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Complete guide to obtaining a work visa for Slovakia, the required documents, the application steps, and FAQs

All non-EU nationals who want to take up gainful employment in Slovakia must apply for a work visa. Slovakia offers several work opportunities to accommodate different professions, and depending on how long you plan on staying in the country, you can apply for different types of work permits. Keep in mind that EU/EEA nationals do not need a work visa for Slovakia. 

Do I Need a Visa to Work in Slovakia?

You need a visa to work in Slovakia if: 

  • You are a national from a non-EU/EEA country, and you got a job in Slovakia. 
  • You are a national from a country that has a visa agreement with Slovakia, but you plan on staying and working in the country for more than 90 days. 

EU/EEA nationals do not need a visa to work in Slovakia, but they need to register their new residence after they settle down in the country— usually after three months. 

Types of Slovakia Work Visa

There are several types of Slovakia work visas that you can apply for, depending on your work or type of employment, as listed below: 

  • Slovakia Single Permit. This is one of the most common types of work visas issued to foreign nationals who want to work in Slovakia. For a single permit, you don’t need to apply for a work permit to be able to work in the country. However, this type of visa is issued on the basis of the confirmation of the possibility of filling in a vacancy. Your future employer must report a job vacancy to the Labour Office 20 days before applying for a single permit (temporary residence for the purpose of employment). 
  • Work Permit. A work permit is issued in Slovakia in some specific cases. So, this will depend on the type of employment and your situation. For example, you will need this if you have a temporary residence permit based on family reunification and you want to work during the first 12 months of entering the country. Before you can apply for this permit, your employer needs to report the job vacancy at least 10 days prior to the Labor Office. 
  • Seasonal Employment. This temporary work permit is issued when a work activity does not exceed 180 days in a year. Different rules apply to third-country nationals depending on whether you need or do not need a Schengen Visa to enter Slovakia. 
  • EU Blue Card. This is a type of temporary residence issued to third-country nationals who are highly qualified for employment in Slovakia and meet the basic requirements. This type of work visa entitles its holder to enter, reside and work in Slovakia. 

Slovakia Work Visa Requirements

You must submit several documents for your work visa application which may vary depending on your type of work, but it usually includes the following documents:

  • If you’re applying for a single permit:
    • Application form. 
    • An employment contract or written promise of employment.
    • Documents regarding your education. 
    • Written power of attorney. 
  • If you’re applying for a work permit:
    • A completed application form in Slovak. 
    • A  valid passport. 
    • An employment contract. 
    • A copy of your residence document (if applicable). 
    • Other documents required from the Labor Office. 
  • If you’re applying for an EU Blue Card:
    • Official application form. 
    • Valid passport. 
    • Two color photographs (3 x 3.5 cm).
    • Employment contract. 
    • Document on recognition of education. 
    • Proof of clear criminal record. 
    • Proof of accommodation. 
  • If you’re applying for seasonal employment:
    • Application form. 
    • Proof of having completed education. 
    • Proof of accommodation for the duration of the employment.

Document Guidelines

The application and documents must be submitted in the Slovak language. All official documents must be translated into the Slovak language and have attached a certified translator seal. You can also submit an official translation in the Czech language, but it must be certified by the Slovak embassy accredited for the country of translation.

Documents issued abroad must be certified with an apostille stamp or legalized; this includes:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate
  • Powers of attorney
  • University diplomas
  • Business registration
  • Court orders

Applying for a Slovakian Work Visa

To apply for a Slovakia work visa, you need to follow the instructions below:

  1. Select the correct visa type. First, you need to make sure you know which work visa you’re going to apply for. There are several different types of work visas, and for some of them, you may need a separate application for a work permit. So, verify this with your employer in Slovakia, and contact an embassy or consulate for more information. 
  2. Prepare your documents. Then, you need to prepare a number of documents for your work visa application, which may change depending on which type of visa you apply for. 
  3. Pay the visa fee. You must pay the visa fee before you can get your application reviewed— you may also be required to pay some administrative fees when you visit the embassy or consulate. 
  4. Submit your application. Finally, on the day of your visa interview, you can submit your application to the appropriate office in your home country. You can apply for your work visa at a Foreign Police Department in Slovakia if you’re already in the country with a residence permit or you’re from a country that has a visa facilitation agreement with Slovakia. 

