I have not registered my residence, and I don’t have an issued Residence Card

If you are already living in Slovakia, but you have not yet registered your residence at the Foreign Police and you don´t have an issued Residence Card, please follow the steps below.

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.

Find your competent Foreign Police Department here. Contact details of Foreign Police Departments are available here.

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 without any conditions.

You have the right of residence in Slovakia for a period longer than three months, if you satisfy certain conditions.

If you intend to stay in Slovakia for a period longer than three months, you must register your residence. 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.

In case you do not register your residence and apply for a 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.

If you register your residence in Slovakia before 31 December 2020, you are not required to also immediately apply for a Residence Card. Having a Residence Card before 31 December 2020 is not mandatory, but only a possibility you may opt for voluntarily.

However, it is recommended you apply for the Residence Card at the same time you register your residence, or by 31 December 2020. If you do not submit your application for a Residence Card by 31 December 2020, your residence status will be changed automatically from 1 January 2021. In this case, you will have to apply for the Residence Card before 30 June 2021.

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 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 maximum validity of five years.

or

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 the 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).

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.

Applying after 1 January 2021

If you register your residence, but do not apply for one of the two above Residence Cards by 31 December 2020, your residence status will be changed automatically after 1 January 2021. In this case, you will have to apply for the Residence Card before 30 June 2021. 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 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 have moved to Slovakia before 31 December 2020 and that you satisfy one of the conditions. 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 register your residence and 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 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.

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

To register your residence, you must submit the following documents at the Foreign Police:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Application form completed in Slovak language
  3. Document confirming your right of residence in Slovakia

The document confirming your right of residence may be one of the following, depending on your situation:

  • Written promise of employment or confirmation of employment
  • Trade Licence
  • Confirmation from school or university and a document confirming sufficient financial means
  • Document confirming sufficient financial means and a document on health insurance
  • Affidavit certifying that you are continuously looking for work
  • Document proving the family relation or the duly attested, durable relationship and a Registration Certificate of the UK national or Union citizen whom you are accompanying or joining

The application form(s)

The type of application form you will use 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 registering your residence, 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 register before 31 December 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. 

To apply for the Residence Card, you must submit the following documents at the Foreign Police:

  1. Valid passport
  2. Two passport size colour photographs (3 x 3.5 cm)
  3. Application form completed in Slovak language
  4. Document on accommodation
  5. Optional fee(s)

If you immediately opt for the non-EU status, the registration of residence and application for the Residence Card will be included in one process and you will use one application form.

If you opt for the EU status, you will use this form (regardless of whether you register your residence and apply for a Residence Card separately or at the same time).

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 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.