Foreigners can now more easily learn what type of visa and residence they need when coming to Slovakia. The Migration Information Centre (MIC), running under the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), has introduced a new application called Visa Check available in English on its website.
The application informs foreigners about conditions for entering Slovakia. These differ based on the country of origin, the length and purpose of the stay. People find out detailed information about their visa duties, as well as the type of residence permit they need to ask for if they plan coming to the country to study, work and do business. They also learn about what to do when trying to obtain a visa and residence permit, and find links to the application forms as well as other useful information, IOM wrote in a press release.
The application was launched in May, and by the end of August it had dealt with nearly 580 questions concerning arrival to Slovakia, sent by applicants from 90 countries, IOM stated.
Meanwhile, the number of foreigners coming to Slovakia is increasing. Nearly 98,000 foreigners with a permitted stay came to the country in June 2017, according to the statistics of the Border and Alien Police.
With the increasing number of foreigners in Slovakia, the number of MIC IOM clients is growing. It offers its services at offices in Bratislava and Košice, focusing on legal, social and labour counselling, further education and finding jobs in the labour market. It also supports community life.
MIC IOM offered comprehensive integration counselling to 16,466 migrants from more than 100 countries between 2006 and late August 2017, IOM reported.