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According to the Slovak law, marriage is an interpersonal relationship of a man and a woman concluded either during a civil wedding ceremony at a Registry Office or a religious wedding ceremony in a church, in the presence of two wedding witnesses. During such a wedding ceremony the couple accept each other as a wife and a husband willingly, with free consent and without any coercion.

A Slovak citizen can marry a foreigner in Slovakia or in a foreign country. Marriage on a Slovak embassy is possible only if both fianceés are Slovaks.


Wedding Ceremony in Slovakia

A marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreigner is regulated by pertinent provisions of the Act on Family and the Act on Registry Offices. Granting a permanent residence permit to a foreigner who entered into a marriage with a Slovak citizen is regulated by pertinent provisions of Act on residence of foreigners.

Civil marriage ceremony at a Registry Office – Council Registry Office locally competent to perform a wedding ceremony is chosen according to the place of permanent residence of one of the spouses. If a couple intends to have a wedding ceremony in any place other than Registry Office (for example an outdoor wedding) or another Registry Office, this has to be approved by the locally competent Registry Office. If approved, all documents required for the wedding ceremony will be sent from the locally competent Registry Office to the other Registry Office chosen by the spouses. The wedding vows are given to each other in front of a Mayor or a Councillor in the presence of a Registry Officer.

Religious wedding ceremony in a church – The wedding vows must be read by the couple to each other in the presence of a priest of the registered Church. The religious body will send the marriage certificate to the locally competent Registry Office within 3 days following the wedding.

Documents for Marriage in Slovakia

If you decided to have a wedding ceremony in the territory of the Slovak Republic, please read the following text about the requirements you have to fulfill.

A foreigner is obliged to submit the following documents to the locally competent Registry Office not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony:

  1. Birth certificate – this document shall include personal data of a foreigner – date and place of birth as well as the personal data of parents. If the birth certificate does not include personal data of both parents, the marriage certificate of the parents will be required.
  2. Document which proves the legal capacity of the foreigner to enter into a marriage – such a document is an evidence of the fact that there are no legal impediments which would prevent this person marrying, and must include: name, surname, date and place of birth, citizenship, address of permanent residence, marital status, and an affirmation that the foreigner has a legal capacity to conclude a marriage pursuant to the legislation of the home country. This document will be issued by the Registry Office of the foreigner’s country of origin or, for some countries, such documents can be issued by embassies.
  3. Proof of citizenship – valid passport
  4. Proof of legal stay in Slovakia – visa, temporary residence permit, card of a refugee etc.
  5. Proof of marital status (see the point no.2)
  6. Death certificate of a deceased spouse – if the foreigner is widowed
  7. Divorce decree – if the foreigner is divorced (or a court decision about the annulment of a previous marriage)
  8. ID or passport

The documents mentioned above must be submitted at the locally competent Registry Office not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony. Documents 2. and 5. must not be older than 6 months.

Documents must be translated into Slovak by an official translator certified by the Ministry of Justice of the Slovak Republic and the translated documents must be signed by the certified translator and must include a round seal.

All documents shall be submitted to the locally competent Registry Office regardless of the place of the wedding ceremony. If any of the spouses does not speak or understand Slovak language, the presence of an official court interpreter is required at the wedding ceremony.

If submitting any specific document is hindered by an especially difficult obstruction, the Registry Office can accept its replacement with an affidavit of the couple.

Slovak citizen shall submit:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Proof of citizenship
  3. Proof of address = permanent residence in Slovakia
  4. Death certificate of a deceased spouse – if he/she is widowed
  5. Divorce decree – if he/she is divorced person, or a court decision on an annulment of a previous marriage
  6. Personal identification number (given to Slovak citizens at birth)

Documents 2., 3., 6. can be substituted by submitting a valid identity card.

If a Slovak citizen has a permanent residence abroad, the following documents must be submitted:

  1. Confirmation about his/her residence, issued by the competent authority of the given state;
  2. Confirmation of the Slovak citizenship may be substituted by submitting a valid passport issued by the Slovak Republic.

Besides above mentioned documents, before the wedding ceremony takes place, the couple shall fill out an official application form for the wedding ceremony; sometimes – because of serious obstacles – this can be done by only one of the fianceés. There is an administrative fee of 66,-EUR.


Wedding Ceremony Abroad

According to the Act on International Private and Procedural Law the procedure is determined by the law of the country in which the wedding ceremony takes place. Therefore it is necessary to inquire well in advance about the conditions and the documents you will need for a wedding in the foreign country of choice.

Marriage between a Slovak citizen and a foreigner concluded with a competent authority in a foreign country may be validated in Slovakia only if it is valid in the country where it was concluded and if there are no legal impediments regarding this marriage in the Slovak Republic (e.g. condition of age, monogamy issues etc.).

Confirmation about the legal capacity of a Slovak citizen to enter into a marriage union is issued by the competent Slovak Registry Office. A foreigner must be competent to enter into a marriage according to the law of his state of origin.

