Amendment to the act on Asylum in the Czech Republic is the 46th amendment of the Immigration law since 1999 when new immigration legislation has been adopted. The amendment has been signed by the President of the Czech Republic on 24th November 2015 and came into force on 18th December 2015.
Even though it is an amendment to the act on Asylum, several new provisions will be touching also Business Immigration. The main changes will be the following: – New definition of a non-EU family member of an EU citizen, who will be newly able to enjoy the above mentioned status;
– Long-term visas will be issued for a period of up to 1 year instead of 180 days;
– Changes in deadlines for submission of long-term residency permit applications and their extensions;
– Stricter rules for counting of continuous stay of non-EU nationals in the Czech Republic for the purpose of Permanent Residency application;
– New conditions for children traveling without parents.
The amendment brings number of negative and positive changes. Among the positive ones, we can mention a new definition of a non-EU national who is a family member of an EU national. This category will newly include also: – Any descendants younger then 21 years of age; – Any ascendants and descendants of an EU national, who are reliant financially or in terms of personal care on the EU national
Information source: Petyovský & Partners
Author: Nadya Dyakova, PR intern of Foreigners.cz Brno