Building on its historical background in heavy industry, Slovakia’s economy specializes in automotive engineering, electronics, and a range of tech products.
Since its origin in 1993 (after splitting with the Czech Republic), Slovakia has followed a consistent growth trajectory, sometimes referred to as the ‘Tatra Tiger’ (referencing Slovakia’s most famous mountain range). This is confirmed by the prediction for consistent growth in 2023.
It is no surprise, then, that many Slovakia-based companies seek to hire skilled foreigners through the work visa process.
Here we set out the key requirements and application procedure for Slovakia work visas.
There are several types of work visas available in Slovakia, each with their own requirements. Like all other EU nations, Slovakia applies a different approach to work visas for EU/common market citizens compared to ‘third country nationals‘. The key work visas are the:
Generally, a Slovakia work visa requires the following steps:
Slovakia has a relatively efficient work visa processing system, and a variety of different visas to support different applicants. Nevertheless, language issues and working out the requirements for each visa can delay the process. For this reason, many foreign applicants/companies benefit from the support of international PEO companies which offer visa support services. For more information, see our guide to the top global PEOs in 2023.
Officially, it can take from 3-6 months. In our experience, the visa is often processed in as little as a month, especially where you have support from an agency.
Yes, in order to apply for a work visa in Slovakia, applicants need to have a job offer from a Slovak employer, who can advertise the relevant job, liaise with the authorities, and sponsor the visa application. Usually, the employer will need to demonstrate that the position cannot be filled by a Slovak or EU/common market citizen. The employer will also need to pay a fee for the sponsorship.