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Long-term residence

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The purpose of "seeking employment"

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 successfully completed their university education are eligible to file an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of seeking employment or, as the case may be, an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of starting a business. Foreign nationals who are residing in the territory of the Czech Republic with a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research and who completed their research are also eligible to file the same application. After completing their studies or scientific research, university graduates and researchers thus have the option to obtain a residence permit, the purpose of which is merely to seek employment or start a business.

An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of seeking employment or starting a business can only be filed in the territory of the Czech Republic at an office of the Ministry of the Interior using a properly filled-out form. The application can be filed by a foreign national who is a holder of a valid long-term residence permit for the purpose of university studies under an accredited study programme or a holder of a valid long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research. The application must be filed in person no sooner than 120 days before the end of the validity of such a residence permit and no later than on the last day of its validity.
 

The following required documents need to be attached to the application:

  1. the original of a valid travel document;

  2. a document on availability of accommodation;

  3. a photograph;

  4. a document on availability of funds for their residence for the entire duration of their stay in the country or a document proving that the foreign national’s total monthly income will not be lower than the sum of the subsistence minimum (CZK 3 410) and the officially determined highest average cost of housing (CZK 8 233) or the actual cost of housing incurred;

  5. a document on successful completion of university studies (for a holder of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies) or a document on completion of research issued by the relevant research organisation (for a holder of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research);

  6. a document on travel medical insurance for the entire duration of their stay in the country and, upon request, a document on payment of the insurance premium. This does not apply to cases specified in Section 180j(4) of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals, that is, for example in those cases where a foreign national is a participant of a national medical insurance programme or where the foreign national’s medical care is covered under an international agreement.
     

The required attachments to the application must not be older than 180 days, except for the travel document and the foreign national’s photograph, as long as it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

The period of validity of an issued long-term residence permit for the purpose of seeking employment or starting a business is nine months and this permit cannot be renewed. Those foreign nationals who will be holders of a long-term residence permit for starting a business or seeking employment will be eligible to file an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of business without having to meet the condition of prior five-year residence in the country.

  


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, July 30th, 2019

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