• Increased Recruitment Period for Local Hires, New Time Limits on Intracompany Transferees
  • May 11, 2012
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • The Slovak government has increased the recruitment period for employers seeking to hire foreign nationals locally and is limiting the maximum stay of intracompany transferees to the period the employer specifies in its assignment letter. These new requirements are part of the government’s effort to boost employment among Slovak workers.

    Extended Labor Market Tests and Increased Scrutiny for Local Hires

    The labor market test required for local hires has been expanded to 30 days, from 15 days. An employer sponsoring a foreign national for direct hire must apply to a local labor office, which then runs a 30-day search to verify that there are no Slovak citizens available to fill the proposed position. If no Slovak workers are found, the employer can then submit a work permit application.

    Local labor offices are expected to increase their scrutiny of labor market test results and work permit applications.

    New Time Limits for Intracompany Transferees

    When sponsoring intracompany transferees, employers must now state the full time period the transferee is expected to work in Slovak Republic in the assignment letter included with the work permit application. No work permit extensions will be permitted beyond this timeframe. Previously, employers could extend a transferee’s work permit in two-year increments regardless of the period of stay specified in the assignment letter.

    To retain a transferee beyond the stated timeframe, the transferee must be converted to local hire status. These applications will be subject to all of the standard requirements for local hire work permits, including the newly extended labor market test.