How to Obtain a Permanent Residence Permit in the Czech Republic: EU Citizen vs. non-EU Citizen

Are you an EU citizen or non-EU citizen living in the Czech Republic? Do you want to obtain a permanent residence permit? There are a couple of things that you should keep in mind when starting the process. In this article, we have included all the important information an EU citizen or non-EU citizen needs when applying for a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic.

Obtain a Permanent Residence Permit in the Czech Republic

1. EU citizen

The requirements to obtain a permanent residence permit differ for individual EU citizens and for those EU citizens who are a family member of another EU citizen.

A) Five years of continuous temporary residence

As an EU citizen, you can apply for a permanent permit after five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic

Besides the continuous residence, one needs to fulfill some requirements such as proof of accommodation, a travel document, etc. in order to continue the process.

B) Two years of continuous temporary residence in the Czech Republic – as a family member of another EU citizen

As an EU citizen who is also a family member of another EU citizen, you can apply for the permanent residence permit after two years of continuous temporary residence in the Czech Republic. 

In this case, it is a must that for at least one year you are a family member of:

  • a citizen of the Czech Republic who is registered with permanent residence in the territory 

      OR 

  • a citizen from another EU Member State who has been issued a permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic

 

2. Non-EU citizen who is a family member of an EU citizen

As a non-EU citizen who is a family member of an EU citizen with permanent residence in the Czech Republic, you can apply after two years of continuous temporary residence in the Czech Republic.

In this case, it is a must that for at least one year you have been a family member of:

  • a citizen of the Czech Republic who is registered with permanent residence in the territory

      OR

  • a citizen from another EU Member State who has been issued a permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic

 

3. Non-EU citizen

As a non-EU citizen, you can apply for a permanent permit after five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic. In addition, your stay must be on a long-term visa or long-term residence permit. 

All the requirements are almost the same as for an EU citizen, except that for the non-EU citizen, there is a requirement for a Czech language exam certificate.

 

4. EU Blue Card holders

If you meet the condition of five years of continuous residence in the Member States of the European Union as a holder of an EU Blue Card, you may apply for the permanent residence permit if you have lived in the Czech Republic for at least two years.

 

By obtaining a permanent residence permit, an individual gets similar rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the Czech Republic. 

We have an article explaining what the difference between temporary vs permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic is, if you are wondering about the benefit of obtaining a permanent residence permit.

If you want to know more about the process of obtaining a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic, don’t hesitate to contact us and use our consultation service.

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3 thoughts on “How to Obtain a Permanent Residence Permit in the Czech Republic: EU Citizen vs. non-EU Citizen

  1. Hi,
    I am part of non-eu and living in czech which am came from india and i just want to know about the blue card details.

    Should i go and work anywhere in EU with blue card without asking them to provide visa sponsorship.
    for example: If i get blue card in Czech republic, can i go and work in Germany or Austria without valid visa or work permit.

    it would be good if you provide information about this.

    Regards,
    Basker Subramaniyan

    1. Hello Basker,

      for more details about the blue card, you can write us an email to prague@foreigners.cz. Our Expat & Immigration Consultant would love to provide you with the information that you need!

      Thanks and have a nice day 🙂

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