HTLC Network | Slovakia
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WELCOME TO SLOVAKIA

A small country of 5.4 million inhabitants, Slovakia is located in the centre of Europe, surrounded by the Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary and Austria.

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Slovakia is a young country, gaining its independece in 1993 when the Czech Republic and Slovakia split in what was afterwards named the ‘velvet divorce’. Increasing difficulty in satisfying both countries interests, the fragile federal government elected in June 1992 ultimately led to Slovakia declaring itself a soverign state in July 1992.

 

Slovakian laws took precedence over those of the federal government, and negotiations between the two republics for disbanding the federation took place in the fall of 1992. In November the federal parliament voted to dissolve Czechoslovakia on December 31.

 

BREATHTAKING MOUNTAINS AND A BEAUTIFUL CAPITAL

Geographically, Slovakia is a country of rugged mountains in the central and northern regions offering various winter activities. The High Tatras are some of the most fascinating mountains in Europe, only second to the Alps in elevation. The southern region is made up of fertile lowlands. The country enjoys a continental European climate with moderate winters and warm summers.

 

Most infrastructure and many of the tourist facilities are similar to those of Western European standards. Slovakia’s historic towns and numerous mountain ski resorts are the most popular tourist destinations, attracting an increasing number of tourists every year.

 

Its capital, Bratislava, is located in the south-western part of the country and spreads on both banks of the Danube River. The city is a mix of urban, central areas with cafes, shops and restaurants and the Old Town with charming squares and small streets.

Slovakia’s recent entrance to the European Union and its strategical location in the very heart of Europe, is expected to bring an increasing foreign interest to the country.

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Slovakia is a modern European country mixed with a deep rural tradition. Traditionally, the country’s major investments have gone into industrial productions, such as chemicals, car and electrotechnic production. However, an increasing interest in the Slovakian trading market has in recent years seen a number of multinationals open up branches in the country as the recent entrance to the EU will open up new doors to trade.

THE IMPORTANCE OF TOURISM

Slovakia’s labour force is considered well-educated and technically skilled, with the younger generation increasingly confident in foreign languages and computers.

 

Thanks to its mountanious landscape and numerous small villages, Slovakia also attracts a vast number of tourists each year, making the tourist industry an increasingly important part of the economy.

 

Its capital Bratislava is not only the political and governmental centre of the country, but also the cultural and educational capital. The country’s main universities are located there as are the main cultural landmarks such as the National Theatre and the Slovak National Museum. Festivals and exhibitions also take place regularly in the capital.

A COUNTRY WANTING TO GROW

Due to a more international environment, Bratislava has two international schools in addition to expat groups such as the International Women’s Club of Bratislava.

 

Although Slovakia has deep cultural bonds with its neighbouring countries, it is also a country with strong desire of growth following its independence in 1993.

Prepare and Plan Visit
In this initial contact the Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee, introducing destination services commissioned, and provide access codes to HTLC Network on-line City-Specific Resource Guides. In addition, the Relocation Coordinator will help the Transferee assess personal and family’s housing needs, as well as their hopes and plans for the sojourn in your new destination. The Transferee will be asked to fill out a Personal Needs Analysis Form, which will enable customized service delivery. After gaining a sense of the Transferee’s needs, the Relocation Coordinator will arrange appointments with schools and real estate agents, an appointment will be set up with one of the Local Counsellors for a city briefing and a programme will be finalised for accompanied property and school viewings.

 

Airport Pickup and Greeting The Transferee and family will be met at the airport by a Local Counsellor and accompanied to designated hotel.

 

Destination Country and City Information
The Transferee will be given a briefing on the local city and life in your new destination in general, and will be encouraged to ask any questions. An Information Pack on the destination city will be provided. This Pack includes an information sheet with the HTLC Network office and Local Counsellor contact information and emergency telephone numbers. Further, it includes a city and transport map as well as a hard copy of HTLC Network own City-Specific Resource Guide, which contains a wealth of information such as telephone access codes, English-speaking doctors and expatriate clubs. When available, a copy of the English Yellow Pages, local English language periodicals and other relevant information will also be included in the Information Pack.

 

auto-europe-driving-informationCity by Zone Tour
The purpose of this tour is to familiarise the Transferee with selected areas of the city and type of housing and amenities available, in order to be better prepared to select the neighbourhood most suitable for personal and family needs. The City By Zone Tour is often delivered in conjunction with a house hunting programme.

