In accordance with the Law of the National Council of Slovakia No. 404/2011 Coll. on Residence of Foreigners (effective January 1, 2012), persons intending to stay in Slovakia longer than a total of 90 days during any 6-month period must submit an application for a Residence Permit. A temporary residence permit entitles foreign nationals – holders of a valid travel document – to stay in the territory of the Slovak Republic and freely enter and leave its territory within the time period for which the permit has been granted by a competent police department.
When you apply for residence permit, it can take around 3 (EU citizens) up to 6 or 8 weeks (nonEU citizens). When the card is ready, you will get SMS to the Slovak number you submitted to police. As soon as you get the residence permit card from the police, you have to show it to the receptionist (the one you pay the rent to) because she has to make a copy of it.
How to apply for a Residence in Slovakia:
- at the Foreign Police Department (Immigration Police). Personal attendance is required.
What must by submitted upon Application:
Application that is not completed shall not be accepted.
All documents must be submitted in original and cannot be older than 90 days.
Documents in English language must be translated into Slovak language. The translation must be verified by the Embassy/Consulate or by Certified Authority.
Application form (around 2 pages for EU citizens, 4 pages for nonEU citizens) should be filled in Slovak, in capital letters (you can download it and also Manual for Application for police for EU citizenship from the page - at the very bottom)
Two coloured photographs of size 3 x 3.5 cm showing your current appearance
Original of confirmation letter from the University
Accommodation approval letter - issued by your dormitory (ask for that) or the rent contract between you and apartment owner certified by notarial act, stressed that you live there as student
- EU citizens - declaration of honour in Slovak (download it from our webpage), that declares you have enough money while staying in Slovakia (you can download it from our page, fill it up, and sign it in in front of attorney (NOTAR)
- nonEU citizens - on the document form school, there must be written that you have received Erasmus grant
4.5 euro fee - payable at the electronic kiosk at the police station
Crime record: Only nonEU citizens have to submit crime record from their home country translated to Slovak with apostil (super legalization)
Note for nonEU citizens:
After you get your residence permit card, you have 30 days to submit results of Health check. It can be done at The hospital in Nitra, or at private doctor offices Exotic diseases polyclinic or INOCEM institute in Bratislava. Health check can cost up to 200 euros depending on the country of origin.
Office hours of foreign police department:
Monday - 7:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 17:30
Tuesday - 7:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 15:00
Wednesday - 7:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 17:30
Thursday - closed
Friday - 7:30 - 12:00, 12:30 - 15:00
Hrobákova 44, Bratislava
GPS: N 48.11547 E 17.11606