Seasonal employment

For the purpose of seasonal employment, it is possible to apply for a short-term visa (not exceeding 90 days) or for a long-term visa (exceeding 3 months).

It is not possible to apply for long-term stay for the purpose of seasonal employment.

What kind of job is considered seasonal employment?

It is a work activity that is dependent on the passing of the seasons, i.e. an activity that is tied to a certain time of the year by a recurring event or pattern of events linked to seasonal conditions during which required labour levels are significantly above those necessary for general ongoing operations. These are typically job positions in agriculture, tourism, forestry, etc. The complete list of relevant sectors is set out in regulation by the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

Who can obtain a seasonal worker visa?

A seasonal worker visa is intended for foreigners from all over the world. But not for:

  • Citizens of EU / EEA Member States and Switzerland and
  • Their family members from among citizens of other states who hold or have applied for the issue of a residence card of a family member of an EU / EEA and Swiss citizens.

Where to file an application for a seasonal worker visa?

An applicant may file his/her application for a seasonal worker visa with the Czech Embassy in their country of origin. However, the Czech Embassy is only capable of receiving an application. The competent body for processing applications is the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

Can I submit the application electronically?

Unfortunately, the applicant cannot submit his/her application electronically and must file the application in person. However, the Czech Embassy can waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases.

Which documents have to be submitted along with the visa application?

The applicant is required to submit:

  • Travel document (original);
  • 1 photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national;
  • An employment permit pursuant to Section 96(1) of the Employment Act (or the reference number of the application for this permit and name of the regional branch of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic at which the application for this permit has been filed;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Confirmation from the employer about the agreed amount of wage, salary or remuneration, if the accommodation is provided or mediated by the employer to the foreigner.
  • Upon request you are further obliged to submit:
    • A document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years);
    • A document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses;
  • Furthermore, before a seasonal worker visa is issued the applicant is obliged to submit proof of travel health insurance and, upon request, proof of payment of insurance premiums. This document is submitted to the Czech Embassy. Travel health insurance must be arranged for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the applicant is covered by public health insurance under the Public Health Insurance Act – in principle from the date of visa to entry into employment (stated in the submitted documents ).

The documents that the applicant has been asked to submit to the Ministry of Interior should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, an applicant can submit additional supporting documents that he or she considers important for the application. 

Is it necessary to submit the documents in a special form?

An applicant is always required to submit original documents or official copies of those original documents. Some documents such as a travel document, birth certificate and so on must be submitted in original (certified copies are not sufficient for this purpose). Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Can I provide the necessary documents in my language?

No. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech language. 

What is the fee for processing the application?

Every applicant is obliged to pay an administrative fee of 2.500,- CZK for processing of the application. 

The administrative fee should be paid in the form of a revenue stamp upon submitting the application.

How long does it take to review my application?

The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa and 7-15 days for processing an application for a short-term visa from the day it was filed.

How do I know whether my application was approved?

In the case of a positive appraisal of the application, the Ministry of Interior office/Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you.

In the event of a negative assessment of an applicant`s application, the applicant has the right to directly request the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic to reassess the reasons for not issuing a visa.

Is my stay in the Czech Republic on this kind of visa relevant in terms of an application for a permanent residency permit?

No. A stay in the territory of the Czech Republic with a special work visa is not counted towards the 5-year period of uninterrupted stay in the country, required for issuing a permanent residence permit.

Special work visa

A special work visa is a visa for a stay of over 90 days in the country (referred to as a “long-term visa”). It will only be possible to issue this visa if there is a regulation of the Government of the Czech Republic, which activates the process resulting in issuing these visas. In its regulation, the government can specify:

  1. The sector or profession, for which the special work visa will be issued to foreign nationals;
  2. The citizenship of the foreign national who will be eligible to apply for this visa;
  3. The maximum number of applications which can be filed over a certain period of time;
  4. The deadline by which it will be possible to file an application for this visa; and
  5. The condition that a job agency must not be the employer of the foreign national in the country.

