Until 31 December 2020, you can enjoy the freedom of movement within the EU in the same way as before the UK´s departure from the EU. Until 31 December 2020, you will be treated as a Union citizen´s family member.
If you register your residence by submitting an application for a Residence Card in Slovakia before 31 December 2020, or if you are at least lawfully residing in Slovakia before this date, your rights will be protected for as long as you remain resident.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
STEP 1: Notify the Foreign Police of your stay
You must notify the Foreign Police of the start and of your place of residence within 10 working days from the day of entering Slovakia. This obligation applies if you are renting, live with relatives or friends etc. If you are staying in a hotel, hostel, or similar accommodation facility, it is instead the responsibility of the accommodation provider.
To notify the Foreign Police of your stay, you must send the completed Notice of the Stay form by mail to the Foreign Police Department competent according to your place of residence in Slovakia. You may also submit the completed form in person.
STEP 2: Register your residence and apply for a Residence Card
If you hold a valid passport, you have the right of residence in Slovakia for a period not exceeding three months if you are accompanying or joining your UK national family member.
You have the right of residence in Slovakia for a period longer than three months, if the UK national you are accompanying or joining satisfies the relevant conditions.
If you intend to stay in Slovakia for a period longer than three months, you must register your residence by submitting an application for a Residence Card. You must do so within 30 days from the lapse of three months from entering Slovakia.
In case you don´t register your residence by 31 December 2020 (e.g. due to moving short before the end of the year), you must at least be lawfully residing in Slovakia before this date and continue to reside here thereafter, in order for your rights to be protected after the end of the transition period (after 31 December 2020). Then, you must go to the Foreign Police to register your residence and apply for a Residence Card by 30 June 2021 at the latest.
Applying before 31 December 2020
If you register your residence and apply for the Residence Card before 31 December 2020, you will be able to decide between two options:
a) Get the EU Residence Card (“Pobytový preukaz rodinného príslušníka občana EÚ”)
In this case, you will get the Residence Card with validity until 30 June 2021. Then, if you want to stay in Slovakia beyond 30 June 2021, you will have to go to the Foreign Police again and apply for the Five-year Residence Card before 30 June 2021. The Five-year Residence Card is issued with a validity of five years.
b) Get the non-EU Residence Card: Five-year Residence Card (“Povolenie na pobyt – trvalý”)
In this case, you will get the Residence Card with a validity of five years. You will not need to apply for its replacement before 30 June 2021, as stated under point a).
Applying after 1 January 2021
If you are lawfully residing in Slovakia before 31 December 2020, but do not register your residence and apply for one of the two above Residence Cards by this date, your residence status will be changed automatically after 1 January 2021. In this case, you will have to register your residence and apply for the Residence Card before 30 June 2021. You will have to demonstrate that you satisfied one of the conditions for lawful residence in Slovakia before 31 December 2020. You will only be able to get the Five-year Residence Card, i.e. opting for the EU Residence Card will no longer be possible.
HOW TO APPLY
To register your residence and apply for the Residence Card, you must go to the Foreign Police Department competent according to your place of residence in Slovakia. You must do so in person. Applying electronically, by mail or by means of an authorised representative is not possible.
You may use the online booking system of the Foreign Police to book an appointment for registering your residence.
You must submit the following documents at the Foreign Police:
- Valid passport
- Two passport size colour photographs (3 x 3.5 cm)
- Application form automatically generated by the online booking system
- Application form completed in Slovak language (optional)
- Document certifying the existence of a family relationship with the UK national
- Document(s) proving the facts set out in the definition of a UK national´s family member
- Registration Certificate of your UK national family member
- Document on accommodation (optional)
- Optional fee(s)
The application form
If you use the online booking system to book an appointment with the Foreign Police, it will automatically generate your application form, which you should print out.
Even if you use the online booking system, you may consider bringing both completed forms to the Foreign Police, the automatically generated one and the one that you fill in manually, as a backup.
Document on accommodation
The document on accommodation may be one of the following:
- Affidavit about ownership of a property (if you own property)
- Tenancy agreement with the owner or the user of the property and documentation of eligibility to use the property if it is a tenancy agreement with the user of the property
- Affidavit of a natural person or a legal entity about the provision of accommodation and documentation of eligibility to use the property if it is an affidavit of the user of the property
- Confirmation from an accommodation facility (e.g. a hotel, hostel)
Signatures in affidavits and tenancy agreements must be notarized.
FEES AND TIMELINES
The Residence Card will be issued free of charge, within 30 days from your application.
For your convenience, you may consider paying one or both of the following optional fees:
- Expedited issuance of the Residence Card within two working days (instead of the standard 30 days): 24.50 EUR
- Sending the Residence Card to your address in Slovakia (to avoid going to the Foreign Police again in order to collect it): 3.00 EUR
Fees at the Foreign Police are paid in form of electronic fee stamps (eKolok), which may be bought:
- Online by visiting and registering on this website. Once you select your fees, you need to print them out. The fees may be used within 30 days from the purchase. They may be paid with a card.
- Via the eKolok mobile app. You will get a QR code which you will show on your mobile phone at the Foreign Police Department. The fees may be used within 30 days from the purchase. They may be paid with a card.
- At the Foreign Police Department through a vending machine. The fees may be used within 30 days from the purchase. They may be paid in cash or with a card.
- At a post office. The fees may be used within two years from the purchase. They may be paid in cash or with a card.
Unused fees may be returned at a post office for reimbursement within two years from the purchase.