If you’re a foreign national working in Slovakia you are required to have some form of residence permit, thus a visit to the Oddelenie cudzineckej polície, officially translated as the ‘Aliens Police Department’ (or more colloquially, the ‘Foreign police’), is a mandatory experience. This residence card also allows you to obtain a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), and makes it easier to open some bank accounts (for example, mBank).
As an EU citizen, working in any EU country should be a simple process, yet this is just feels like another opportunity for the Slovak state to continue their unnecessary and relentless quest for bureaucracy, waste precious time for everyone involved, and test the limits of your patience.
The following information is based on my experience in June 2016, and hope it will be of use to someone.
How to get there
Address: Hrobákova 44, Petržalka
The nearest bus stop is Hrobákova (Bus #83 or #95 from the city centre). There are two other bus stops which may be of use, depending on where you are coming from; Bradáčova and Starý háj. Use the CP atlas route planner (Apple and Android) to find the best way to get there.
When to go
Current opening hours can be found here, although Tuesday’s are apparently for Slovak nationals only, and on Thursdays the office is closed.
- Monday (07:30 – 12:00, 12:30 – 17:00)
- Wednesday (07:30 – 12:00, 12:30 – 17:00)
- Friday (07:30 – 12:00, 12:30 – 15:00)
I arrived at 6:50, a good 40 minutes before the office opened, and I was still ninth in the queue. However, it was a sunny day, thus could have been much worse. When the building opens you have to take a ticket from the machine (there is an English language option). It’s easy enough to select which option you need (for me, that was ‘Registration of an EU citizen’). Eventually, at some point, your number will be called. Fortunately for me that was 8:10, and the policer officer dealing with me spoke a reasonable level of English, which was a tremendous help.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there as to what documents are needed. Obviously, it will vary depending on your situation, but this is what I, as a British citizen and EU national working in Slovakia, required:
- Passport (or national ID card)
- Employment contract (in Slovak)
- Health insurance contract (in Slovak)
- Accommodation contract (in Slovak)
- Completed request form (in Slovak) – download here
- 2 passport sized photos
- Slovak mobile number