof of financial coverage.

The third country national must enter the territory of Slovakia within 180 days of obtaining temporary residence permit. Within 3 working days of arrival to Slovakia, the third country national must report the beginning of their residence at the Foreign Police and within 3 working days of receiving the residence card they have to obtain a health insurance policy. Within 30 days of obtaining the residence card it is also necessary to submit a document on health insurance in Slovakia and a medical report not older than 30 days confirming that the third country national does not suffer from any disease which could endanger public health. In case of temporary residence for the purpose of business, the foreign national must also submit a Commercial Registry Extract within 60 days of collecting the residence card (if applicable).

More information on specific types of residence can be found in INFO CARDS. 

EXPLANATION:

  • Application

An application must be submitted on an official form issued by the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic. Download Application form for temporary residence or Application form for renewal of temporary residence.

  • Photos

2 identical colour photographs sized 3 x 3.5 cm (passport format).

  • Fees

The amount of the administrative fee based on the purpose of residence when submitting the application at the Foreign Police Department:

  • business: EUR 232
  • employment: EUR 165.50
  • seasonal employment: EUR 33
  • special activities: EUR 99.50
  • family reunion: EUR 132.50
  • performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces: EUR 66
  • Blue Card: EUR 165.50
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and is conducting business activities in the Slovak Republic: 232 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and is employed in the Slovak Republic: 165,50 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and is performing special activities or research and development in the Slovak Republic: 99,50 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state, who is a family member of a third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence and the family already existed in another member state: 132,50 EUR 

The amount of the administrative fee based on the purpose of residence when submitting the application at the embassy of the Slovak Republic:

  • business: EUR 240
  • employment: EUR 170
  • seasonal employment: EUR 35
  • special activities: EUR 100
  • family reunion: EUR 135
  • performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces: EUR 70
  • Blue Card: EUR 170
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and  is conducting business activities in the Slovak Republic: 240 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and is employed in the Slovak Republic: 170 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state and is performing special activities or research and development in the Slovak Republic: 100 EUR
  • third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence in another member state, who is a family member of a third country national who has the status of a person with long term residence and the family already existed in another member state: 135 EUR 
  • The administrative fee can be paid at the self-service terminal at the Foreign police department or at the post. In some cases, the applicant is exempt from paying the administrative fee – please check this in advance.

 

  • ID

Valid travel document (passport) serves as an identification document. 

  • Purpose

The document proving the purpose of residence (does not apply if the foreigner, registered in the Commercial or other similar register, is applying for residence under Paragraph 22) can be a promise of employment, a work permit issued by the Labour Office, an admission letter from a school, a confirmation of teaching activity from a school or an educational facility, a confirmation from an art, educational or sport organization, a confirmation of an internship, a Certificate of a Slovak living abroad, a Marriage Certificate or a Birth Certificate of a child. 

  • Criminal Record

A clean criminal record is proved by submitting a Criminal record statement issued in the country of origin of the foreign national and a Criminal record statement issued in the country where they have resided for more than 90 days during 6 consecutive months in the last 3 years. Applicants for temporary residence under Paragraph 26 must prove their lack of conviction by means of a criminal record statement issued in the country of thier longest residence in the last ten years. If the country of origin of the foreign national does not issue such documents, it is possible to substitute it with an equivalent document issued by a judicial or administrative authority of the country of origin, or it may be substituted with an affidavit, which the third country national will sign in front of a competent judicial or administrative authority or at a notary of the country of origin or of the place of their last place of residence. Proof of clear criminal record must be valid in the whole territory of the country which has issued the document (e.g. in the case of USA, a Federal Identification Record extract issued by the FBI is required; a national Identification Record valid only for the territory of one state is not sufficient). In justified cases, the police department can accept a criminal record statement older than 90 days if the period between the issuance of the document and the arrival of the third-country national in Slovakia does not exceed 90 days. Proving clear criminal record does not apply to a foreign national who:

  • is applying for temporary residence as a secondary school student;
  • is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces;
  • has a long-term residence permit in another EU Member State;
  • is a foreign national younger than 14 years of age, or
  • is applying for temporary residence as a person with an acknowledged status of a Slovak living abroad, if the application is submitted within 60 days of the issuance of the certificate of a Slovak living abroad.

A criminal record statement is not required when applying to change the purpose or the type of residence if the foreign national previously submitted it together with the application for granting their previous residence.

