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Detailed instructions and model situations - residence permits, Ministry of Interior offices, employment

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ATTENTION: Your handwritten signature must appear on all applications for residence authorisations sent to the office!  Send applications to the Ministry of the Interior by post or via data in-box; do not send them by e-mail without a guaranteed electronic signature.
Applications sent by ordinary e-mail will be disregarded!

  1. Residence authorisation
  2. OAMP offices opening hours during the state of emergency
  3. Employment of foreign workers

  

1. RESIDENCE AUTHORISATIONS

All foreign nationals who were staying with authorisation in the territory of the Czech Republic on the date on which the state of emergency was declared (i.e. March 12th, 2020) are authorised to continue their stay in the territory until the declared state of emergency ends, is terminated or expires. This fact stems from a Government Resolution. It is therefore unnecessary for you to apply for any confirmation of the legality of your stay - no such confirmation may be issued in any case.
 

Loss of residence confirmation / card

You are obliged to report the loss, destruction, damage or theft of a residence confirmation / card within three days of the date on which such event occurs. In view of the state of emergency and limited operation of Ministry of the Interior offices, you will not be penalised in any way if you do not report such an event during the state of emergency. However, you need to do so as soon as possible after the end of the state of emergency and also ask for a replacement residence card.
 

Expiry of residence authorisation

In the territory
You may apply for an extension of your residence authorisation if less than 120 days remain until its expiry. During the state of emergency, you are recommended to submit your application by post, paying the application administration fee (CZK 2,500) in duty stamps (stick them in the appropriate place on the application form). If you send your application from your own data in-box to the Ministry of the Interior in-box, you will subsequently be asked to pay the administration fee by bank transfer. Send originals or certified translations of the supporting documents required for your application, with the exception of your passport; if sent by data in-box, the documents must be sent in authorised conversion format.

Submit simple photocopies of the travel document and registry certificates which the foreign national is normally required to present in original form. Please send copies of all pages of your travel document. You may present the originals when you come to the office to enable us to capture your biometric data necessary for producing your residence card. Send the original of the document confirming the purpose of your stay in the territory.

If your application is successful, we will be able to capture your biometric data and issue your residence card once the state of emergency has ended.
 

Abroad
While your existing residence authorisation is still valid, you may return to the territory of the Czech Republic and submit an application to extend it.

You may also send an application for extension of your existing residence authorisation to the Ministry of the Interior by post or electronically (namely via data in-box) from abroad. In view of the restricted operation of Ministry of the Interior offices and the state of emergency, applications may not be made in person. Do to send your application for extension of your residence authorisation to diplomatic missions (embassy/consulate); they are not the competent body for accepting applications and your application will be returned to you.
 

Making an application (inside/outside the territory)

In the territory
Applications for residence authorisation are usually required to be made at a Ministry of the Interior office. In view of the state of emergency and restricted operation of those offices, you are currently allowed to send an application by post or electronically (via data in-box). You will be able to confirm your identity once the state of emergency is over. You can find more detailed information about applications made inside the territory during the state of emergency here.

Abroad
If you are currently abroad, making an application for residence authorisation is impossible. The diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic cannot accept applications for visas or applications for long-term or permanent residence for the duration of the state of emergency. You will be able to make an application for any type of residence authorisation only after the end of the state of emergency.

Issuance of bridging stickers and exit orders
Exit orders will not be issued during the state of emergency. So-called bridging stickers as proof of residence authorisation for the territory will be issued only to those foreign nationals who prove by presentation of an airline, train or bus ticket that they intend to leave the Czech Republic. Such stickers will also be issued to Critical infrastructure workers (upon submission of confirmation of cross-border employment and diplomatic note from some of neighboring countries of the Czech Republic), further to foreign nationals who prove that bridging sticker is needed for Czech office of state administration or self-government (typically for trade licensing offices, registers of drivers and vehicles - in that case bridging sticker will be sticked upon submission of relevant documents or written call from office) and international transportation staff upon submission of a confirmation form from your employer. You will find template for the employer confirmation forms here.

