Every non-EU citizen/Third-country national (in Czech: občan třetí země) must hold a residence permit or a visa if they want to perform work in the Czech Republic. Non-EU citizens can apply for a short-term/Schengen visa (for stays not longer than 90 days) or long-term residence permit (for stays longer than 90 days).
It is a stay not exceeding 90 days within any 180 consecutive days. There are several purposes for a Schengen visa. Some countries have an exemption from the requirement to hold a visa, but this applies to tourist stays only, not to carrying out paid activities. The foreigner submits the application for a Schengen visa together with all the requirements to the embassy of the Czech Republic in their country. Please notice that it is not possible to prolong the Schengen visa in the Czech Republic.
Foreign nationals traveling to the Czech Republic to conduct a scientific research must apply for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research which guarantees the worker better conditions for staying in the Czech Republic and moving around the EU. The foreigner submits the application for long-term residence together with all the requirements to the embassy of the Czech Republic in the given country. Please note that it takes up to 60 days from the date of submission to process your application. Some extra time is needed to obtain a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record. All the necessary documents must be originals or certified copies and in Czech language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, an apostille or legalization must be attached to any documents issued by foreign public authorities. Official translations can usually be obtained at the embassy. More information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
- a hosting agreement,
- a valid travel document,
- a photograph,
- a written commitment by the research organization that it will cover the costs relating to your residence in the Czech Republic after the residence permit expires, including the costs of your departure from the Czech Republic if such costs have been incurred within six months from the date the hosting agreement ends and have been paid from public funds; and
- filled-in application form.
- upon request a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record,
- upon request a document proving the fulfillment of conditions set out in the measure of the Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses (Medical report).
Travel document (original),
Document on the purpose of your stay (e.g. original of a birth certificate, marriage certificate, a document on guardianship, a document confirming the fact that the person is without any financial means, or the original or an officially certified copy of a document on a foreign national being solitary or his/her health status),
Proof of accommodation (accommodation agreement),
Upon request, you are further obliged to submit:
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),
document proving the fulfillment of conditions set out in the measure of the Ministry of Health on the prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses.
Travel document, document confirming the purpose of stay, and registration documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate) shall be submitted in original. A certified copy is not sufficient for this purpose.
If your application is approved, prior to affixing the visa, you are obliged to submit proof of medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions (not required if the foreign national is provided public health insurance, or if the costs for health care are covered on the basis of an international agreement, or if the foreign national can demonstrate that health care is covered in another manner), and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the proof of medical travel insurance.
An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification can be filed by a foreign national who is the spouse, minor child, or adult-dependent child of a foreign national in possession of a long-term or permanent residence permit.
Documentary evidence of the family relationship (if this concerns an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification with a person who has been granted asylum, the family relationship can be proven in another credible manner if submission of such a document is not possible),
Parental consent or consent of any other statutory representatives or guardians of a child with the residence in the Czech Republic; parental consent, consent of other statutory representative or guardian is not required if it is the parent, statutory representative, or guardian who submitted the application for child or with whom the child together resides in the Czech Republic, and if the foreigner demonstrates, that he is unable to submit this agreement due to reasons beyond his/her control or if the child resides in the Czech Republic pursuant long-term visa or long-term resident permit for other purpose;
Proof of finance - a document proving that the aggregate monthly household income of the family after its reunification will not be lower than the sum of: a) the amount of the subsistence minimums of all family members, b) the highest amount of normative costs for housing, which the foreign national can credibly prove as an amount of reasonably justified costs for the accommodation of the family, c) a foreigner is on request obliged to submit the declaration of release obligation of secrecy of the Tax Office, in full range of data, in purpose of verification aggregate monthly income of the family; if a foreigner submitted the document to the request of income of the family member, they are (on request) also obliged to submit its declaration of release obligation of secrecy.
