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1 January 2021: Important date for UK Nationals in Slovakia

The end of 2020 marks an important date for the nationals of the UK who live in Slovakia or plan to move here.

The end of 2020 marks an important date for the nationals of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UK) and their family members who live in Slovakia or plan to move here.

As a result of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU), UK nationals who will come to live in Slovakia after January 2021 will be subject to the same rules on residence as all other migrants from countries outside of the EU. UK nationals who already live in Slovakia or who come here until 31 December are protected by the Withdrawal Agreement. The agreement grants them equal status as that enjoyed by the EU nationals. However, they have to meet certain conditions in a time-limited period.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Slovakia organizes a webinar that will explain the complex information and changes in relation to the UK’s departure from the EU. The webinar will take place on 11 November 2020 at 17.00, it is free of charge and it will be held in English.

During the webinar UK nationals will learn how the UK’s departure from the EU affects their life in Slovakia, how to register residence in Slovakia and how their family members can join them here. There will be a Q&A section at the end of the webinar where IOM staff will be available to answer your questions.

For more information on how to access the webinar please visit https://uknationals.iom.sk/webinar/.

IOM offers UK nationals further free of charge support with securing their residence rights as well as providing infrormation on business, study and other key areas of life affected by the UK’s departure from the EU.

UK nationals will find additional information on IOM website www.uknationals.iom.sk. They can contact IOM via email at UKnationalsSK@iom.int or via phone at 00421 908 342 340.

“Our services are primarily intended for people who may face specific challenges in securing their residence rights in Slovakia after the UK has left the EU, such as people with limited mobility, people living with disabilities or chronic illness, those who face language and literacy barriers, or barriers in accessing technology“, explains the Head of IOM Office in Slovakia Zuzana Vatráľová.

„Between June and the end of September 2020 more than 50 nationals of United Kingdom contacted IOM and we provided them with more than 150 individual consultations. We have had clients whom we support by accompanying them to certain offices. We provide them with complex assistance with registering their residence and with applying for the documents they need,“ concludes Zuzana Vatráľová.

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