Registration of the Marriage in Slovakia

If a couple married abroad and one of the married is a Slovak citizen and they have been issued marriage certificate by the foreign country’s Registry, it is necessary to register the marriage at a Slovak Registry office to have the marriage recognized in the Slovak Republic.

The registration can only be claimed if either spouse is a citizen of the Slovak Republic. Registration in the Slovak registry shall be submitted to the Embassy of the Slovak Republic or at the appropriate Registry Office competent in the permanent (or last permanent) residence of the Slovak citizen, which forwarded the request to the Registry office. If the citizen had no permanent residence in Slovakia before, he/she can apply at any Registry Office in Slovakia.

The request may be filed personally or it can be filed by an authorized person who has to prove the authorization by written and signed letter (splnomocnenie) certified by a Slovak notary. Embassy sends the request to the Registry Office only if it is complete, then Registry Office issues the Slovak marriage certificate and sends it back to the Embassy, which sends it to the applicant. The whole process takes about three months. In justified cases this period may be extended by three months.

Documents needed for registration:

  1. The completed form “Zápis o uzavretí manželstva” (applicant’s signature has to be verified by the consular section of the Slovak Embassy). The form should be completed by the applicant using a typewriter/PC, in extreme cases, legible block letters. Download the form;
  2. Original foreign marriage certificate, “Apostilled” (within the meaning of the Hague Convention). Apostille is granted at the embassy in the country of marriage.

    WARNING: Certified photocopy of the foreign marriage certificate with Apostille should be sent. The applicants can ask for the photocopy and apostille at the embassy for a fee. If they don’t, the originaly copy will be sent to the Registry Office and will not be returned to the applicants;

  3. Certified (by the embassy) translation of a foreign marriage certificate into Slovak language made by an authorized translator by the foreign country, or a foreign birth certificate translated into Slovak language translated by an authorized translator of the Slovak Republic or the embassy;
  4. Slovak birth certificate of the applicant;
  5. Certificate of citizenship of the applicant – the applicant proves citizenship of Slovak Republic by valid certificate of citizenship of SR (not older than 6 months), a valid passport or SR or valid Slovak ID card;
  6. If the marriage was after a divorce of a previous marriage, citizen of SR submits decision about the divorce of Slovak judgment court. If the marriage was divorced in a foreign country, it is necessary to submit a final sentence of the Regional Court in Bratislava, recognizing the foreign divorce court judgement.

    If one of the spouses was widowed before the marriage, death certificate of the husband or wife should be submited.

    All foreign documents must be legalized and translated into the Slovak language;

  7. ID card of the applicant (the side of the document, where the photo and signature are);
  8. Application for registration without surname ending (-ová) – It is necessary to submit a completed Form (PDF download).

    Woman’s surname without the written Slovak suffix (-ová,-ká) will be registered in these cases:

    • If one of the spouses is not a citizen of Slovakia,
    • If both spouses are citizens of Slovakia, but the wife is of a non-Slovak nationality,
    • If a citizen of Slovakia, whose surname is concerned, is also a citizen of another country.

    It is necessary to register the surname without the written Slovak suffix for a female child as well.

  9. A consular fee, which amount is specified in section 251 of the Act on Administrative Fees, No. 145/1995 Z. z. The administration fee is payable upon application in cash in EURO.

    Along with the consular fee the applicant should pay upon application in cash 1,- € (application costs).

  10. Prepaid return envelope to the address of applicant. In case of not including the return envelope, the applicant will pay the Embassy additional cash costs associated with delivering of the marriage certificate.

When marrying, partners must declare, whether the surname of one of them is their common surname, or whether they retain their current names. Since 1st of July 2002, the engaged couples in marriage may agree that the surname of one of them is their common surname and one of them retain their existing name, as well.

Slovak citizen who has married abroad, and taken as a common surname of her husband’s surname at the same time retained its existing Slovak name and the marriage has been registered in a Slovak Register Office before 1st of July 2002, will be issued a marriage certificate stating both surnames, if requested.

The agreement about the surname should follow these principles:

  • Common name is always first in order.
  • Two surnames are always written without a hyphen.
  • Women should have both surnames in the same form, i.e. both with -ová suffix or both without it.

If all the documents are OK, Slovak Registry Office will issue Slovak Registry document.

344 Responses to Marriage

  1. Stano August 24, 2010 at 9:41 pm #

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    Could you please advise in our situation?
    My fiancée is from Peru and I’m Slovak. We are planning to get married in Slovak republic. We asked at the municipality in Slovak republic where we are going to marry what documents we need. We got list of the documents we will need but they told us that all her documents have to be superlegalized. Please could you explain us what does superlegalisation mean and how to proceed with it?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Stano, I expect you to be Slovak, so here is a link about superlegalization: http://www.justice.gov.sk/wfn.aspx?pg=l7&uc=l3/l33

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  2. Makhtar T Sakho August 25, 2010 at 9:30 am #

    brievely i am residing in london as a student and i met my girlfriend who is a slovak citizen.Being in a deep love and living toghether for one year we decide to get married in slovakia because she wants to celebrate it with her family and friends.Calling her city´s registration office for inquiries they told her he needs document to show he is single,certificate of birth,and visa.fulfiling all this requirement one´s in slovakia they ask us to ´super legalisation´ to all my documents otherwise we cannot make the marriage and i never heard about this before.i must return to london before the 10th of september.
    regarding all the situation what could you suggest us?

