With beautiful landscapes and cities, Czech Republic is one of the European countries where foreigners prefer to relocate for short-term purposes or for indefinite periods of time. The procedure for immigrating to Czech Republic depends based on the nationality of the foreigners, which are basically divided into two categories: persons who are citizens of the member-states of the European (EU) and persons who arrive from non-EU countries. Both categories will be able to apply for the Czech citizenship.
Depending on the reason for which a person is interested in relocating here, various documents will be required and this is why we highly recommend foreigners to request information from our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic. Even though the procedure can be handled by the applicant, it is better to obtain legal advice from a specialist in the field, who has extensive knowledge of the applicable law and who can provide up-to-date and reliable information.
How can we assist in Czech Republic immigration procedures?
Our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic can provide legal assistance and legal representation to natural persons seeking to relocate in this country for employment purposes or other purposes that are prescribed by the national law. Foreigners can also request information on the legal steps one should follow when immigrating to Czech Republic for business purposes. Some of the basic immigration services foreigners can receive are presented below:
• obtaining residence permits for short-term basis or obtaining permanent residence permits;
• assisting foreigners in employment matters in Czech Republic (applying for Blue Cards, assisting in intra-company transfers or general work permits);
• assisting foreign investors in obtaining a Czech long-term residence permit for business purposes;
• providing legal advice on family reunification programs addressed to EU or non-EU persons;
• obtaining a visa for Czech Republic and applying for the Czech citizenship.
Who needs a residence permit in Czech Republic?
Czech Republic is a EU member state, and that implies that EU citizens benefit from the right of living and working in this country without going through various immigration steps. When we refer to the issuance of a temporary residence permit, it must be observed that foreigners who arrive from EU member states do not have to obtain this document, but if they want to have it, they can easily apply with the Czech authorities.
The document is necessary in the case of those living in Czech Republic for a period longer than 90 days and it is mandatory for citizens outside the EU. In the case of persons who want to immigrate to Czech Republic on a long-term basis, they can apply for a long-term residence permit that can be requested for numerous cases, related to employment, developing a business activity, for family reunification or visiting friends, for study purposes, participating in scientific research, investment activities, to name a few.
Foreigners from outside the EU seeking for employment in this country can apply for a employee card, which will allow them to stay in this country for a period of up to two years. The document can be renewed upon its expiration for the same purpose for which it was issued the first time. Please mind that the application procedure can last approximately 90 days and our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic can present in-depth information on the steps the applicant should expect when applying for this type of document.
What types of residence permits can one obtain in Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic immigration law prescribes three main types of residence permits. The first category is the temporary residence permit, which is applicable to both EU and non-EU persons, who live in Czech Republic for a period of at least 90 days. Another type of residence permit is the long-term residence permit, which can be granted for a period of 1-2 years; this type of document can be obtained by non-EU foreigners living here.
As a general rule, the eligible candidates are those who have arrived here for the purpose of enrolling in a local education institution, those who qualify for the family reunification programs or those who are seeking employment in Czech Republic. Also, those who arrive for business purposes or scientific research can obtain this type of permit.
The last category of residence permits, the permanent residence permit, opens the opportunity of moving to Czech Republic on a permanent basis, and the document is required for both EU and non-EU citizens. Foreigners can qualify if they have spent at least 5 years in Czech Republic. It also represents a simpler way to stay here if you are considering relocating to Czech Republic on a permanent basis, but in this case, one should also provide evidence on fluency in the Czech language.
Does Czech Republic immigration law prescribe business visas?
Yes, foreigners interested in developing business activities here or concluding business contracts with Czech investors can apply for a business visa, which will be issued as a long-term visa; this means that the foreigner can stay in Czech Republic for more than 90 days.
Those who want to obtain this type of visa will have to address to a Czech consulate or embassy working in their near vicinity, as these are the sole institutions entitled to process the applications. Please mind that if you want to apply for a business visa, the visa will be issued by the same consulate/embassy that you addressed, meaning that if you applied for it in your home country, you will need to have your visa with you at the moment of arrival in this country.
If you are moving to Czech Republic under a business visa, you must know that the visa application can be processed in a period of 90 days, but the period can be extended to 120 days, depending on various delays that can appear due to institutional factors or the lack of proper documentation submitted by the applicant. This is why is very important to have your documents reviewed by our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic prior to submitting them. When preparing the application file, you should submit the following:
- the standard application form that is provided by the Czech institutions;
- the proof on the payment of the visa fee and two recent photographs;
- the applicant’s passport in the original version (which must be valid throughout the entire stay in Czech Republic);
- any type of proof which states that the applicant has sufficient financial resources to live in Czech Republic – a bank statement can be used in this sense;
- given that this purpose of the immigration document is business related, the applicant must submit documents issued by the relevant institutions (a certificate from the Trade Licensing Office or from the Commercial Register, or other documents that show the purpose of stay, which can also be related to management matters, liquidation, bankruptcy or other situations which require the presence of the applicant);
- when submitting the papers, the applicant has to present information on the accommodation in Czech Republic.
