Slovakia Work Permit Requirements and How to Apply

If you are a foreign national and want to work in Slovakia, you must get a work permit before starting your job.

Three types of work permits are available: temporary, permanent and student.

A work permit can be applied for anytime during your stay in Slovakia.

Still, extending your residence permit after obtaining one is impossible unless there is an exceptional reason for doing so.

Who needs a Slovakia work permit?

You will need a work permit if you are:

  • A foreign national who is not an EU citizen.
  • A foreign national is an EU citizen but does not live in Slovakia.
  • An EU citizen from another country than Slovakia (for example, France).

Application Process

You must apply for a work permit before beginning working in Slovakia.

Suppose you are an EU citizen, a national from another Schengen country, or have been given a temporary residence permit by the Slovak authorities and wish to continue working there.

In that case, this is the process through which you can apply for your work permit.

If not:

  • The first step is finding out if your home country has an agreement with Slovakia (this is known as being visa-free).

Work permit application documents

  • Passport
  • Birth certificate
  • Diploma or certificate of completion of studies (if applicable)
  • Proof of health insurance coverage, if required by the Slovak Republic.

Processing time

Processing time is 1-2 weeks.

The processing time depends on the type of permit you are applying for, whether it’s made online or on paper and how many applications have been received.

If you apply online, an additional two weeks will be before your application is processed.

Extension of the work permit

An extension of your work permit is possible if you are still employed by the same company, in the same position and at the exact location.

For example, let’s say you were granted a temporary visa to work as a secretary for 12 months.

After six months, your employer let go of their former employee because they had found another more qualified person for the job (and cheaper).

A foreign national must get a work permit before being allowed to work in Slovakia.

A foreign national must get a work permit before being allowed to work in Slovakia.

This is issued by the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, and Family (MOLAS).

The work permit is issued for the duration of the job contract and specific jobs only.

The Last Word

We hope this article has given you a better understanding of Slovakia’s work permit requirements.

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