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Don’t know what is the question… the requirements for getting married in Slovakia are written in the article above.

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  3. Nileshkumar September 2, 2010 at 8:42 am #

    Dear Sir/Madem
    I am Nileshkumar from India,and I have married with a slovakian girl.And we have a marriage
    certificate also. I would be thankful to you if you can please let me know , if I need a
    apostille of my marriage certificate to be valied in Slovakia? or it can be valid without
    apostille?

    Thanking you
    Nileshkumar

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Nilesh, yes, you need the apostille.

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  4. Gabriela September 13, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    Hi there,
    I am a Slovak citizen living in Australia with my New Zealand fiance. We are getting married here in Australia in a couple of months time. A week after that we are planning to go to Slovakia and have another ceremony and reception there as well. Is this legal or do we have to have a ‘pretend’ ceremony? If we can get married in Slovakia again, what documents does my fiance need to provide?
    Will the Australian marriage license be accepted by Slovak authorities?
    Thanks in advance

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Hi Gabika, you don’t need to get married in both countries, the marriage in Australia will be accepted in Slovakia.

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  5. Santosh September 23, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Hello,

    I am indian National holding Slovakia Permanent residence for 5 years. Please advise if I will be able to Travel, live and work in all the EU countries including UK without additional Visa and work permit requirements?

    Thanks

    Santosh

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    vicky replies:

    for uk you need visa

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  6. Bharat September 28, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I am indian national living in Slovakia for employment basis since Jan 2010 and my wife is in India. Can she get spouse visa to come and stay with me till I have permission to stay. Can she work on the basis of Spouse visa?Does Slovak issue spouse visa?
    Thanks for information.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Bharat, you can ask for her the same residence permit as you have, please read here: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/

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  7. Santosh October 4, 2010 at 4:29 pm #

    Hello,

    I am indian National holding Slovakia Permanent residence for 5 years. Please advise if I will be able to Travel, live and work in all the EU countries including UK without additional Visa and work permit requirements? Please advise..

    Thanks

    Santosh

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  8. chris October 11, 2010 at 8:43 pm #

    i am usa born male who married a slovakian female in slovakia. i never lived there,
    she never lived in the usa. if i file for divorce here in the usa does that meen,
    we are still married in slovakia?

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Chris, unfortunately, yes. Slovak Republic and USA have no special billateral contract about this, so you need to ask for divorce in Slovakia as well – it has to be recognized by Regional Court in Bratislava. There is only Slovak information about this (I haven’t found other), use a translator: http://www.mzv.sk/servlet/washingtonzu?MT=/App/WCM/ZU/WashingtonZU/main.nsf/vw_ByID/ID_621F5291AE4A5FD4C125715B004FFE51_SK&TG=BlankMaster&URL=/App/WCM/ZU/WashingtonZU/main.nsf/vw_ByID/ID_BE043CFFB6D4358BC125740C004390C6_SK&OpenDocument=Y&LANG=SK&HM=15-Rozvodvusa&OB=0

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  9. Luis October 19, 2010 at 12:53 am #

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Firstly, thank you for all the useful information providing in this web site.

    I am (non EU-citizen) engaged with a Slovak lady and we are planning to get marry next summer in Slovakia. We have recently moved to Switzerland (due to my fiancé’s job).
    She has kept her address of permanent residence in Slovakia.
    I understand that after getting married with a Slovak citizen, you can get the permanent residency in Slovakia and EEA family member card. But I think that you must be resident in Slovakia in order to get those documents.

    Therefore my questions are the following:

    1) Will I get the permanent residency in Slovakia (for 5 years)? Even though we will not live in SK yet. I think that you must live in SK for certain period in order to keep that permit.
    2) Will I get the EEA family member card? Even though we will not live in SK yet.
    3) If I get the EEA family member card, will allow me to work in another EEA country (assuming that my wife can work in that country)?
    4) Is possible to get ‘only’ EEA family member card after the marriage (assuming that the authorities will not provide me with the permanent residency in Slovakia since I will not live there yet)? Are both documents related? Can I get just one of them (for instance the EEA family member card)?
    5) Or will I need to get both of them? Otherwise I will not get neither of them, is that possible?
    Thanks in advance for your help.

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    German replies:

    Dear Sir/Madam
    Firstly, thank you for all the useful information providing in this web site.

    I am (non EU-citizen) engaged with a Slovak lady and we are planning to get marry next summer in Slovakia. We have recently moved to Switzerland (due to my fiancé’s job).
    She has kept her address of permanent residence in Slovakia.
    I understand that after getting married with a Slovak citizen, you can get the permanent residency in Slovakia and EEA family member card. But I think that you must be resident in Slovakia in order to get those documents.