Currently, a special work visa can be issued only under the conditions stipulated by Government Decree No. 291/2019 Coll. which was issued with effect until 31 December 2022. A visa can be issued on the basis of this regulation only for selected types of work in specified sectors included in the Classification of Economic Activities (CZ-NACE).

The applicant and his employer must be participants in a migration-approved program under the responsibility of the Ministry of Agriculture.

The employment agency may not be the employer of the applicant for the special work visa.

Who is entitled to file an application for the special work visa and where to file it?

Only citizens of the country determined in the decree can apply for the special work visa.

Where do I apply for the special work visa?

Applicants need to apply at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in the state of their origin. However, the Czech Embassy is only capable of receiving an application. The competent body for processing the application is the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. Deadlines for submitting applications are allocated to foreigners. The decree can set a quota for the applications collected within one month or another period of time. Once the set number has been met, no further applications can be submitted.

Can I submit the application electronically?

Unfortunately you cannot. An applicant is required to file the application in person. However, the Czech Embassy can waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases.

Which documents have to be submitted along with the visa application?

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Travel document (original);
  • 1 photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national;
  • An employment permit pursuant to Section 96(1) of the Employment Act (or the reference number of the application for this permit and name of the regional branch of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic at which the application for this permit has been filed;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • Upon request you are further obliged to submit:
    • A document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years);
    • A document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses;
  • Furthermore, before a special work visa is issued the applicant is obliged to submit proof of travel health insurance and, upon request, proof of payment of insurance premiums. This document is submitted to the Czech Embassy. Travel health insurance must be arranged for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the applicant is covered by public health insurance under the Public Health Insurance Act – in principle from the date of visa to entry into employment (stated in the submitted documents ).

The documents that the applicant has been asked to submit to the Ministry of Interior should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, an applicant can submit additional supporting documents that he or she considers important for the application. 

Is it necessary to submit the documents in a special form?

Applicants are always required to submit original documents or official copies of those original documents. Some documents such as a travel document, birth certificate and so on must be submitted in original (certified copies are not sufficient for this purpose). Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Can I provide the necessary documents in my language?

No. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech language. 

What is the fee for processing the application?

Every applicant is obliged to pay an administrative fee of 2.500,- CZK for processing of the application. 

The administrative fee should be paid in the form of a revenue stamp upon submitting the application.

How long is my special work visa valid? 

A special work visa is granted for a specific period of stay corresponding to the requisite purpose of stay and the validity of the submitted documents, however, the visa is granted for no longer than 1 year. A visa sticker always contains two figures: the validity of the visa and the number of days you can stay.

In most cases, the beginning of the validity of the visa falls on the day the visa is issued by the embassy.

Can I apply for an extension of the validity of my special work visa?

Unfortunately, the term of a special work visa cannot be extended even if it is issued with a validity of less than one year.

Is my stay in the Czech Republic on this kind of visa relevant in the terms of application for a permanent residence permit?

No. A stay in the territory of the Czech Republic with a special work visa is not counted towards the 5-year period of uninterrupted stay in the country, required for issuing a permanent residence permit. During a foreign national’s residence based on this visa, the foreign national will not be able to submit any application for any other residence permit.

Employee Card

The Employee Card is a type of long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic, where the purpose of the applicant’s stay (exceeding 3 months) is employment.

An Employee Card is issued for a specific job position. To file an Employee Card application, the applicant needs to know the vacancy reference number or the number under which the position is registered in the central vacancies database.

What is the difference between a dual and non-dual Employee Card?

If the Employee Card has a so-called dual character, it entitles the applicant both to stay in the Czech Republic and to work.

The non-dual Employee Card entitles the applicant only to stay in the Czech Republic and the applicant is still required to obtain an employment permit under Act No. 435/2004 Coll., On Employment. 

Who is entitled to file an application for an Employee Card and where to file it?

