- Employee Card: Basic Information
- Filing an Application for an Employee Card
- Special Cases / Non-Dual Mode Employee Card
- Filing an Application for an Employee Card by a Foreign National Residing in the Territory of the CR on a Long-term Visa Issued for Some Other Purpose than Employment, Who Obtained an Employment Permit for Employment in Which He or She Intends to Conti
- Course of the Proceedings on Application for an Employee Card
- Extension of the Validity of an Employee Card
- Change of Employer or Job or Taking up Employment in an Additional Job or with an Additional Employer
- Information for Holders of Visas for a Stay of Over 90 Days for the Purpose of Employment, Long-term Residence Permits for the Purpose of Employment and Green Cards
- Visa for the Purpose of Collecting a Residence Permit – D/VR
- Cancellation of an Employee Card
- Information leaflet
Employee Card: Basic Information
What is an employee card?
An employee card is a new type of permit for long-time residence in the territory of the Czech Republic (CR) where the purpose of the foreign national’ stay (longer than 3 months) is employment. A foreign national who has an employee card is entitled:
to reside in the territory of the CR and, at the same time,
to work in the job for which the employee card was issued, or
to work in the job for which the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior granted consent (in connection with changing employer, changing job, taking up employment with an additional employer or in an additional job).
An employee card replaces the visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose of employment, a long-term residence permit for the purpose of employment and a Green Card, which will no longer be issued. Blue Cards will continue to be issued.
An employee card is a plastic card with biometric features.
An employee card is most often issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship but not for more than 2 years, with an option to repeatedly extend its validity.
The deadline for making a decision on an application for an employee card is 60 days; or 90 days in especially complicated cases or if the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior has requested the Employment Agency of the CR – a regional branch office or the branch office for the Capital City of Prague – to issue a binding statement of opinion.
For whom is an employee card intended?
An employee card is intended for foreign nationals from all the countries around the world. But not for
citizens of the EU/EEA Member States and Switzerland and
their family members who are citizens of other states but hold a residence card for a family member of a citizen of the EU/EEA and Switzerland or those who have applied for such a card.
Which types of employment is an employee card intended for?
With regard to professional qualifications, an employee card is intended for all types of employment regardless of the level of required professional qualifications.
However, the job vacancy for which an application for an employee card can be filed must come from the central register of job vacancies that can be filled by holders of employee cards. Subject to the consent of the employer, these vacant jobs can be published on the Internet Integrated Portal of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs where you can find them.
Therefore, an employee card always relates to the specific job (there can also be more job positions at the same time) for which it was issued or, if applicable, to a job for which the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior granted its consent in connection with changing employer or job.
Dual and Non-Dual Nature of an Employee Card
An employee card is of a dual nature in the sense that it entitles the foreign national to both reside in the territory of the CR and be employed, without the foreign national having to make applications in two places, i.e. to apply additionally to the Employment Agency of the CR – a regional branch office or the branch office for the Capital City of Prague – for an employment permit.
An employee card also exists in the form of a non-dual document, in which case it is basically only a residence permit, and this applies to a foreign national who is still required by the Employment Act No. 435/2004 Coll. to have an employment permit or who has a free access to the labour market pursuant to the Employment Act (i.e. he or she comes under the definition in Section 98 of the Employment Act). You can find more about these cases in the section titled Special Cases / Non-Dual Form of an Employee Card).