Amendment to the act on the residence of foreign nationals
– 6 key changes
A few months ago the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic was amended, with the changes coming into effect on July 31, 2019. Have a look at the 6 key changes implied by the amendment.
You can find the official wording of the Act under the button below.
The information on the reported residence address in the Czech Republic will no longer be mentioned in the residence permit card. The current residence address will now be marked in the travel document. Thus, when reporting the change of address, the foreigner will not get a new long-term residence permit card. The change of address should still be reported to the MOI within 30 days.
. Studying at a secondary school or a higher vocational school will not entitle the applicant to granting long-term visa/ residence permit for the purpose of study. This category of students will be issued a long-term visa/ residence permit for the purpose “other”. Free access to the labour market will be preserved. One year of stay in the Czech Republic with a visa/ residence permit for the purpose “other” will be counted as one year when applying for a permanent residence permit, as opposed to the long-term visa/ residence permit for the purpose of study, wherein one year is counted only as half a year when applying for a permanent residence permit.
A new type of residence has been established: the long-term residence permit for the purpose of seeking employment or starting a business. This type of residence is intended for foreign nationals who are residing in the territory of the Czech Republic with a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies and who have successfully completed their university education. The long-term residence permit for the purpose of seeking employment will be issued for the maximum period of nine months.
Students applying for a visa/ residence in the Czech Republic will now be able to submit a document proving their monthly income (e.g. wage or salary) instead of the proof of funds in the form of a bank statement, in case they apply for a residence permit.
You cannot announce the change of employer unless 6 months have passed since you received your first employee card (with a few exceptions – see the complete reading of the law under the button below).
There is a change in the system of collecting administrative fees while submitting applications at the Czech MOI. The administrative fee is no longer collected separately i.e. partly when applying for a residence permit and partly when the permit is issued, but as a single sum when the application is accepted. E.g. when prolonging the residence permit, you used to pay 1 500 crowns, and then 1000 more crowns when receiving the new biometric card. Now you have to pay 2500 crowns when submitting the application. The fee should be paid in duty stamps.
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