    Therefore my questions are the following:

    1) Will I get the permanent residency in Slovakia (for 5 years)? Even though we will not live in SK yet. I think that you must live in SK for certain period in order to keep that permit.
    2) Will I get the EEA family member card? Even though we will not live in SK yet.
    3) If I get the EEA family member card, will allow me to work in another EEA country (assuming that my wife can work in that country)?
    4) Is possible to get ‘only’ EEA family member card after the marriage (assuming that the authorities will not provide me with the permanent residency in Slovakia since I will not live there yet)? Are both documents related? Can I get just one of them (for instance the EEA family member card)?
    5) Or will I need to get both of them? Otherwise I will not get neither of them, is that possible?
    Thanks in advance for your help

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    1. You can have the permanent residency in Slovakia and temporary residence anywhere else.
    2. Yes, it doesn’t depend on where you live.
    3. Yes.
    4. Yes, you can get just one of them, but there will no problem getting both of them for you.
    5. If you don’t want, you won’t have any of them.

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  10. Beata October 26, 2010 at 2:27 am #

    Dear Sir/ Madam
    I am polish citizen married to a Slovak. We have been married for over 6 yrs. We live in USA. We’re planning to move back to Europe next year. We will probably live in Slovakia. I am coming back a few months before my husband I will be living with his parents in Bratislava. What do I have to do to become Slovak. I understand that the 5 year residency requirement does not apply to me. I wonder – can I start the procedure of getting slovakian citizenship in US. Or can I do it in Slovakia without my husband. Our marriage has not been validated neither in Poland nor in Slovakia.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Hi Beata, actually the 5 year residence requirement applies exactly on you, otherwise it is 8 years. Pls, read here: http://www.slovak-republic.org/citizenship/

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  11. Beata October 26, 2010 at 8:41 pm #

    Thank you for the answer. I must have mistaken the 5 yrs residency for 5 yrs marriage. Can I apply for the initial 3 months permit while my husband is still in US.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Yes, you can apply for the initial permanent residence (5 years), you will need your marriage certificate.

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  12. Jana November 14, 2010 at 2:52 am #

    Hello, there…

    Well I got a query I couldn’t find any answer for, I’m Slovak living in UK 3 years,two of which I’ve been married to a Colombian national, despite He’s got his 5-year-residence permit I would like for him to become fully a Slovak citizen with passport, could He applied to it now?
    He’s not very fluent with Slovak language ( I’ve read that’s one of the requirements ) but proficient with everything else and He likes going there sometimes by his own,
    If not…

    How much more time should we wait for it? I’m planning to celebrate a party for him

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    To become a Slovak citizen, he needs to be married and have permanent residence in Slovakia for 5 years. So you need to wait another 3 years.

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    Jana replies:

    Thanks for your prompt reply however It is not clear to me whether He’ll get it notwithstanding the fact that We have been living In UK for 2 years now and some more to come I guess…

    Are we waiting for a long process in order to get grant the Slovak nationality, after the 5 years?

    Well the only Slovak party He’s going to have is his name day coming soon…

    Sorry to be reiterative but will language skills be taken into account when applying for the nationality? We might need to intensify my teaching time for him….

    Thank you again I’m proud of having such a responsive team looking after all us I’d like all Slovak services were like this ! :)

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Jana, pls read this: http://www.slovak-republic.org/citizenship/ Unless your husband has permanent residence for 5 years in Slovakia, he can’t get the citizenship. No matter how long you have been married… Without marriage it is even 8 years of permanent residence! And yes, the Slovak language skills are tested when applying for citizenship. Thank you for the kind words! :)

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  13. Darren November 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm #

    Hello, i am a British Citizen living in the UK, my fiance is a Slovakian Citizen, we live & work in UK but would like to get married in Slovakia, i see above the documentation we’ll need but my fiance says we will need “apostile”, could you let me know what this is & where we will get it from? Thanks for your help,

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  14. John RS November 30, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    Hi

    I am English and my Finance’s is Slovakian. We are planning to get married in April in Sri Lanka. We know what documents we need to get married in Sri Lanka and don’t have a problem getting hold of these. However my girlfriend has been talking to the ministry of foreign affairs in Slovakia and they have told her a very very complex situation to make the marriage legal in Slovakia. They have told her that she needs to get a form legalised in Bratislava then this has to be sent to VIENNA where it has to be stamped again at the Sri Lanka Embassy. Once this is done the form then has to be legalised at the wedding and then has to be ‘super legalised’ at the Slovakian embassy in INDIA!!!! it would then be sent to Slovakia to confirm the legalisation……….. This all sounds very very complex and crazy. is it really like this? to top this ff she has been told that all her translations of birth certificates have to do the same!!!!

    The wedding in Sri Lanka would be concluded with a competent authority and would be legal in Sri Lanka.

