Changing Employers in the Czech Republic: What Are the Difficulties?

As an expat living and working in the Czech Republic, you are obligated to report the change of the employer as well as when changing a job title and employment. This process might be tricky as there are several documents to submit, conditions under which you can apply and deadlines to meet. In this article, we will bring you a summary of all these aspects so you can better orientate in the process of changing the employer.

If you are a non-EU citizen living in the Czech Republic, you are obliged to notify the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy (OAMP) of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) about the change of the employer, change of the job, or if you want to be employed on additional job position at the same employer or additional employer. You can do so personally at the MOI office, by post, via a data box with a guaranteed electronic signature, or by email with a guaranteed electronic signature. 




What is the process like?

There are two variants of the process:

  1. The first one includes those employees who have free access to the labor market, then the process is very simple: all you have to do is fill out a notification and send it to the MOI.
  2. The second variant is that the employee does not have free access to the labour market. In this case, it is necessary to report the change of the employer and submit various documents as well as meet certain deadlines.

Why is it complicated?

The process can become problematic for various reasons. Firstly, the change of the employer has to be announced before it occurs, 30 days at the latest. At the same time, you have to report the change of the employer at the latest 60 days from your work contract’s expiration, otherwise, the employee card will automatically expire (counting from the last day of the previous employment contract).  

Therefore, ideally, you must deal with the replacement of the employer before you quit the last job. 

What will you need to report the change of the employer?

  • form of the change of the employer
  • termination contract – the document confirming the termination of the current employment contract with the exact date (both for the future termination of the contract or already terminated contract)
  • number of the new job position from the Central register of vacancies for holders of employee cards
  • a written statement of the future employer stating that the expat is capable to do the job
Dealing with changing the employer can be problematic.

Which conditions need to be fulfilled? 

  • you have to be a holder of a valid employee card for at least 6 months
  • change must be notified at the latest 30 days before it happens
  • it is not possible to notify the change of employer if the new employer is a job agency
  • the change of employer must be reported within 60 days of the end of the previous employment

The decision of MOI about the fulfillment of the conditions will be made within 30 days and both the future employer and the employee will be notified. This will be done by the ‘notification of compliance’ and the foreign national can start working from the date of change mentioned in the notification. 




As part of our services, we offer assistance with the change of the employer. The process might become difficult for you if you are unsure what to include with the notification. If there is any mistake in the application, you will not get the chance to correct it. On the contrary, you will be asked to submit the notification again, however, the time for its submission will count from the first attempt.  

What else you need to notice?

As stated by the MOI office, ‘if you do not submit any of these mentioned annexes above, the notification will be considered as unsubmitted. It could lead to the termination of the validity of your employee card. If the facts mentioned in these annexes are not clearly proven, the notification will be considered as unsubmitted too’. Your new employer will be evaluated as well – if they are considered unreliable (“nespolehlivý zaměstnavatel” in Czech ) by the Ministry of the Interior, the employee card, and/or the consent with employment with a new employer, may be rejected as well. Moreover, meeting the deadlines might be confusing as well. 

In the case of Blue Cards, the process is a bit different. If you change your employer within the first two years, you apply for the change yourself. On the other hand, if you change the employer after the first two years, you only have to submit a notice of the change. As a Blue-Card holder, you also won’t be able to take up employment with an additional employer.

Do you need help with notifying MOI about changing your employer? Do you need help with translating the documents into the Czech language? Feel free to contact us, we are here to support you!

The article is prepared together with Lucie Tomanová from Foreigners Pilsen & Tereza Křížová, a former intern at Foreigners Brno.

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43 thoughts on “Changing Employers in the Czech Republic: What Are the Difficulties?

  1. I have regine under prohibition period of time. May I know If I am able to get a new job contract ?What will be the next process regarding this situation? Will be helpful to know . With regards thanking you

    1. Hi Dipendra! Thank you for your question. I’m a bit confused about your first sentence. What do you mean by “regine under prohibition period of time”? If you have a specific issue you need help with, I recommend that you contact our immigration specialists at We’d love to help you out!


  2. Hi,
    Can you please specify who are the employees that have free access to the labor market? If I am already working for a company in Czech Republic with an employee card (temporary), am I included in this group?
    Thank you

  3. Hello, What are the complications when it is not an employee card but ICT visa?
    I do not hold Employee Card but only ICT card on deputation.

    Does the ICT visa card become invalid on the last working day of my current employer after my resignation?
    How should I convert this ICT to a normal employee card if I have an offer in CZ?