An Employee Card is intended for foreigners from all over the world. But not for

  • Citizens of EU / EEA Member States and Switzerland and
  • Their family members from among citizens of other states who hold or have applied for the issue of a residence card of a family member of an EU / EEA and Swiss citizens.

An applicant must apply for an Employee Card in person at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. However, the Czech Embassy is only capable of receiving an application. The competent body for processing it is the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

An applicant is also entitled to apply for an Employee Card in the Czech Republic at the Ministry of the Interior offices if he or she is already staying in the territory on the basis of a visa for a stay of more than 90 days or long-term residence permit issued for a purpose other than employment. In such a case, it is possible to submit an application until the expiry of such residence permit. However, the applicant is not entitled to apply in the territory if he or she is staying in the territory on the basis of a long-term visa for the purpose of enduring a stay in the territory or for the purpose of seasonal employment.

Can I submit the application electronically?

Unfortunately you cannot. Applicants are required to file the application in person. However, the Czech Embassy can waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases.

Which documents have to be submitted along with the employment card application?

Applicants are required to submit:

  • Travel document (original);
  • 1 photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • An employment permit pursuant to Section 96(1) of the Employment Act (or the reference number of the application for this permit and name of the regional branch of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic at which the application for this permit has been filed;
  • An employment contract, work performance agreement (or at least an agreement on future contract in which the parties undertake to conclude an employment contract or work performance agreement within the agreed time limit). The said documents must contain a stipulation stating that, regardless of the scope of work, the agreed monthly wage will not be lower than the basic rate of the monthly minimum wage and the weekly working time will be at least 15 hours;
  • Documents proving professional competence for the performance of the required employment, if this condition results from the nature of the employment or is stipulated by an international agreement;
  • In the case of agency employment, a document containing the name, surname or maiden name, citizenship, date and place of birth and residence of the applicant, the type of work that the applicant will perform as a temporary employee, the place of work of the user and name and address of the user;
  • Upon request you are further obliged to submit:
    • A document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years);
    • A document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses;
  • Furthermore, before an Employee Card is issued, the applicant is obliged to submit proof of travel health insurance and, upon request, proof of payment of insurance premiums. This document is submitted to the Czech Embassy. Travel health insurance must be arranged for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the applicant is covered by public health insurance under the Public Health Insurance Act – in principle from the date of visa to entry into employment (stated in the submitted documents ).

The documents that the applicant has been asked to submit to the Ministry of Interior should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, an applicant can submit additional supporting documents that he or she considers important for the application. 

Is it necessary to submit the documents in a special form?

Applicants are always required to submit original documents or official copies of those original documents. Some documents such as Travel documents and so on must be submitted in original (certified copies are not sufficient for this purpose). Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Can I provide the necessary documents in my language?

No. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech language. 

What is the fee for processing the application?

Every applicant is obliged to pay an administrative fee of 2.500,- CZK for processing of the application.

The administrative fee should be paid in a form of a revenue stamp upon submitting the application.

How long is my Employee Card valid?

The Employee Card is most often issued for the duration of the employment relationship or for the period of validity determined by the decision of the recognizing body on permission to perform a profession or professional work. However, the employee card is granted for no longer than 2 years with the possibility of repeated extension.

Can I apply for an extension of the validity of my Employee Card?

Yes. The Employee Card can be extended repeatedly if the same conditions are met as to the issuance of an Employee Card, for the period in which the employment contract or work performance agreement was concluded, but always for a maximum of no more than 2 years.

The applicant is obligated to submit an application for the extension of the validity period of the Employee Card at the earliest 120 days before the current long-term residence permit expires and, at the latest, on the last day of the validity of the long-term residence permit. In justifiable cases, the applicant can submit the application even earlier than 120 days before the expiration of the permit.

For reasons beyond my control I was not able to file the application, what can I do?

