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Employment permit and valid residence permit

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland can reside and work on the territory of the Czech Republic without any permits. The services are intended for citizens of third countries.

Citizens of third countries can be admitted to employment and employed only if they have a valid employment permit and a valid residence permit to stay in the Czech legalRepublic or if they are holders of a Green Card or a Blue Card, unless the Employment Act stipulates otherwise.

According to the Employment Act, the performance of tasks arising from the business profile of a legal person by a partner, a statutory body, or a member of a statutory or other body of a business company for the business company, or a member of a co-operative, or a member of a statutory or other body of a co-operative for the co-operative is also regarded as employment.

An applicant for an employment permit must first submit an application for the employment permit, which is applicable to the particular vacancy, at the appropriate employment office. The application must be accompanied by a statement of an employer confirming that he will employ the applicant. An employment permit itself does not entitle the foreigner to stay in the Czech Republic. After the employment permit is issued, the foreigner is obliged to apply for a long-term visa for the purpose of employment at the appropriate representative body. After you have obtained the employment permit, you can apply for a residence permit for the purpose of employment.

Green Card - An application is to be made in person at the appropriate representative body. In cases that are explicitly stated in the Act on the Residence of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic (§ 42g item 2), a foreigner may make the application in the territory of the Czech Republic, namely in the Ministry of Interior. More details about Green Card

Blue Card - An application for a Blue Card can be made at a Czech representative body abroad. If a foreigner stays in the Czech Republic based on a residence visa for longer than 90 days or a long-term residence permit, the application may be made in the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.  More details about Blue Card

A foreigner is entitled to file an application for a long-term residence permit if he/she stays on the territory based on a residence visa for longer than 90 days and is going to stay temporarily on the territory for longer than 1 year provided that the same purpose of stay remains. The application for the long-term residence permit is made at the appropriate regional office of the Foreigners Residence Department. The foreigner can apply for a residence permit based on the employment permit.

Employment of foreigners can be realized based on

  • contracted labour relations with a Czech legal person or individual
  • a contract made between a Czech legal person or individual and a foreign employer who sends its employees (who are not the EU citizens or family members of the EU citizens) to work on the territory of the Czech Republic under this contract
  • a contract made between a Czech legal person or individual and a foreign employer who lends its employees (who are not the EU citizens or family members of the EU citizens) to the Czech legal person or individual on the territory of the Czech Republic under this contract


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