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How can I apply for the temporary residence certificate for EU citizen?

EU citizens are not obliged to obtain any residence permit. Having one has certain advantages, though.

The certificate of temporary residence is not a condition of your stay in the Czech Republic, therefore it is up to you whether you request this certificate be issued or not. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months and you have not threatened state security or seriously disrupted public order, the certificate will be issued upon your request.

Note: EU citizens are the citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have similar rights as EU citizens.

The Residence Certificate for EU nationals is issued usually within a couple of weeks up to a month. It automatically comes with a national ID number “rodné číslo”. The number, however, might arrive in the office later than the residence card and you receive the card without the number. Then you have to come back for the ID number as an extra sheet.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

You will be required to submit the following documentation with your application:

Note: all documents must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • 1 photograph
  • A document confirming the purpose of the stay
    • Confirmation of employment, business or another gainful activity or studies or a statement that you intend to stay in the CR for more than 90 days – written (in Czech) and signed in front of the officer
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if you present your employment contract or trade license
    • EHIC – valid European health insurance card is sufficient
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation – original copy with handwritten signature
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • The signature under the document should not be older 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized, though. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

How do I extend my residence certificate?

Extension of your residence certificate is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension can be filed anytime and the list of required documents is similar to the one with the original application (accommodation contract, the purpose of stay, health insurance).

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 working days of this change occurring. This obligation applies if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

A change in the place of residence is submitted to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

This change is not entered in the Temporary residence card, instead, a new card is issued. The change in the place of residence will be entered in the database for all public offices.

To report this change, you need to provide:

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to announce such changes within 15 working days of the change taking place.

You must report this to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

When announcing this change, you need to provide:

  • the new travel document/identity card/ a marriage certificate or judgment on a divorce
  • your residence card.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for EU citizens who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for the period of time longer than 5 years.

Certification for this residence should be requested at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of Interior. Arranging an appointment beforehand may save you a couple hours of waiting time. Note that every time you make or you ask somebody to make you an appointment, this person needs to know your full name, nationality and date of birth.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 5 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

You can read more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan in the CR from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you are abroad
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another three years
  • You are still required to report the change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change to the  Ministry of Interior.
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

You can also send the document by registered mail with a letter that you are ending your residence in the Czech Republic. (More about a registered letter in our guide Postal Services.)

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too – read more about that responsibility in our guide Waste collection and recycling.

You can also check the Ministry’s official website.

What do I have to do as a British citizen to legalize my stay in the CR before Brexit?

Right now, you are not obliged to have a residency card issued – as an EU citizen, it is an option that you can make but you are not required to. However, the Czech government recommends doing so in order to prevent administrative difficulties in the future.

The temporary residence card is easily-obtained proof that you have stayed in the Czech Republic before March 2019. Without the card, it will be significantly more difficult to prove the same after Brexit goes through.

Furthermore, the Czech Ministry of Interior recommends applying for a permanent residency card if you’ve stayed in the CR for more than five years.

 

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

What type of long-term residence permit can I apply for?

There are two options:

  1. If you have arrived in the CR with a “visa for the purpose of collecting an employee card” issued by a Czech embassy, you have to go to the Immigration office within three business days and pick up your Employee card. Later you can extend the validity of the card or change the purpose of stay to a different residence permit.
  2. If you have arrived in the CR with a short term visa for up to 90 days for the purpose of employment, or you are staying in the CR as a visitor without a visa, and you wish to continue to stay and work in the CR, you have to fill out a new application for the long-term Employee card at a Czech embassy abroad (to learn more about this process, read the guide Visa and Residency that explains your obligations before arrival). Expect to allow over three months for the proceedings.
What is a blue card?

Similar to an Employee card, but different. It is a residential status and work permit designed for a long-term stay involving the performance of a highly skilled job.

An EU Blue card entitles a foreign national to stay and work in the CR the same way as the Employee card does. However, foreigners with the Blue card have some advantages – such as to switch a job, add up the periods of stay from all EU countries, have spouses with free access to a labor market from the day one etc.

On the other hand, there are some higher requirements for the application – a university degree recognized in the CR, salary higher than 150% of the Czech average (ie. over cca 50.000 CZK in 2019), longer processing time. And it is your first employer in the CR who has to agree and open a position available for a Blue card holder.

Find out more about the Blue card at the Immigration office website.

