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Acquiring Slovak citizenship
Slovakia was established in 1993 after the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, and it is part of the European Union. In recent years, Slovakia has become an attractive destination for individuals and families for relocation due to its pleasant climate, beautiful scenery, and the fact that you can enjoy a high quality of life at a relatively low cost compared to Israel. In addition, the Slovakian passport is one of the strongest in the world, and holders of this passport are entitled to various rights and benefits both in Slovakia and in other EU countries. In this article, we will detail the conditions for obtaining citizenship or residency permits in the country.
The process of obtaining Slovakian citizenship starts with temporary residency
If you choose to migrate to Slovakia, you will need to decide whether to apply for citizenship (if you are eligible according to your parents’ or grandparents’ origin) or a temporary residence permit, if you do not have roots in this country.
If you choose a temporary residence permit, you will need to submit an application for each family member who is interested in obtaining it, along with data on each of them, including marriage certificates and a certificate of no criminal record. These documents need to be apostilled and can be submitted at the Slovakian embassy in Israel or in Slovakia, depending on your preference. However, you may need to provide additional documents, depending on the type of permit you are applying for. Note that the processing time for the application may take about 90 days, or longer if you submit the documents at the embassy in Israel.
Below are the different types of permits that grant temporary residency:
Business permit – intended for business owners who wish to establish a business in Slovakia. The initial capital investment required for setting up a business is €4,000 if you are setting up alone, or €5,000 if you are setting up a family business. If you wish to extend the permit, you will need to show data indicating the profitability of the business and the taxes you pay. In the first year, you will need to obtain approval from the Labor Office to open the business, after which there is no need for approval. To open a business account and handle documents, you will need to physically arrive in Slovakia.
BLUE CARD – a special permit granted to workers in positions that require them in Slovakia.
Student permit – granted to those who are accepted to a specific institution and present a proof of enrollment. If only one of the spouses is studying in the country and has been granted a student permit, the rest of the family will be entitled to a temporary residence permit for the same period as the studying family member.
After residing in Slovakia for about five years, you can apply for permanent residency. After about 10 years from the date of obtaining temporary residency, you can apply for citizenship.