Depending on the nationality of the applicant, other compulsory documents may be required. For instance, the citizens of several countries, such as Kenya, Nigeria, Moldavia or Uzbekistan have to submit medical documents attesting that they are TBC and syphilis free. This legal requirement is solely for few nationality and you can request more details on the full list of countries that must respect this requirement from our Czech Republic immigration lawyer.
With regards to this, the applicant should be aware that the Czech authorities will only accept official translations of these documents; when applying for the business visa, this document must already be translated into the Czech language, as the Czech consulates do not provide translation services for applicants.
What is the process of becoming a Czech citizen?
According to the Czech Republic immigration law, the process of becoming a Czech citizen can vary based on the particularities of the foreigner who applies for it. Thus, in most of the cases, foreigners will first have to become permanent residents and to live here for several years prior to having the right of applying for citizenship.
This process is called naturalization, and it defines the procedure through a foreigner who is not related in any way to a Czech national has the right of obtaining the citizenship of this country. There are specific requirements that have to be met – for instance, when the applicant starts the procedure, he or she should be able to prove an in-depth knowledge of the Czech history, society and language, and he or she should also be familiarized with the judicial system of the country.
The law regulating citizenship matters in Czech Republic is given by the Act No. 186/2013 Coll. (the Czech Citizenship Act). Our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic can present the legal steps that you have to take in order to become a Czech national, and below, we invite you to read a short presentation regarding the persons who are entitled to receive the citizenship.
Persons who have been living on a continuous basis in Czech Republic as holders of permanent residency cards for minimum 5 years and persons who have been living here under a permanent residence permit for 3 years, as long as the holder of the permit is a citizen of any EU member state or EEA, will be allowed to start the citizenship process. Then, it is necessary to know that the age of the applicant is of relevance.
Here, those moving to Czech Republic must be aware that the law stipulates two main categories of persons – those who have an age of minimum 18 years old at the moment when the application is made and those who are minors with an age of at least 15 years old.
Applicants who have an age of minimum 15 years old are required to have a clean criminal record. For applicants who have been living in Czech Republic for a period longer than 10 years, they will need to obtain such documents from the Czech police authorities. For those who lived here for a period shorter than 10 years, it is necessary to obtain police clearance from the authorities in Czech Republic and the ones of the country where they lived.
How can one obtain a visa for family reunification purposes in Czech Republic?
Foreigners can arrive here for family reunification programs as well, and for this, they will need to apply for a family visa. In order to be able to receive the document, the applicant is required to provide evidence on the family ties of persons who are currently living in Czech Republic.
When moving to Czech Republic for this purpose, the foreigners will need to present a set of documents, which will be included in their visa application. If you need to obtain this visa type, we invite you to contact our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic, who can provide more details on the following documents:
- the application must contain the travel document in its original form;
- a document showing the purpose of stay – and here, various documents can be used, such as birth certificates, marriage certificates, etc.;
- the proof of accommodation in Czech Republic and the proof of having sufficient financial funds to live here for the duration of the stay;
- a photograph and the consent of parents, in the case of minor children;
- you may also be required to provide a extract from the Penal Register of the country where you are citizen/resident;
- a medical document showing that you meet the health requirements that are applicable in Czech Republic (these two latter requirements can apply only if the Czech institutions will require).
Please mind that a part of these documents have to be submitted in their original version; for some, the certified version can be accepted, which means that you will need the legal assistance of a notary. You must also have a travel insurance certificate, but the document will be necessary only after you have received the approval on your visa.
If you need further advice on moving to Czech Republic, our immigration lawyer can assist you. You can also request additional information on any other types of visas that can be issued here. Our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic is also qualified to represent persons who arrive here for humanitarian reasons or those who are seeking asylum in this country.
For the latter, specific procedures have to be followed and foreigners in need can always contact our team of immigration lawyers in Czech Republic for more details. Our law firm can provide legal representation to businessmen who want to invest here and who want to permanently relocate to this country.
How many immigrants live in Czech Republic?
The number of foreigners immigrating to Czech Republic increased at a steady rate in the last decade. The latest data provided by the Directorate of the Alien Police Service measures the number of foreigners based on the residence permits issued by the local authorities (long-term residence permits and foreigners with permanent residence in Czech Republic). The data regarding this matter is presented below:
• in 2004, permanent residence was awarded to 99,000 foreigners, while 115,000 persons had Czech long-term residence permit documents;
• 10 years later, in 2014, 250,000 foreigners had permanent residence in this country, while 200,000 immigrants obtained long-term residence cards;
• in 2016, 272,000 foreigners obtained permanent residency and 221,000 immigrants had long-term residence permits;
• in 2018, the number of foreigners with permanent residency increased at 289,000 and the number of long-term residence permits increased at 275,000;
• at the level of 2017, the net migration rate in Czech Republic was of 2.3 migrants per 1,000 persons living here.
More information on the services foreigners can receive when immigrating to Czech Republic can be obtained from our lawyer. We invite you to contact our immigration lawyer in Czech Republic for in-depth advice on any of the procedures related to immigration in this country. You can also receive full assistance on the issuance of the Czech citizenship