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Immigration


2 August 2017

SLOVAKIA: ICT permit implemented 

Following in the foot steps of other European countries, Slovakia has now introduced the ICT directive and as a consequence has made available the ICT permit for Non-EU managers, specialists and trainees.

Although there might be some exceptions to the rule (yet to be confirmed by the authorities), the maximum duration for the permit will be 3 years and the lead time for processing is expected to be approximately 90 days unless the applicants Employer is on the Shared Service Center list; in which case processing time can be as little as 30 days.

Criteria for eligibility for the permit include (applicant):

  • Employed with sending company for at least 6 months (3 months for trainees)
  • Relevant education and experience in place for managers and specialists
  • Proof that employee will return home after assignment end
  • Proof that the host company belongs to the same employer/group as the sending company
  • Contract of employment; that clearly shows details of salary

The Slovakian authorities have also set criteria for the host company to fulfil in order to sponsor the applicant; for example, all tax, social security and pension obligations must be met as well no fine having been imposed within the previous 5 years.

As yet nothing has been mentioned with regards to short or long term mobility in Slovakia for holders of an ICT permit from another EU member state.

How does this affect the client?

Employers should be aware of the new regulations and should adapt their processes accordingly. This may increase lead times for applications at the beginning of the implementation to account for the adjustment to the new regulations. It should, however, benefit eligible applicants though in the long term by increasing their mobility within the EU.

 

 

 

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