How can I apply for a long-term residence permit?

Application for a long-term residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of a long-term visa. The application for a long-term residency can be filed at the local Immigration office.

You should submit the application on a completed form along with all the necessary requirements given individually for selected purposes of stay.

You should always submit originals or notarized copies of the documents (copies can be done at any CzechPoint counter). Travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate and a document proving the purpose of the stay must be submitted in original. All of the documents submitted must be in the Czech or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (see our guide on Authorizations or read the Ministry’s official guidelines on apostille or superlegalisation).

The requirements presented in submitted documents for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, you will be asked in writing to remedy the discrepancies of your application in prescribed time. The time limit for the decision on your application is discontinued in such case. During the proceedings, the Immigration office can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements, take your fingerprints or take a picture of you.

The time limit for the decision is usually 60 days.

How do I extend my residence permit?

An extension of your residence permit is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension of the residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of the card. A change in the purpose of stay is permitted in certain situations.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

Foreigners with a long term visa or residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 30 days.

Foreigners with a permanent residence permit are required to report a change of residence within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

The new place of residence is reported to the MOI office in the area of the new place of residence, by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

To report this change, you have to provide:

  • Proof of accommodation at the new address signed by the property owner
  • A travel document (containing the visa or residence sticker)
  • A residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

If you hold a residence permit in form of a biometric card, you will be issued a new biometric card. The new biometric card is not issued on the spot and you will be called to visit the relevant office again to verify your biometric data and collect your card personally. When doing so, it is necessary to pay an administrative fee of CZK 1000 – in a form of revenue stamps (kolek).

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

You are required to announce such changes within 3 working days of the change occuring / the new travel document being issued.

A change is reported to the MOI office by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

You will be issued a new biometric card, therefore, you need to report this change in person to be able to provide biometric data for the new card at the same time. They recommend making an appointment at the relevant office as soon as possible.

When announcing this change, you need to bring:

  • the new travel document with a new name/marriage certificate or a judgment on a divorce
  • The Czech residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

More information at the Ministry’s website.

How can I change an employer with Employee card?

A change of employer or position with the same employer or taking employment in an additional job or with an additional employer is subject to prior consent of the Ministry of the Interior.

Once again, this must be a job vacancy that appears in the central record of vacancies available for employee cards (position announced by the employer).

An application for consent to a change of the employer or the job of a holder of an employee card or to a foreign national’s taking up employment in an additional job position or with an additional employer can be filed at an MOI office by completing the form entitled Application for an Employee Card”.

You are required to attach the following to an application:

  • new contract employment or an agreement relating to some other form of work (dohoda o pracovní činnosti “DPČ“), or at least an agreement on a future contract in which the parties agree to enter into either of these by an agreed deadline. The aforementioned documents must contain a stipulation which provides that regardless of the scope of work, the agreed monthly salary will not be lower than the basic monthly minimum wage and that the number of working hours will be at least 15 hours weekly (not applicable for the second job),
  • old contract of employment from the current employer or dismissal notice or agreement of concluding the employment, not older than 2 months
  • documents proving the professional qualifications for performance of the requested job; this only applies if the document previously submitted to the MoI CR ceased to be valid (for example, if a certificate on acquisition of professional qualifications which the foreign national had attached to the application for an employee card for the original job was limited in time and is invalid at the time when the application for consent is to be decided on) or different professional qualifications are necessary for the performance of the requested job.

If the application for consent is granted, the Immigration Office will deliver the administrative decision to you in writing, by which the consent will be granted, and you can start working in the job concerned from the date on which the decision becomes legally effective.

If the conditions for granting the consent have not been met, the Immigration Office will deliver an administrative decision in writing; this serves as confirmation that consent has not been granted. You can file an appeal against such decision and the decision is also reviewable subsequently by a court.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for individuals who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for a period of time longer than 5 years.