 

International Schooling The Transferee will be briefed on educational opportunities in the area. The Relocation Coordinator will schedule appointments at the selected schools, and the Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged appointments although the appointments will be privately held between the Transferee and school administrators. Where possible, the Relocation Coordinator will organise enrolment procedure and arrange for company invoicing.

 

Full-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to eight properties.

 

Two-Day Househunting Programme Following an in-depth briefing by the Relocation Coordinator a programme of property viewings will be arranged. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to pre-arranged viewings of up to fifteen properties.

 

Lease Negotiation After the Transferee has selected a property, the Relocation Coordinator will negotiate lease conditions with the real estate agency or landlord according to The national destination law. HTLC Network coordinator will prepare a contract that ensures legal protection for the client. Particular attention is given to include a break clause, as international assignments often change in duration and the aim is to give maximum flexibility within the limits of the national destination law.

 

bigstock-Real-Estate-Home-Inspection-Re-20778977Property Inspection and Inventory Once the lease has been signed, a thorough property inspection is taken in the presence of the Transferee. This includes an inventory of any furnishings, general condition of the property, and meter readings for utility contracts.

 

Utility Connections, Phone Line and Bank Account The Relocation Coordinator will arrange all utility and telephone connections, and a Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to open a bank account in the selected area.

 

Settling-In Assistance The Local Counsellor will spend time with the Transferee and family, assisting with requested elements of the relocation process, such as arranging language training, obtaining a satellite decoder or internet service provider, shopping for furniture or securing house contents insurance. Duration of this service depends on various company authorizations.

 

Car Purchase or Lease The Relocation Coordinator will brief the Transferee on the logistics of making an automobile purchase and will research reputable dealers in the area. The Local Counsellor will accompany the Transferee to dealers and act as a translator. Once the Transferee has made the selection, HTLC Network will take care of necessary documentation including insurance cover. For long-term rental HTLC Network will advise local availability of this service.

 

Local Registration
If the Transferee requests, and is eligible, the Local Counsellor will assist with National Health Registration. City hall registration is a separate service and if authorizied, HTLC Network will assist with the whole bureaucratic procedure at the relative cityhall.

 

Closeup of a call center employee with headset at workplaceOngoing Phone Support The HTLC Network support Helpline is available to all Transferees for 90 days from date of property contract signing. Extensions to this Helpline can be added in periods of three months.

 

Car Importation Importation of car to your new destination, including full document assistance and re-registration with Vehicle registry.

 

Full Assignment Tracking Full tracking of all deadlines throughout duration of the Transferees international assignment, notification given of all scheduled renewal dates, such as housing contracts, Permit of Stay and Work Permits. Ad Hoc Services Service rendered both from back and front office is available on an hourly and daily basis.

Immigration procedures and requirements vary greatly from country to country. Documents requested from applicants depend on the citizenship of the individual applying and the status he wishes to obtain in the destination country, be it authorisation to work, authorisation for accompanying family members, tourist or study visas, temporary or permanent residency status.

 

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• HTLC Network has been selected by many International Law and Immigration Firms as well as Global Relocation Companies to represent them exclusively for immigration

• We work closely with the relevant governmental and police authorities in each country

• Our Immigration Team are experts in immigration laws and keep abreast of changing requirements and procedures

• We prepare all documentation for HR, all you have to do is print out and sign

• We inform the Transferee which specific documents are required , which translations must be obtained and if these must be legalised

• We provide HR and Transferees with information on the process flow, timing and specific legal requirements of each destination

• We update all parties involved regularly as to the status of the application

• Whenever possible, we act with a Power of Attorney on behalf of the company and the Transferee; when the Transferee’s presence is required, he will be accompanied to the relevant office in the destination city

• Our Local Counsellors, residents and locals of the destination city, are able to present the all prepared documentation to the relevant offices in person; thus speeding up the process and ensuring an efficient service

 

For more info about our immigration services in Slovakia please contact our marketing department at: info@htlcnetwork.com

bratislavaBratislava is located in the south-western part of Slovakia and was built on both banks of the Danube River. The city consists of urban, central areas with cafes, shops and restaurants and the Old Town with its charming squares and narrow streets. Bratislava, or Pressburg as it was formerly known, has for centuries been an important business centre in Europe. In 1918, at the end of the First World War, Bratislava was included in the newly formed Republic of Czechoslovakia.

