In specific cases, you will be able to seek residence in Slovakia after 1 January 2021 and still have your rights protected under the Withdrawal Agreement. You will obtain residence status and you will have the right to study. This applies only to certain categories of family members of UK nationals.
In all other cases, if you come to Slovakia after 1 January 2021, the rights set by the Withdrawal Agreement will not be guaranteed. In order to obtain residence in Slovakia, you will have to meet all applicable conditions. Depending on your situation, you will be able to apply for one of the types of temporary residence or permanent residence.
1. Persons protected by the Withdrawal Agreement
Some categories of family members of UK nationals who do not yet reside in Slovakia before the end of the transition period (by 31 December 2020) will be able to join the UK national even after the end of the transition period (after 1 January 2021). These persons will enjoy the rights set by the Withdrawal Agreement, including the right to study.
You will have to apply for a residence status and a Residence Card within three months from your arrival to Slovakia or by 30 June 2021, whichever is later, by following these steps.
2. Persons not protected by the Withdrawal Agreement
Unless you belong to one of the categories of persons under point 1., if you do not start your residence in Slovakia before 31 December 2020 and if you come after 1 January 2021, the rights set by the Withdrawal Agreement will not be guaranteed. In order to live and study in Slovakia after 1 January 2021, you will have to qualify for one of the residence permits and meet all applicable conditions.
There are several options for studying in Slovakia, depending on your situation, e.g.:
- Temporary residence for the purpose of study for standard cases
- Temporary residence for the purpose of special activity for Slovak Government or EU study programs
You may also study in Slovakia based on other types of temporary residence granted for different purposes. This means studying is allowed even if you have e.g. temporary residence for the purpose of family reunion, work, or business.
Find out more:
- General information on temporary residence – types, procedures and documents you need to apply
- What you need to know as a student with temporary residence in Slovakia
- General information about the education system in Slovakia is available in the IOM information booklet Welcome to Slovakia (p.36 – 43)