Foreigners will be able to submit an e-application to the Foreigners’ Police

Police face enormous increase in applications for residence permits.

Ladislav CsémiLadislav Csémi (Source: TASR)

Foreigners living in or planning to live in Slovakia will have the option to submit documents required by the Foreigners’ Police electronically in upcoming weeks.

Currently, the Foreigners’ Police departments face a significant increase in applications for a residence permit, Ladislav Csémi, director of the Border and Foreign Police, informed in a video published on Facebook.

The number is growing on average by about 30 percent a year, he added.

The first measure to solve this problem was introduced in May, when an online booking system for appointments was launched.

How will the new system work?

Applicants will submit their documents via the Interior Ministry’s website. There should be two language versions, Slovak and English.

Applicants will be asked to fill in their nationality, the purpose of their stay and whether they have registered residence in Slovakia before or not.

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After sending this information, the system will open an electronic application for a residence permit. It will not be necessary to print it, only to keep it in its electronic form.

In the first half of 2019, 55,953 people coming from the non-EU countries had a temporary residence permit in Slovakia and 17,893 had a permanent residence permit, police statistics suggest.

These are mostly Ukrainians, Serbs, Russians and Vietnamese.

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