The permit should be requested at the regional Immigration office.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Czech residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the condition of 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long-term residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
    • In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized
  • Proof of funds
    •  Confirmation of income from employment, business, commercial profits or statement from an account held in a bank or other financial institution in the foreign national’s name, proving regular and constant monthly income for at least the last 6 months.
    • May not be lower than the sum of the amounts for the subsistence minimum and for the cost of housing. Currently around 12.000 CZK a month.
  • A Czech language exam certificate A1
    • Training materials available at www.cestina-pro-cizince.cz
    • The test costs 1500 CZK, first try is refunded, you can pick up your free voucher at the Immigration office

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you still have a valid health insurance contract with a private provider or you are abroad
  • Right to be registered as a job seeker at the Labor office, your health insurance is covered by the government and you may receive unemployment benefits
  • If you do not have a job or you are not registered at the employment office, you have an obligation to pay your health insurance yourself
  • Right to be employed without a work permit
  • In the case of old age, disability, being widowed or orphaned you have a right to receive retirement if meeting certain conditions
  • You have an obligation to pay social insurance tax always when economically active, whether you are employed (paid by employer) or an entrepreneur (paid by yourself)
  • You have the right to apply for social benefits: welfare benefits and state benefits in material distress
  • Right to equal, free education
  • You have an obligation to send your children (aged 6-15 years) to an elementary school regularly
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another five years
  • You are still required to report Ministry of Interior any change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

Note: This obligation does not relate to foreigners with a visa or a travel identity card for the purpose of departing from the CR – “departure order”.

This obligation can also be met by sending the document to the relevant MOI office according to the place (residence) you are registered at in the Czech Republic. If this is the case, it is necessary to send the document by registered mail with a letter that foreigner ends his/her residence in the Czech Republic.

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too.

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

How can I apply for the temporary residence certificate for EU citizen?

EU citizens are not obliged to obtain any residence permit. Having one has certain advantages, though.

The certificate of temporary residence is not a condition of your stay in the Czech Republic, therefore it is up to you whether you request this certificate be issued or not. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months and you have not threatened state security or seriously disrupted public order, the certificate will be issued upon your request.

Note: EU citizens are the citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have similar rights as EU citizens.

The Residence Certificate for EU nationals is issued usually within a couple of weeks up to a month. It automatically comes with a national ID number “rodné číslo”. The number, however, might arrive in the office later than the residence card and you receive the card without the number. Then you have to come back for the ID number as an extra sheet.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

You will be required to submit the following documentation with your application:

Note: all documents must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • 1 photograph
  • A document confirming the purpose of the stay
    • Confirmation of employment, business or another gainful activity or studies or a statement that you intend to stay in the CR for more than 90 days – written (in Czech) and signed in front of the officer
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if you present your employment contract or trade license
    • EHIC – valid European health insurance card is sufficient
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation – original copy with handwritten signature
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • The signature under the document should not be older 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized, though. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

How do I extend my residence certificate?

Extension of your residence certificate is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension can be filed anytime and the list of required documents is similar to the one with the original application (accommodation contract, the purpose of stay, health insurance).

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 working days of this change occurring. This obligation applies if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

A change in the place of residence is submitted to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

This change is not entered in the Temporary residence card, instead, a new card is issued. The change in the place of residence will be entered in the database for all public offices.

To report this change, you need to provide:

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to announce such changes within 15 working days of the change taking place.

You must report this to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

When announcing this change, you need to provide:

  • the new travel document/identity card/ a marriage certificate or judgment on a divorce
  • your residence card.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for EU citizens who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for the period of time longer than 5 years.

Certification for this residence should be requested at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of Interior. Arranging an appointment beforehand may save you a couple hours of waiting time. Note that every time you make or you ask somebody to make you an appointment, this person needs to know your full name, nationality and date of birth.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 5 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

You can read more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan in the CR from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you are abroad
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another three years
  • You are still required to report the change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change to the  Ministry of Interior.
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

You can also send the document by registered mail with a letter that you are ending your residence in the Czech Republic. (More about a registered letter in our guide Postal Services.)

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too – read more about that responsibility in our guide Waste collection and recycling.

You can also check the Ministry’s official website.

What do I have to do as a British citizen to legalize my stay in the CR before Brexit?

Right now, you are not obliged to have a residency card issued – as an EU citizen, it is an option that you can make but you are not required to. However, the Czech government recommends doing so in order to prevent administrative difficulties in the future.

The temporary residence card is easily-obtained proof that you have stayed in the Czech Republic before March 2019. Without the card, it will be significantly more difficult to prove the same after Brexit goes through.

Furthermore, the Czech Ministry of Interior recommends applying for a permanent residency card if you’ve stayed in the CR for more than five years.

