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Slovakia: Immigration Bulletin – Latest immigration changes in Slovakia

By Move One
April 21, 2015
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The Slovak immigration situation has not changed significantly since the 1st of January 2014 when the Act No. 404/2011 on Residence of Aliens and Amendment and Supplementation of Certain Acts came into force. However, there are some practical tips and hints that can make the procedure of Residence Permit Application submission easier. This Article mainly addresses the third countries nationals.

Major immigration changes:
  • The provision § 32 Article 6 of the Act has changed significantly in comparison to the previous one. A bank account record is not required for submission of the application for granting of Temporary Residence any longer. A Bank Account balance statement or an Employer´s Confirmation stating the agreed salary is a sufficient document for the Foreign Police Office proving the Applicant´s credibility.
  • Accommodation confirmation has to be submitted to the Foreign Police Office in a form of an Affidavit signed by Landlord/s in front of the Notary Public. The Accommodation Confirmation from the hotels is not accepted by the Police anymore especially when it carries the name “Reservation confirmation”. In case the transferee really resides in a hotel, the hotel management must be able to print out the Hotel accommodation confirmation on the hotel letter-head paper which will be stamped and signed in  blue ink.
  • The first application for a Non-EU national who is on a foreign payroll (on assignment) must be complete from the very beginning, including the Affidavit (Accommodation Confirmation) signed by Landlord/s (i.e. property owner/s). Otherwise their Application form will be rejected. In case of a Slovak (local) payroll the documents can be submitted later, however the purpose of stay must be clear and presented at the initial application submission ( family union, marriage or birth certificate, employment- employment contract or employment confirmation).
In practice, the most common situation that complicates the approval of Temporary Residence Permits is verification of education documents, especially University Diplomas. As all documents from abroad have to be procured with the higher verification always make sure that whatever you submit has either superlegalization or Apostille. It depends on the country of the document´s origin.
Although Bratislava Foreign Police Office is the busiest of all the Slovak Immigration Offices the requirements remain the same nationwide and it is not recommended to try to proceed with any Diplomas, Birth and Marriage Certificates, Criminal Record Certificates or Power of Attorneys signed abroad missing the higher verification.
Additionally since the new ordinal system has been introduced paying the governmental fees can be done directly at the local offices. From the 1st of January 2015 there are duty stamps machines at every Foreign Police Office. It is part of computerization of the public administration project. In a nutshell, there is no need to chase the duty stamps at the Post Offices like in the past and now you can comfortably pay in cash, or by credit card at the kiosks present at every local Foreign Police Office. Fortunately, options to choose the correct fee are also in English.
For more immigration information or assistance in Slovakia you can contact Move One’s local immigration experts on slovakia@moveoneinc.com or +421 2 6353 1303

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