Foreign national who has resided as a family member of a holder of an EU Blue Card in another EU Member State is further obliged to submit a document or a residence permit that was granted to him/her as a family member of a holder of an EU Blue Card by another EU Member State,
! Upon request ! an Extract from the Penal Register record,
Document proving the fulfillment of conditions set out in the measure of the Ministry of Health on the prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses (Medical report).
filled-in application form
The requirements for the application should not be older than 180 days except for the travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate, and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.
In the event of a positive processing of an application filed at an embassy, you are obliged to submit a document on travel medical insurance, valid from the time of entering the Czech Republic until you are covered by public health insurance; and, at the same time, upon request, submit a document on having paid the insurance premium. A long-term visa for the purpose of receiving a long-term residency permit can be issued by the embassy if you have a general visa requirement to enter the EU. If the application is filed inside the Czech Republic, submit these requirements right away.
The time limit for issuing a decision on an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification with a scientific researcher is 60 days.
Third-country nationals who are not eligible for scientific research permits should apply for an employee card. A foreign national, who has an employee card, is entitled to reside in the territory of the Czech Republic and, at the same time, to work in the job for which the employee card was issued. More information on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
- a valid travel document,
- a document confirming the availability of accommodation,
- a photograph showing the current appearance of the foreign national,
- a contract of employment, an agreement on work activity (or at least an agreement for a future contract where the parties agree to enter into a contract of employment or an agreement on work activity by an agreed deadline). These documents must contain a stipulation that provides that regardless of the scope of work, the agreed monthly salary will not be lower than the basic monthly minimum wage and that weekly working hours will be at least 15 hours,
- documents proving the professional qualifications for the performance of the desired job, if this condition follows from the nature of the employment or an international agreement sets such a condition, particularly
- a document proving the required education (such as a diploma); in justified cases, particularly if reasonable doubt exists as to whether you have the required education or whether your education is appropriate for the nature of employment, you will be obliged, at the request of an administrative authority, to prove and submit a document certifying that your foreign education has been recognized by the relevant authority of the Czech Republic,
- a document proving the required professional qualifications, if such qualifications are required according to other legal regulations (for example a fork-lift truck operator license or the appropriate driving license for a tram/bus driver, etc.),
- a document proving that you meet the requirements for performing an occupation referred to as “regulated occupation”, if your application concerns this kind of occupation; if you do not already hold such a document, you must apply to the relevant recognition authority of the Czech Republic for recognition of your professional qualifications, after filing the application for an employee card. Issuance of the employee card is contingent on your submission of an affirmative decision of the recognition authority,
- filled-in application form,
- upon request, a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register,
- document proving the fulfillment of conditions set out in the measure of the Ministry of Health on the prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses (Medical report).
Submission of the application for an employee card is charged with an administrative fee equal to 5,000 CZK.
It is always important to contact a person from the HR department to identify the correct permit. You can find information at the Ministry of the Interior Link.
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If you are a new employee of Palacký University you have certain obligations towards local authorities as well as towards the university as an employer.
Non-EU citizens are required to announce themselves to the Department of Asylum and Migration Police of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (OAMP MV ČR) or the Foreign Police within 3 days of first entering the Czech Republic and applying for a biometric residence card. A valid passport and an original or a notarised copy (recommended) of the lease contract in the Czech language are required to complete this process. Immediately upon receiving the residence permit card, it is necessary to submit a copy to the appropriate personnel department.
Announcing changes of personal details (surname, marital status, address, etc.) at the OAMP MV ČR is required by law. It is recommended to arrange an appointment by phone in advance.
Every foreign national who was issued a long-term residence permit in the Czech Republic is obliged to take the adaptation integration course within one year of the date of collecting their residence permit.
A foreigner with an approved long-term residence permit is allocated an identity number (rodné číslo). EU national is allocated an identity number when applying for a registration certificate. An identity number can be requested by Czech authorities e.g. when applying for a mortgage, registering a car, etc.
