Foreigners’ Police will open a new immigration office

New department to ease the situation at one of its busiest offices.

Foreigners' Police office in Žilina.Foreigners' Police office in Žilina. (Source: zilina-gallery.sk)

For years foreigners living in the Liptov and Orava Regions, both in northern Slovakia, have had to travel to Žilina to get their residence permits.

Hours spent at the Foreigners’ Police Office in Žilina should soon be history. The police confirmed that they are planning to open a branch in Ružomberok in the Liptov Region. It should open by the end of this year.

“The Žilina department is one of the offices most overburdened with work in Slovakia,” Slovakia's Police Corps spokesperson Denisa Baloghová claimed, as quoted by SITA.

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Lesser burden on Žilina

Several districts fall under the office's agenda within the region.

Today, there are 33 employees working at the office in Žilina, but only five are available because of the size of the office, which cannot be expanded.

“Our goal is to carry out procedures related to residence permits in Slovakia in a more efficient, faster way and at higher quality for all those who use them, including foreigners, employers and universities,” Baloghová added, as quoted by SITA.

Several districts will move to Ružomberok

The Ružomberok office will cover several districts, which now fall under the Žilina branch. These include Turčianske Teplice, Tvrdošín, Dolný Kubín, Martin and Liptovský Mikuláš.

The police first hinted that a new office would be set up in their Facebook post in October 2018, when it opened a branch in Michalovce, eastern Slovakia. Opening new offices is one measure that the immigration authorities are adopting to make the process smoother for clients. The online booking system is another such novelty.

Today, there are 12 Foreigners' Police offices across the country.

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