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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to be an employed worker in the Czech Republic? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.

 



To be an employed worker in the Czech Republic, you must obtain an employee card.

An employee card is a single permit that authorises its holder to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for the purpose of employment on a long-term basis. It allows its holder to perform work in the job for which the card was issued.

An employee card replaces the visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose of employment, a long-term residence permit for the purpose of employment and a green card, which will no longer be issued.

 


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Where and how to apply

Applying for an employee card

You must apply for an employee card in person at the embassy of the Czech Republic with the appropriate territorial jurisdiction.

You are only entitled to apply at the embassy of the Czech Republic in the state of which either you are a citizen or, if applicable, the state that issued your travel document, or in the state where you have long-term or permanent residence. Compliance with this condition is waived for a foreign national who is a citizen of a state that appears on the list of countries for which citizens are entitled to apply for a long-term visa or a long-term or permanent residence permit at any embassy of the Czech Republic (Ordinance No. 429/2010 Coll.).

You are also entitled to apply for an employee card in the territory of the Czech Republic (Ministry of the Interior) if you are already staying in the territory of the Czech Republic on a visa for a stay of over 90 days or have a long-term residence permit for another purpose. In such cases, you may apply until the end of validity of the residence permit.

To apply for an employee card, you must submit a special application form entitled “Application for an employee card” where you must also state the job number according to the central register of job vacancies that can be filled by holders of employee cards, in addition to providing the relevant information.

Dual and non-dual nature of an employee card

An employee card has a dual nature in that it entitles its holder to reside in the territory of the Czech Republic and also be employed, without the holder having to apply in two places, i.e. having to apply additionally for an employment permit.

An employee card also exists in the form of a non-dual document, where it is basically a residence permit, and applies to any foreign national who is still required by the Employment Act No. 435/2004 Coll. to have an employment permit or who has free access to the labour market pursuant to the Employment Act.

Non-dual employee card

Documents required

To obtain an employee card, you must submit:

Only originals or officially authenticated copies of all of the attached documents are accepted. All documents submitted in a foreign language must be in their original version with an officially certified translation into the Czech language. The attachments must not be older than 180 days, except for the travel document and the photograph of the applicant, provided that it corresponds to his or her current appearance.

Application requirements

Before a long term visa is issued for the purpose of collecting an employee card (D/VR), the applicant is required to present a medical travel insurance document and, upon request, proof of payment of the insurance premium. The applicant must present this document to the embassy (not to the Department for asylum and migration policy of the Ministry of the Interior).

Medical travel insurance must only be valid for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the time when public health insurance coverage will apply to him or her, pursuant to the Public Health Insurance Act – i.e. from the date on which the visa was issued until the start of employment (as stated in the submitted documents).

If a foreign national has applied for an employee card within the territory of the Czech Republic or has arrived to the territory of the Czech Republic otherwise than with a D/VR, it is not necessary to present a travel medical insurance document if the foreign national will be covered by public health insurance upon commencement of his or her employment.

Visa for collecting a residence permit – D/VR

The attachments required for the application are also different if the employee card operates in the non-dual mode.

Application requirements for a non-dual employee card
Further requirements

If your application is approved (if you have met the conditions for issue of an employee card), the office of the Ministry of the Interior Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior /embassy where you applied will contact you.

If you are not going to be present in the territory of the Czech Republic during the time when the decision on your application made in the territory of the Czech Republic is expected to be announced, you must notify the appropriate office of the Ministry of the Interior Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior.

If you applied for an employee card abroad and your application has been approved, the embassy, upon instruction from the Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior, will issue a visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose of collecting an employee card (D/VR) to you. Before the visa is valid, you will be requested to present a travel medical insurance document for the period from the date of your entry into the territory of the Czech Republic to the date when your public medical insurance in the Czech Republic will become effective.

Upon arrival to the Czech Republic, you must visit an office of the Ministry of the Interior in order to comply with your address registration obligation and provide biometric data, which is necessary for production of your employee card. The address of the office will be given to you by the embassy.

If you have applied for an employee card in the territory of the Czech Republic, you are also obliged to report in person to the Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior in order to process the data necessary to issue your employee card (including acquisition of your biometric data) at the request of the Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior.

Failure to report within the set deadline to the Ministry of the Interior after arriving in the Czech Republic or failure to report to the Ministry of the Interior at its request (if the application was made within the territory of the Czech Republic) will lead to discontinuation of the application proceedings.

Immediately after acquisition of your biometric data, you will be issued a “Certificate on Compliance with Conditions for Issue of an Employee Card”. With this certificate, you can be hired for employment and be employed from the date of issue of the certificate until the date of completion of the proceedings on the application (issuing of the biometric card). Therefore, this certificate is very important, particularly in cases where a foreign national does not hold an employment permit or does not have free access to the labour market i.e. a dual mode employee card has been applied for).

Within the set deadline, but no later than 60 days after the acquisition of your biometric data, you must appear in person at the office of the Ministry of the Interior in Czech Republic to collect your employee card and to verify the unique link between you and the issued card, verify your identity, or rather the accuracy of the personal data stated in the card and the functionality of the data carrier containing your biometric data. Failure to collect the residence permit card in person constitutes a reason for discontinuation of the proceedings on the application.

During your stay in the Czech Republic, do not forget to report any changes that may occur in your personal details.
Duration of validity of permits An employee card is most often issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship but not for more than 2 years, with an option to repeatedly extend its validity. For a job performed on an employment permit, an employee card may be issued to a foreign national for the validity of the employment permit.
Appeals You can appeal a refusal to issue an employee card by requesting that the Ministry of the Interior reassess your application within 15 days of the original decision being delivered to you. A special Commission at the Ministry of the Interior will examine and make a decision about your request.
Further information

Working in the Czech Republic

Employer obligations

Work permits

Employee cards


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Change of employment

The Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior, the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy must give its consent for:

  • the employee card holder to change employer or job
  • the employee card holder to take on an additional job
  • the employee card holder to take on an additional employer..

Change of employment

Permanent residence status

Permanent residence status may be granted after five years of continuous temporary residence in the Czech Republic. You shall provide:

Applications for permanent residence permits must be made at the relevant offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

Permanent residence permits
Long-term residence status

The status of a long-term EU resident may be granted after five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, provided that you have not seriously disturbed public order or threatened public security in any EU country.

Proof of sufficient financial resources must be shown.

This status is generally granted simultaneously with a permanent residence permit, but may be granted at a later stage as well.

Applications for long-term resident status must be made at the relevant offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

Long-term resident status

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