Birth of a child
You must submit an application for a visa or long-term or permanent residence card (according to what type of residence authorisation you yourself hold) within 60 days of the birth of a child. Although such applications are usually required to be submitted in person at a Ministry of the Interior office, however, in view of the state of emergency and restricted opening hours of such offices, for the duration of the state of emergency you may send an application by post or electronically (via data in-box). If you do not take advantage of the option of sending the application by post, you must submit the application in person at a Ministry of the Interior office immediately once the state of emergency ends.

  

2. OAMP OFFICES OPENING HOURS DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY

As a result of the declaration of a state of emergency, the operations of all of the Ministry’s offices dealing with the residence-related matters of foreign nationals have been restricted. All appointments made before March 16th, 2020 have been CANCELLED. Therefore you must re-book your appointment to visit the office either by telephone or electronically at https://frs.gov.cz/, if online booking is offered by that particular office. However, we must warn you that for the duration of the state of emergency only essential operations will be performed. In view of the restricted operation of offices and their capacities you must be prepared for a long wait for an appointment. For more detailed information, go to Office opening hours during the state of emergency.
 

Summons to rectify defects in an application

You must rectify the defect described in the summons despite declaration of the state of emergency. You may send the document rectifying the defect by post, in the case of a travel document or registry certificate an ordinary copy is sufficient (copy all pages of a passport). Send the original of the document confirming the purpose of your visit. Other documents may be submitted as officially certified copies. If you are unable to meet the deadline stipulated in the summons due to the state of emergency, apply in writing (not by e-mail without a guaranteed signature) for an extension to this deadline.
 

Summons to acquaint yourself with materials

If you have been given a deadline for reporting at a Ministry of the Interior office to acquaint yourself with the materials supporting the decision and this deadline falls during the state of emergency, you will receive another summons where the individual materials supporting the decision will be identified and you will be given a new deadline for you to make a statement regarding those materials. Potentially, you may receive another summons to take advantage of the opportunity to acquaint yourself with the materials supporting the decision after the end of the state of emergency.
 

Summons to interview

Interviews cannot be performed during the state of emergency. A new date for interview will be set once the state of emergency ends.
 

Compliance with legal deadlines

The state of emergency may in general considered to be an obstacle beyond your control that prevented you from complying with the legally stipulated deadline. However, if the legally stipulated deadline expired before the state of emergency was declared, logically you cannot cite the state of emergency as grounds for missing the deadline. In this regard, it should be pointed out that the state of emergency has no suspensory effect on the period of 60 days following termination of contractual employment after which an Employee Card expires (Section 63 of the Foreign Nationals Residence Act).

  

3. EMPLOYMENT OF FOREIGN WORKERS

Guidelines for employers

On the basis of the negotiations of the Council for Economic and Social Accord working team (tripartite) concerning the impacts of the crisis measures adopted for employment of foreign nationals, a recommendation for employers was issued, containing guidelines that employers of all foreign workers should follow for the duration of the state of emergency. You can find the guidelines by clicking this link (pdf, 120 kB).
 

Capture of biometric data for the purposes of production of your residence card (Employee Card)

You may ask the Ministry of the Interior to issue a confirmation of satisfaction of the conditions for issuance of an Employee Card (send the application ideally by post or via data in-box). The confirmation will be sent to you together with the written decision on the issuance of your Employee Card. Immediately after you receive the confirmation of satisfaction of the conditions, you will be able to work in the position for which the Employee Card was issued. The biometric data required to produce your residence card (Employee Card) will be captured later.
 

Collecting your residence card (Employee Card)

You have been issued a confirmation of satisfaction of the conditions for issuance of an Employee Card, and so you may begin working in the job vacancy for which the Employee Card was issued.

All dates for collecting Employee Cards and other residence authorisations have been cancelled. You may of course book a new appointment to collect your Employee Card, however if you are interested, you may send a written request for a written copy of the decision on the issuance of your Employee Card to be sent to you by post. As soon as you receive this decision you will be deemed to be an Employee Card holder, and so during the state of emergency you will be able to work or change employer.