    Please help as we are getting so many different bit of advice

    Thanks in advance

    John

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Unfortunately, yes, because nor there is a Sri Lankan embassy in Slovakia, nor there is a Slovak embassy in Sri Lanka.

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  15. Fabian Hernandez January 10, 2011 at 3:31 pm #

    Hello, i am a Mexican citizen, I married a Slovak woman, 2 years and 3 months ago, i live in Bratislava where I work for 5 months already and I hold a contract which has no expiration date, so I could work here for life.

    I am permanent resident since December 2008, but I am about to file divorce documents.

    I don’t know what would happen with my residency status, how to manage the situation at my work and in fact what should i do in order to stay working here and if possible to keep my status as permanent resident in order to apply in the future for citizenship?

    Thanks in advance for your kind advise.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    No, you will have your initial residence permit, but you probably won’t get another one.

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  16. Monika Rusnakova Tamrak January 12, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Hello there,

    I am from the Slovakia,but not sure if I could speak on here in slovak.So I write my questions in english instade.

    I am living in the Uk,what documents would I need for getting married in the Uk?My partner is originaly from Turkey but he is Brithish citizan now,dont know if thats matter.We planing to get married here in the Uk – june 2011.

    But also in the Slovakia.What sort of documents my partner would need to get married in the Slovakia.We are planing our Slovak wedding for 03.09.2011.Please let me know.x

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    The documents are written above in the article, pls read carefully.

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  17. Colin hillsinger January 12, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    My pregnant wife who is a Slovak citizen moved back to Slovakia after being here in the US for one year. She moved back because she can afford health care for prenatal care there. I want to move to Slovakia now and be with my wife and unborn child due in June of 2011. We are not sure if we want to spend the rest of our lives in Slovakia or not. We want to try it and see if it works though. I plan on at least staying for one to two years. I have a criminal record here in US and I don’t know if that will keep me from obtaining a permit for temporary residency in Slovakia? My crime was committed 9/24/06. Does the fact that we are married change anything? What do we have to do?

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    It surely depends on what crime was that. Contact the embassy with the details and they let you know. My guess is that you are allowed to get Slovak residence based on your wife’s citizenship.

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  18. Mike January 20, 2011 at 3:16 am #

    Hi,How long does it take to get married in slovakia after submitting all the required documents..? thnx

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    One day :)

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  19. Mohamed Mahmoud February 3, 2011 at 3:56 am #

    Dear sir ,,
    my name is mohamed and i am egyption and i live in egypt with my slovak fiancee .. i am planing to go to slovakia to visit the family of my fiancee and to stay there for one or two month and we wants to get married in egypt before traveling to slovakia so how i can get visa to there and how long .

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Pls, read: http://www.slovak-republic.org/visa-embassies/

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  20. Petra February 14, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    Hello,

    I’m a Slovak citizen, my boyfriend is Egyptian and we plan to get married in Slovakia in June. After that we want to live in UK, so my future husband will have to apply for EEA Family Permit to have a right to stay there. This procedure usually takes 1-2 weeks. He has to submit the passport with his application.

    He is able to obtain a visa only for 3-4 weeks in Slovakia and at The Slovak Embassy in Cairo we’ve been told that he cannot prolong the visa in Slovakia, even if he is my husband.

    Is it ok if he stays in Slovakia till he receives EEA FP even if his Schengen visa will expire? If not, what are we supposed to do, since applying for temporary residence is not reasonable in our case?

    Thank you for your kind advice,
    Petra

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    The stay in that case would illegal and that is not OK at all. I would suggest to ask for permanent residence after the marriage and then having the temporary residence in UK. Is that an option for you?

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    wewe replies:

    Dear Petra, i think i had the same situation and i can help if u want, e-mail me

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  21. Santhana R. February 18, 2011 at 4:06 pm #

    Dear Slovak-Republic

    I’m Thai who is holding a permanent resident card that valid for 5 years and I’m going back to Thailand soon but my card will be expired during my stay in Thailand. I would like to know if it’s possible to extend my card at Slovak embassy in Bangkok.

    Thank you very much.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Unfortunately, not. You can only ask for it at the Foreign Police Department in Slovakia.

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    Santhana R. replies:

    Thank you for the reply. And can you tell me how long it takes to get new card in Slovakia. It will take a week or a month and what documents they do need.

    I’m really appreciated for your helpful to us foreigner. Keep it up ^^

    Thanks again

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Pls, read: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/#permanent It can take even 90 days.

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  22. Martin February 28, 2011 at 10:59 am #

    Hi there.

    I am a south african citizen and my fiance a slovak national.
    We are getting married soon and want to reside in the uk.
    as a non eu state how do we apply for a EEA card and does she need to live in the uk? And what documents do I need for the EEA card?

    Many thanks.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Pls, read here: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/#eea

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  23. aftab March 23, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    pls let us know if a POLISH CITIZEN can marry FOREIGNERR in slovakia.i mean regsiter that marraige and waht docs are required.

    thanks

    aftab

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    It’s a guess, but IMO the marriage can’t be registered in Slovakia.

