Slovakia does not offer a residency or citizenship by investment program. However, its Immigration Law provides for Slovakia Investment Visa, this type of investor is required to invest an important amount of money in a Slovak enterprise, however, they must also meet other requirements.
Foreigner must meet the following investment conditions to become a major investor:
This type of investment can benefit from the regional aid offered by the country’s government. At the moment, this is one of the most advanced support schemes provided by an European country’s government. Once the documents that prove the creation of the company and the investment, the investor will receive the Certificate of a major Investment issued by the Ministry of the Interior.
Foreign citizen that is interested in moving to Slovakia to obtain a Slovakia Investment Visa must meet certain requirements apart from the condition of the minimum amount to be invested.
Foreign citizens, such as non-EU citizens who have relocated to Europe, are required to file a criminal record issued from the country they lived in for more than 3 months in the past 3 years. It should be noted that this program is not limited to non-EU citizens only, as investors from EU countries are also entitled to relocate here and obtain significant foreign investor certificates.
Slovak citizenship may be granted to an applicant who has had continuous permanent residence in the territory of the Slovak Republic for at least eight years immediately preceding the submission of the application for Slovak citizenship.
Slovakia Citizenship by Birth
Children can acquire Slovak citizenship by birth if:
If a child acquires Slovak citizenship by birth based on the fact that one of his parents is a citizen of Slovakia and the other parent is a foreigner, the child retains the Slovak citizenship even if it is proven that the parent (Slovak citizen) is not the parent of the child.
Slovakia Citizenship by Descent
To acquire Slovak citizenship by descent, applicants need to fulfill the following conditions:
Additionally, with recent reforms to the citizenship law, those who do not qualify for the citizenship by descent program due to generational limitations can apply for Slovak Living Abroad (SLA) certificate. This certificate allows its holder to live in Slovakia and eventually apply for citizenship if they can prove they have contributed to the country or have lived continuously for at least three years in Slovakia before receiving their SLA.
Slovakia Citizenship by Naturalization
To be eligible for Slovak citizenship by naturalization, the applicants need to meet the following conditions:
Basic required documents:
Step 1: Determine your purpose for traveling to Slovakia, which will determine the type of visa you should apply for.
Step 2: Determine how many entries to Slovakia/the Schengen area you need.
Step 3: Gather your required documents.
Step 4: Schedule a Slovakian Schengen visa appointment (if applicable).
Step 5: Fill out your application
Step 6: Pay the Application Fee.
Step 7: Submit your Slovakian Visa Application (at least 15 days before traveling, not before 6 months).
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Yes, dual/multiple citizenship in Slovakia is recognized. If a citizen of Slovakia holds another citizenship their Slovak citizenship is considered to be dominant.
Yes, depending on the purpose of your travel to Slovakia.
Must have an 8 year uninterrupted permanent residence in the territory of Slovak Republic.
Yes, the application must be submitted in person, not earlier in six months prior to the planned trip to Slovakia.
No, but there are categories and nationals, which have to go through all the process of meeting requirements and attending interviews, in order to obtain a visa that grant them with the permission to enter.
Yes, knowledge of the Slovak language.
Yes, you have to attend an in-person interview.
8-years of permanent residency to be eligible to apply for Slovakian Citizenship by Naturalization.
A resident is liable for the person’s worldwide income.
Non-residents are generally taxable on income derived from sources in Slovakia.
There are no inheritance, estate, or gift taxes in Slovakia.
Yes, during the interview.