 

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

What type of long-term residence permit can I apply for?

You can apply for the same type of long-term residency as was the preceding long-term visa issued by a Czech embassy outside of the CR (if you don’t know what this means, go to the guide Visa and Residency that explains your obligations before arrival).

The application for a long-term residency for the business purpose must follow the business visa and can be filed at the local Immigration office.

How can I apply for a long-term residence permit?

Application for a long-term residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of a long-term visa. The application for a long-term residency can be filed at the local Immigration office.

You should submit the application on a completed form along with all the necessary requirements given individually for selected purposes of stay.

You should always submit originals or notarized copies of the documents (copies can be done at any CzechPoint counter). Travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate and a document proving the purpose of the stay must be submitted in original. All of the documents submitted must be in the Czech or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (see our guide on Authorizations or read the Ministry’s official guidelines on apostille or superlegalisation).

The requirements presented in submitted documents for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, you will be asked in writing to remedy the discrepancies of your application in prescribed time. The time limit for the decision on your application is discontinued in such case. During the proceedings, the Immigration office can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements, take your fingerprints or take a picture of you.

The time limit for the decision is usually 60 days.

How do I extend my residence permit?

An extension of your residence permit is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension of the residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of the card. A change in the purpose of stay is permitted in certain situations.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

Foreigners with a long term visa or residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 30 days.

Foreigners with a permanent residence permit are required to report a change of residence within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

The new place of residence is reported to the MOI office in the area of the new place of residence, by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

To report this change, you have to provide:

  • Proof of accommodation at the new address signed by the property owner
  • A travel document (containing the visa or residence sticker)
  • A residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

If you hold a residence permit in form of a biometric card, you will be issued a new biometric card. The new biometric card is not issued on the spot and you will be called to visit the relevant office again to verify your biometric data and collect your card personally. When doing so, it is necessary to pay an administrative fee of CZK 1000 – in a form of revenue stamps (kolek).

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

You are required to announce such changes within 3 working days of the change occuring / the new travel document being issued.

A change is reported to the MOI office by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

You will be issued a new biometric card, therefore, you need to report this change in person to be able to provide biometric data for the new card at the same time. They recommend making an appointment at the relevant office as soon as possible.

When announcing this change, you need to bring:

  • the new travel document with a new name/marriage certificate or a judgment on a divorce
  • The Czech residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

More information at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for individuals who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for a period of time longer than 5 years.

The permit should be requested at the regional Immigration office.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Czech residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the condition of 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long-term residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
    • In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized
  • Proof of funds
    •  Confirmation of income from employment, business, commercial profits or statement from an account held in a bank or other financial institution in the foreign national’s name, proving regular and constant monthly income for at least the last 6 months.
    • May not be lower than the sum of the amounts for the subsistence minimum and for the cost of housing. Currently around 12.000 CZK a month.
  • A Czech language exam certificate A1
    • Training materials available at www.cestina-pro-cizince.cz
    • The test costs 1500 CZK, first try is refunded, you can pick up your free voucher at the Immigration office

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you still have a valid health insurance contract with a private provider or you are abroad
  • Right to be registered as a job seeker at the Labor office, your health insurance is covered by the government and you may receive unemployment benefits
  • If you do not have a job or you are not registered at the employment office, you have an obligation to pay your health insurance yourself
  • Right to be employed without a work permit
  • In the case of old age, disability, being widowed or orphaned you have a right to receive retirement if meeting certain conditions
  • You have an obligation to pay social insurance tax always when economically active, whether you are employed (paid by employer) or an entrepreneur (paid by yourself)
  • You have the right to apply for social benefits: welfare benefits and state benefits in material distress
  • Right to equal, free education
  • You have an obligation to send your children (aged 6-15 years) to an elementary school regularly
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another five years
  • You are still required to report Ministry of Interior any change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

Note: This obligation does not relate to foreigners with a visa or a travel identity card for the purpose of departing from the CR – “departure order”.

This obligation can also be met by sending the document to the relevant MOI office according to the place (residence) you are registered at in the Czech Republic. If this is the case, it is necessary to send the document by registered mail with a letter that foreigner ends his/her residence in the Czech Republic.

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too.

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

How can I apply for the temporary residence certificate for EU citizen?

EU citizens are not obliged to obtain any residence permit. Having one has certain advantages, though.