If you are prevented from filing the application for reasons beyond your control, you are entitled to lodge this application within 5 working days after these reasons cease. You are then obliged to indicate such reasons while submitting the application and to prove them upon the notice at the latest. Reasons indicated later will not be taken into consideration.

Is it possible to change my job if I am staying in the Czech Republic on the basis of an Employee Card?

Yes. It is possible to change jobs, but only with the approval of the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior.

The applicant is obliged to announce such changes (a change of employer, job classification or employment to another job position with the same or another employer) in person at the Ministry of the Interior offices, by post, electronically via data box or e-mail with a guaranteed electronic signature to the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior.

The notification must be submitted no later than 30 days before the planned change and during the current employment relationship. If the employment has already ended, then no later than 60 days from the date of termination.

Blue Card

The Blue Card is a long-term residence permit for the purpose of performing a job requiring high qualifications. The Blue Card entitles the applicant to stay and, at the same time, perform a job, i.e. the foreigner does not need a separate work permit.

A high qualification is considered to be a duly completed university education or higher vocational education that lasted at least 3 years.

Who is entitled to file an application for a Blue Card and where to file it?

An applicant can file an application for a Blue Card if he or she intends to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months and he or she will be employed in a job position requiring high qualifications which, according to the Employment Act, can be filled by a foreigner who is not a citizen of the European Union and if the applicant is not:

  • An applicant for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research,
  • a family member of a citizen of the European Union if the citizen of the European Union resides in the territory;
  • A resident of another Member State of the European Union, and he resides in the territory on the basis of a long-term residence permit of a resident of another Member State of the European Union for the purpose of employment or business,
  • A foreigner residing in the territory in accordance with an international agreement facilitating the entry and temporary stay of certain categories of natural persons in connection with trade and investment, by which the Czech Republic is bound,
  • An alien residing in the territory on the basis of a residence permit for the purpose of seasonal employment, or
  • A foreigner who is an employee of an employer from another Member State of the European Union posted to perform work in the framework of the transnational provision of services in the territory,
  • An applicant for international protection in the form or in the position of an asylum seeker or a person enjoying subsidiary protection,
  • An applicant for a residence permit for the purpose of providing temporary protection in the territory, or an alien residing in the territory on the basis of the granted residence permit for the purpose of temporary protection.

The application for a Blue Card is submitted at the embassy of the Czech Republic. However, the Czech Embassy is only capable of receiving an application. The competent body for processing it is the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. If the applicant holds a Blue Card issued by another Member State of the European Union, or if he or she holds a visa for a stay of more than 90 days or a long-term residence permit issued for another purpose, he or she may apply for a Blue Card at the Ministry of the Interior within one month of the date of entry into the territory. 

Can I submit the application electronically?

Unfortunately you cannot. An applicant is required to file the application in person. However, the Czech Embassy can waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases.

Which documents have to be submitted along with the Blue Card application?

Applicant is required to submit:

  • A travel document (original);
  • 2 photographs; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national;
  • Proof of accommodation;
  • An employment permit pursuant to Section 96(1) of the Employment Act (or the reference number of the application for this permit and name of the regional branch of the Labour Office of the Czech Republic at which the application for this permit has been filed;
  • An employment contract for highly qualified employment for a period of at least one year for the statutory weekly working time, which also includes the agreed gross monthly or annual wage corresponding to at least 1.5 times the average gross annual wage announced by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs;
  • Documents confirming high qualification (proof of education) – in justified cases, especially in the case of reasonable doubts, whether you have the required education or whether this education corresponds to the nature of employment, the administrative body will request proof that your foreign education has been recognized by the Czech competent authority;
  • In the case of agency employment, a document containing the name, surname or maiden name, citizenship, date and place of birth and residence of the applicant, the type of work that the applicant will perform as a temporary employee, the place of work of the user and name and address of the user;
  • In the case of the exercise of a regulated profession, proof of fulfillment of the conditions for the exercise of such a profession;
  • Upon request you are further obliged to submit:
    • A document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years);
    • A document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses;
  • Furthermore, before a Blue Card is issued, the applicant is obliged to submit proof of travel health insurance and, upon request, proof of payment of insurance premiums. This document is submitted to the Czech Embassy. Travel health insurance must be arranged for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the applicant is covered by public health insurance under the Public Health Insurance Act – in principle from the date of visa to entry into employment (stated in the submitted documents ).
  • If the applicant resided in the territory of another Member State of the European Union as a Blue Card holder before applying for a Blue Card, he or she is obliged to submit a document proving the total monthly income of the family (in the case of family reunification).

