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Get a Financial Contribution for a Course

Do you want to improve your position at the Slovak labour market or increase your qualification? You can get a financial contribution for an educational/retraining course.


Important information:

The provision of financial contributions for educational and retraining courses is currently suspended.

The prerequisite and one of the conditions for the grant is that the course can help you in your search for a new job, improve your position in your current job or business, or help you to enter the labour market in your field. 

The allowance can be used for accreditedtraining or retraining courses (such as a vocational course in Slovak language, an accounting course, a PC course, a massage, hairdressing or beauty course, etc.). It can also be an online course, provided that the training agency issues you with a certificate and invoice for the course. MIC IOM does not provide a financial contribution to the costs associated with language preparation for university studies and the costs associated with university tuition fees. 

The following applicants may apply for a financial contribution for a training/retraining course (hereinafter referred to as 'the contribution'): 

  • Non-EU/EEA citizens who are at least 18 years of age and hold a permanent, temporary or tolerated stay in Slovakia, with the exception of persons with international protection or asylum; 
  • Applicants for temporary refuge and persons granted temporary refuge in Slovakia ("departees"), with the exception of departees registered in asylum facilities of the Migration Office of the Ministry of the Interior of the Slovak Republic; 
  • Highly qualified foreigners from EU/EEA and non-EU/EEA countries with valid residence on the territory of the Slovak Republic (including highly qualified applicants for temporary refuge and persons granted temporary refuge in Slovakia ("departees"); 
  • Foreign students with valid residence in Slovakia; 
  • Returnees (Slovak citizens living abroad and returning to Slovakia); 
  • Family members of highly qualified foreigners, foreign students, returnees (pursuant to §2(5) or §27(2) of Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on the residence of foreigners and on amending and supplementing certain acts). 

The validity of the applicant's residence permit should last for at least six months from the date of receipt of the application by the IOM Migration Information Centre and for the duration of the course for which he/she wishes to apply. 

For applicants who have been granted temporary refuge in Slovakia ("departees") and whose validity of stay is less than 6 months but who are awaiting an extension of their validity of stay, we will take this into account when assessing their application for a financial contribution. 

If you are applying for a financial contribution for a course, you should have a level of proficiency in Slovak or another language in which the course will take place that is sufficient to enable you to complete the course successfully. 

If the grant is approved, the applicant must sign a Contract with the IOM for the provision of a non-repayable financial contribution for the training/retraining course.  If the applicant has paid for or enrolled in the course before the Financial Contribution Contract has been signed, the IOM will not be able to provide a contribution for the course.  The financial contribution is paid retroactively, after successful completion of the course and submission of the necessary documentation. There is no legal entitlement to the financial contribution. 

The procedure for applying for funding for a course: 

Step 1: Course search 

  • Find the course you are interested in taking. 
  • You can find a list of currently available courses at,, or or on the websites of education agencies. 
  • Courses are not organized by the IOM Migration Information Centre (MIC) but by external training agencies or language schools. 
  • If you have problems finding a suitable course, we can help you. 

Step 2: Completing and submitting the application form 

Fill out the application form which you will find below. Attach a double-sided copy of your residence card, a copy of a diploma certifying your highest level of education and your curriculum vitae (CV) in Slovak or English. The completed application form should be submitted at least three weeks before the start date of the course. For the following groups of applicants, the application must be accompanied by: 

  1. For highly qualified foreigners, a double-sided copy of your residence card, university diploma and your CV in Slovak or English, 
  1. For international students, a double-sided copy of your residence card, school certificate and your CV in Slovak or English, 
  1. For returnees (Slovak citizens living abroad and returning to Slovakia), a double-sided copy of your foreign residence card or a document with equivalent testimonial value, your university diploma and your CV in Slovak or English, 
  1. For family members of the above, a double-sided copy of your residence card, your curriculum vitae in Slovak or English and a copy of your highly qualified family member's university diploma/certificate of attendance. 

Step 3: Completion of the information for the application 

  • If your application meets the basic conditions (see above), we will process it and, if necessary, request additional information or documentation (such as a brief business plan or confirmation from your current/future employer). 

Step 4: Evaluation of the application 

  • Once your application is complete, it will be assessed by the MIC committee. We will inform you of its decision within 10 working days. 

Step 5: Contract on the Financial Contribution for a Course 

  • If your application is successful, you will sign a Contract on the Provision of a Non-Refundable Financial Contribution for a Course with IOM Slovakia. 
  • If you have paid or joined a course BEFORE this Contract has been signed, it will not be possible to provide a financial contribution for this course. 

Step 6: Completion of the course 

  • Once the contract has been signed, you can pay the fee and enrol on the course. 

Step 7: Settlement of the contribution 

  • Once you have successfully completed the course and received your certificate, you will submit to us the documentation required to settle your contribution (the specific documents will be specified in the contribution contract). 
  • MIC will process these documents and the financial contribution will be paid to you within 10 working days. 

 If you have any questions, please contact us at mic(at) or on 0850 211 478. 



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