Then in 1993, the city became the capital of the independent country of Slovakia. Bratislava is not only the political and governmental centre of the country, it is alsothe cultural and educational capital of Slovakia. The country’s main universities are located there as are the main cultural landmarks such as the National Theatre and the Slovak National Museum. Festivals and exhibitions also take place regularly in the capital.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - Housing
What can I expect to find in an unfurnished, a semi-furnished or a furnished property?

An unfurnished property usually only comes with kitchen cabinets, stove, toilet and a bathtub. A semi-furnished property will also contain a furnished bedroom. Lastly, a furnished property usually includes everything from the basic furniture to electrical appliances, depending on what the landlord decides to include in the property.

What sort of flexibility will I have to negotiate rent or furnishings?

Flexibility with regards to rent payments and furnishings, ultimately depends on the flexibility of the landlord. For properties that are considered to be of a higher price-level, negotiations may be possible.

How can i secure a property i choose?

A property can be secured either by downpayment or by setting up an agreement with the landlord.

How many properties will I be shown?

This depends on the Relocation Package you have; Our Basic Package includes 8 properties and our Standard Package includes 15 properties. You will be told at the outset how many properties you will be shown or how much time you have available to do the house hunting. The properties provided will be as close to your ‘Needs Analysis’ description as possible according to what is available on the market at the time.

What costs are involved in renting a property?

Other than the rent, a deposit of usually 2-3 months are required. Real estate commissions of approximately four months come in addition where the tenant and the landlord both pay 2 months.

What other expenses should I expect to pay?

In Slovakia, utility expenses such as electricity, water and gas are sometimes included in the rent. The consumption is calculated based on the average usage in properties of a similar size. If the utility consumption at the end of each year is more than is calculated into the rent, an additional bill will have to be paid.

In case the tenant causes any damage to the property, he/she is obliged to inform the landlord and pay for the damage.

What is the process flow to rent a property?

After selecting the property through normal channels such as real estate agencies, newspapers and the internet, an agreement regarding the terms of the contract must be made. Emc Network will negotiate and prepare a legally valid contract for you which must then be signed. Finally, a first month’s payment in advance together with the deposit must be provided.

What chance do I have of receiving my full deposit back when I leave the property?

Provided that the property and any furnishings are returned in the state in which they were consigned, Emc Network will be able to negotiate a deposit return for you.

What responsibility do I have as a tenant towards maintenance of the property?

Unless otherwise state in the contract, the landlord has the complete responsability with regards to maintenance of the property. It is however, the tenant’s duty to inform the landlord immediately should any changes or repairs be necessary.

Can I make any alterations to the property?

Yes, provided that the landlord agrees to the work.

What if I need to terminate the lease early?

Standard Slovakian rental contracts usually require between 1-3 month’s notice. In case the tenant must leave the property on a shorter notice, the deposit may be lost.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - Utility
What utility expenses will I have to pay?

In Slovakia, utility expenses such as electricity, water and gas are mostly included in the rent. The consumption is calculated based on the average consumption properties of similar size. If the utility consumption at the end of each year is more than is calculated into the rent, an additional bill will have to be paid.

Will I be able to get Satellite TV?

Satellite TV and/or cable TV are widely available in the major residential areas of Slovakia’s bigger cities.

What documents do I need to install a Telephone Line?

When installing a new telephone line, an application must be filled out. Slovak Telecom also require a copy of the new user’s ID and the property/rental contract. Your Relocation Coordinator will assist you with this.

How long do i have to wait for my telephone line?

From the official request for the telephone line to having a line up and going, it takes approximately 3 weeks.

How will i be billed?

Telephone bills will arrive to the house monthly.

What about internet connection?

Internet connection is widely available in Slovakia and is offered by the Slovak Telecom, various mobile phone providers as well as smaller providers.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - Driving
Is my licence valid in Slovakia?

Yes, foreign driving licences are valid in Slovakia. There is no time limit to how long a foreigner can use his national licence.

For how long can I drive my own car in Slovakia?

Slovakia has no restrictions with regards to how long one can drive a foreign registered car. This means that provided that the car is insured and your driving licence is valid, you can drive your own car for as long as you wish.

Can I buy a car?

Yes. There are no limitations for foreigners with regards to buying a car in Slovakia.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - Work Permit
What documentation is required for workers coming to Slovakia?

