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New Open Course of Slovak Language in Bratislava and Košice Print
IOM Migration Information Centre  offers third-country nationals a free of charge Open Course of Slovak Language in Bratislava and Košice.

The current Course will continue untill May 29, 2014.

The Courses in Bratislava for beginners are on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:30 pm till 8:00 pm. The Courses for intermediate are on Wednesday from 6:30 pm till 8:00 pm.

The Courses in Košice for beginners are on Tuesday from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm. The Courses for intermediate are on Monday and Wednesday from 5:30 pm till 7:00 pm.

The Course in Bratislava will not be held on the following days: May 1., May 5., May 6., May 7., May 8., 2014.
The Courses in Košice will not be held on following days: May 1., May 8., 2014.

New Open Course of Slovak Language in Bratislava begins on June 3, 2014 at 6:30 pm on Grösslingova 4.
New Open Course of Slovak Language in Košice begins on June 3, 2014 at 5:30 on Poštová 1.

More information about the Course in Bratislava is available here:
More information about the Course in Košice is available here:
 
New rules for calculating the length of stay in the Schengen Print
On 18 October 2013 new rules for calculating the length of a short-term stay in the Schengen area came into effect.

The change applies mainly to third country nationals residing in the territory of the Slovak Republic based on a visa or within the visa free regime or based on a valid residence permit issued by another Member State. Such residence of third country nationals shall be considered authorised for a maximum period of 90 days within any 180-day period.

When calculating the length of the authorised stay, a 180-day period preceding every individual day of the stay is being considered. Thus the 180-day reference period is "moving" and is considered backwards not only with regard to the date of first entry into the Schengen area, but also with regard to any other day of the stay.

In practice, the introduction of new rules for example means that staying outside the Schengen area for a period of 90 consecutive days allows for a new stay of up to 90 days.

To calculate the length of your authorized stay in the Schengen area, it is necessary to use the Schengen Visa Calculator that is available here. A manual for the visa calculator may be downloaded on the website of the European Commission.

New rules were introduced by Regulation No. 610/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council, which entered into force on 19 July 2013.


 
Changes in residence and employment of foreigners Print
On 3 December 2013, an amendment to the Act No. 404/2011 Coll. on Residence of Foreign Nationals and Act 5/2004 Coll. on Employment Services was approved and will be effective from 1 January 2014.

The changes relate to the following issues:
  • It introduces the so-called single permit, which is a new type  of temporary residence for the purpose of employment and will simplify employment of foreign nationals in Slovakia.
  • Broadening the group of foreign nationals who may be employed without the need of a work permit. 
  • It introduces the obligation to hold a work permit for the period of the first 12 months from the date of being granted temporary residence for certain categories of foreigners.
  • Increase in the number of hours during which university students may work without the need of a work permit. 
Broadening application of the 30-day protection period in case of duly completed university studies also to Slovak Government scholarship holders. 

Details on the most important changes may be found here: 
In addition to the above mentioned laws, the amendment also changes for example the Act on Asylum and the Act on Illegal Work and Illegal Employment.
 
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