Notice for US citizens. A federal Identification Record (criminal history record) valid for the whole territory of the United States of America is required when applying for a residence permit. A national Identification Record valid only for the territory of one state is not sufficient. Allow approximately 13 weeks for processing of your request. Therefore it is necessary to make the request with sufficient advance. The federal Identification Record is issued by the FBI and apostille is not required. 

  • Finances

The residence of a foreign national in Slovakia must be financially covered al least in the amount of the minimum subsistence level for each month of residence (as of July 2017 the amount of the minimum subsistence level is EUR 199.48/month). If the length of stay exceeds one year, the amount of 12 times the minimum subsistence level is required (as of July 2017 this adds up to EUR 2393.76).  Financial coverage may be proved either by submitting a bank account statement in the name of the foreign national from a bank in the territory of Slovakia or from a bank in the country of origin of the foreign national (in this case the account statement for the last three months is required), translated by a certified translator to Slovak language or a confirmation from the employer on the agreed amount of monthly salary. This is not applicable to a foreign national who is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces and a foreign national with acknowledged status of a Slovak living abroad. A foreign national applying for temporary residence for the purpose of business must also prove financial resources to cover business activities by a business account statement amounting to 20 times the minimum subsistence level and and amounting to 100 times the minimum subsistence level if the foreign national is the managing director of the company. Within 60 days of collecting the temporary residence card, the foreign national must also submit a Commercial Registry Extract, if such is required (this period may be extended by 60 days upon request of the foreign national). Notice: upon renewal of the temporary residence permit for the purpose of conducting business activity of a foreign national (a trader), it is necessary to prove the taxed income from the business for the previous tax period of at least twenty times the subsistence minimum (if the business was not conducted during the entire previous tax period, the trader is obliged to prove the taxed income in the amount of 2 times the subsistence minimum for each month of residence in the previous tax period). According to the Border and Alien Police Office, a taxed income is the difference between the tax base and the tax liability, tax base - tax - tax to be paid = taxed income.

  • Accommodation

Document confirming the provision of accommodation must be issued for a minimum period of 6 months; in case the foreign national is applying for temporary residence for a shorter period, accommodation must be provided for the entire stay. Document confirming the provision of accommodation can for example be an affidavit of real estate ownership (if the foreigner is the owner of the property) or a lease with the owner or user of the property and proof of eligibility to use the property in case of a lease agreement with the property user, or confirmation of the accommodation facility, a hotel or a boarding house, or an affidavit of a physical person or a legal entity of provision of accommodation to the foregin national on the territory of Slovakia and proof of eligibility to use the property in case of an affidavit of the property user. This is not applicable to a foreign national who regularly crosses the state borders when commuting to work or school from a neighbouring state (Ukraine), a foreign national applying for temporary residence for the purpose of study (university studies) or specific activities (students with scholarship granted by the Slovak government/activities within the EU programmes/fulfillment of the obligations of the Slovak Republic resulting from international treaties), or a person who was granted a long-term residence permit in other EU Member State and, at the same time, is studying at a university, a foreign national who is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of research and development and a foreign national applying for temporary residence of a Slovak living abroad. A document confirming the provision of accommodation to a foreign national who represents or works for an important investor in the Slovak Republic, their spouse and child, may be older than 90 days. 

  • Health Insurance

A foreign national must obtain a health insurance policy within 3 working days of collecting the residence permit. It is a document which confirms that a foreing national has a medical insurance or that he/she has insurance coverage of health care costs in the territory of the Slovak Republic. A foreign national must submit the health insurance policy within 30 days of collecting the residence permit. This does not apply to a foreign national with temporary residence for the purpose employment, studying,  performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces or a foreign national with an acknowledged  status of a Slovak living abroad. 

  • Medical Report

A medical report certifying that the foreign national does not suffer from an illness endangering public health must be submitted within 30 days of collecting the residence permit. The police may extend the time limit for submitting the medical report by 60 days at the request of the foreigner. The medical report cannot be older than 30 days. Exempt from submitting: a foreign national with temporary residence for the purpose of performing professional duties by civilian units of the armed forces, a person with acknowledged status of a Slovak living abroad, a person who was granted a long-term residence in another Union Member State, a foreigner who is  changing the type or the purpose of residence. The medical report may be issued only by one of these medical facilities:

Bratislava region:

  • Poliklinika cudzokrajných chorôb, ZAMA s.r.o., Americké námestie 3, Bratislava, Tel: +421 2 52925688, Fax: +421 2 52962732

