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Employment of Foreigners

Foreign nationals coming to work in Slovakia, even for short periods, must in general have a work permit and a temporary residence permit for the purpose of work (as regards the latter, please see the previous section).

Work permits are granted by the local labour office on the basis of a written application. The main requirement is a job offer by an employer to the respective foreigner. The work permit can be granted only if the job cannot be filled by a registered unemployed person. There is no legal entitlement to get a work permit to a foreigner, even if all the statutory requirements are met.

Certain categories of foreigners do not need work permits in order to work in Slovakia, e.g. these are:

citizens of EU member states those having a permanent residence permit for Slovakia educationalists, students, artists, persons procuring supplies of goods or services or service workers, whose employment in Slovakia does not exceed 7 consecutive calendar days or 30 days in a calendar year in total those appointed to Slovakia by an employer with its seat in another EU member state in connection with the provision of services being secured by such employer the members of the statutory bodies of companies or co-operatives operating in Slovakia provided that they are citizens of the EEA or OECD country.

A work permit may be granted for a maximum period of two years. It may be renewed annually for a further two years.


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