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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).
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.
To obtain temporary residence for the purpose of research and development you must submit:
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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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.
Local Offices of Labour, Social Affairs and Family
Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family
Bureau of Border and Alien Police of the Police Force Presidium (UHCP)
Embassy or consulate abroad