Slovakia Work Visa Processing Time

The processing time for your work visa application can go between three to six months or more, depending on the embassy’s workload. No matter how long it takes to process, once the embassy or consulate reaches a decision regarding your application, they will let you know. 

Please note that you’re required to include proof of health insurance for each of these applications. Additionally, the embassy or the Labor Office may ask you for more documents if they see fit.

After You Enter Slovakia

When you receive a positive decision on your work visa application, there are several steps you need to take once you enter Slovakia:

  • Firstly, make sure you send in an application for your temporary residence permit based on employment to a Foreign Police Department office. 
  • Secondly, make sure you register your residence as soon as you enter the country. 
  • Thirdly, you need to sign up for either national health insurance or purchase private insurance— you need to submit proof of health insurance 30 days after you enter the country. 

Slovakia Work Visa Fees

The fees for a Slovakia Work Visa are as follows:

Work permit Fees
Employment  €170
Blue Card €170
Nationals from a third country who have the status of a long-term residence in another EU Member State and are employed in Slovakia. €170
Nationals from a third country who have the status of a long-term residence in another EU Member State and are employed in Slovakia. €170
Seasonal employment €35

Duration of a Slovakia Work Visa

A Slovakia work visa is usually valid for the same amount of the work contract, but the initial permit is usually issued between one to two years, and then you must get your permit renewed. 

Extending a Slovakia Work Visa

You can extend the validity of your work permit for up to two years only on the condition that you will work for the same employer and in the same job position. The total duration of your work permit must not exceed the period of 90 days within 12 months. You must apply for a work permit extension 20 days before the expiration date of your current work permit. 

Note: If you intend to change the employer or your job position, you must apply for a new work permit.

Can I Bring My Family Along?

Yes, you can bring your family with you— this includes the following:

  • Your spouse (at least older than 18 years)
  • Your children younger than the age of 18
  • Your spouse’s children younger than 18 years
  • Your own children older than 18 years or your spouse’s children who cannot provide for themselves due to severe health conditions
  • Your own parents or your spouse’s parent who lack family support in their home country

Your family members can study and work during their stay in Slovakia. Additionally, the Foreign Police Department may grant residence to your family members, valid until your residence expires.

Things to Know About Working in Slovakia

Here is what you need to know before moving to Slovakia for work:

  • Mandatory health insurance. Slovakia has public mandatory health insurance for employed persons in the country. In this case, you can opt for private insurance if you want more coverage in those areas that public health insurance does not cover. However, it usually takes a few months after you enter the country to become eligible for public health insurance, so during this time, you should purchase a private policy to keep you safe just in case something happens. 
  • Slovakia minimum wage. From January 2018, the minimum wage amount in Slovakia depends on the type of occupation. Employers are obliged to classify every job position according to the level of difficulty specified by the Slovak Labour Code. According to the Labour Code, the minimum wage for the 1st level of difficulty will be €480.

To get the minimum wage, multiply the amount €480 by the coefficient of the minimum wage presented below: 

LEVEL COEFFICIENT  TYPE OF OCCUPATION
1 1,0 Maid, housekeeper, storekeeper
2 1,2 Cashier, assistant cook
3 1,4 Nurse, chef, accountant
4 1,6 Senior accountant, driving instructor
5 1,8 Doctor, production manager
6 2,0 CEO, senior doctor

Living Costs in Slovakia

Slovakia is the 7th cheapest country in the EU, so spending a lot won’t be your problem. The country is very budget-friendly, and you can live a good life without spending a lot daily.

Rent Prices
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre €350.00 – €700.00
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre €270.00 – €500.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre €550.00 – €1,200.00
Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre €450.00 – €900.00
TRANSPORTATION PRICES
One-way Ticket (Local Transport) €0.80
Monthly Pass (Regular Price) €24.00
Gasoline (1 liter) €1.38
Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) €2.80 
FOOD PRICES
Milk (1 liter) 0.75
Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 0.94
Rice (white), (1kg) 1.22
Eggs (regular) (12) 1.89
Banana (1kg) 1.46
Onion (1kg) 0.78
Tomato (1kg) 2.35
Potato (1kg) 0.78
UTILITIES PRICES
Electricity, Heating, Cooling, Water, Garbage for 85m2 Apartment 168.28 
1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local  0.08 
Internet (60 Mbps or More, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 16.59
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