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  24. Vitas Zalys March 24, 2011 at 12:32 pm #

    Hello,

    The reason I’m contacting you is that me and my future wife (Me and my fiance are Lithuanian nationality, part of Europe Union) desided to get married in Slovakia. We love this country. But before we can proceed, would need some answers.

    1. Is it possible to get married for both of us in your country?
    2. What documents do we have to bring ?
    3. Do the documents needs to be translated to Slovakian or English language?
    4.I’m Vitas Žalys and she is Ieva Lavrentjevaitė and she would like to take my Last Name “Žalys” is it possible in your Coutry?
    5. How much all procedure’s cost?
    6. How Long does it takes to do all this?

    Thank You very much for your respond. Will be kindly waiting for you reply. vitaszalys@gmail.com

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Vitas, I am not sure, but I think you can only have the wedding ceremony here in Slovakia, but you can’t have the marriage certified in Slovakia. You will need to have it certified in your home country (or Lithuania).

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  25. Santosh April 11, 2011 at 1:52 pm #

    Hello,

    I’m an Indian National holding Permanent Residency for Slovakia, settled and working in Bratislava, Slovakia. My question to you is, With Austria and Germany opening its labor market for Slovak citizens, Can I now Live and work in Austria / Germany with no additional work permit and work visa ?

    Please Advise.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Unfortunately, no.

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  26. Laura Suharevska April 13, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

    Hello

    I am from Latvia and in 2 months im getting married with Slovakian in kosice. The problem is Slovakia is asking me for the paper which proves that I dont have any obsticles to get married or paper which says that Latvia doesnt issue this paper.I contacted several latvian embassies and they all told me that they cant issue and they dont issue any papers like that because the paper which says that Im not married already proves that there are no obsticles for marriage. Could you please advise me what could I do or where can I get peper like that because the lady from Slovakia clearly said that if I dont have this paper I cant get married.
    Thank You

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Dear Laura, if you are dealing already with the appropriate officers, ask them. We can’t give you any better information then they can.

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  27. Iyke mok April 14, 2011 at 7:10 pm #

    Hello, pls am from Africa and my wife is from slovakia and we ve been married for 3 years now living happily and and my wife is working and we are living in bratislava, so i want to know if my 5 years resdent permit will be renewed after 5 years without me working while my wife is working, and my second question is if i move with my wife to Germany or Austria to work since they will be allowed to work there soon, will slovakia still renew my papers if i still pay for my inssurance and still have my permanent resident address there,and does slovakia still allow dual citizenship?
    Thanks

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    The residence permit for purpose of marriage does not need the applicant to be employed, so yes, it will be renewed, you can even apply for Slovak citizenship. If the permanent residence of your wife stays the same, you get the same permanent residence. Slovakia now doesn’t allow dual citizenship, but it is going to be changed soon.

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  28. Santosh April 27, 2011 at 10:26 am #

    Hello,

    I am holding the permanent residency for slovakia (married to slovak national). My question to you is – What should I do to apply for EEA member card so I can travel freely to UK ? I and my wife are looking to relocate to UK to live and work there. what should we do and how do we do it ? Please advise.

    Thanks

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  29. hari May 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

    hello there,am an indian living here in greece.i am geting married with my slovakian girl friend.my question is how long it will take to get EEA family permit after marriage and after geting family permit if we make plan to visit uk for honymoon do i required uk visa?plz answer me

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    It can take maximum 90 days and you can travel than to UK without visa.

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  30. memissd May 5, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    Hello,

    I have a very similar question to the one above.
    My Slovak bf and I want to get married in Slovakia.
    Will that give me the same rights as a Slovak citizen like traveling to other countries? I’d like to study in the UK…

    Thanks.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Yes, if you obtain the EEA family member card.

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  31. zack May 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm #

    hi
    with spanish Temporary Residence (1 year) can i marry my slovak girlfriend in slovakia ?
    dakujem

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Sure, why not? Anyone can marry a Slovak girl if the above mentionned conditions are met.

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  32. Johnbosco June 1, 2011 at 11:50 pm #

    hi!
    I am an African,(Nigeria) happily married with a slovak girl for more than 3yrs now, we are living in Austria and my wife works here in Austria. i have an Austrian permit to live and travel freely in EU boarder town, but my questions are? (1) is it necessary to apply for Slovak resident permit since my wife is Slovakian, (2) if i apply for the Slovak permit? is there any possibility that i will get it since we are not living in Slovakia. (3) how can i apply for EEA family permit?..my last question. we have a bouncing baby boy who is more than 2 yrs old now and we are planning to travel to Nigeria this December, can he have Slovak and Nigeria passport?
    Dakujem

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    1. It’s up to you, noone can force you to apply.
    2. Depends on whether your wife has still permanent residence permit in Slovakia.
    3. http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/eea/
    4. Yes, dual citizenship is allowed.

