About the country

Slovenia, which is situated between the Alps and the Adriatic Sea, provides its residents a moderate temperature, breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a rich cultural heritage, and delectable cuisine.

Work-life balance, community, and health are the characteristics that Slovenians value most, according to the OECD Better Life Index. Most Slovenians report to be content with their life, to feel safe in their surroundings thanks to low crime rates, and to be exposed to little CO2.

Over 90% of Slovenians can speak a foreign language, and over 70% of the population can hold a conversation in two or more foreign languages, which is good news if you’re thinking about working there. Italian, German, and especially English is commonly utilized.

Slovenia has more than 15 million overnight stays as of 2022. Spa resorts, mountain resorts, coastal resorts, and the municipality of Ljubljana are the most popular. Tourism contributes up to 7.7% of Slovenia’s GDP, making it a significant sector of the economy. (Reference: SURS)

Steps to apply for Slovakia work permit:

Based on the information available until the end of my training in September 2021, the following are the general steps required to apply for a work permit in Slovakia:

You must first obtain an offer of employment from a Slovak employer. Typically, the employer must initiate the work permit application procedure.

Gather Necessary Documents: Assemble the required documents, which typically include a valid passport, passport-sized photographs, proof of health insurance, a job contract or binding employment offer, proof of accommodation in Slovakia, and any necessary diplomas and certificates. In some instances, you may also be required to submit a health examination report and a criminal background check. Consider that certain documents may require translation into Slovak.

Fill Out the Application Form: Complete the application for a work authorization. Ensure that you accurately provide all requested information.

Your Slovak employer typically submits the application form and supporting documentation to the local Office of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family (rad práce, sociáln vec a rodina). Some documentation may require original presentation.

Pay Application Fee: Typically, an application fee is required. Depending on local regulations and customs, either the employer or the applicant must pay this fee.

After the application has been submitted, it will be reviewed by the appropriate authorities. Depending on several variables, this procedure can take several weeks to months.

You will obtain your work permit if your application is approved.

Apply for a Residence Permit: If you intend to remain in Slovakia for longer than 90 days, you will typically be required to apply for a temporary residence permit in addition to your work permit.

Remember that these are general measures that may vary based on the specifics of the situation. In addition, regulations may have changed since my last update in September 2021. For the most up-to-date and comprehensive information, please consult an official source or an immigration expert.

Benefits of a work permit

A work permit in Slovakia provides non-EU nationals with the following advantages:

Legal Employment: A work permit gives you the legal right to work in Slovakia for a specified employer and in a specific position.

Income Opportunities: It allows you to earn a livelihood and gain professional experience.

Access to Social Services: Work permit holders, like other residents, can access public services such as healthcare, education, and social security, according to Slovak laws.

Path to Permanent Residency: A work permit can be a step towards permanent residency or even citizenship in Slovakia, provided you meet additional requirements.

Travel within Schengen Area: Slovakia is part of the Schengen Area. Therefore, a work permit holder can generally travel to other Schengen countries for up to 90 days in any 180-day period without needing a visa.

Family Reunification: In some cases, family members may be eligible to join the work permit holder in Slovakia.

Cultural Experience: Living and working in Slovakia can be a rich cultural experience, with opportunities to learn a new language and lifestyle.

Please note that this information is based on regulations in effect as of September 2021, the date of my last training deadline. Check with the nearest Slovak embassy or consulate, or the appropriate government agency for the most accurate and up-to-date information, as changes or updates may have occurred since then.


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