A new Law on Residence of Foreigners comes into the effect on 1 January 2012, which, among others, amends the current Law No. 48/2002 Coll. on Residence of Foreigners and comprehensively regulates residence and status of foreign nationals in Slovakia.
The Law modifies requirements and procedures when applying for particular types of residence, obligations of EU nationals, holders of temporary, permanent and tolerated residence, as well as persons with granted status of a Slovak Living Abroad. The status of EU national family members has been changed and the definition of this group of foreigners has been extended by 2 new categories.
The new Law introduces new types of temporary residence, whereas in certain cases increases the maximum time period for which the residence may be granted and for which it may be renewed. It extends obligations of foreigners related to submission of application for temporary residence and required steps after collecting the residence document.
Moreover, it presents 3 types of permanent residence and determines conditions under which these may be applied for. The required length of residence in Slovakia, according to which a foreigner may apply for permanent residence for an unlimited time, has been decreased from 5 to 4 years.
More information may be found in our new information leaflet:
What are the legislative changes in the area of residence of foreigners in Slovakia from January 2012