Addresses for registering:
- For arrival registration, if you live in private accommodation inform the foreign police:
|Smetanova 14, 779 00 Olomouc
|Monday and Wednesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
|+420 974 761 829
- For arrival registration for employees who got the residence permit please:
Write an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject e-mail: first entry in CZ
Please specify your name, surname, date of birth, nationality, faculty, and date of arrival.
You will be given an appointment for biometrics. For communication, use your school e-mail (UPOL) account!
- For registration, bring your national identity card or a passport (and visa) and your travel health insurance contract and confirmation of its payment to the address above (EU students bring their national health insurance card).
The following text provides essential information for non-EU international employees regarding their stay in the Czech Republic.
- Extending a long-term residence permit
- Extending the long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research
- Extension of the long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification
- Bridging label
- Permanent residence
It is always necessary to check the validity of your long-term residence permit. If the validity of your permit card is to expire soon, you should extend it at the OAMP MV ČR. It is necessary to submit an application for an extension of the long-term residence permit 120 days prior to the end of the validity of the existing long-term residence permit or the long-term visa and at the latest day of the validity of the visa or the residence permit.
If you want to extend your stay in the Czech Republic, you have two options:
- PERSONALLY - Contact email@example.com or call personally the infoline of the MOI at +420 974 801 801 to arrange an appointment at the OAMP in Přerov.
- BY POST - This possibility is only for extending of your current long-term residence permit without any changes.
Send complete documentation in registered mail, including the sale of revenue stamps, and a copy of your passport. By submitting your application, your obligation is fulfilled and your stay in the Czech Republic is legal. Five days afterward, write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, surname, and date of birth and asking them to communicate the reference number of your application. This number will allow you to track your application online.
Address for sending the documents:
Ministerstvo vnitra ČR - Odbor azylové a migrační politiky
|U Výstaviště 3183/18, 750 02 Přerov
|Monday and Wednesday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday and Thursday: 8 AM to 12 PM
Friday: Upon the Invitation
|+420 974 801 801
a) Check whether your employment contract will be prolonged.
b) Required Documents:
- Hosting agreement (original in Czech),
- Written commitment to cover the costs (original in Czech),
- Filled-in and signed application form (the green one),
- The sale of revenue stamps in the value of 2500 CZK,
- Accommodation agreement (officially verified copy of the Czech original, may be done at the post office),
- copy of all the pages in your passport with record,
It is always necessary to check the validity of your long-term residence permit (family reunification). If the validity of your permit card is to expire soon, you should extend it at the OAMP MV ČR.
Stamps (kolky) in the value of 2 500,- CZK, child 1000,- CZK
Accommodation Agreement (officially verified copy i.e. from the post office of the Czech original, NOT APPENDIX)
Filled in application form
Document of medical insurance
Passport copy of all the pages with some record
If your application is currently being processed but you need to travel to or from the EU/EEA or Schengen areas, it is necessary to obtain a bridging label that grants permission for such travel.
To obtain a Bridging label, go to OAMP in Přerov (U Výstaviště 3183/18, 750 02 Přerov) during opening hours, knock at the door "Informace" (Information), and ask for a Bridging label. We recommend you go there during the morning hours as they can only print a limited amount of Bridging labels per day
After 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, foreign nationals can file an application for permanent residence at the MOI office.
- Travel document,
- Proof of accommodation,
- Proof of funds,
- Czech language exam certificate (more information available on the official website Čeština pro cizince),
- upon request - a Document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record.
The requirements for the application should not be older than 180 days except for the travel document, the birth certificate, the document demonstrating the requisite knowledge of the Czech language, and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.
If you finish your research or decide to end your employment contract and leave the Czech Republic, there are certain actions you should undertake.
All foreign nationals are obliged to:
- close your bank account
- terminate your lease contract
- return the employee card and health insurance card to the HR department
- return your long-term residence card – send it to the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy Olomouc by post
- deregister from the register of payers of the waste collection fee, etc.
When leaving your job, you will get:
- Confirmation of participation in the pension system
- Employment certificate