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  33. tahir July 10, 2011 at 2:05 am #

    hello
    i want to ask you is that,i am currently living in uk on student visa,um planing to marry my slovakian girl friend in slovakia,so can you please tell me,what will be my status in slovakia straight after mariage?? what will be the first visa i will get and after how much time to stay further in slovakia?? and what about coming back to uk with my future wife?? what kind of visa i ll require for that?? and after how much time i can come back to uk and apply for residence card??

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    You can apply for permanent residence permit: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/permanent/
    You can apply for EEA family member card and freely travel in EEA countries: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/eea/
    You can’t apply for UK residence card based on Slovak residence card, so your question is for UK authorities, not for us.

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  34. tari August 9, 2011 at 12:04 am #

    HELLO:

    MY QUESTION MAYBE HAS BEEN ASKED BEFORE AS WELL BUT I REALLY DIDNT FIND THE SATISFIED ANSWER, SO KINDLY ASKING THAT I M IRANIAN NATIONAL MARRIED TO A SLOVAK. WE GOT MARRIED HERE IN MAURITIUS AND HAVE THE MAURITIUS MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE AS WELL, SO I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT DO I HAVE TO APPLY FOR VISA IF I WANT TO TRAVEL TO SLOVAKIA OR THE MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE WILL BE ENOUGH?? IF I CAN TRAVEL WITHOUT VISA ON MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE SO WONT I BE ASKED FOR VISA AT SLOVAK AIR PORT?? HOP U HAVE GOT MY POINT. LO0KING FORWARD TO UR REPLY

    KIND REGARDS

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Yes, you need to apply for visa, unless you have the EEA family member card.

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  35. Peter August 9, 2011 at 4:03 pm #

    Hello.

    I want to get my wife a permanent residence in Slovakia. This can take up to 90 days. What should we do if her 90 day travel visa expires before she gets the residence?

    Thank you!

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    She should apply before she travels to Slovakia, but anyway she will get it before 90 days. In worst case there is a quite new possibility of prolonging the visa in “special cases”, but I don’t know whether this is what they meant.

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  36. Rebaz August 15, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Hi,
    i’m Iraqi nationality i have been engaged with slovakian girl and we plan to marry in Iraq and then the procedure for me coming there and live together i understand, but i ask one thing when i have permenent resedientship can i come back to Iraq when ever i want ,cos of my work i do not want to leave my job from start. appriciating your answer.

    Regards
    Rebaz

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Yes, of course.

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  37. Henrieta Elsegood August 19, 2011 at 4:45 am #

    Hello

    I have been married for 10 years to my husband who is British. I’m from Slovakia. We have two boys aged 6 and 9. (Born in uk and with uk passport). I want to go and live in slovakia with my children but how and where do I apply for slovak passport and citishenship for my kids?? And how long does it takes?? Which documents do I need?? Looking forward to your answer.

    Regards ,

    Henrieta

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  38. Peter Onyeka August 29, 2011 at 2:23 pm #

    Hello,

    My names are Peter Onyeka married to
    Slovakia lady last week Thursday here in Nigeria at Ikeja registrar, we both plan to go back to Slovakia. we write to known what is required from me before comming to the embassy in Abuja.

    Thanks , hope to hear from soon.

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  39. Meg August 31, 2011 at 3:54 am #

    hello! im a filipino citizen and my fiancee is a slovakian… he came to visit me here in the philippines last month and we decided to get married on dec this year. and he wants me to go back with him to slovakia 2 weeks after the wedding. im just wondering what could be the fastest and easiest way to get a visa so i can be with him as soon as he gets back to slovakia…? he doesnt to want to leave me here alone. but if he process a visa now, say a tourist visa for me, (or like an invitation) i will have a different surname after the wedding. so what is the possible way to do so after the marriage, i can go to slovakia with him?
    i will appreciate ur answer… thank u.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Best would be to ask for permanent residence: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/permanent/ and for registration of your marriage in Slovakia (see docs needed above).

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  40. abhishek September 1, 2011 at 12:11 am #

    Hi, I am on a student visa to the UK and my grilfriend is a shlovakian. WE plan to get married. But i am worried as my visa get expires soon. After my marriage can i apply for a shlovakian PR or citizenship from Uk. How soon can i apply after my marriage and how long will it take to recive the Shlovakian PR or citizenship in the UK. Then can we saty together in the UK.

    Abhi

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    First, learn how to write Slovak (not Shlovakian!) the read this: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/permanent/

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  41. akber September 1, 2011 at 1:07 pm #

    Hi Dear

    I have 2 quistions. 1.how many days prior to marriage, should documents be submetted for permision to marry?? 2. After marriage If I’l have 10 days left on my schengen visa and I apply for EEA card which takes max 3 months so in that case will I get my visa extended by Slovak authorities or will get any other kind of permison to stay or will be ask to go back my country?? hop u got my point.

    regards

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Not later than 14 days prior to the wedding ceremony. You will most likely be sent back to your country and after you receive the permanent residence or EEA family member card, you can get back to Slovakia.

