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Czech language exam


  • When applying for permanent residence as non-EU citizen in accordance with § 68 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (i.e. after 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic), a mandatory requirement of the application is a Czech language exam certificate.

  • The certificate proving the required knowledge of the Czech language must be issued by a school recorded in the list of schools authorised to carry out examinations of the Czech language stipulated by the Decree of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports No. 348/2008 Coll., on Instruction and Examinations in the Czech Language for the Purposes of Obtaining a Permanent Residence Permit in the Czech Republic (pdf, 863 kB). The list of schools where it is possible to take the exam is also available at individual MOI offices.

  • A certificate proving the required knowledge of the Czech language is not requested from a foreign national who

    • is under 15 years of age,

    • can prove that in the 20 years preceding his/her application for permanent residence, he/she continuously attended a primary or secondary school for at least 1 scholastic year or that he/she studied at a higher education institute with lessons in the Czech language for at least 1 academic year or a study programme at a higher education institute focusing on Czech language

    • proves that he/she graduated in a different universally accepted exam of Czech language, which is at least as demanding as the level specified in the Decree of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports [§ 182a/2/a], if this fact is acknowledged by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.

    • proves that he/she has a physical or mental handicap affecting his/her ability to communicate, or

    • is over 60 years old 

  • There is a fee charged for taking the Czech language exam. Vouchers for the free Czech language exam will no longer be issued from August 31st, 2023. Vouchers issued until August 30th, 2023 can only be used if the exam is taken by December 31st, 2023.

  • More information, list of institutions which are competent to realize Czech language exam or model test, you will find on portal "Čeština pro cizince", dedicated to this topic.


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, August 30th, 2023

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