Welcome to the “Help” website run by UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency. Here, refugees and asylum-seekers can find information about their rights, obligations and services in Slovakia.
On this website you will be able to find information about:
IMPORTANT: If you recently came to Slovakia, here you can find information about the possibility to seek protection (asylum) in Slovakia, and about the document “Potvrdenie o zotrvaní” you may have been issued. This information was prepared by the organization Human Rights League and is available for download in the following language versions: Arabic, English, Pashto, Turkish, and Slovak.
IMPORTANT: If you seek more information about asylum in Slovakia, please click here. The information on international protection in Slovakia is available for download in the following language versions: Arabic, English, Persian, French, Kurdish, Pashto, Russian, Slovak, Swahili, Turkish, Ukrainian, Urdu, and Vietnamese.
11 August 2023: UNHCR launched the registration for the UNICEF-UNHCR Cash for Child Development and Education programme (“Cash for Education”) that aims to help families cover education-related costs of their children. The cash assistance will be provided by UNICEF to all refugees (including Temporary Protection beneficiaries), asylum seekers and stateless persons in Slovakia, as long as they are parents or guardians of a child (aged 0-17 years). This also applies if your child (aged 17 or under) is a student in a Slovak university, as long as he/she is registered as a refugee (or Temporary Protection beneficiary), asylum-seeker, or stateless person. Information is provided in the following languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian, Slovak, Arabic, Farsi, Turkish and Pashto. You can find more information here.
13 July 2023: The Albert Einstein German Academic Refugee Initiative, known as UNHCR’s DAFI scholarship programme, is offering refugee students, including students who have been granted Temporary Protection in Slovakia, the possibility to complete an undergraduate degree (bachelor’s degree or equivalent) in a Slovak university. DAFI scholars in Slovakia will receive an allowance to cover costs such as accommodation, food, local transportation and study materials. In some cases, registration, tuition or study fees can also be covered. Participation in the DAFI programme also includes a variety of student activities, training and educational events, networking, volunteering and community engagement activities. Applications for the academic year 2023/2024 have to be submitted through the new DAFI online portal by 13 August 2023 at the latest: https://unhcr-dafi-tertiary.scholarshipsplatform.com/ . Detailed information about the selection process can be found under this link.
11 July 2023: Do you seek more information about UNHCR & UNICEF 2023 Cash Assistance? We would like to inform you that the UNHCR Help page now contains Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) on 2023 UNHCR & UNICEF Cash Assistance for vulnerable refugees in Slovakia. The FAQ is available in Ukrainian, Russian, English and Slovak. Please share the FAQ in your communities.
24 May 2023: As announced by the Slovak Ministry of Interior, the state subsidized accommodation programmes for individuals and families with temporary protection status [odidenec] in Slovakia, provided through private and commercial owners of accommodation, have been extended until 31 December 2023.
6 April 2023: UNHCR Slovakia jointly with the Human Rights League (HRL) completed an overview of available assistance and free-of-charge services of various organizations supporting refugees in Slovakia. You can find all relevant information, including locations and contact details, on our Help site under this link: https://help.unhcr.org/slovakia/services/ in Ukrainian, Russian and English. Please share this link within your communities and post it on your social media.
21 February 2023: Ukrainian authorities launched a mobile “passport service” point in Bratislava. The mobile vans are located at Mlynské nivy 5A, 821 09 Bratislava (-1 floor, Nivy bus station). Services for Ukrainian citizens are provided from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 to 18:00 in the order of electronic and “live” queues. E-queue registration is available under this link.
3 February 2023: As already announced by the Slovak Ministry of Interior on its website, the validity of temporary protection [odidenec] status in Slovakia has been extended until 4 March 2024. For updating your temporary protection [odidenec] document, you can visit the Portal of the Ministry of Interior .
17 January 2023: From December 2022, the Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Family of the Slovak Republic, in cooperation with the Central Office of Labour, Social Affairs and Family, provides a subsidy to support humanitarian aid for refugees from Ukraine with severe disabilities. The subsidy is intended: for adults and children with serious disabilities who left Ukraine in connection with the armed conflict and are staying in the territory of Slovak republic, while the Slovak Republic provides these persons with: temporary protection or the provision of temporary protection ceased for them due to the submission of an application for asylum or supplementary protection or due to obtaining a temporary residence. For more information see here: Frequently Asked Questions, Subsidy to support humanitarian aid for refugees from Ukraine with severe disabilities