Inštitút očkovania a cestovnej medicíny s.r.o., Teslova 33, Bratislava, Tel: +421 2 44635473, Mobil: +421 915 889054,   

Nitra region:

  • Fakultná nemocnica Nitra, Ambulancia pre cudzokrajné choroby, Špitálska 6, 950 01 Nitra, Tel: +421 37 6545 955,  

Trenčin region:

  • Ambulancia infektológie a tropickej medicíny Spoločnosti INF TROP-MED s.r.o., Nábrežná 5, 971 01 Prievidza, 046/51 133 11, 

Banská Bystrica region:

  • Ambulancia cestovnej medicíny pri Infekčnom oddelení Fakultnej nemocnice s poliklinikou F. D. Roosevelta v Banskej Bystrici, Cesta k nemocnici 1, 975 17 Banská Bystrica, Tel: +421 48 4335 315

Žilina region:

  • Inštitút očkovania a cestovnej medicíny s.r.o., ŽILPO, s.r.o., Vysokoškolákov 31, Žilina, Mobil: +421 917 131479, 
  • Univerzitná nemocnica Martin, Klinika infektológie a cestovnej medicíny, Ambulancia pre cudzokrajné choroby, Kollárova 2, Martin, Tel: +421 43 4203637, Tel: +421 43 4203386,  

Košice region:

  • Stredisko cestovnej medicíny - Infektologická ambulancia LV - Medical, s.r.o., Gemerská 3, Košice 040 11, Tel: 055/ 625 05 55, 0949 554 187,  
  • Univerzitná nemocnica L. Pasteura Košice, Klinika infektológie a cestovnej medicíny, Rastislavova 43, Košice,  Tel: +421 55 6152200, Tel: +421 55 6152201,  

A list of departments of exotic diseases and tropical medicine which issue the required medical report is also available at the Public Health Office of the Slovak Republic: A list of exotic diseases centres in Slovakia.

A detailed list of documents required to prove the purpose of temporary residence in Slovakia can be found in the article "How can I prove the purpose of my temporary residence".

All documents submitted with the application must not be older than 90 days. Each foreign document must be authenticated (either by an apostillation or a consular superlegalization) and must be translated into Slovak language by an official translator certified by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic.

Authentication of documents

All documents issued by an authority of a foreign state must be duly authenticated as follows: 

A) HIGHER AUTHENTICATION OF DOCUMENTS – CONSULAR SUPERLEGALIZATION is required to determine the authenticity of foreign official documents, if a country where the document was issued is neither a state party to the Hague Convention on Apostille (see below) nor has signed a bilateral agreement with Slovakia on legal assistance. Document issued in such a country must be authenticated first by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country which issued the document and after that by the Slovak diplomatic mission (embassy, consulate) in the given country. 

B) APOSTILLATION – authentication of documents by means of an Apostille is recognized by the state parties to The Hague Convention from 1961 about abolishing the requirement for the higher authentication of documents (Hague Convention on Apostille). List of Authorities competent to issue an Apostille. The Apostille is placed (imprinted) directly on the document or the attachment. Its size is 9 x 9 cm and contains the text "APOSTILLE (Convention de La Haye du 5 octobre 1961)". 

C) If the document was issued by a state which signed a bilateral agreement on legal assistance with Slovakia, it still needs to be authenticated.

How long will it take until the decision on the application? 

The Foreign Police Department or an embassy will give the applicant a receipt confirming the day of collection of their application. The Foreign Police Department will issue a decision within 90 days of the date of receiving the application (extension of the period by 30 days is possible only in complicated cases) or within 30 days of the date of receiving the complete application of a foreign national who:  

  • is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of study 
  • is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of special activity
  • is applying for temporary residence for the purpose of research and development
  • is applying for temporary residence as a person with acknowledged status of a Slovak living abroad
  • represents or works for a business services center
  • represents or works for a foreign investor in the Slovak Republic and equally is a citizen of the member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (applies also to  a spouse or a child younger than 18 years of age of this foreign national)
  • represents or works for a foreign investor in the Slovak republic and equally is a citizen of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development member state (applies also to a spouse or a child younger than 18 years of age of this foreign national)
  • is applying for a Blue Card
  • is applying for temporary residence under Paragraph 22, section 1, item "b" on the basis of a business plan for the implementation of an innovative project and has submitted the application for this temporary residence at the embassy or a police department on the basis of a national visa issued pursuant to Paragraph 15, section 1.

 

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