If you are a family member of an EU citizen - a non-EU citizen - and you apply for a permanent residency permit after 5 years of continuous temporary residence, the MOI, in the event of a positive decision, recognises the legal status of long-term resident in the European Community in the Czech Republic if you expressly request this in the application for issuing a permanent residence permit. If this status is not recognised at the same time as the permanent residence permit, it can subsequently be recognised after meeting the conditions for recognising it.
The legal status of a long-term resident in the EC is not recognised to EU citizens – it concerns an institute intended solely for non-EU citizens.
Conditions for recognising the legal status of a long-term resident in the European Community
You must meet these conditions to be granted this status
(1) 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic,
(2) on your part, there has been no serious disturbance of public order or threats to national security or that of another EU Member State,
(3) you have demonstrated that you hav funds for permanent residence in the Czech Republic.
Filing an application
An application for additional recognition of the status of a long-term resident in the EC is filed at the MOI offices
where you are registered. The application must be submitted in person.
You should submit the application on a completed form
along with all the necessary requirements given below. You should, however, always submit originals or notarized copies of the documents. All documents submitted (except the travel document) must be made out in the Czech language or officially translated into Czech.
Along with the application, submit these requirements:
The requirements for the application shall not be older than 180 days, except for the travel document.
The application procedure
If the specified requirements were not submitted with the application or the application has other discrepancies, the MOI worker accepting the application from the foreign national will help in removing these discrepancies or invite them back to remove the discrepancies giving an adequate deadline for this and inform them of the consequences of not removing the discrepancies within the deadline, at the same time the proceedings for such an application can be halted.
It is possible to submit any missing requirements in person, by means of your proxy or by post. The documents that you have been asked to submit should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Not providing the requirements is a reason for suspending the application procedure. Naturally, during the procedure you can submit any other documents that you consider important for your application. Remember that travel documents must be submitted in person.
The application is processed without undue delay, within 30 days of filing the application at the latest. If the procedure is halted, the deadline for making a decision is also halted. This deadline is also halted or is extended in other legally set cases.
At any time during this procedure you can ask to inspect the documentary material and familiarise yourself with it. You can also be called upon by the Ministry to familiarise yourself with the documents before issuing a decision.
The decision on an additional recognition of the status of a long-term resident in the European Community
In the event of a positive settling of your application, which was filed at the MOI, this office will contact you by telephone and arrange a date for issuing the permanent residence permit with a written record “residence permit for a long-term resident – EC”. If it is not possible to contact you by telephone, you will be asked to pick it up in writing at the contact address that you gave in the application. To pick up the card you must always report in person to the relevant MOI office taking with you a travel document and residence card. The deadline for picking up the permit is 30 days from delivering the decision.
If you are a family member of an EU citizen – non-EU citizen – besides your permanent residence card, you will also be issued a biometric card on recognising the legal status of a resident. In connection to this, you will be called upon to provide biometric data and subsequently verify the biometric data and to pick up the card in person for a fee of CZK 500 in the form of stamps (kolek).
A decision to reject the application on recognising the status of a long-term resident in the European Community.
The legal status of a resident cannot be recognised to a foreign national who is an EU citizen.
A decision to revoke the status of a long-term resident in the European Community.
The MOI revokes the validity of the legal status of a long-term resident in the European Community without revoking the validity of the permanent residence permit, if
- a) the resident in the Czech Republic seriously disturbed public order or threatened national security, or
- b) another EU member State decided to end the temporary residence of the resident in its territory due to serious disturbance to public order.
The validity of the legal status of a long-term EC resident in the Czech Republic ceases if your permanent residence permit is revoked.