I have resided in Slovakia for more than 5 years, and I hold a valid Residence Card

If you have resided in Slovakia for more 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 Long-term Residence / Permanent Residence for Unlimited Time Card before 30 June 2021. The Long-term Residence / Permanent Residence for Unlimited Time Card is issued with validity of ten years.

or

b) Get the non-EU Residence Card: Long-term residence / Permanent residence for unlimited time (“Povolenie na pobyt – trvalý”)

In this case, you will get a new type of Residence Card. The Foreign Police will grant you the Residence Card with validity of ten years. You will not need to apply for its replacement before 30 June 2021, as stated under point a).

Tip:

Until 31 December 2020, you can decide between applying for the EU Residence Card or the non-EU Residence Card. Although you have this right of choice, we recommend to directly get the non-EU Residence Card. This way, you will avoid going to the Foreign Police twice and paying the optional fees for the second Residence Card.

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 non-EU 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 non-EU Residence Card, i.e. opting for the EU Residence Card will no longer be possible.

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.

Find your competent Foreign Police Department and check the office hours here. Contact details of Foreign Police Departments are available here.

You must submit the following documents at the Foreign Police:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Your current Residence Card
  3. One passport size colour photograph (3 x 3.5 cm)
  4. Application form(s) completed in Slovak language
  5. 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

Regardless of whether you opt for the EU Residence Card or the non-EU Residence Card, use this form. We advise completing this form even if you use the online booking system, which will automatically generate you a separate application 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.

If you are unable to book for an appointment through the online booking system due to a repeatedly appearing error message, or if you need to cancel your appointment, please contact the Call Center of the Ministry of Interior of the SR on callcentrum@minv.sk or 0800 222 222.

In addition to the application form 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. You may refer to our guide on how to complete this form.

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:

  • 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 purchaseThey 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.