The certificate of temporary residence is not a condition of your stay in the Czech Republic, therefore it is up to you whether you request this certificate be issued or not. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months and you have not threatened state security or seriously disrupted public order, the certificate will be issued upon your request.

Note: EU citizens are the citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have similar rights as EU citizens.

The Residence Certificate for EU nationals is issued usually within a couple of weeks up to a month. It automatically comes with a national ID number “rodné číslo”. The number, however, might arrive in the office later than the residence card and you receive the card without the number. Then you have to come back for the ID number as an extra sheet.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

You will be required to submit the following documentation with your application:

Note: all documents must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • 1 photograph
  • A document confirming the purpose of the stay
    • Confirmation of employment, business or another gainful activity or studies or a statement that you intend to stay in the CR for more than 90 days – written (in Czech) and signed in front of the officer
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if you present your employment contract or trade license
    • EHIC – valid European health insurance card is sufficient
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation – original copy with handwritten signature
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • The signature under the document should not be older 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized, though. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

How do I extend my residence certificate?

Extension of your residence certificate is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension can be filed anytime and the list of required documents is similar to the one with the original application (accommodation contract, the purpose of stay, health insurance).

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 working days of this change occurring. This obligation applies if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

A change in the place of residence is submitted to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

This change is not entered in the Temporary residence card, instead, a new card is issued. The change in the place of residence will be entered in the database for all public offices.

To report this change, you need to provide:

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to announce such changes within 15 working days of the change taking place.

You must report this to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

When announcing this change, you need to provide:

  • the new travel document/identity card/ a marriage certificate or judgment on a divorce
  • your residence card.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for EU citizens who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for the period of time longer than 5 years.

Certification for this residence should be requested at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of Interior. Arranging an appointment beforehand may save you a couple hours of waiting time. Note that every time you make or you ask somebody to make you an appointment, this person needs to know your full name, nationality and date of birth.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 5 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

You can read more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan in the CR from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you are abroad
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another three years
  • You are still required to report the change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change to the  Ministry of Interior.
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

You can also send the document by registered mail with a letter that you are ending your residence in the Czech Republic. (More about a registered letter in our guide Postal Services.)

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too – read more about that responsibility in our guide Waste collection and recycling.

You can also check the Ministry’s official website.

What do I have to do as a British citizen to legalize my stay in the CR before Brexit?

Right now, you are not obliged to have a residency card issued – as an EU citizen, it is an option that you can make but you are not required to. However, the Czech government recommends doing so in order to prevent administrative difficulties in the future.

The temporary residence card is easily-obtained proof that you have stayed in the Czech Republic before March 2019. Without the card, it will be significantly more difficult to prove the same after Brexit goes through.

Furthermore, the Czech Ministry of Interior recommends applying for a permanent residency card if you’ve stayed in the CR for more than five years.

 

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

What type of long-term residence permit can I apply for?

You are entitled to file an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of scientific research at an embassy if you have signed a hosting agreement with a research organisation in the CR.

(If you are already staying in the territory of the CR on a visa for a stay over 90 days or on a long term residence permit for some other purpose, you can file the application with the Czech Immigration office.)

For the complete list and requirements contact your local Czech embassy or visit the Immigration office website.

As a researcher, you may also ask for help with the visa at EURAXESS centre in the CR.

How can I apply for a long-term residence permit?

Application for a long-term residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of a long-term visa. The application for a long-term residency can be filed at the local Immigration office.

You should submit the application on a completed form along with all the necessary requirements given individually for selected purposes of stay.

You should always submit originals or notarized copies of the documents (copies can be done at any CzechPoint counter). Travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate and a document proving the purpose of the stay must be submitted in original. All of the documents submitted must be in the Czech or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (see our guide on Authorizations or read the Ministry’s official guidelines on apostille or superlegalisation).

The requirements presented in submitted documents for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, you will be asked in writing to remedy the discrepancies of your application in prescribed time. The time limit for the decision on your application is discontinued in such case. During the proceedings, the Immigration office can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements, take your fingerprints or take a picture of you.

The time limit for the decision is usually 60 days.

How do I extend my residence permit?

An extension of your residence permit is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension of the residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of the card. A change in the purpose of stay is permitted in certain situations.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

Foreigners with a long term visa or residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 30 days.