The documents that the applicant has been asked to submit to the Ministry of Interior should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, an applicant can submit additional supporting documents that he or she considers important for the application. 

Is it necessary to submit the documents in a special form?

An applicant is always required to submit original documents or official copies of those original documents. Some documents such as a Travel document, birth certificate and so on must be submitted in original (certified copies are not sufficient for this purpose). Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Can I provide the necessary documents in my language?

No. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech language. 

What is the fee for processing the application?

Every applicant is obliged to pay an administrative fee of 2.500,- CZK for processing of the application upon submitting the application. 

The administrative fee should be paid in the form of a revenue stamp.

How long does it take to review my application?

The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a Blue Card from the day it was filed. In particularly complicated cases, the deadline of 120 days from the day of filing the application is set.

How do I know whether my application was approved?

In the case of a positive appraisal of the application, the Ministry of Interior office/Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you. The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic will also inform the employer in writing that the applicant has met the conditions for issuing a Blue Card.

In the event of a negative assessment of an applicant`s application which was submitted to the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, the applicant will receive a decision rejecting the application by post to the address specified in the application. 

The applicant has the right to appeal this decision within 15 days from the delivery of the decision. The applicant can file the appeal in person or send it by post to the particular Ministry of the Interior offices.

How long is my Blue Card valid?

The Blue Card is issued with a validity period which is 3 months longer than the period for which the employment contract was concluded, however the Blue Card is granted for no longer than 2 years with the possibility of repeated extension.

Can I apply for an extension of the validity of my Blue Card?

Yes. The Blue Card can be extended repeatedly.

The applicant is obligated to submit an application for the extension of the validity period of Blue Card at the earliest 120 days before the current long-term residence permit expires and at the latest on the last day of the validity of the long-term residence permit. In justifiable cases, the applicant can submit the application even earlier than 120 days before the expiration of the permit.

For reasons beyond my control I was not able to file the application, what can I do?

If you are prevented from filing the application for reasons beyond your control, you are entitled to lodge this application within 5 working days after these reasons cease. You are additionally obliged to indicate such reasons while submitting the application and to prove them upon the notice at the latest. Reasons indicated later will not be taken into consideration.

Is it possible to change my job, if I am staying in the Czech Republic on the basis of a Blue Card?

If the Blue Card holder terminates his employment during its validity, he or she is obliged to notify the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic of this fact within 3 working days. This obligation also applies in cases where there is a change of employer, the creation of a new employment relationship, and thus the termination of the previous employment relationship, and during the first two years of stay on the Blue Card, these changes are subject to the approval of the Ministry of the Interior.

Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card

An Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is a special type of permit in the form of a plastic card with biometric elements that allows you to work and reside in the Czech Republic for a period of time longer than 3 months.

Who is entitled to file an application for the Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card and where to file it?

The Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is intended for foreigners from all over the world. But not for

  • Citizens of EU / EEA Member States and Switzerland and
  • Their family members from among citizens of other states who hold or have applied for the issue of a residence card of a family member of an EU / EEA and Swiss citizens.

The card is only intended for managers, specialists or employed interns from non-EU countries who have been temporarily transferred from a multinational corporation outside the EU to a branch in the Czech Republic.

