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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to work as a highly-skilled employee 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 a highly-skilled worker in the Czech Republic, you must obtain either an employee card or a Blue Card.

1. Employee card

An employee card is intended for all types of employment, regardless of the required professional qualification level.

However, the job vacancy for which an application for an employee card can be made must come from the central register of job vacancies that can be filled by holders of employee cards. Subject to the consent of the employer, these job vacancies can be published on the ministry of labour and social affairs' employment portal.

2. Blue Card

To obtain a Blue Card, you must hold a university or college diploma from an educational programme that lasted three years or longer.

Blue Cards are granted for jobs advertised in the central job register. Jobs available for Blue Cards are primarily those that have not been successfully filled by workers from the Czech Republic or the EU.


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. Employee card
Blue Card
Where to apply

1. Employee card

See also: Blue 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 you are a citizen of 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 whose 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 at an office of the Ministry of the Interior (MoI) of the Czech Republic, if you are already in the territory of the Czech Republic on a visa for a stay of over 90 days or a long-term residence permit. In that case, you may apply until the very end of validity of such a residence permit.

To apply for an employee card, you must submit an application form called “Application for an Employee Card”. In the application, you must also state the number of the job vacancy in 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 is dual in 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 make two independent applications, i.e. to apply additionally to the employment agency of the Czech Republic for an employment permit.

An employee card also exists in the form of a non-dual document, in which case it is basically a residence permit, and this applies to a foreign national who:

  • is still required by the Employment Act No. 435/2004 Coll. to have an employment permit
  • has free access to the labour market pursuant to the Employment Act (i.e. he or she comes under the definition in Section 98 of the Employment Act).

Non-dual form of an employee card

Documents required

To obtain an employee card, you must submit:

Originals or officially authenticated copies of all of the attached documents must be submitted. All documents submitted in a foreign language must be submitted in their original version with an officially certified translation in the Czech language. The required attachments for the application must not be older than 180 days, except for the travel document and 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 medical travel insurance document and, upon request, proof of the 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., principally from the date when the visa was issued, until the start of employment (as stated in the submitted documents).

In the case of a foreign national who has applied for an employee card in the territory of the Czech Republic, or who has arrived to the territory of the Czech Republic otherwise than with a D/VR, it is not necessary to prove travel medical insurance if the applicant will be covered by public health insurance at the start of his or her employment.

Visa for the purpose of collecting a residence permit – D/VR

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

Application requirements for a non-dual employee card
Duration of validity of permits (employee card)

An employee card is usually issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship but not for more than 2 years, with an option to repeatedly extend its validity.

Further requirements

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

If you cannot be present in the territory of the Czech Republic during the time when the decision on your application (which was made in the territory of the Czech Republic) is expected to be announced, you must notify the appropriate Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior office.

If you applied for an employee card abroad and your application has been approved (if you have met the conditions for issue of an employee card), 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 validated, 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 necessary for production of your employee card. The embassy will give you the address of the office where you should go.

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 for your employee card (including acquisition of your biometric data). Failure to report to the Ministry of the Interior after arriving in the Czech Republic within the set deadline or failure to report to the Ministry of the Interior at its request, if the application was made in the territory of the Czech Republic, will be a reason to discontinue proceedings on the application.

Immediately after acquisition of your biometric data, a “Certificate of compliance with conditions for issue of an employee card” will be issued to you. With this certificate, you can be hired for employment 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 if a foreign national does not hold an employment permit or does not have free access to the labour market.

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

An employee card is most often issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship but not for more than 2 years, with the option of repeated extension of validity. If a job is performed on an employment permit, an employee card may be issued to a foreign national for the validity of the employment permit.

During your stay in the Czech Republic, do not forget to report any changes in your personal details that may occur.
Appeals

You can appeal an employee card refusal by requesting that the Ministry of the Interior reassess your application within 15 days of your receiving notification of the decision. A special Commission at the Ministry of the Interior will examine and decide on your request.

Appeals concerning long term residence permits must be first brought to the special Commission of the Ministry of the Interior. If this fails, you can bring a further appeal to an administrative court.
Further information

Employee cards from the Ministry of the Interior

Employee cards from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs
Where to apply

2. Blue Card

You must apply for a Blue Card at the Czech embassy or consulate in your country of origin. The embassy or consulate will forward your application to the Ministry of the Interior (the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy), which makes the final decision on whether or not to grant the Blue Card.

If you have resided in the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, or if you hold a Blue Card from another EU Member State, you can apply for the Blue Card inside the country at the relevant Ministry of the Interior office.

Once a Blue Card is approved, if applied for abroad, you will be issued a visa for the purpose of collecting a Blue Card.
Documents required

To obtain a Blue Card you must:

  • present a travel document;
  • present an employment contract for a highly qualified job with a duration of at least one year;
  • have an annual salary of at least 1.5 times the gross annual salary in the Czech Republic;
  • present documents on your qualifications, validated and recognised by the Czech Ministry of Education (Foreign public documents must be provided with an Apostille or superlegalization);
  • present proof of accommodation;
  • submit photographs.

Upon request, you are also required to provide a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record and a document providing that you fulfilled the conditions set out by interim measure of Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic on prevention of spread of the infectious diseases.

Prior to receiving a long-term visa for the purpose of receiving a long-term residence permit – a Blue Card, you are obliged to present proof of travel medical insurance for the period from entering the Czech Republic until the day you fall under public health insurance. You must simultaneously prove that you have paid the insurance fee stated on the proof of travel medical insurance document.

Documents required for an application for a Blue Card
Duration of validity of permits A Blue Card is granted for the duration of your employment contract plus three months, and for a maximum of two years. A Blue Card can be renewed.

Further requirements

Within 3 working days upon arrival you need to appear in person at the Ministry of the Interior office where you shall complete your duties as to biometric data.

You are obliged to collect the long-residence permit within the time limit set by the Ministry of the Interior, however, at latest 60 days after the acquisition of your biometric data.

Non – compliance with those duties results in obligation of Ministry of Interior to terminate the procedure (reject the application)
Appeals An appeal concerning a Blue Card refusal should be brought to a special Commission of the Ministry of the Interior. If this fails, you can bring a further appeal to an administrative court.
Further information

Blue Card from the Ministry of the Interior

Blue Card from the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs


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Permanent residence status

Permanent residence status may be granted after five years of continuous temporary residence.

If you hold a Blue Card, you can obtain permanent residence after five years of continuous temporary residence in the EU, if you have resided on a continuous basis in the territory of the Czech Republic for the last two years.

You must show:

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

Permanent residence permits

Long-term residence status

Long-term resident status in the Czech Republic may be granted after five years of continuous residence in the EU, if you have resided continuously in the territory of the Czech Republic for at least two years, provided that you have not  seriously disturbed public order or threatened public security in any EU country.

You must prove that you have sufficient financial resources.

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 shall be made at the relevant offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

Long-term residence status and the required documents

 


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