Amendments to the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in Czech Republic
March 1, 2016
If you are planning to move to Czech Republic please consider the following immigration update. On December 18, 2015, the following amendments to the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals were introduced, affecting the immigration process in the Czech Republic:
- Long-term visas will be issued with up to one year’s validity. If the applicant is younger than 18 years, and their application is submitted separately from principals, consent of legal guardians (usually parents) will be required as part of the application. Legal guardians for dependents younger than 15 years will be legally obliged to ensure their compliant stay in the Czech Republic
- Time thresholds for submitting a residence permit application and its extension are prolonged – applications can be lodged 120 days before the end of the validity of the current visa or permit. Applications must also be submitted by the last day of the validity of the current immigration document. Applications for employee card extensions must be lodged 30 days before the end of the validity of the current employee card. If there were justifiable reasons preventing submission of the application in due time, they must be indicated while submitting the application (five working days from the date they exist)
- Family members of EU citizens are now defined in accordance with the EU directive 2004/38/EC and current case law of the EU Court (also unmarried couples). The amendment also specified validity terms for a temporary residence permit for family members, and condition of its cessation and potential fine (up to 3,000 CZK for a delayed application for a prolongation)
- The amendment set out the personal attendance requirement to take over the final decision on issuing the permanent residence permit
- Changes of employer or in a job position – if the application for the consent of these changes is submitted within the 120-day period and up to 30 days prior to the end of the current employment card’s validity, this consent request will also be considered as an extension application
This summary was prepared using information obtained from the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic website.
Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact the Regional Immigration Manager, EMEA, Vladimir Dziak.