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EU Blue Card

An EU Blue Card is a new residential status designed for a long-term stay involving performance of a highly skilled job (Section 42i of the Act No 326/1999 Coll. on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Territory of the Czech Republic and on changes to some Acts, as amended – hereinafter referred to as the “Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals”). An EU Blue Card entitles a foreign national to stay and perform a job, i.e. the foreign national does not need a separate work permit.

A foreign national is entitled to submit an application for issue of an EU Blue Card, if he/she intends to stay in the territory for a period longer than 3 months and if he/she is employed at a job position requiring a high level of skills, which, according to the Czech Employment Act, can be filled with a foreign national who is not a citizen of the European Union. 

Duly completed university education or higher vocational education, the duration of which was at least 3 years, is deemed to be a high level of skills. 

An application for an EU Blue Card is to be filed by a foreign national at an embassy as well as, in selected cases, at a MoI office in the territory of the Czech Republic. The Ministry of the Interior makes a decision on an application for an EU Blue Card within a period of 90 days. 

More information about an EU Blue Card see here.

Department of Asylum and Migration Policy, 24th May 2011

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