Would you like to purchase internet services, apply for a mortgage, register your car or be able to return to Czechia in case of emergencies? If you are an EU citizen or a family member of an EU citizen living in Czechia, you will be able to with a residence permit. Although applying for one may seem like too much of a bother, the benefits greatly outweigh the bureaucracy. Above all, they will make your life in Czechia much easier.
The main benefit of acquiring a residence permit in Czechia is that you will be issued a “rodné číslo” (birth number). This is a vital identification number used for many different things in Czechia (similar to the social security number in the USA), including all of the cases listed below. There is no other way to get a birth number than through a residence permit.
Applying for a residence permit will make your life in Czechia so much easier.
Get your COVID-19 vaccine in Czechia
With a residence permit, you can now register for a COVID-19 vaccine in Czechia, even if you’re not covered by public insurance.
All you need to bring to the vaccination location once you’re registered is:
- A document that verifies your identity
- A document that verifies your residence permit/visa
- Money (preferably a card, but some locations may accept cash as well) – the price should not exceed CZK 810 per dose
Purchase internet services in Czechia
You may not know this, but as it stands now, a number of Czech internet companies (including Vodafone and T-Mobile) will not sell internet services to foreigners unless they have a residence permit. Therefore, if you move into an apartment without internet access and you need to purchase one, you might find it difficult or impossible.
The easiest way to deal with this issue is to apply for a residence permit. Once you have a residence permit, no one will refuse to provide you services anymore.
Exchange your driver’s licence, register your car
Let’s say you move to the Czech Republic from Cyprus. In theory you can simply jump into a car and drive. However, if you want to obtain or exchange your driver’s licence, you need to wait for 185 days to be able to do that, unless you have a residence permit.
The same applies to buying a new car. You need to wait for 185 days to be able to register it in your name. This means that nobody will sell it to you before that – even if there is a valid contract and everything.
Again, getting a residence permit would solve this issue. In fact, it wouldn’t even be an issue in the first place.
Come back to Czechia during emergencies
As you may remember, there was a time during the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 when foreigners living in Czechia weren’t able to return back to the country if they left it for some reason. They were only allowed to cross the borders if they had a residence permit.
Even though this issue is no longer valid (EU citizens can cross the border freely), you never know what might happen in the future.
Applying for a residence permit will provide you with a feeling of security. You will no longer have to be anxious about when you might and might not be allowed to cross the border, because you’ll be registered here.
Acquire a trade licence
Those who want to become freelancers in Czechia will need a residence permit to get their trade licence (known in Czechia as “Živnostenský list”).
In fact, for non-EU nationals especially, a trade licence is valid depending on the validity of your current permit or visa, so acquiring a residence permit is vital.
You should also remember that if you want to work as a freelancer in Czechia, you will need health insurance. If you are an EU citizen or a citizen of the USA or Turkey or already have permanent residence, you’ll need to pay public health insurance. If you come from a third country, you’ll need to acquire private/commercial health insurance.
Pay in instalments, apply for loans and mortgages
In addition to these bigger benefits, there are smaller benefits to having a residence permit. Things you might normally not think about until you need them. For example, you might need a residence permit if you want to pay for something in instalments instead of one large sum of money.
Get your permanent residency easily
Finally, if you’ve acquired a temporary residence permit (or a certificate of temporary residence), once you decide to apply for permanent residency, the process will be much smoother.
When applying for a permanent residence permit, you need to prove that you’ve been living here for 5 years. Your temporary residence permit (or a certificate of temporary residence) will help you out with that.
You can acquire a temporary residence permit or a certificate of temporary residence as soon as after 3 months of living in Czechia.
Have we intrigued you with these benefits? Would you like to apply for your residence permit now? Get in touch with us and we will gladly take your case and help you with everything. Let’s make sure that your life in Czechia is as comfortable as possible.
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