#LifeInCzechia Expats who have applied for an employee card or blue card often ask us when it’s the best time to relocate to Czechia and when they can start working. It all depends on how long the approval process takes. Obviously, you want to come here as soon as possible to settle in and acclimate before you start working. But be aware – relocating before your application has been approved can have its disadvantages. Read more to find out what they are.
#LifeInCzechia Do you own a permanent residence permit? Have you ever thought about staying outside Czechia for a period of time? People tend to ask us how long they can stay outside the country – and here are the answers! Watch out, the periods are different for living in the EU and in a third country. We’ll also answer the question of whether having a Czech permanent residence permit can help you obtain the same document elsewhere in the EU.
#ImmiUpdatesCzechia Are you planning on moving to Czechia to pursue a highly-qualified job? Maybe you’re coming here on a residence permit known as the blue card. From 1 May 2022, new blue card holders are required to have a monthly gross salary of a minimum of 56 759 CZK. This is because the average annual salary in Czechia has gone up. And watch out, this new salary is also valid for some applications submitted through programmes of economic migration before 1 May.
If you have been living in the Czech Republic for over 5 years, you can apply for a permanent residence permit. Wondering which benefits it can bring? This article represents the first steps towards an answer. For a few months now, there has been a new version of the Czech immigration law. As of 2 August 2021, expatriates who are not covered by their company insurance won’t have another choice but to buy the PVZP insurance. In order to get the same health care insurance as any Czech citizen, you can apply for your permanent residence permit. And save some money.
Are you wondering if you’re eligible for Czech citizenship? There are different ways to obtain a Czech passport, including descent, naturalization, and declaration. A Czech passport provides you with many advantages including the freedom to travel to 183 different countries with visa-free access. You would be able to live, work and travel in all 28 member countries of the EU. We have listed requirements for each of the options on how to be granted Czech citizenship.
Are you a British citizen? The United Kingdom has officially left the European Union on 1 January 2021. Depending on whether you lived here before that day or not, you might still be able to use most of the benefits. When are you taken as an EU citizen and when are you taken as a third-country citizen? The rules aren’t as cohesive as it may seem…
If you aren’t covered by public health insurance, you need to purchase comprehensive health insurance from a commercial insurance company. According to the new version of the Czech immigration law, you can only buy this insurance from the PVZP from 2 August 2021. If you don’t want the PVZP insurance, you can still get insured with Slavia for cheaper if you close your contract by 1 August 2021.
The Czech government amended the law about foreigners living in Czechia, valid from 2 August 2021. These changes include for example the obligation to purchase comprehensive health insurance solely from the insurance company PVZP for the first five years of their stay, the renaming of a residence permit document for EU citizens, administration fees of 200 CZK for residence permits and their extensions, and new identification documents for third-country citizens containing biometric data.
Due to the growth in the delta variant of COVID-19 infections, the government has decided to amend the O-N-T system (the vaccination-disease-test system). Specifically, one dose of the two-dose vaccines will no longer be sufficient to travel and use services from 9 July. Blanket testing in companies has ended, but some testing will still be required. Two different mobile apps were launched to help display and check one’s COVID-19 status.
Are you a third-country citizen who has been transferred to Czechia from abroad within one big corporation? Then you’re most likely here on an intra-company employee transfer card. This long-term residence permit allows you to stay and work in this country under specific conditions. What are these conditions? And what if you decide to switch to a different type of residence permit or change your employer?