Temporary residence for the purpose of family reunion
Family members of a third country national wishing to join him/her in Slovakia for a period longer than 90 days have to apply for a temporary residence for the purpose of family reunion. In accordance with the current regulations, following persons are seen as family members of a third country national:
- a spouse if both spouses are at least 18 years old
- a common single child of the third country national and his/her spouse younger than 18 years of age
- his/her single child younger than 18 years of age
- a single child of his/her spouse younger than 18 years of age
- his/her dependent single child older than 18 years of age or dependent single child of his/her spouse older than 18 years of age who cannot take care of him/herself due to the long-term unfavourable health condition
- his/her parent or a parent of his/her spouse who is dependent on his/her care and lacks appropriate family support in the country of origin.
Applicants have to apply in person at the Slovak at the embassy/consulate competent for their country or at a competent foreign police office in Slovakia.
The application may be submitted at the competent Foreign Police Department only if the applicant is:
- granted an EU residence permit,
- granted a tolerated residence,
- holder of a national visa
- a third country national who does not need a visa to enter Slovakia
- Slovak living abroad
Applicants have to submit a complete application with all the required documents; otherwise, it will not be accepted. If the embassy or the police department does not accept your application, they will notify you in writing of the documents you need to enclose so that it can be accepted. Once the temporary residence is granted, the police department will send you a written notice, stating the effective and expiry date.
completed application form “Application for the temporary residence” (has to be filled in the Slovak language)
2 recent full‑face photographs 3 × 3.5 cm
document proving the purpose of the stay - declaring the relationship with the third country national (so-called warrantor), e.g. a marriage certificate, birth certificate (apostilled or superlegalised) and if necessary, another document proving the third country national is considered a family member (e.g. a proof of dependency)
- approval of the parent who does not have custody of a single dependent child under 18 years of age but has the right to meet him/her,
- an affidavit of a legal guardian that a child is not married (only if the child is older than 16 years of age),
- document proving sufficient financial resources - an affidavit of the warrantor that he/she will provide the applicant with financial and material coverage together with his/her employment contract, salary statement or bank account balance statement (at the time of submission of the application it should be at least a subsistance minimum per each month- until 30.6.2020 the subsistence minimum is 210,20 EUR/month),
- extract from applicant’s criminal record (with apostille or superlegalisation) from the country of origin and every country where the applicant has stayed for more than 90 days during six consecutive months within the last 3 years (if any). (Children under the age of 14 are exempted from the duty to file extracts from their criminal record),
- document proving the common accommodation with the warrantor for at least 6 months of the temporary residence; in case of a shorter stay it is necessary to provide a proof of accommodation for the whole stay, e. g.:
- a confirmation from the accommodation provider,
- rental agreement with notarised signatures,
- an affidavit of the owner of the apartment on the provision of accommodation (with a notarized signature)
None of the documents proving the purpose of the stay, financial resources, accommodation and no criminal record can be older than 90 days on the day of submitting the application for a temporary residence; except for a marriage/birth certificate.
Copies of the documents must be notarised.
Within 90 days from the date of submitting a complete application, the foreign police office shall either issue a negative decision or a notification of granting the temporary residence. If applying for a temporary residence directly at a foreign police office in Slovakia, the officers will ask you to provide a mobile phone number (you can write the number on your application). You will be notified by a text message in Slovak when your residence card is ready at the foreign police office (typically within 90 days). You have to collect the residence card at the foreign police office in person or you can appoint somebody else with a power of attorney to do it for you. When applying for a temporary residence from abroad via a representative body, it is advised to consult with them the way of notification on granting the residence as well as the collection of the residence card.
Once you are granted a temporary residence, you are obliged to submit a document proving your health insurance within 30 days from the collection of your residence card. The health insurance contracts in another language than Slovak (except for Czech) must be translated to Slovak by a sworn translator. In case you do not have health insurance covering your stay in Slovakia, you have to obtain it within 3 working days after you collect your residence card. Moreover, you have to submit a medical certificate confirming that you do not suffer from any exotic disease threatening public health within 30 days from the collection of your residence card. The certificate cannot be older than 30 days. It can be obtained in specific medical centres only and a fee will be charged.
The police department shall grant a temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification for the period of validity of the temporary residence of the person to be joined, but not more than for five years. In general, the family member can undertake business activities in the Slovak territory. For employment conditions, see the section A job for your spouse.
You will be required to submit a medical certificate confirming that you do not suffer from any exotic disease threatening public health within 30 days from the collection of your residence card. The certificate cannot be older than 30 days. It can be obtained in specific medical centres only and a fee will be charged.
4.50 € for the residence card
132.50 € for the temporary residence application(135 € in case of an application submitted at the embassy/consulate of the Slovak Republic)
66 € for the application for a renewal of the temporary residence
Temporary residence for the purpose of employment may be renewed for a maximum period 5 years.
The application for renewal of temporary residence must be submitted in person on the official form at the competent Foreign Police Department no later than the last day of validity period of the current temporary residence. The temporary residence is considered legal (only) in the territory of the Slovak Republic until the decision on its renewal is made.
It is required that the purpose for which the temporary residence permit has been grated still lasts.
The applicant has to submit:
- completed form „Application for the renewal of temporary residence“
- Valid passport
- One colour photograph (3 x 3,5 cm)
- Affidavit stating that the reasons of the temporary residence permit for the purpose of family reunification still last
- Document on health insurance
- Document on proving common accommodation with warrantor for at least 6 months of the temporary residence; in case of a shorter stay it is necessary to provide a proof of accommodation for the whole stay, e. g.
- a confirmation from the accommodation provider,
- a rental agreement with notarised signatures,
- an affidavit on the provision of accommodation (with a notarized signature)
- Document on financial coverage of residence (An affidavit of the warrantor that he/she will provide the applicant with financial and material coverage – notary certified + his/her employment contract, salary statement or bank account statement).
- NOTE: financial coverage shall be of at least the subsistence minimum for every month of stay. Until 30.6.2020 the subsistence minimum is 210,20 EUR/month, the subsistence minimum is always adjusted on 1 July of the current calendar year.
The foreign police department shall make a decision on your application within 90 days from the date of submission.
Administrative fee 66€
Administrative fee 4,50€ (for residence card)
Affidavit TEMPLATES are available HERE