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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to carry out research in Slovakia? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.


To come to Slovakia as a researcher, you must obtain temporary residence for the purpose of research and development.

If you are subject to visa requirements, you will also need a visa.

Pedagogical employees, academic employees at university, scientists, researchers or developers taking part in a special profession-related event do not need a work permit, when their employment in Slovakia does not exceed a total of 30 calendar days in a calendar year. A holder of temporary residence for business does not need a work permit even when he/she performs research or development on hosting agreement or when his/her employment does not exceed a total of 50 days in a calendar year.

 


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Where to apply

Temporary residence for the purpose of research and development

You may apply in person for temporary residence for the purpose of research and development either at the embassy or consulate in the country of your citizenship, or country of residence or directly in Slovakia at the relevant Alien Police Department (if you are already legally residing in the country).

Visa

If required, you must obtain entry visa at the embassy or consulate in the country of your citizenship or country of residence  before you arrive.

Temporary residence for the purpose of research and development is not required during the first 90 days from entering Slovakia.

Documents required

To obtain temporary residence for the purpose of research and development you must submit:

  • a completed and signed official application form in the Slovak language;
  • a valid passport and two colour photographs;
  • a hosting agreement;
  • an extract from the Criminal Register from the country of your citizenship and from all countries where you resided in the past three years for more than 90 days during six consecutive months;
  • a document proving financial means.

You must enter the territory of the Slovak Republic within 180 days from being granted the residence.

You must report the beginning of your residence at the Alien Police Department within three working days from your arrival to Slovakia.

Within 30 days after collecting your permit in the country, you must submit a medical report confirming that you do not suffer from a disease constituting a threat to public health. Within three working days after collecting your permit in the country you must conclude a health insurance which has to be submitted within 30 days after receiving your permit in the country.
Further requirements All documents issued by official authorities abroad must be translated into Slovak by a court appointed translator and properly legalised (apostille or higher legalisation of documents). No submitted document should be older than 90 days on the day of application. It is possible to submit documents issued or verified by the official authorities of the Czech Republic in the Czech language.
Duration of validity of permits Your permission to reside for the purpose of research and development is granted for a maximum of two years and may be renewed before its expiry for up to three years, if the purpose for which it was originally issued still lasts.

Appeals

  • You can file an administrative appeal to the Directorate of Alien Police/Directorate of Border and Alien Police.
  • You can file a judicial appeal to the Regional court.

Further information

More on visas

More on residence permits

More on working in Slovakia

More on coming to Slovakia as a researcher

Overview of all necessary information (including research and development)

 


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Change of status Change of status is applicable. If the purpose for which you were granted the temporary residence status changes, you must apply for new temporary residence status at the Alien Police Department.

Employment during research

If you intend to perform continuous educational or scientific activity as a pedagogical or academic employee at a university, or as a scientific employee, research employee, or as a developer employee in research activity, you must obtain a confirmation on the possibility to fill the vacant position and temporary residence on employment, i.e. single permit to reside and work. This confirmation is granted without assessing the situation in the Slovak labour market.

Employment after research If the purpose for which you were granted the temporary residence status changes (in this case research), and you wish to continue working in Slovakia you must apply for new temporary residence status at the Alien Police Department.
Long-term residence

After five years of continuous legal stay in Slovakia, a long-term residence permit may be issued by the local Alien Police Department, based on your place of residence. After marriage with a Slovak citizen, you may apply for permanent residence for five years.

After you have had permanent residence for five years at least for a period of four years, permanent residence for an unlimited time period may be granted, upon request.

To get long-term residence you must prove:

  • purpose of stay (continuous previous stay);
  • health insurance;
  • document proving stable and regular resources for yourself and for your family members.

All documents issued by official authorities abroad must be translated into Slovak by a court appointed translator and properly authenticated (Apostille or higher validation of documents). No submitted document should be older than 90 days on the day of application. It is possible to submit documents issued or verified by the official authorities of the Czech Republic in the Czech language.


If you hold any type of permanent residence, you will not need a work permit or confirmation to work.

More on permanent residence for five years
More on permanent residence for unlimited time period
More on long-term residence

Family Reunification

You can bring your family members to join you. Family members include your spouse, unmarried children younger than 18 years, dependent children older than 18 years (up to 26 years), your dependant parent or parent of your spouse who lacks appropriate family support in the country of citizenship or dependent family members pursuant to an international treaty. The Alien Police Department shall grant your family members permission for temporary residence for the duration of your temporary residence.

Your family members may conduct business and be employed during their stay in Slovakia. However, they need to obtain a work permit for the first 12 months after being granted temporary residence.

 


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