Work and travel in
Who can apply?
To work in Slovakia through the Youth Mobility program, you must:
- be a Canadian citizen
- be 18-35 years old (inclusive),
- live in Canada when applying, and
- have a valid Canadian passport
Other requirements may apply, check Slovakia’s website for more details.
What type of work visa do I need?
You need to apply for a Slovak National visa and specify that you are applying for a “Youth Mobility Stay”. There are five different categories that you can apply for:
Career development – graduates
Post-secondary graduates who want additional training in Slovakia under a pre-arranged contract of employment (job offer) in support of their career development.
Registered students at a post-secondary institution in Canada who want to complete part of their academic curriculum through a pre-arranged internship or pre-arranged work placement in Slovakia as part of an agreement between post-secondary institutions.
Career development - Others
Young Canadians who want additional training in Slovakia under a pre-arranged contract of employment (job offer) in support of their career development.
Registered students at a post-secondary institution in Canada who want to travel and work in Slovakia during their academic.
Young Canadians who want to travel to Slovakia and work temporarily to help finance their trip.
Do I need a formal job or internship offer?
Yes, you need a job offer (pre-arranged contract of employment) or a formal internship offer if you apply for:
- Career development - Graduates
- Career development - Others
No, you don’t need one if you apply for:
- Academic vacation
- Working Holiday
How long can I stay and work?
You can stay and work in Slovakia for up to 12 months.
You can participate in Slovakia’s Youth Mobility Stay program twice. Your second participation must be in a different category and there must be a break of at least three months between the two participations.
Slovakia is a central European country with vast forest areas covering forty percent of its territory. Slovakia is a landlocked country bordered by the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary, and Austria, with ports on the Danube River at Bratislava and Komarno.
Slovaks share a common culture despite regional and even local differences in dialect, local customs and religion. The culture of Slovakia is the result of various folk traditions and because of its position in Central Europe it is influenced by Austrian, German, Polish and Hungarian cultures.
Slovakia’s economy continued its stellar growth at the outset of 2017 and remains one of the fastest-growing countries in the Eurozone. The country prides itself on its industrial heritage which has provided a stable base for the development of certain sectors such as automotive and electronics.
Explore the country’s breathtaking rocky mountain ranges, canyons and gorges, mysterious mountain valleys, winding trails and beautiful waterfalls. Rare flora and fauna and many other irresistible natural landscapes are found all over Slovakia. Make sure to visit Slovakia’s spas which are among the oldest and finest in Central Europe.
Plan your trip
The best way to make sure your trip is the experience of a lifetime is to plan. Review our travel checklist to find out what you should know or do before travelling to and working in a foreign country.
Before you leave, remember to register as a Canadian abroad to receive notifications in case of an emergency while you are abroad or of a personal emergency at home. The service also enables you to receive important information before or during a natural disaster or civil unrest.
Need help planning? One of IEC’s recognized organizations might be able to help you find a job, transportation, and provide travel advice.
Most recognized organizations charge a fee for their services.
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