#LifeInCzechia If you’ve been living in the Czech Republic for around 4 years, it is time to start considering getting your permanent residence permit. This type of card is available to you after 5 years of continuous stay in Czechia and will bring you many advantages. And the good news is, you can start on the preparations early. For instance, you can pass your Czech exam early to avoid stress when the time to apply comes.
Are you ready to take your Czech exam?
Permanent residency: why and when
A permanent residence permit is the best type of residence permit in the Czech Republic, just one step below citizenship. It grants you a lot of security.
One of its main advantages is that it includes open access to the job market. If you currently have an employee card, switching to permanent residency will mean that your residency will no longer be tied to your job. It’ll also be possible for you to apply for a loan or a mortgage or start your own business.
Most importantly, you’ll become a part of the social system, so you’ll be able to reap its benefits, including being a part of public health care.
And, as we already mentioned, you’ll be one last step closer to citizenship.
You can apply for permanent residency once you’ve been in the Czech Republic for 5 years continually. If you’ve spent any of those years here as a student, those years need to be cut in half.
Take the Czech exam early
One of the hoops you’ll need to jump through to be able to apply for permanent residency is a Czech language exam (currently A2 level). You’ll need to present a certificate confirming you’ve passed it.
This is why it’s a good idea to pass this exam early, so you don’t have to stress about it on top of other immigration bureaucracy. Perhaps after you’ve already been here for 4 years and you’re planning on getting your permanent residency when you hit 5.
But you can’t take the Czech language exam just anywhere. There are certified schools in Czechia where they’re allowed to give these exams. You can find the list here.
To be able to sign up for the exam, you’ll need a valid passport (or another travel document). You can also bring a Voucher for a free Examination in the Czech Language for the purposes of a permanent residence permit issued by the Ministry of the Interior. You can only get one free attempt from the ministry, so don’t waste it!
According to Cestina-pro-cizince.cz, there are two parts to the exam. The written part consists of reading (25 minutes), listening (35 minutes) and writing (15 minutes). The oral part takes 10 minutes in total. During this part, you will answer questions and speak about pictures.