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 work. 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 work.
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 2020, whichever is later, by following these steps.
You will be able to work in Slovakia basically under the same conditions as Union citizens, without the need of a Work Permit or any other approval process by the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.
You will have the right to health insurance and social insurance derived from your work.
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 work 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 working in Slovakia, depending on your situation, e.g.:
You can check all the possibilities for working in Slovakia here. In general, being employed in Slovakia requires an approval process by the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family (either a confirmation on the possibility to fill in a vacancy or a Work Permit). However, there are exceptions to this.
In some cases, you might be eligible to apply for permanent residence. If you have one of the types of permanent residence you will be able to work without the need of an approval process by the Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family.
Find out more:
- General information on temporary residence – types, procedures and documents you need to apply
- What you should know before signing an employment contract
- Search for jobs in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland on the EURES website