IOM provides grants for training courses to non-EU nationals

Third-country nationals who have come to Slovakia from outside the EU and wish to work in the country may apply for a financial grant to improve their prospects on the jobs market.

Courses for adults, illustrative stock photoCourses for adults, illustrative stock photo (Source: TASR)

The support may be obtained for a variety of vocational and training courses, including a Slovak language course, work with computers, accounting or to become a beautician, massage therapist or welder, the Migration Information Centre of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) informed the TASR newswire on August 28.

“The contribution can be used to cover education courses (e.g. Slovak/foreign language courses, PC skills courses, etc.) or retraining courses (e.g. a hairdressing course, course for using a high-lift truck, etc.),” IOM writes on its website, adding that the contribution can be awarded to all foreigners who are NOT citizens of the EU and EEA countries; but not to the holders of temporary residence for the purpose of study, residence of the family member of an EU citizen, and holders/beneficiaries of subsidiary protection or asylum in Slovakia.

The applicant’s residence permit should be valid for a minimum of 6 months from the date of submitting the application, and it should be valid for the duration of the course. People cannot apply for the contribution if they have already paid for/started attending the course. The course should be provided by accredited educational institutions.

The commission decides within 15 working days after the submission of a complete application. The financial contribution is paid in the form of a reimbursement after the successful accomplishment of the course and the submission of required documentation. The financial contribution cannot be legally claimed.

More information can be found at http://www.mic.iom.sk/en/social-issues/education/493-we-offer-an-opportunity-to-get-a-financial-contribution-for-a-course.html.

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