Did you know that after 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic, every foreigner can apply for a permanent residence card? By obtaining permanent residence, an individual gets almost the same rights and responsibilities as a citizen of the Czech Republic. Keep reading to find out more about the permanent residence card.
The permanent residence permit is a prelude to obtaining citizenship in the Czech Republic. Both EU and non-EU citizens can apply for a permanent residence permit, after meeting certain conditions (listed below). With a permanent residence card, you will gain the same rights as a Czech citizen with some exceptions. For instance, you don’t have the right to vote or work in the Czech Armed Forces.
Who can apply for a residence permit?
- Anyone can apply for a permanent residence permit, that is EU citizens, their family members and third-country citizens, if they meet the requirements (read below)
What are the requirements for gaining residence permit?
- living in the Czech Republic continuously at least for 5 years (third-country citizens)
- passing the Czech language exam on at least A1 level (this might change in the upcoming years) (only for non-EU nationals)
- other documents such as proof of accommodation, a travel document, etc.
How long does it take?
- The law of the residence of expats has 60 days to make the decision if the application is submitted in the Czech republic.
- If the application is submitted through an embassy, it takes 180 days.
- However, the real time is longer, approximately 3 months.
What can you do with your residence permit?
- You can apply for a loan or mortgage at the bank.
- You have a free entry to the labour market.
- You can start your own business.
- You are eligible to receive social support in hard-life situations and pension upon reaching the retirement age from the Czech government.
Permanent residence permit for family members
Family members have to live in the Czech Republic at least for 2 years to be able to apply for a permanent residence permit. The minimum duration of the family member status is 1 year. In practice it means that when a foreigner arrives in the Czech Republic in 2020, gets married in 2021 in the following year (2022) they can ask for a permanent residence permit as he meets both requirements.
The condition of 1 year family members status is contemplated also with:
- Being a family member of a Czech citizen who is registered with permanent residence in the territory.
- Being a family member of a citizen from another EU Member State who has been issued a permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic.
Do you need help with obtaining your permanent residence permit? We can help you! Visit the residence permit section on our website and we will assist you with your legal stay in the Czech Republic. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions.
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