Foreigners with a permanent residence permit are required to report a change of residence within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

The new place of residence is reported to the MOI office in the area of the new place of residence, by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

To report this change, you have to provide:

  • Proof of accommodation at the new address signed by the property owner
  • A travel document (containing the visa or residence sticker)
  • A residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

If you hold a residence permit in form of a biometric card, you will be issued a new biometric card. The new biometric card is not issued on the spot and you will be called to visit the relevant office again to verify your biometric data and collect your card personally. When doing so, it is necessary to pay an administrative fee of CZK 1000 – in a form of revenue stamps (kolek).

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

You are required to announce such changes within 3 working days of the change occuring / the new travel document being issued.

A change is reported to the MOI office by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

You will be issued a new biometric card, therefore, you need to report this change in person to be able to provide biometric data for the new card at the same time. They recommend making an appointment at the relevant office as soon as possible.

When announcing this change, you need to bring:

  • the new travel document with a new name/marriage certificate or a judgment on a divorce
  • The Czech residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

More information at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for individuals who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for a period of time longer than 5 years.

The permit should be requested at the regional Immigration office.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Czech residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the condition of 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long-term residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
    • In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized
  • Proof of funds
    •  Confirmation of income from employment, business, commercial profits or statement from an account held in a bank or other financial institution in the foreign national’s name, proving regular and constant monthly income for at least the last 6 months.
    • May not be lower than the sum of the amounts for the subsistence minimum and for the cost of housing. Currently around 12.000 CZK a month.
  • A Czech language exam certificate A1
    • Training materials available at www.cestina-pro-cizince.cz
    • The test costs 1500 CZK, first try is refunded, you can pick up your free voucher at the Immigration office

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you still have a valid health insurance contract with a private provider or you are abroad
  • Right to be registered as a job seeker at the Labor office, your health insurance is covered by the government and you may receive unemployment benefits
  • If you do not have a job or you are not registered at the employment office, you have an obligation to pay your health insurance yourself
  • Right to be employed without a work permit
  • In the case of old age, disability, being widowed or orphaned you have a right to receive retirement if meeting certain conditions
  • You have an obligation to pay social insurance tax always when economically active, whether you are employed (paid by employer) or an entrepreneur (paid by yourself)
  • You have the right to apply for social benefits: welfare benefits and state benefits in material distress
  • Right to equal, free education
  • You have an obligation to send your children (aged 6-15 years) to an elementary school regularly
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another five years
  • You are still required to report Ministry of Interior any change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

Note: This obligation does not relate to foreigners with a visa or a travel identity card for the purpose of departing from the CR – “departure order”.

This obligation can also be met by sending the document to the relevant MOI office according to the place (residence) you are registered at in the Czech Republic. If this is the case, it is necessary to send the document by registered mail with a letter that foreigner ends his/her residence in the Czech Republic.

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too.

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

How can I apply for the temporary residence certificate for EU citizen?

EU citizens are not obliged to obtain any residence permit. Having one has certain advantages, though.

The certificate of temporary residence is not a condition of your stay in the Czech Republic, therefore it is up to you whether you request this certificate be issued or not. If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months and you have not threatened state security or seriously disrupted public order, the certificate will be issued upon your request.

Note: EU citizens are the citizens of Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the UK. Citizens of Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland have similar rights as EU citizens.

The Residence Certificate for EU nationals is issued usually within a couple of weeks up to a month. It automatically comes with a national ID number “rodné číslo”. The number, however, might arrive in the office later than the residence card and you receive the card without the number. Then you have to come back for the ID number as an extra sheet.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

You will be required to submit the following documentation with your application:

Note: all documents must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • 1 photograph
  • A document confirming the purpose of the stay
    • Confirmation of employment, business or another gainful activity or studies or a statement that you intend to stay in the CR for more than 90 days – written (in Czech) and signed in front of the officer
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if you present your employment contract or trade license
    • EHIC – valid European health insurance card is sufficient
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation – original copy with handwritten signature
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • The signature under the document should not be older 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized, though. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

I'm a family member/partner of an EU citizen. Can I apply for the temporary residence permit?

If you are a family member of an EU citizen – being a spouse, child, parent or a partner, you can apply for a Temporary residence permit. There are several conditions one could meet to be considered as an EU citizen’s family member, which could be found directly at the web pages of MoI. You need to have a history and live together on the same address.

