A Hosting agreement is a tool facilitating faster and easier entry procedures related to the legal stay of third country researchers who want to carry out research and development activities in the EU.
The Hosting agreement is the main supporting document representing a foundation for the temporary residence for the purpose of research and development, and its concept is built on the European legislation. The Hosting agreement is signed by a host research organisation in Slovakia (public or private) and by a third country researcher. Only research organisations authorised to hire the third country researchers (this authorisation is issued by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic) are eligible to issue a Hosting agreement.
The list of authorised research organisations is published at the portal Science - technology (click on “Zoznam právnických osôb vykonávajúcich výskum, vývoj, ktorým bolo povolené prijímať cudzincov”; in Slovak only), and in the register of organisations in the Information system for science and research SK CRIS (CRIS = Current Research Information System; in both English and Slovak). It is recommended to check both resources because of independent data updating.
If a research organisation is not listed among the authorised institutions it can apply for the licence at The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport. Information about the application procedure is available on the Slovak version of the EURAXESS Portal.
A Hosting agreement has to contain the following:
name and contact details of the third country researcher
name and contact details of the host research organisation
specification of the research worker's classification and working conditions
the purpose, duration and professional focus of the research project, and the availability of the necessary financial resources for it to be carried out
certified copy of the researcher's qualification
declaration by the host research organisation that in case a researcher remains illegally in the territory of the Slovak republic, the said organisation is responsible for reimbursing the costs related to his/her stay and return incurred by public funds
declaration by the host research organisation that during his/her stay the researcher has sufficient monthly resources to meet his/her expenses and return travel costs in the minimum amount of the minimum salary. Typically, the financial resources can come from a granted scholarship, or from a concluded employment contract. (For duties arising from the employment, see the section Employment).
declaration by the host research organisation or by the researcher that during his/her stay the researcher has the health insurance
Model Hosting Agreement in English - general (prepared by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)
Model Hosting Agreement in English - scholarship programme (prepared by SAIA, n. o., on the basis of the Model Hosting Agreement of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic)