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"I am a Korean who plans to take a job in Slovakia. Do I have to undergo the procedure demanded by the Slovak embassy to Korea? What are the changes that Slovakia's entry to the EU brought to work permit procedures for a person from Korea? We have already invested a large amount in starting our business, and I have to begin work soon."
Everyone, excluding EU members, has to go through the same procedure to obtain work and residence permits. Slovakia's entry into the EU did not bring any changes for citizens of other countries, including Korea.

"I am a Korean who plans to take a job in Slovakia. Do I have to undergo the procedure demanded by the Slovak embassy to Korea? What are the changes that Slovakia's entry to the EU brought to work permit procedures for a person from Korea? We have already invested a large amount in starting our business, and I have to begin work soon."

Everyone, excluding EU members, has to go through the same procedure to obtain work and residence permits. Slovakia's entry into the EU did not bring any changes for citizens of other countries, including Korea.

Please note that a work permit only becomes valid with a residence permit - the work permit alone does not allow you to work here. I am not sure of your expected date of your arrival, but please remember that obtaining a work permit can take as long as 30 days, and it takes the Foreign Police a maximum of 90 days to issue a residence permit, presuming all documents are in order. That means the process can take as long as four months. The work and residence permits are only valid for one year and must be renewed. If you plan to come to work, I highly recommend you to initiate this procedure to avoid future problems with either the Labour Office or the Office of the Foreign Police.


"I come from Columbia and am currently in Slovakia. I would like to submit documents to obtain my residence permit but I was informed that I must do so at a Slovak Embassy outside of the country, is this really so? What should I do?"

The rule is that you must submit your documents to the Embassy of the Slovak Republic in your home country or, if there is no Slovak Embassy in your country, you may do so at the closest Slovak Embassy. In your case the closest Slovak Embassy where you can submit your papers and which administers Columbia is in Mexico.

Due to the fact that Slovakia does not have an embassy in Columbia and you would still have to travel outside your country to submit your papers, you may also write a request to Slovakia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs for an exemption to submit documents to a different embassy. This procedure usually takes one week and, after having this exemption, you could submit your documents, for example, in Vienna.

A note for other readers: Visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs online at www.foreign.gov.sk if you are unsure of which Slovak Embassy is the right one for you.


Ivona Telekiová, general manager of the Bratislava-based company Relocation (www.relo.sk) awaits for your questions at surviving.slovakia@gpp.sk.

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