An applicant must apply for the card in person at the Embassy of the Czech Republic. However, the Czech Embassy is only capable of receiving an application. The competent body for processing it is the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

If the applicant or a business corporation in or to which the applicant is to be transferred is a participant in a government-approved program and if the conditions of this government-approved program explicitly allow it, the applicant does not have to apply at the Czech embassy in person. Alternatively, the application may be submitted for the applicant by a business corporation in which or to which the applicant is to be transferred to in the territory of the Czech Republic at the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy

Can I submit the application electronically?

Unfortunately you cannot. An applicant is required to file the application in person. However, the Czech Embassy can waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases.

Which documents have to be submitted along with the Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card application?

Applicant is required to submit:

  • Travel document (original);
  • 1 photograph; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national;

Pproof of accommodation;

  • Broadcast sending letter, that will contain:
    • Confirmation of a business corporation with a registered office outside the territory of the Member States of the European Union that the applicant will be transferred internally for employment to a business corporation or branch established in the territory as a manager, specialist or employed intern stating the duration of the internal transfer and place of work in the territory;
    • An indication of working conditions as regards the length of working time, the length of leave per calendar year and the amount of wages or salary; these conditions must not be worse than those established in the Labor Code, including conditions relating to safety and health at work, the working conditions of pregnant women or women who have recently given birth, equal treatment for men and women and other non-discriminatory provisions, and
    • Confirmation that the applicant will be transferred to a business corporation domiciled outside the territory of the Member States of the European Union after the expiry of the transfer period,
  • Proof that the foreigner has been employed by the business corporation for at least 6 months immediately before the transfer;
  • Proof of affinity of entities between which the foreigner is to be transferred internally, ie. one of the following documents:
    • A document proving that the branch to which the alien is transferred is a branch of the business corporation in which the alien is transferred, or
    • A document proving that the business corporations in which the foreigner is transferred are controlling and controlled by each other or that both of these business corporations are controlled by the same controlling person;
  • A document proving the required professional qualification, if required by a special legal regulation;
  • A document proving the fulfilment of the conditions for the exercise of a regulated profession, if it is a regulated profession;
  • A document proving higher education, if the employed trainee is to be transferred internally;
  • In the case of an employed trainee – a training agreement that contains:
    • A description of the training program indicating that it is training for professional development or training in business techniques or methods to prepare the alien for his future position in the business corporation to or from which the alien is transferred, or in a business corporation that controls or is controlled by that business corporation, and
    • The duration of the training and the conditions under which the trainee will be supervised during the training,
  • Upon request you are further obliged to submit:
    • A document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years);
    • A document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses;
  • Furthermore, before the card is issued the applicant is obliged to submit proof of travel health insurance and, upon request, proof of payment of insurance premiums. This document is submitted to the Czech Embassy. Travel health insurance must be arranged for the period from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic until the applicant is covered by public health insurance under the Public Health Insurance Act – in principle from the date of visa to entry into employment (stated in the submitted documents ).

The documents that the applicant has been asked to submit by the Ministry of Interior should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Naturally, during the procedure, an applicant can submit additional supporting documents that he or she considers important for the application. 

Is it necessary to submit the documents in a special form?

Applicants are always required to submit original documents or official copies of those original documents. Some documents such as Travel documents, broadcast sending letter and so on must be submitted in original (certified copies are not sufficient for this purpose). Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (Apostille, superlegalisation).

Can I provide the necessary documents in my language?

No. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech language. 

What is the fee for processing the application?

Every applicant is obliged to pay an administrative fee of 2.500,- CZK for the processing of the application. 

The administrative fee should be paid in the form of a revenue stamp upon submitting the application.

How long does it take to review my application?

The legal deadline for processing an application for issuance of an Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is 90 days from the date of lodging the application.

How do I know whether my application was approved?

In the case of a positive appraisal of the application, the Embassy of the Czech Republic where you lodged your application will contact you.

