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Immigrate to Slovakia from Canada

Immigrate to Slovakia from Canada

Foreign citizens have numerous possibilities when choosing to move to Europe in EU and non-EU member states. The main advantage is when choosing to move to an EU country thanks to the unified regulations which also apply to migration, since the Union applies joint migration policies.

As an EU member state, Slovakia can be a very appealing country to move to even from large states such as Canada.

 Below, our lawyers in Slovakia explain the regulations and process related to immigration from Canada. We can guide all applicants who want to immigrate to Slovakia from Canada no matter their reasons.

Short-term stays for Canadian citizens in Slovakia

Canadian citizens moving to Slovakia for short-term visits do not require a visa, as both states are in the Schengen area. However, it should be noted that such stays must not exceed 90 days within a calendar year.

Recently, a change in the legislation requires Canadian citizens entering Slovakia or other Schengen states to enter the Electronic Travel Information and Authorization System (ETIAS) in order to travel. It is useful to note that Canada also has a similar program through which electronic visas are issued.

When it comes to short-term visits to Slovakia as a Canadian citizen, the following types of visas can be obtained:

  • tourism visas,
  • business visas,
  • visas for medical treatment.

When entering Slovakia, Canadian citizens will only be requested to present their passports to the border control. The only requirement is for the passport to have a minimum validity of 6 months. Once entered the country, visitors must report the local municipality for registration, however, when coming here as tourists, this requirement does not apply as the simple check-in with the hotel will suffice.

If you want to come here for short-term visits, our lawyers in Slovakia can explain the latest changes in the regulations. However, it is quite easy to obtain an ETIAS authorization. We are at your service if you decide to relocate to Slovakia.

Long-term residence permits for Canadian citizens immigrating to Slovakia

When dealing with long-term immigration to Slovakia from Canada, different requirements apply to applicants as they are not EU citizens. Even so, they have several types of residence permits they can obtain. Among these, we mention the following:

  1. work permits that rely on employment relations with a Slovak company,
  2. work permits that rely on the International Experience Canada program,
  3. long-term residence permits that imply living in Slovakia for a number of years,
  4. permanent residence and citizenship for those who want to settle in Slovakia.

If you want to immigrateto Slovakia from Canada permanently, our lawyers can offer assistance in preparing the documents and filing them with the immigration authorities.

The International Experience Canada program in Slovakia

Even if this is a program launched by Canada, it is one of the most successful when it comes to exchanging work experience. Under this scheme, Canadian citizens can come to Slovakia and the other way around and work in local companies.

For Canadian citizens relocating to Slovakia under this program, the following requirements apply:

  • being a Canadian citizen is mandatory,
  • the applicant must be aged 18 to 35,
  • the candidate must be living in Canada at the time of the application,
  • he or she must have a valid passport.

We can also assist foreign citizens of other countries who want to relocate to Slovakia.

Documents for immigrating to Slovakia from Canada

When immigrating to Slovakia from Canada, the list of documents to be filed with the Embassy depends on the reason for relocation. Apart from the mandatory passport that must be at least 6 months valid at the time of the application, other supporting papers will be required. Among these, work contracts, proof of business or family relations can also be used in order to obtain a residence permit.

Depending on the reason to relocate here, our law firm in Slovakia can guide you. Also, if you want to start a business, we can handle the entire procedure which will enable you to move here easily.

Bilateral relations between Slovakia and Canada

According to recent data, the relations between Slovakia and Canada imply:

  • a community of around 65,000 Slovak citizens in Canada,
  • trading of good worth 817 million USD at the level of 2018,
  • 35 million USD in exports from Canada to Slovakia,
  • 782 million USD in exports from Slovakia to Canada.

If you want to immigrate to Slovakia from Canada and need assistance, our lawyers are at your disposal with complete information. You can also rely on us if you are interested in permanent relocation to Slovakia.