Immigrate to Slovakia from US
Immigrate to Slovakia from USUpdated on Wednesday 07th October 2020
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In recent years, Slovakia has become a very appealing destination for foreign citizens who come here for business or work reasons. The country’s economic development has turned it into one of the EU’s prosperous states which is why Slovakia now attracts persons from all corners of the world, including from the United States of America.
American citizens who want to immigrate to Slovakia will find plenty of opportunities here and all they have to do if they relocate here is to complete the formalities that will enable them to legally live in this country.
Below, our lawyers explain how to immigrate to Slovakia from US. You can rely on our law firm in Slovakia for various legal services, including immigration-related ones.
Visa requirements for American citizens traveling to Slovakia
Slovakia is a member of the Schengen area which enables its citizens to travel freely to other member states, including to the United States. In return, US citizens can freely travel to Slovakia if their stay does not exceed 90 days.
When it comes to long-term stays, those who want to immigrate to Slovakia from US must apply for one of the relevant visas which enable them to complete various activities here.
Our lawyers in Slovakia is at your service with detailed information on immigration from the United States.
Types of visas for American citizens immigrating to Slovakia
There are several types of visas available when it comes to long-term immigration to Slovakia from US. Among these, we mention the following:
- the temporary residence permit;
- the permanent residence permit.
It should be noted that temporary residence can be obtained for one of the following purposes:
- special activities;
- research and development activities;
- family reunification.
Obtaining a temporary residence permit and prolonging it for 5 years can lead to permanent residence for US citizens interested in immigrating to Slovakia.
The procedure related to immigration to Slovakia from the US is not complicated and can be overseen by our local law firm.
Documents related to immigration to Slovakia from US
Just like nationals of other countries, US citizens must prepare a set of documents when moving to Slovakia. These are:
- the application form which is usually available in Slovak;
- the valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least 6 months at the time of the application);
- two passport-sized photographs;
- a clean criminal record is also required alongside the other document;
- proof of accommodation (at least 6 months of stay should be ensured);
- proof of financial support (the amount depends on the duration of stay).
It should be noted that the amount of money required for self-sustenance in Slovakia also depends on the purpose of the applicant. Businesspersons and sole traders, for example, will be required a higher amount of money compared to those coming here for employment purposes.
When it comes to the proof of accommodation, a rental contract should suffice.
All documents provided to the Slovak authorities upon immigration cannot be older than 90 days.
If you want to immigrate to Slovakia from US and need assistance in preparing the documents to be filed with the Ministry of the Interior, our lawyers can guide you.
Immigrate to Slovakia from US and obtaining permanent residency
US citizens seeking to immigrate to Slovakia can also apply for permanent residence here with the purpose of obtaining citizenship. There are several ways to obtain a Slovak permanent residence permit which include:
- living in Slovakia for 5 years based on a temporary residence permit;
- being married to a Slovak citizen;
- having relocated to Slovakia through the Golden Visa Scheme.
It should be noted that the last program enables foreign citizens from non-EU countries, including the US to immigrate to Slovakia by making a significant contribution to the economy. Under Slovakia’s Golden Visa program, the minimum amount of money to be invested is 150,000 euros by setting up a business. Also, the scheme comes with other conditions, among which the creation of at least 30 full-time jobs.
Our Slovak lawyers can offer more information on the Golden Visa program.
Immigration statistics in Slovakia
According to recent statistics, Slovakia had the 4th lowest number of expat communities in the EU. These also indicate that:
- in June 2020, there were 145,940 foreigners living in Slovakia;
- out of these, 74,298 are employed by Slovak companies;
- the number of foreigners living here represent 2,67% of the country’s population;
- out of all foreigners living in Slovakia, 60,5% are non-EU citizens.
If you want to immigrate to Slovakia from US and need assistance, please contact us.