If your application is approved, you will receive a visa for a stay over 90 days for the purpose of receiving the Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card, with which you can travel to the Czech Republic and report to the Ministry of Interior offices within 3 working days to fulfil the reporting duty and provide the biometric data necessary for the issuance of a residence card. Once your biometric data has been recorded, you will be issued a “Confirmation of Compliance with Conditions for Issuance of an Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card”. On the strength of this confirmation, you may be employed from the issuance date of this confirmation until the date of completion of application proceedings (issuance of the biometric card).

Within the deadline set, but no later than 60 days after your biometric data was recorded, report in person to a Ministry of the Interior office to collect your Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card and, in order to confirm the unique connection between you and the card, to verify your identity, or whether the data specified in the card is correct and the data carrier with your biometric data is functional. Failure to report to collect the Transfer Card constitutes grounds for termination of the application proceedings.

In the event of a negative assessment of his or her application, the applicant will receive a decision rejecting the application by post to the address specified in the application. 

The applicant has the right to appeal this decision within 15 days from the delivery of the decision. The applicant can file the appeal in person or send it by post to the Commission for Decision-Making in Matters of Residence of Aliens. However, an appeal is lodged with the Asylum and Migration Policy Department of the Ministry of the Interior.

 How long is my Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card valid?

The card is issued for the duration of the intra-company transfer. However, the maximum period of validity of an Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card differs for the individual work positions for which it is intended. A card may be issued for managers and specialists for a maximum of 3 years and for employed interns for a maximum of 1 year.

Can I apply for extension of the validity of my Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card?

The validity of the card may be repeatedly extended according to the period of intra-company employee transfer, but for a maximum of 3 years for managers and specialists and a maximum of 1 year for employed interns; the card may not be extended once this time limit has passed.

The applicant is obligated to submit an application for the extension of the validity period of an Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card at the earliest 120 days before the current long-term residence permit expires and at the latest on the last day of the validity of the long-term residence permit. In justifiable cases, the applicant can submit the application even earlier than 120 days before the expiration of the permit.

For reasons beyond my control I was not able to file the application, what can I do?

If you are prevented from filing the application for reasons beyond your control, you are entitled to lodge this application within 5 working days after these reasons cease. You are then obliged to indicate such reasons while submitting the application and to prove them upon the notice at the latest. Reasons indicated later will not be taken into consideration.

European Union Member State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card

A European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is a special type of permit in the form of a plastic card with biometric elements that allows you to work and reside in the Czech Republic for a period of longer than 3 months. The card is only intended for managers, specialists or employed interns from non-EU countries who have been temporarily transferred from a multinational corporation outside the EU to a branch in an EU Member State.

In contrast to an Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card, the worker must simultaneously hold a residence permit for an intra-company employee transfer issued by another EU Member State. He or she is therefore a citizen of a non-EU state who is employed in a country outside the EU, has been transferred to an EU Member State, where he or she obtained the permit mentioned above, and has then been transferred, intra-company,  from that EU Member State to the Czech Republic for a term longer than 90 days.

If you hold an intra-company employee transfer residence permit issued by another EU Member State and you are transferred to the position of manager, specialist or employed intern in the Czech Republic for a period of less than 90 days, you will not need a European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card to be able to work and reside in the Czech Republic.

The conditions for obtaining a European Union Member State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card are similar to the conditions for obtaining the Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card.

Foreigners with permanent residence in the Czech Republic 

Foreigners with permanent residence in the Czech Republic have the same position on the employment market as Czech citizens and do not need to have a work permit. The only restrictions for them are occupations for which Czech citizenship is required, such as work in public administration.

Family members of EU citizens

Family members of EU Citizens (regardless of their citizenship) are not considered as aliens when participating in the labour market in the Czech Republic, thus have the legal status identical to citizens of the Czech Republic. However, employers are obliged to inform the relevant branch of the Labour Office when employing an EU Citizen as well as terminating employment with an EU Citizen.

To prove the status of a family member of an EU citizen, it is sufficient to present a passport stating that he or she has applied for a Temporary Residence Permit for a family member of a citizen of the European Union.

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