If you have resided in Slovakia for less than five years and you hold a valid Residence Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”), please follow the steps below.
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO
You must obtain a new (non-EU) Residence Card.
You can (but don´t have to) apply for the new Residence Card at any point before 31 December 2020. If you don´t do so, the deadline to apply is 30 June 2021.
For your own legal certainty, we encourage you to have a valid Residence Card at all times.
Applying before 31 December 2020
If your Residence Card expires in 2020 and you apply for the new Residence Card before 31 December 2020, you will be able to decide between two options:
a) Get the EU Residence Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”)
In this case, you will first get the same type of Residence Card as your previous one. Its validity will be 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 (see point b)) before 30 June 2021. The Five-year Residence Card is issued with a maximum validity of five years.
b) Get the non-EU Residence Card: Five-year Residence Card (“Povolenie na pobyt – trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”)
In this case, you will get a new type of Residence Card. The Foreign Police will grant you the Five-year Residence Card with a maximum validity of five years. You will not need to apply for its replacement before 30 June 2021, as stated under point a).
If your Residence Card does not expire in 2020 and you apply for the new Residence Card before 31 December 2020, you will not be able to decide between the two above options. You will only be able to get the Five-year Residence Card (as stated under point b) above).
Applying after 1 January 2021
In case you do not apply for one of the two above Residence Cards by 31 December 2020, your residence status will be changed automatically. However, you will have to apply for a new Residence Card before 30 June 2021. In this case, 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.
If you do not apply for a new Residence Card by 30 June 2021, you may be regarded as a third country national (i.e. citizen of a non-EU country) and the rights set by the Withdrawal Agreement may not be guaranteed.
HOW TO APPLY
To apply for the new 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 applying for the new Residence Card.
You must submit the following documents at the Foreign Police:
- Valid passport
- Your current Residence Card
- One passport size colour photograph (3 x 3.5 cm)
- Application form(s) completed in Slovak language
- Optional fee(s)
The above conditions apply regardless of when you apply for the new Residence Card (i.e. before 31 December 2020 or before 30 June 2021) and regardless of whether you opt for the EU Residence Card or the non-EU Residence Card.
The application forms
The type of application form to be completed depends on whether you opt for the EU Residence Card or the non-EU Residence Card.
- If you opt for the EU Residence Card, use this form
- If you opt for the non-EU Residence Card, use this form
If you use the online booking system of the Foreign Police to book an appointment for applying for the new Residence Card, completing the application form will be part of the online booking process. When you finish the booking process, you will need to print the completed application and bring it to the Foreign Police on the day of your appointment. This means you don´t need to complete the application form separately.
In addition to one of the application forms above, if you apply for the new Residence Card before 31 December 2020 and if your current Residence Card expires in 2020, you must complete a special form where you will indicate your choice of the Residence Card type, i.e. whether you want the EU Residence Card or the non-EU Residence Card.
FEES AND TIMELINES
The new 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 directly at the Foreign Police Department through a vending machine, or at a post office. The fees may be paid in cash or with a card.