Apply in writing to the Ministry of the Interior to issue your Employee Card, providing an address in the territory of the Czech Republic where you will be able to take delivery of the decision on issuance of your Employee Card. You can find the contact address of your local Ministry of the Interior office here. Applications made by telephone or e-mail will be ignored. If your employer wishes to apply for this decision on your behalf, this is possible but only with on the basis of power of attorney from you. Therefore, the employer must also submit your power of attorney whereby you empower your employer to make this application. Your signature on the power of attorney does not require notarisation.
 

Employee cards that expire soon

If less than 120 days remain until the expiry of your Employee Card, you may apply for an extension. During the state of emergency, submit your application by post, paying the application administration fee (CZK 2,500) in duty stamps (stick them in the appropriate place on the application form). If you are sending send your application from your own data in-box to the Ministry of the Interior in-box, you will subsequently be asked to pay the administration fee by bank transfer. Send originals or certified translations of the supporting documents required for your application, with the exception of your passport; if sent by data in-box, the documents must be sent in authorised conversion format. Instead of sending your passport itself, please send simple photocopies of all pages of your passport.
 

Change of employer during the state of emergency

Notify the Ministry of the Interior of any change of employer; you will find the notification form here. You will find the conditions for notification of change of employer on this link.

For the duration of the state of emergency, the condition that a change of employer is possible only after six months have elapsed since receipt of your first Employee Card does not apply. However, it still applies that the new employer must not be an employment agency, even in cases involving implementation of crisis measures for the state of emergency. If your future employer is an employer implementing crisis measures or helping in the implementation of crisis measures for the state of emergency, you must notify the Ministry of this change at latest on the date on which you start working for this new employer. To satisfy this condition, deliver the duly completed notification form to the Ministry of the Interior by the date on which you start working for the new employer, where you must enter most importantly the number of the vacant job in the Central Register of Job Vacancies that may be filled by Employee Card holders. The job must be truly vacant and must be listed in the aforementioned Register. If your future employer or a third party are sending this notification on your behalf, they will also need to submit your power of attorney. The conditions for performance of employment in this new job will be deemed satisfied upon the delivery of this notification. You are also advised to submit at least a simple photocopy of your employment contract or short-term employment agreement. If you satisfy the above conditions, the Ministry of the Interior will not issue any further communication.

NOTICE!
In accordance with the Article IV point 3 of the Resolution No. 443 adopted by the Government of the Czech Republic on April 23rd, 2020 (193/2020 Coll.), the 60 days period after which the validity of Employee Card is ceases has been stopped. This time period will start again in full length (i.e. new 60 days) after the end of the State of Emergency.

What does it mean? If the Employee Card holder lost his/her job during the State of Emergency (since March 12th, 2020), he/she will be entitled to find a new job and to notify a new employer in 60 days after the end of the State of Emergency.  Same applies to the Employee card holder who lost his/her job in the period not exceeding 60 days before the declaration of State of Emergency (i. e. 60 days before March 12th, 2020).
 

Blue cards that expire soon

If less than 120 days remain until the expiry of your blue card, you may apply for an extension. During the state of emergency, submit your application by post, paying the application administration fee (CZK 2,500) in duty stamps (stick them in the appropriate place on the application form). If you are sending send your application from your own data in-box to the Ministry of the Interior in-box, you will subsequently be asked to pay the administration fee by bank transfer. Send originals or certified translations of the supporting documents required for your application, with the exception of your passport; if sent by data in-box, the documents must be sent in authorised conversion format. Instead of sending your passport itself, please send simple photocopies of all pages of your passport.
 

Change of employer for Blue Card holders

If your future employer is an employer implementing crisis measures or helping in the implementation of crisis measures for the state of emergency, you may simply notify the Ministry of this change even if you do not yet satisfy the condition of two years of residence in the territory on a Blue Card.

However, you must notify the Ministry of this change at latest on the day on which you start working for this new employer. To satisfy this condition, send the duly completed notification form, where you must enter most importantly the number of the vacant job in the Central Register of Job Vacancies that may be filled by Blue Card holders. The job must be truly vacant and must be listed in the aforementioned Register. If your future employer or a third party are sending this notification on your behalf, they will also need to submit your power of attorney. The conditions for performance of employment in this new job will be deemed satisfied upon the delivery of this notification. You are also advised to submit at least a simple photocopy of your employment contract or short-term employment agreement.

  

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