What is the change? Slovakia is experiencing significant delays in single-permit application processing.

What does the change mean? Non-EU nationals should anticipate that processing of single-permit applications will be delayed by one to two months and should adjust their business schedules accordingly.

  • Implementation time frame: Ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Work-and-residence permits (single permits).
  • Who is affected: Employers and non-EU nationals applying for single permits.
  • Impact on processing times: Processing for single permits is delayed by one to two months.
  • Business impact: Employers should factor in significant delays and may need to adjust work start dates for non-EU nationals.

Background: The delays are caused by an influx of applications and reduced staffing at the Labor Market Office in Bratislava. To process and approve single-permit applications, the Foreign Police must receive a statement confirming completion and approval of labor market testing. Ongoing delays in issuing these statements continue to lengthen processing times.

Analysis & Comments: Applicants should anticipate that processing will take significantly longer than normal and adjust timelines and start dates if necessary. Employers and non-EU nationals should also note that ongoing delays are applicable to work permit renewal requests in which labor market testing is required. Employers with questions about specific applications may contact the Labor Market Office with questions.

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