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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

  • The Withdrawal Agreement signed by the UK and the EU provides for a “Transition Period”, which lasts until 31 December 2020. During this time, UK nationals and their family members can enjoy freedom of movement within the European Union borders as before. From 1 January 2021, this provision will no longer apply to UK nationals and their family members and they will be generally considered Third Country nationals when travelling outside Slovakia.
  • All UK nationals and their family members, who will have legally resided in the Slovak Republic before the end of the Transition Period, will be covered by the Withdrawal Agreement and will be able to enjoy their current rights in Slovakia as broadly as they do now. The Slovak Government decided to introduce a declaratory system, which provides that the rights of UK nationals and their family members who are in scope of the Withdrawal Agreement derive from the treaty and are not dependent on UK nationals and their family members having registered.
  • UK nationals who are legally residing in the Slovak Republic by 31 December 2020 can also benefit from lifelong family reunification preferential rules. Their family members will be able to move to the Slovak Republic to join them at any point in the future, if the relationship existed before the end of the Transition Period. Visa nationals will be exempted from visa fees.

Action for all UK Nationals in Slovakia:

Before 30 June 2021, all UK nationals who are living in the Slovak Republic before the end of the Transition Period (31 December 2020) must ensure that they have taken the following actions:

  1.  if already registered as EU citizens by 31 December 2020, UK nationals and their family members must exchange their EU Residence Cards for Third Country national Residence Cards which will be compliant with the Withdrawal Agreement.
  2.  if not yet registered with the Slovak Foreigners Police, UK nationals and their family members must register for residence as soon as possible and obtain Third Country national Residence Cards which are compliant with the Withdrawal Agreement.

UK nationals and their family members already registered as EU residents in the Slovak Republic and those who will register by 31 December 2020 will automatically obtain the relevant type of residency. They do not need to take any action on this because their status will automatically be updated in the Slovak system on 1 January 2021.

However, all UK nationals and their family members must still apply for a new physical Third Country national Residence Card which will be compliant with the Withdrawal Agreement, according to the type of residency granted by 30 June 2021 at the latest. If you do not get a Third Country Residence Card by 30 June, your EU Residence Card will no longer be valid and you must obtain this card as soon as possible to avoid inconvenience.

IMPORTANT: those living in the Slovak Republic before the end of the Transition Period will not lose their current rights to live, work or study in the Slovak Republic by obtaining a Third Country national card compliant with the Withdrawal Agreement.

Please see more detailed examples below: UK Nationals and their family members already registered in Slovakia before the end of the Transition Period (31 Dec 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 Transition 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 Transition 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.

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 the end of the Transition Period (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. 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 move to the Slovak Republic during the Transition Period but do not manage to register with the local department of the Foreigners Police by 31 December 2020 will still be able to apply for residence and a Third Country national card compliant with Withdrawal Agreement. However, they will have to register by 30 June 2021 and demonstrate that they moved to the Slovak Republic before the Transition Period has ended and that they are beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement.  They will need to show documents as evidence that they arrived during the Transition Period, such as a rental contract, or utility bills.

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.

UK Nationals who are Frontier Workers before the end of the Transition Period

UK nationals resident in Slovakia but working in (for example) Austria: They will already have their Permanent Residence in Slovakia, but will need to get a new Third Country National Residence Card instead of their current EU Residence Card. In addition, they will need to comply with Austrian requirements.

UK nationals resident (for example) in Austria but working in Slovakia: before the end of the Transition Period they will need to get a 'Temporary Residence for Employment' from the Foreigners Police before 31 Dec 2020, but residence will not be a requirement, allowing them to continue as Frontier Workers commuting from Austria.

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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