With Slovakia’s entrance into the European Union, citizens from the other EU member states do not need a Work Permit. Non-EU workers require a Work Permit. Once the Work Permit is approved, Non-EU workers can apply for a residence permit at a Slovakian Embassy abroad.

Do I need a Criminal Record?

Yes, if you are a non-EU citizen you will require a Criminal Record from your country or residence and from the Slovak authorities.

What about my family?

Your dependants will require a Residence Permit.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - About HTLC Network
Why should I choose HTLC Network?

– Extensive rapidly growing client list.
– Exclusive partner/representative of many Global Relocation Service Providers.
– Exclusive representative of many International Law and Immigration Firms.
– Quality control guarantee: Head Office directs all relocations and immigrations in every destination.
– All staff required to attend on-going training sessions and workshops to keep updated as to global mobility needs.
– No language barriers – Assistance provided in all major European languages and many others.
– Corporate consultation with HTLC Network’s’ Representatives at location of choice.
– HTLC Network own ‘Resource Guides’ providing a wealth of everyday information for expatlife in destination city.
– Comprehensive FAQs for each country serviced.
– Red Alert List to prepare for the specific challenges of each destination.
– Extra ‘Safety’ section in Resource Guides for countries posing specific security threats.
– 24-hour Emergency Helpline for Transferees throughout the duration of the relocation.
– Complimentary 3-month Helpline.

SLOVAKIA FAQ - For corporate
How can we determine a realistic Housing Budget for Transferees?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

Can the contract be signed in the name of a foreign company?

During HTLC Network’ initial teleconference with the client we go through an in-depth ‘Needs Analysis’ which can include Housing Budget variables for the Destination City. HTLC Network will work with the Company to ensure the workforce locate properties of a suitable standard within the parameters set by corporate policy.

HTLC Network will prepare the contract in the name of a legal representative of the Company. We require full data of the individual, a photocopy of his/her passport ID pages and a photocopy of the Company’ s document demonstrating position within the Company.

The prepared contract will be emailed to the appropriate Company contact and instructions will be given on how it is to be printed out and signed. Once signed, one of HTLC Network’ Local Counsellors will collect the contract and deliver it to the real estate agent for the signature of the landlord. A signed copy will be returned to the Company whilst the three copies of the contract are being registered, thereafter a registered copy will be delivered.

Arrangements will be made to take a thorough inventory in the presence of the tenant and landlord.

Is it necessary for the Transferee to be present to apply for documents?

For the presentation of document application, it varies from city to city. Wherever possible HTLC Network will prepare power of attorney in order for a Local Counsellor to act on behalf of the Transferee and family.

To release the obtained documents, the Transferee and other members of the family must be present as an original signature is required.

How can we guarantee all Transferees will receive the same standard of service? (staff relocating to main cities versus more rural areas)

All Local Counsellors are really ‘local’ to the area where they assist Transferees. They are selected for their good knowledge of their city area.

All Local Counsellors are trained by HTLC Network to follow our set pattern of delivering services using an in-house ‘Training and Operations Manual’.

All Local Counsellors are closely directed by Office Coordinators, ensuring a consistent standard of service is delivered.

How does HTLC Network handle Group Moves?

All relocations are handled by the same system of centralisation. When required, we arrange for a member of our office team to go to the location of a group move to be an in-house Coordinator, working from the Client Company’s premises as a point of reference for HR, Transferees and their families.

In main centres we have several Local Counsellors.

What ongoing support is provided for Transferees and families?

HTLC Network aims to equip your workforce to settle into their new environment as soon as possible. Upon arrival they are presented with a local Information Pack. They are given access to our on-line City Specific Resource Guides that provide general local information as well as specific local information once a suitable property has been located.

We have a 24hour emergency helpline throughout the duration of the relocation. We provide a 90 day complimentary phone line that can be extended throughout the duration of the assignment.

Our aim is to teach the Transferee how to live in his new city and to equip him to be as independent as possible.

Geography

Area: 48,845 sq km
Time Zone: GMT+1
Capital city: Bratislava
Bordering countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Ukraine
Climate: cool summers; cold, cloudy, humid winters

Government

Stateform: Republic
Legislative Branch: Unicameral National Council
National Holiday: Constitution Day, 1 September
Currency: Euro €

Population

Population: Approximately 5,4 million inhabitants.
Religion: Roman Catholic, atheist, Protestant, Orthodox
Languages: Slovak
Ethnic groups: Slovak, Hungarian, Roma