The Czech Republic at a Glance
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Make sure you’ve sorted out your visa and work permits before moving to the Czech Republic.
In addition to regular visas and work permits, the Czech Republic also offers two types of long-term permits which function as both residency and work permit: the Blue Card and the Green Card. The former is an EU-wide permit facilitating access to the EU labor market for highly qualified individuals; the latter is aimed at nationals of certain non-European countries who can offer skills and qualifications needed in the Czech Republic.
The Green Card for the Czech Republic
The Green Card is issued for a specific job in the Czech Republic and is valid for two to three years. It is aimed at citizens of the following countries: Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, New Zealand, Serbia, South Korea, Ukraine, and the US. Jobs which qualify for Green Cards can be found in the register of jobs available for Green Cards. You can also use it to check whether a job vacancy you have found elsewhere may be eligible for a Green Card. Usually a position only becomes available for a Green Card if it couldn’t be filled successfully with a candidate from within the Czech Republic or the EU.
In order to apply for a Green Card, you must supply the following documents to your nearest Czech embassy or consulate:
- A completed application form (including the job number and description as detailed in the register)
- A valid travel document
- Two current photographs
- Notarized copies and translations of any academic or professional qualifications necessary to do the job in question
- Proof of medical insurance covering you for up to €60,000 from the day you enter the Czech Republic until you commence employment
- In some cases: a medical certificate and an extract from your criminal register
- Application fee (CZK 1000 or equivalent in 2012)
Green card applications are usually processed within 30 days. Third country nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic as a tourist may do so upon receiving the decision about their green card. Those who do need a visa will be provided with a “visa for the collection of a residency permit” by the Czech embassy.
The Blue Card for the Czech Republic
The Blue Card was introduced to provide EU countries with the possibility to compensate for skills shortages. If your skill set or qualifications are in demand in the Czech Republic, you can apply for a job in the register of vacancies available for Blue Cards, or you can check whether a job you have found elsewhere qualifies for a Blue Card. The condition is that the agreed gross annual salary amounts to at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary in the Czech Republic.
Similarly to Green Cards, Blue Cards are usually granted only for jobs for which no suitable candidate could be found in the Czech Republic or in the EU. Applicants must have completed at least three years of higher education and attained a university degree.
In addition to the documents needed for a Green Card Application, you must supply the following:
- A signed employment contract for a job which requires high qualifications for a period of at least one year
- If you work in a regulated profession, a document certifying compliance with the requirements for that job
A Blue Card is valid for the duration of your employment contract plus three months, but no longer than a maximum of two years. You should receive a decision from the Czech embassy within 90 days. Third country nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic as a tourist may do so upon receiving the decision about their blue card. Those who do need a visa will be provided with a “visa for the collection of a residency permit” by the Czech embassy.
Registration of Foreigners
Within three working days of entering the country, all foreigners are required to register at either their local Foreigners’ Police Inspectorate or at an office of the Ministry of the Interior. In order to declare your residence, you must present proof of accommodation for the duration of your stay (usually your lease) within ten days of your arrival in the Czech Republic.
Prospective Green or Blue Card holders must also present themselves at an agreed office of the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior in order to provide their biometric data within three days of arrival. This can be completed at the same time as registration. For a fee of CZK 2,500, they will subsequently be able to collect their Blue or Green Card. The fee is to be paid in the form of revenue stamps, which can be purchased at the post office.