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Permanent residence permit after 5 years of continuous temporary residence in the CR

After 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, a foreign national can file an application for permanent residence.

To the period of continuos residence is counted:

  1. The period of stay on long-term visa and on a long-term residence permit unless otherwise provided.

  2. The period of stay of statut asylum seeker or a person under the subsidiary position under the Asylum act.

  3. The period of previous residence based on temporary residence permit including the time, during which it was conducted proceeding about application bases of which the permit was issued,if

    1. Was the long-term residence permit issued to foreigner ,based on request under paragraph 87f(5),after termination of temporary residence of family member of an EU citizen or

    2. The foreigner applied for a residence permit during periods for departure setting due to determination of temporary residence of family member of an EU citizen stated in paragraph 87f(5)

  4. By one half

    1. The period of stay in the territory on long-term visa and on long-term residence permit issued for pupose of study or

    2. The period during which the proceedings was conducted for granting international protection, which led to the decision to grant asylum or supplementary protection, including the period of an action or cassation complaint, if was the proceedins about granting international protection was conducted more then 18 months, this period is counted in its fullness.

  5. Period of absence of foreigner in the territory during the residence according to letter from a) to d), if these each period of absence not exceed 6 months consecutively and if it not exceed 310 days in its summary, if one of the period of absence of foreigner in the territory wasn not longer then 12 months consecutively from serious  reasons, especially case of pregnancy and birth of a child, serious illness or study and trainings, the continuity of residence is retained, while this period is not counted

  6. Period of absence of foreigner in the territory during the period of residence according to letter a) to d), if the foreigner was posted abroad by the employer and if these each period of absence not exceed 10 months consecutively and not exceed 560 days in its summary.
    To the period of continuos residence is not counted:

    1. Transfer of foreigner in the territory by the foreign employer or foreign legal entity or individual,

    2. Residence of foreigner in the territory for a purpose of employment depending on changing  seasons or he was helping with home works for food, accomodation and spending money designed to meet his basic social culture and educational needs (au pair),

    3. Inprisonment, the day of entry of foreigner´s  inprisonment interrupting the period of his continuous period in the territory, until his release from prison.

An application for permanent residence can also be filed by a foreign national that met the conditions at the time but now resides outside of the Czech Republic. If the foreign national’s long-term residency permit becomes invalid whilst he/she is not present in the Czech Republic, this application must be filed within 6 months of this permit becoming invalid, at the latest. In this case, the application is filed at a Czech Embassy.

A foreigner fills the application after 5 years of continuos residence in the territory of Czech republic, if he stay in the territory on:

  • Long-term visa,

  • Long-term resident permit or,

  • Based on document issued to residence inside territory according to 325 of 1999* or S.I. no 221 of 2003, or

  • During the period for departure due to termination of temporary residence of family member of EU citizen, case of citizen who stay in the territory 5 years continuously.

* Persons with granted subsidiary protection can also submit an application for granting the status of long-term resident in the European Union in the territory of the Czech Republic due to § 53d of Act No. 325/1999 Coll. This status gives the holder similar rights as a permanent residence permit. It is not necessary for the foreign national to waive subsidiary protection for the pupose of granting long-term residence status.

An application for a permanent residence permit can be filed at the MOI offices where you are registered. The application must be submitted in person.

The following requirements must be submitted with the application:

  1. Travel document,

  2. a Fulfillment of the condition of 5 years continuous temporary residence,

  3. 2 photographs,

  4. Proof of accommodation,

  5. Proof of funds,

  6. a Czech language exam certificate (more information available on the official website Čeština pro cizince),

  7. upon request a Document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record.

The requirements for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document, the birth certificate, the document demonstrating the requisite knowledge of the Czech language and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.



Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, September 30th, 2020

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