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Information about residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic in connection with the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland leaving the European Union (Brexit)

SLOVAK VERSION

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-slovakia

 

UK Nationals and their family members already registered in Slovakia before Exit Day (31 Jan 2020), who have less than 5 years’ Permanent Residence: 

On 31 Dec 2020, UKNs and family members with less than 5 years’ Permanent Residence will automatically be given a further 5 years’ Permanent Residence status. However, they will need to take action to get a new Residence Card before 30 June 2021. Please see examples below:

 
Example 1: a UK national who has a physical EU Residence Permit Card which expires during 2020:

  • The UK national needs to go to the Foreigners Police to request a new Residence Card. They will need to bring their passport, a passport photo and fill in the form. They can choose whether to get a replacement EU Residence Permit Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”) or a “Five Year Residence Permit” Card (“Povolenie na pobyt - trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”). “Five Year Residence Permit” Cards issued before the end of the Implementation Period (31 Dec 2020) will indicate the same rights as an EU Residence Card, and the person’s immigration status will automatically be updated and preserved in the Slovak system.
     
  • The Foreigners Police will continue to issue EU Residence Permit Cards to UK nationals until 31 Dec 2020. However, from 1 Feb 2020 until 31 Dec 2020, UK nationals will have a choice: either to get a new EU Residence Card or to get a “Five Year Residence Permit” Card. The “Five Year Residence Permit” Card will be valid for a further 5 years from the date it was issued. (For example, if a UK national exchanges their Residence Card on 23 September 2020, the new card will be valid until 23 September 2025). This card will not need to be renewed after the end of the Implementation Period.  EU Residence Cards issued before 31 Dec 2020 will remain valid until 30 June 2021. The Foreigners Police recommend that UK nationals get a “Five Year Residence Permit” Card rather than an EU Residence Card, in order to avoid having to return again to the Foreigners Police before 30 June 2021 and paying a second document fee.

Example 2: the UK national is already registered and has Five-Year Permanent Residence status, but doesn’t have a physical EU Residence Permit Card (because it is not currently compulsory to have a physical copy of this type of Residence Permit in Slovakia):

  • During 2020 nationals should go to the Foreigners Police. They will need to bring their passport, a passport photo and fill in the form. They can choose whether to get an EU Residence Permit Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”) or the “Five-Year Residence Permit” Card (“Povolenie na pobyt - trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”). If they decide to go for the EU Residence Card, it will be issued with a validity until 30 June 2021. However, this means they will need to return again to the Foreigners Police before 30 June 2021 to apply for the “Five Year Residence Permit” Card. If they decide to go for the “Five Year Residence Permit” Card, it will be issued with a validity of a further five years. (For example, if a UK national exchanges their Residence Card on 23 September 2020, the new card will be valid until 23 September 2025). Unlike the EU Residence Card, this type of card will not need to be replaced after 30 June 2021. If they do not apply for any type of card before 31 December 2020, they will need to do so before 30 June 2021. In addition, after 31 December 2020, UK nationals will no longer have the choice of getting an EU Residence Card, and will only be issued with a “Five-Year Residence Permit” Card (“Povolenie na pobyt - trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”).

Example 3: If UK nationals have an EU Residence Permit Card which expires after 2020:

  • In this case, UK nationals can, between 1 February and 31 December 2020, apply for a new “Five Year Residence Permit” Card (“Povolenie na pobyt - trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”). This will be issued with a validity of five years. This card will not need to be replaced after 30 June 2021. If UK nationals do not apply for this card before 31 Dec 2020, they will be obliged to do so before 30 June 2021.

UK Nationals and their family members already registered in Slovakia before Exit Day (31 Jan 2020), who have Long-term (over five years) Permanent Residence:

From 31 Dec 2020, the Residence status of this group of UK nationals will automatically be updated and preserved in the Slovak system. However, they will need to take action to get a new Residence Card before 30 June 2021. Please see examples below:

  • Example 1: If a UKN has an EU Residence Permit Card which expires during 2020:

When applying for a new card at the Foreigners Police, they will need to bring their passport, a passport photo and fill in the form. They can choose whether they want to get an EU Residence Permit Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”) or the “Long-Term Residence” Card “Povolenie na pobyt – osoba s dlhodobým pobytom EÚ” . If they decide to go for the EU Residence Card, it will be issued with a validity until 30 June 2021. However, this means they will need to return again to the Foreigners Police before 30 June 2021 to apply for the “Long-Term Residence” Card. If they decide to go for the “Long-Term Residence” Card, it will be issued with a validity of ten years. Unlike the EU Residence Card, the “Long-Term Residence” Card will not need to be replaced after 30 June 2021.

  • Example 2: If a UKN has an EU Residence Permit Card which expires after 2020:

UK nationals should go to the Foreigners Police between 1 February 2020 until 31 December 2020, and apply for the new “Long-Term Residence” Card “Povolenie na pobyt – osoba s dlhodobým pobytom EÚ”. This will be issued with a validity of 10 years. This card will not need to be replaced after 30 June 2021. If UK nationals do not apply for this card before 31 December 2020, they will need to do so before 30 June 2021.

UK Nationals and their family members who will register for Permanent Residence in Slovakia after Exit Day and before 31 December 2020:

This group of UK nationals will register at the police using the same process as EU citizens. When applying for registration, they should bring their passport, a passport photo and need to fill in a form.  They can decide if they want an EU Residence Permit Card (“Pobytový preukaz občana EÚ”) or a “Five Year Residence Permit” Card (“Povolenie na pobyt - trvalý pobyt na 5 rokov”). If they decide to go for the EU Residence Card, it will be issued with a validity up to 30 June 2021. Before 30 June, UKNs will need to go back to the Foreigners Police to get a “Five-Year Residence Permit” Card. If they decide to go for the “Five-Year Residence Permit” Card this will be issued with a validity of five years. This card will not have to be replaced after 30 June 2021. On 31 Dec 2020, the residence status of UK nationals and their family members will automatically be given a further five year’s validity. (For example, if a UK national exchanges their Residence Card on 23 September 2020, the new card will be valid until 23 September 2025).

UK Nationals and their family members who arrive in Slovakia after 31 December 2020:

This group of UK nationals will be treated as Third Country nationals who are not obliged to apply for a visa. They will be able to come to the Foreigners Police and apply for one of the types of temporary stay, permanent stay or tolerated stay, as set out in Slovak legislation on the stay of foreigners.

Fees:

The Foreigners Police will process your new Residence Card within 30 days and there will be no fee to exchange your EU Card for the correct one. However, you may wish to pay either for the express service or to have your new residence card posted to you, rather than coming to the Foreigners Police to collect it.

  • Optional fee for express service: 24.50 EUR – new card ready 2 days from application, instead of the standard 30 days.
  • Optional fee to have new card posted to applicant’s address – 3.00 EUR

 

 

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