In connection with the Brexit, The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic advises the citizens of the United Kingdom to apply for Certificate of Temporary Residence.
If all goes to plan the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is to leave the European Union on 29th March 2019. The current draft text of the departure agreement anticipates a transition period lasting until the end of 2020. The draft agreement assumes that the UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU will keep their existing rights until the end of the transition period.
However, The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic points out that the exit deal talks have not been finalized, and the transition period will only take place if the deal is countersigned by both sides in time and becomes valid before the said date.
For the sake of legal certainty, saving time, and to avoid the necessity of more complicated administrative steps in the future, all the UK citizens residing in the Czech Republic and wishing to maintain their rights after the date of the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union are strongly recommended to apply for Certificate of Temporary Residence.
Although The Certificate of Temporary Residence is not a condition of an EU citizens’ stay in the Czech Republic and each EU citizen can freely decide for requesting, the document is an evident proof that its holder is a citizen of the United Kingdom living in the Czech Republic before the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. Furthermore, having the temporary residence permit is useful for other applications such as driving licence or vehicle registration.
Foreigners will help you!
So, if you are the UK citizen staying in the Czech Republic, save yourself a lot of worries and get your temporary residence permit right now. Our Expat & Immigration consultants will:
- arrange the appointment at the Ministry of the Interior’s office for you – in Prague, the first appointment can’t be scheduled earlier than at 2 or 3 months (in Brno at 6 weeks) – either count on that or you can go by yourself and wait for several hours
- check all the documents you have to furnish and help you to obtain the missing ones
- fill in the application on your behalf
- check the status of your application
- personally assist you at the Ministry of the Interior’s office
- guide you through the entire process so everything is correct the first time around
The service is called Immigration Package and costs 5 000 CZK + VAT.
Our advice: Don’t hesitate and act fast. Soon, there are going to be many applications which may slow down dealing with your request.
Those UK citizens who will not have the Certificate of Temporary Residence once the transition period is over will have to present a proof that they are subject to the rules stipulated in the withdrawal agreement, which will be a far more complicated procedure.
You can download the official statement released by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic here.