Seasonal work refers to an activity the performance of which does not exceed 180 days within 12 consecutive months and is bound to a certain time of the year with a significantly higher volume of work in a specific field.
Seasonal employment may be performed in two regimes:
- short-term seasonal work (up to 90 days); or
- long-term seasonal work (more than 90 days, but up to a maximum of 180 days).
For short-term seasonal work in Slovakia, not exceeding 90 days within 12 consecutive months, you must, in general, obtain:
- a work permit; and
- a Schengen visa for the purpose of seasonal employment (if you are subject to visa requirements).
For long-term seasonal work in Slovakia, exceeding 90 days, but up to a maximum of 180 days within 12 consecutive months, you must, in general, obtain:
- temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment.
Change of employment
The seasonal work permit and confirmation on the possibility to fill the vacancy are tied to a particular seasonal employer and position. Change of seasonal employer is not possible without obtaining a new seasonal work permit, or new confirmation on the possibility to fill the vacancy. However, if you apply for renewal of your seasonal work permit, you do not need to work for the same seasonal employer or on the same position, i.e. you may change one seasonal employer for another seasonal employer, or change your position within your existing seasonal employer.
Change of status
If you hold a temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment and wish to change your status (e.g. from seasonal employment to a standard, non-seasonal work), you can only do so if you return to your home country and apply for another type or purpose of residence at the Slovak embassy. You may not submit your application for a different residence at the Foreign Police in Slovakia.
If the purpose of your residence status ceases to exist (e.g. your contract is terminated before the expiry of your temporary residence and you no longer work), you must inform the Foreign Police Department within three working days. However, your residence permit remains valid for another 60 days (the so-called protective period).
If you hold a temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment in Slovakia and would like your family members to join you, they may apply for temporary residence for the purpose of family reunification.
Family members include your spouse of at least 18 years of age, your and your spouse’s unmarried children younger than 18 years of age, your unmarried children younger than 18 years of age, unmarried children of your spouse younger than 18 years of age, your dependent unmarried children older than 18 years of age, or dependent unmarried children of your spouse who cannot provide for themselves due to a long-term unfavourable health condition, your dependent parent or parent of your spouse who lacks appropriate family support in the country of origin or dependent family members pursuant to an international treaty.
The Foreign Police Department can grant your family members residence until the validity of your residence expires.
Your family members may study, conduct business (does not apply to parents and children older than 18 years of age) and be employed during their stay in Slovakia. However, they need to obtain a work permit in the period of up to 12 months from being granted temporary residence.
As a holder of temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment, you may not obtain long-term residence. It is necessary to first obtain temporary residence for another purpose (e.g. employment or business) and only then you may apply for long-term residence.
In general, obtaining long-term residence requires legally residing in Slovakia for at least five consecutive years directly prior to the submission of the application. However, the time period of your temporary residence for the purpose of seasonal employment is not counted into this required length at all.
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