Foreigners in Slovakia

News and features on living in Slovakia

The number of non-EU workers in Slovakia has increased

The majority of foreign workers have low qualification.Compiled by Spectator staff, 30. Jan 2020, at 13:16

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UPDATED Feb 3, 2020 (Qs about telecom and bank operations added)

How to prepare for Brexit (FAQ)

A short guide to residence, studies, and business in Slovakia and the UK during the transitional period.Radka Minarechová, 30. Jan 2020, at 10:08

A pro EU protestor waves flags opposite the House of Parliament in London in April 2019.

Košice now has website for foreigners

Foreigners can find information about orientation in the city, help with basic administrative acts and contacts for an organisation that deals with the process of integration.Compiled by Spectator staff, 29. Jan 2020, at 14:06


FAQ: What foreigners ask before relocating to Slovakia?

Finding a new home in Slovakia.Radka Minarechová, 5. Jan 2020, at 12:40

FAQ: Dealing with Slovaks

What are the specifics of the Slovak labour market that foreigners might find surprising?Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Jan 2020, at 15:05

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A decision to stay in Slovakia changed these foreigners' lives

A Kazakh, Nepali, and Ukrainian will recount their stories at the Lumière cinema.Compiled by Spectator staff, 10. Dec 2019, at 21:43

A shot from the film Stranger in Paradise, which will be screened on December 11 at a Bratislava cinema

Booked out of the Foreigners’ Police online system? It's not an error

Trying to book an appointment online in Trnava and Dunajská Streda is a waste of time.Nina Hrabovská Francelová, 5. Dec 2019, at 12:06

Foreigners' Police in Bratislava
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Strange parallels as Britain and Slovakia go to the polls

‘Who should I vote for?’ Slovak friends sometimes ask. I am in no position to offer advice any more.James Thomson, 2. Dec 2019, at 10:42

The idea of demonstrators waving EU flags in Westminster would have seemed faintly ridiculous before 2016; now it is a common sight at moments of parliamentary drama.
UPDATED October 28, 2019

Brexit: What UK nationals in Slovakia need to know

The UK has been granted a Brexit "flextension" until January 31, 2020. Here’s how the UK’s departure will affect UK nationals living in Slovakia.Anna Fay, 28. Oct 2019, at 8:42

British Union flags fly in front of The Houses of Parliament in London, January 22, 2019.

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

Police face enormous increase in applications for residence permits.Compiled by Spectator staff, 24. Oct 2019, at 23:51

Ladislav Csémi

Ombudswoman inquires about the experience with the Foreigners’ Police

Foreigners can participate in the survey until November 15.Compiled by Spectator staff, 17. Oct 2019, at 13:57

Some problems with Foreigners’ Police continue.

Blog: A page out of the foreigners’ storybook

At the Bratislava True Stories event on September 20, “Odkiaľ si” became the Slovak version of “Once Upon a Time”.Anna Fay, 30. Sep 2019, at 10:58

Nastaran (Nasi) A Morlagh tells a story at a Bratislava True Stories event in 2018.

A new website helps foreigners return home

The website is available in four languages, including English and Russian.Compiled by Spectator staff, 18. Sep 2019, at 13:21

Foreigners who wish to return home from Slovakia can seek help from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM)

“Foreigners” born in Slovakia show their faces

Otherness can be smaller than we think, the photo project of Tomáš Halász and the Milan Šimečka Foundation shows.Radka Minarechová, 18. Sep 2019, at 9:59

Foreigners invisible to most Slovaks

People do not have a clue how many foreigners live in Slovakia. At the same time, they do not trust them, a recent poll shows.Radka Minarechová, 12. Sep 2019, at 14:01

Get to know foreigners. Bratislava's Fjúžn festival has begun

The festival will try to find answers to seemingly easy questions.Compiled by Spectator staff, 11. Sep 2019, at 21:56

When bryndza is over… reality sinks in

Foreigners cannot avoid paying higher kindergarten fees. Where's the justice in that?Anca Dragu, 10. Sep 2019, at 13:51

Integration/inclusion of Roma children is crucial, illustrative stock photo.

A proposal to help foreigners in less traditional families

But many problems related to foreigners asking for permanent residence left out.Zuzana Števulová10. Sep 2019, at 13:38

Foreigners' Police office in Žilina has moved to a new building

The online booking system will get an upgrade too, the police pledged.Compiled by Spectator staff, 3. Sep 2019, at 13:07

Interior Minister Denisa Saková at the opening of the new premises of the foreigners' police branch in Žilina, northern Slovakia.

Blog: How I fainted during my first blood donation and why I will try it again

Foreigners with permanent or temporary residence can donate blood too.Roman Cuprik, 28. Aug 2019, at 21:32

Firstimer during blood donation.