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 Cardholders

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.

Huyen Vu

Huyen Vu

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24 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 🙂

  2. "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."

    How can I obtain a long-term visa or long-term residence permit in the first place?

  3. Could a Chinese obtain a residence permit through a self-employed visa? What documents are needed? Thanks

  4. Hello,
    I’m an Albanian nationalty with “EC long-term residents” in other EU member states (Italy).
    I would like to apply for a work permit in CR, I have signed an indefinite contract with 32000/gross/month in Prague.
    It is possible to know how much is the min salary established from the government for obtaining the work permit in Prague ??
    Thank you.

  5. I want information how many years after i will get CzechRepublic passpor. I know 5 years after get permanent residents.How many years need for passport for CzechRepubli. Best regard

  6. Hello,
    I would like to know how can I get the Czech passport and nationality ? in what situation? (I am a non EU citizen and I have obtained the long-term residence card in the Czech Republic since 2013, which is valid until 2023) Thank you in advance for your response.

    1. Hello,

      yes, it’s possible to obtain the Czech nationality after you got a permanent residence permit and have been living in the Czech Republic for a certain amount of years. For more information, please write us at info@foreigners.cz.

      Best regards,
      Karina.

  7. Hello,

    I’m non-Eu Citizen, this year is my fourth year in Czech Republic, I’m planning to take language exam this year, is the language certificate it still valid next year for applying a permanent residence permit? Thank you very much.

  8. Hello Huyen Vu,
    have a nice day, as a no EU citizen, I want to know that, how long will take to get TRC in Czech Rep. & what does you mean by need to stay 5 years continuously to get PR? that means, can I go vacation to my country in this 5 years period or we need to stay non-stop 5 years in Czech to get PR?

    Best Regards,
    Jahangir Alam
    Email: jahangiralamssp@gmail.com

    1. Hello Jahangir,

      Yes, you can go on vacation during this period. If you have any more questions about permanent residence permit, let us know at info@foreigners.cz.

      Best regards,
      Karyna.

  9. Hello good day. Im filipino workers in cz ive been working here since 2014 and i have plan to get permanent residence can you help me.

  10. Hi, I just want to register myself to the police.. I came on June 2019 in Praque but I didn’t register myself. Before that I was registered in Brno for a year.. Can you help me as no one replying in the police. Thank you

    1. Hello Danijela,

      thank you for your questions! Sure, our team will do our best to help you register. Please write your inquiry at brno@foreigners.cz and my colleagues will get back to you as soon as possible.

      Best regards,
      Karina.

  11. Hello,
    Are diplomatic visas not calculated as part of the 5 year continuous stay in the Czech republic?
    Thank you for your answer.

    1. Hello Moutaz,

      thank you for your comment! I recommend you to check out this web, so you can get familiar with all types of visa for a stay of over 90 days.

      Best regards,
      Karyna.

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