Foreigners in Slovakia

News and features on living in Slovakia

Pass a Slovak language dictation so you can work with foreigners

The draft migration policy proposal is out. Where does a foreigner find the official, certified list of cultural realities and traditions they are supposed to respect?Anca Dragu, 26. Nov 2020, at 7:00

Some problems with the Foreigners’ Police continue.

How a Catholic charity became a voice for migrants in Slovakia

Religious organisations have added leverage in changing perceptions of foreigners and migrants, says Caritas Slovakia.Anna Fay, 24. Nov 2020, at 13:35

Caritas Slovakia's ‘World Without “the Other” – Migration Myths’ campaign educates Slovaks on migration in a fun and artistic way.

UK nationals in Slovakia advised to take action as end of transition period nears

UK Nationals should check the British Embassy's "Living in Guide" for the most up-to-date information.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Nov 2020, at 11:11

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Foreigners’ Police will reopen next Monday

It will be necessary to book an appointment for certain agenda.Compiled by Spectator staff, 4. Nov 2020, at 11:24

Foreigners' Police in Dunajská Streda, southern Slovakia, changes its address on February 4, 2020.

Foreigner's Police will be closed during the lockdown

Those who have booked appointments from October 26-30 must reschedule.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Oct 2020, at 15:12

The Foreigners' Police department in Dunajská Streda.

FAQ: What foreigners ask before relocating to Slovakia?

Finding a new home in Slovakia.Radka Minarechová, 3. Oct 2020, at 12:40

A flower by any other name: How a Vietnamese photographer blossomed in Slovakia

Kvet Nguyen says the Slovak name she chose is a symbol of her multicultural identity.Anna Fay, 23. Sep 2020, at 17:30

Self-portrait of Kvet Nguyen

Most Slovaks do not want their children to marry foreigners, poll shows

Half of the respondents in the latest Focus survey, 50.1 percent, believe foreigners in Slovakia cannot be trusted.Peter Dlhopolec, 17. Sep 2020, at 14:38

Most people who do not know any foreigner living in Slovakia personally reside in the Banská Bystrica Region, 54.6 percent, a new Focus survey for Milan Šimečka Foundation has found.

Unable to make it to an appointment at the Foreigners’ Police? Here’s what you should do

A short guide on how to cancel an appointment booked via the online system.Compiled by Spectator staff, 16. Sep 2020, at 17:40

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My encounter with the heart of Slovaks

I am moved beyond words by the beautiful spirit Slovaks possess, says foreigner Oscar Mathews following a hospital stay in Žilina.Oscar Mathews8. Sep 2020, at 9:00

"My krásna manželka (beautiful wife) and I."

She arrived first, was offered 65th on an unofficial list

Having to endure constant harassment and pressure from people around was also emotionally draining, a foreigner talks about her night in Vajnory.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 4. Sep 2020, at 7:30

People queuing in front of the Foreigners' Police at Regrútska.

Complain to us, not to Facebook, acting Foreigners’ Police head says

All foreigners should be able to book their appointment online, says the acting head of the Foreigners’ Police in an interview with The Slovak Spectator.Michaela TerenzaniNina Hrabovská Francelová, 4. Sep 2020, at 7:30

In front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava

Residence cards issued for foreigners living in Slovakia have a new look

They follow the unified design of the EU countries and contain new security elements.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Aug 2020, at 11:34

The design of new residence cards for foreigners in Slovakia.
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How a marginal part of Bratislava became pilgrimage spot for foreigners

Unable or unwilling to travel abroad this summer? Why not enjoy an excursion to the Foreigners’ Police, where a full day (at least) of excitement awaits!James Thomson, 20. Aug 2020, at 17:02

Foreigners’ Police department in Bratislava

Foreigners in Slovakia: most come from Ukraine and have temporary residence

Check out recent statistics about foreigners living in Slovakia.Compiled by Spectator staff, 13. Aug 2020, at 11:47

In front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava

Brits in Slovakia need to get a new document due to Brexit

UK government have launched an info campaign to help Brits in Slovakia navigate Brexit before the transition period ends.Compiled by Spectator staff, 31. Jul 2020, at 17:23

Flags tied to railings outside Parliament are reflected on a wet pavement in London, January 24, 2019.

German business in Slovakia goes beyond automotive

German investors also have a significant presence in the energy and food-making sector, among others.Radka Minarechová, 21. Jul 2020, at 12:45

More than 600 companies in Slovakia have German shareholders

Foreigners’ Police respond: Report by the ombudswoman not objective

Foreigners cannot require a servile approach of a state body and demand communication in English by default.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 8. Jul 2020, at 14:54

Nice but also aggressive. Immigration experience in Slovakia often depends on the officers handling it

Ombudswoman looks at the Foreigners' Police. She sees room for improvement in personal capacities, general information in foreign languages, language skills of officers and use of the electronic system.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 7. Jul 2020, at 11:40

In front of the Foreigners' Police in Bratislava