    Many people talk about Employee card but not the ICT visa.

    1. Hello!
      An ICT card is connected to the contract between your international employer (i.e. your employer abroad) and the Czech office of your company. If this contract runs out or is finished, your purpose of stay in Czechia also finishes.

      If you’re about to finish your current contract, there should be some kind of a notice (usually 2 months), so you should have enough time to take care of everything. Once your contract runs out, your current employer needs to inform the employment office about the date of the end of your contract. The employment office then informs the Ministry of the Interior which will send you a letter that will ask you to leave (they will give you a notice as well, the letter will specify the date when you have to leave Czechia).

      Before that leaving date (because you’ll still have a residence permit), you can apply for an employee cart with your new employer at the Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (in Czechia). That way, you don’t have to leave at all.

      The main disadvantage of the ICT visa is that it’s only valid for 3 years (and for interns only 1 year), so employee card really is much better for you.

      Hope this helps!


  4. Hi,

    I have an employee card and I am currently working in Prague. My employee card is valid till January 2022 which is 7 months from now. However, I am currently looking for a job change and if I find a job in 2 months or later, will l not be eligible to notify change of employment, as the validity of my current employment card will be less than 6 months?

    1. Sam,
      The condition is that you need to have owned the card for at least 6 month, not to have 6 months “left on it”. So, if you’ve had this card for at least 6 months, it should be ok. Sorry if it was confusing in the article.


      1. Hi, you didn’t understand Sam’s question. Please re-read his last sentence.

        1. Thanks Tim,
          sometimes it’s difficult to understand, but we always get there, hehe :).
          Sam – indeed, you can’t change your employer if you haven’t had your employee card for 6 months yet.


  5. Hi there,
    I’m currently employed in Brno and would like to know when is the earliest I can apply for a change of an employer. I got my employee card on April 6th and would like to notify my current employer on August 1st, that is 2 months before I’ll be having my employee card for 6 months (which will be on October 6th) and quit on October 7th (also let’s say my next employment will start on November 6th so there would be a required 30 days period). Will that work?

    1. Hi Daniel!
      From my understanding, there’s no minimum time you need to be working for your previous employer. However, you need to announce the change of your employment 30 days before the termination, so I’m guessing it’s those 30 days at least.

      I’m not aware of any other obstacles with your case. However, I am not an immigration specialist, so I’d encourage you to talk to one of ours about this – you can email us at about this. Please mention your city/region in the subject. Thanks!

      All the best,

  6. Do I need to complete my 6 months for my first employer before I can change it? Thank you.

    1. Hi John,
      according to the rules, you have to be a holder of a valid employee card for at least 6 months, so in theory yes.


  7. As a blue card holder, is there a limit on how many times per year I can change an employer?

          1. Just one more question.
            My blue card is in the renewal process. I have submitted the documents for renewal in September. My blue card expires this month (November). I still have no information about the renewal. So what can happen if my blue card expires before I have any decision from the MOI? How long does it take (maximum time) for the MOI to make the decision?

            Thank you

          2. Hi Dushko,
            renewing shouldn’t take very long (apologies, I’m not sure about the exact timeframe – would have to check with our immigration team, which could take time). Have you tried calling the MOI and enquiring about the card?
            If you want our help, get in touch with us at and we can call for you as a part of our assistance services.


  8. Hi,

    Im having “Zamestanecka Card Poznamky 27” i.e long-term, its valid till 2023, im planning to change my job, trying to understand the order:

    1) I need to start resignation process with my current company, so lets say if its November and i filled and signed termination document then the 2 month notice period will start from the next month which is December ?
    2) I need to wait for 2 month and then apply for MOI or I can start process of employment change right after the signed termination document with my current employer?
    3) What if it take for more than 2 month for MOI to approve this change, what is the risks? I.E how long it can take for MOI to approve this change

    1. Hi Solomon,
      Thanks for your questions – here are the answers:

      1) That is correct.
      2) The change of employer has to be notified at the MOI office within 60 days from the end of the contract with the current employer (becuase latest on that day the Employee card expires) and at the latest 30 days before the new work contract is about to start. It’s recommended to notify the change asap, even during the termination period of the current job.
      3) It takes up to 30 days to process the change of the employer and get the decision (approval) from the MOI office. If refused and the foreigner’s contract ended more than 60 days ago, it’s necessary to leave the country. For that reason it’s recommended to submit the documents asap.
      IMPORTANT – change of employer can be notified at the earliest 6 months from takeover of the first Employee Card!