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  42. Kevin September 2, 2011 at 2:52 pm #

    Hi,

    I am a British citizen and I have recently married my long term Slovak partner in the UK where we both live. We would like to register the marriage in Slovakia and also have her surname changed to mine. What are the steps for doing this? What documents are needed?

    We got married in church by common license.

    Many thanks
    Kevin

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    We added the information above in the article, hope this helps.

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  43. Jesse September 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm #

    Hi i’m a canadian with a dual american-canadian passports. My girlfriend and i got very serious in australia and want to get married eventually, currently doing the long distance thing as she’s back in slovakia now. If I get a visitors visa in Slovakia can we marry there or do i need something more permanent? And would it be difficult to obtain a slovakian passport if I already have two? and what would be/how long would be the process? Would it be hard for her to get one of my passports?
    sorry for so many questions! hope you can help, Cheers

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    You can marry on visa. Regarding Slovak passport, only after 5 years of permanent residence, pls, read here: http://www.slovak-republic.org/residence/permanent/ and here: http://www.slovak-republic.org/citizenship/

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  44. Gelmut September 18, 2011 at 4:23 am #

    Hello. I’m a peruvian citizen. My girlfriend is Slovakian, and we are planing to get married in Peru in a few months. Afterwards we are planing to go to Uk together and live there. Can you send me a link with information about what will be the best to do?
    And one more thing.I’ve been searching on internet and it appears to be an Slovakian consulate in Peru. But there’s no web page about it. Can you confirm that there is one in Lima-Peru please?
    Thank you so much for your help.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    I don’t know what link you mean. But to the second question, no, you should contact the embassy in Argentina: http://www.slovak-republic.org/visa-embassies/of-slovakia/#argentina

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  45. Jacques Smit September 23, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    Hi
    I am a foreigner who married a Slovak in Slovakia
    I need copy of my marriage certificate urgently
    How do I apply for one from the embassy in England?

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Well, contact them…

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  46. Abdelmoutalib September 27, 2011 at 12:45 pm #

    Hi,
    I am from Morocco and living in Dubai UAE with my Slovak wife. We got married last September 2010 here in UAE. Now we are planning to live in Slovakia and i would like to know what documents i need from Morocco and from UAE and To be stamped in which ministries? I will appreciate your assistance and help.Thank you in advance
    kind regards

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    Pls, read the artcile above, it is there under: Registration of the Marriage in Slovakia

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  47. JOJO October 2, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Dear,
    I would like to know that what are the documents for marriage registration in Thailand? My boyfriend is Slovak residence and wants to get married in Thailand. Does he need an affirmation of freedom to marry form [statement saying you are single and free to get married]? Where can he get it? possible to get it at Slovak Embassy in Bangkok,Thailand ?

    If, YES’ How long does it take ?
    I really don’t know where can I get all the information from so I’m terribly sorry for bothering your time.

    Best Regards,
    JOJO

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    That is OK, but unfortunately I cannot help you. Ask the authorities in Thailand, they know what they need from your boyfriend. Every country is different…

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  48. Monica October 6, 2011 at 4:07 am #

    Hello,I´m from Chile and my boyfriend is Slovak, he is living in Netherlands now and we want to get married in Slovakia. I´m in netherlands with him. I dont need visa to stay here less than 90 days, at this moment i have 20 days left to complete the 90 days. Im getting all the documents in my country that will be sent soon. The questions:
    1- if I get married within the 90 days would i need to go back to my country and come back, or can I stay in slovakia? if i get married on the day 85 for example?
    2- after we get married can I go to visit my family and for how long i can stay outside Europe
    3-with the slovak residence permit can i work and live outside Slovakia, for example in Netherlands, where he lives now ( but he still doesnt have residence in netherlands) or in another UE country?

    thanks so much for the web site and your help!!

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    1. You can stay here and ask for permanent residence on the 85th day, but you need to receive the preamanent residence before the 90th day!
    2. With permanent residence as long as you wish.
    3. Yes, but you will probably need work permits in those countries. The Slovak residency does not entitle you to work in other countries.

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  49. Jana October 6, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    Hi,
    my name is Jana, Im slovakian and I have 1 question.I leave for over 3 years with my south african partner,we have a child toghether. Just want to ask, even if we are not married does he need visa for Slovakia or other Schengen countries if we can prove that we have a son together and he is an EU citizen?Is enough if we have with us just our sons birth certificate???

    Thank you for your time and answer

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    No. He will need visa, but the process will be faster and easier. Also, the best would be to apply for the EEA family member card, so he won’t need visa anymore.

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  50. Jess October 10, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Hi there,

    I am a New Zealand citizen who just got married to a Slovak national in Slovakia, where we have been currently residing for the last three months. We want to go to the UK and live and work for maybe two to three months, maybe more, and I was just wanting to know if I had to apply for the EAA family member permit or can we just go and live and work there?

    I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Slovak-Republic.org replies:

    I don’t know whether NZ citizens need visa to UK, but I guess no. And if you don’t need visa, you don’t need the EEA family member card. But with EEA family member card some things might be easier for you.

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