When considering living in Slovakia, two key terms often arise: “residence permit” and “permanent residence.” But what distinguishes the two?
✅ Both permits enable residence in the country. If you’re planning a move to Slovakia, the initial step is applying for a residence permit before seeking permanent residence.
Both types of permits offer:
📌 Free entry and exit,
📌 Visa-free travel within the EU and beyond,
📌 Business operations,
📌 Real estate ownership,
📌 Employment and education,
📌 Obtaining a Slovak driver’s license,
📌 Social benefits, and more.
However, a permanent residence permit comes with additional rights. No work permits are needed, and only permanent permit holders receive a lump sum payment at a child’s birth. Tax, child, maternity, and parental allowances are available to both permit holders.
After residing in Slovakia for 5 years, pursuing a permanent residence permit is advisable. With it, your rights and duties align closely with Slovak Republic citizens. Without it, you may not access certain benefits and might not fully integrate into the country 🤷♂️