      If you have additional questions or need our assistance, please contact us at and our communication administrator will direct you to the best person to help you.


  9. Hi ma’am how about if i am being terminated by my employer when im only working with them in just 2 months can i look for new employer ma’am,am i considered under probation period? What are the. Requirements for me to gather in order for me to find for a new employer

    1. Hi Gee,
      You should reread your contract to see what your trial period was supposed to be. If it was two months (which is standard), then yes, they can terminante your employment and simply let you go without any time to find new employment.

      You should look for a new position as soon as possible so your work permit is still valid.

      Unfortunately we are not a recruitment agency so we can’t provide you with advice on finding a new job, but if you need help getting a new employee card or switching an employer once you find a new position, email us at and we’ll do our best to assist.


  10. Hi, visa expired last 25th of September. I apply, submitted and paid for stamp to our Hr before that date. I have colleagues that filed for visa renewal later than I filed and they got approved already. What could be the possible reason that I am not being approved by MOI yet?

    1. Hi Sally,
      Have you tried calling the MOI and asking about your case?
      If you want us to take a look, please contact us at and specify your location.


  11. Hello, I got promoted in my company and I will stay within the same company and same department. Just my job title (in English) will be changed but in my new contract, all urad prace number and CZ-ISCO will stay as before. In this case, should I still inform the MOI about that? In urad prace I have it as “Fakturanti” for the first and new job title.

    1. Hi Ridvan, don’t stress out! If your CZ-ISCO stayed the same, you don’t need to report anything :).


      1. Thank you for your answer Tereza. It is quite complicated case and I haven’t got any clear answer yet, everyone says something different. I was a bit stressed because I already started on my new position! So, thanks a lot for clarifying it 🙂 My case is a bit special and you never know what can happen in bureaucracy.

        1. Hi Ridvan,
          I totally understand, these things can be stressful. But you don’t need to worry.


  12. Hello, I got promoted in my company and now I am working in a new position. I didn’t notify MOI as my vacancy number in uřad prace and CZ-ISCO stay the same, even my title in Czech (Fakturanti) is the same and only difference is my title in English (Billing Specialist-Accounts Receivable). If this would be a problem, which action should I take so that to avoid any problem in the future?

  13. hello , i will have my employee card at 30.03.2022 phisically and in first 6 months i want to work with another job which it has to be part-time as i know , is it true or can i also apply full time jobs because i can be really flexible on my first employer.

    also i am applying part time jobs for now and one of them told me that we can not work with who has employee cards which we are job agency , what is that job agency means exactly , is it linked to goverment job finding departments something like that or can’t i work if the job seeker is a normal job agencies like Accenture etc.

    1. Hi Semih,
      I’m not sure if I understand your question correctly. What is the problem?

      You can’t change your employment if the new employer is a job agency, i.e. it’s a recruitment agency that employs you rather than the actual company where you do the physical work. Does that make sense?


      1. hi Tereza,
        thanks for your response , i know that i can not change my employer if the new one is a job agency but i want to know that while i am working on a contract can i able to add a new employer as a part time ( DPC contract ) ? and if yes what i need to do ?

        1. Hi Semih,
          if you’re here on an Employee Card, your card is tied to your current job. I’m not sure if you can add another part-time job to it, but I don’t see why not. This question is a bit too complicated for me, so I’d like to encourage you to send it to our immigration specialists at I’m sure someone will give you advice.

          Thanks and all the best,

  14. Hi Teraza,
    What kind of documents should be submitted for the change of employer application for a blue card holder less than 2 years?

  15. Hello,

    If I am first time employee card, and my employer fire me during the 3 months of probation can I apply for change of employer with another company?

    I had an employee card since 2014 to 2021, bur due to the pandemic I lost the right and I had to start from the beginning.


    1. Hi Iva,
      Yes, you can change the employer.
      If your employment was terminated by your employer during the probationary period, it’s one of the exceptions when you can notify the change of employer earlier than 6 months after the takeover of your employee card.
      Still you have to fulfill the rest of the conditions: you need to have a valid employee card (ie. not expired one), the change has to be notified at the latest 30 days before it happens and not later than 60 days after the end of the terminated employment, and the new employer cannot be a job agency. You can find all the information here –


  16. Hi,
    What kind of documents should be submitted for the change of employer application for a blue card holder more than 2 years? Do I have free market access?

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