The residence permit takes circa two to three months to be issued.

The Immigration office may invite you and your EU family member for an interview or send a Foreign Police patrol to visit you at your residence address to see if you really share the household.

A major advantage of filling in the application for this EU family reunion residence permit is that you receive bridging visas (for two months each) allowing you to stay legally in the country from the day of turning in the application until it is decided. However, the holder of such a bridge visa cannot enter the CR on the ground of his/her pending application so it is not possible to travel out of the country with this bridge visa unless you have other authorization to enter the country.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the relationship with an EU family member (spouse, partner sharing a household, child, dependent parent or sibling)
    • Superlegalized or apostilled: birth certificate OR marriage certificate OR medical report confirming dependency OR other (like declaration of partnership and shared household)
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if the purpose of the stay is employment, business or other gainful employment, otherwise commercial insurance for foreigners
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation with both partners’ names on it
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back further than 6 months
    • In case your contract with the landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)“. The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

How do I extend my residence certificate?

Extension of your residence certificate is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension can be filed anytime and the list of required documents is similar to the one with the original application (accommodation contract, the purpose of stay, health insurance).

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 working days of this change occurring. This obligation applies if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

A change in the place of residence is submitted to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

This change is not entered in the Temporary residence card, instead, a new card is issued. The change in the place of residence will be entered in the database for all public offices.

To report this change, you need to provide:

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

EU citizens or their family members with Temporary residence card are required to announce such changes within 15 working days of the change taking place.

You must report this to the MOI office based on your address on the relevant application form.

When announcing this change, you need to provide:

  • the new travel document/identity card/ a marriage certificate or judgment on a divorce
  • your residence card.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for EU citizens who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for the period of time longer than 5 years.

Certification for this residence should be requested at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of Interior. Arranging an appointment beforehand may save you a couple hours of waiting time. Note that every time you make or you ask somebody to make you an appointment, this person needs to know your full name, nationality and date of birth.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 5 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

You can read more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

I'm a family member of an EU citizen. How can I apply for permanent residency?

The EU and EFTA citizens’ family members (who are otherwise third country nationals) are eligible to request permanent residence after 2 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic and being a family member of Czech or EU/EFTA for at least one year.

You should request the certification at the Immigration office.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 2 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long term residence OR temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other.
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • A document confirming the family relation between you and a Czech citizen or other EU national lasting at least one year (citizen of the CR must be registered with permanent residence and citizen from another EU Member State must have a permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic)
  • A birth certificate OR marriage certificate OR medical report confirming dependency OR other. Unmarried couples provide a statement confirming their relationship, they might be invited for an interview at OAMP, sharing of accommodation is helpful in such case
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan in the CR from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you are abroad
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another three years
  • You are still required to report the change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change to the  Ministry of Interior.
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

You can also send the document by registered mail with a letter that you are ending your residence in the Czech Republic. (More about a registered letter in our guide Postal Services.)

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too – read more about that responsibility in our guide Waste collection and recycling.

You can also check the Ministry’s official website.

What do I have to do as a British citizen to legalize my stay in the CR before Brexit?

Right now, you are not obliged to have a residency card issued – as an EU citizen, it is an option that you can make but you are not required to. However, the Czech government recommends doing so in order to prevent administrative difficulties in the future.

The temporary residence card is easily-obtained proof that you have stayed in the Czech Republic before March 2019. Without the card, it will be significantly more difficult to prove the same after Brexit goes through.

Furthermore, the Czech Ministry of Interior recommends applying for a permanent residency card if you’ve stayed in the CR for more than five years.

 

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

What type of long-term residence permit can I apply for?

If you are a family member of a nonEU citizen, you may apply for a Long term residence for the purpose of family reunification with your spouse. The application for a long-term residency, following the long-term visa (read more in the guide Visa & Residence) , can be filed at the local Immigration office.

If you are afamily member of an EU citizen – being a spouse, child, parent or a partner, you can apply for a Temporary residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen. There are several conditions one could meet to be considered as an EU citizen’s family member, which could be found directly at the web pages of MoI.

How can I apply for a long-term residence permit?

Application for a long-term residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of a long-term visa. The application for a long-term residency can be filed at the local Immigration office.

You should submit the application on a completed form along with all the necessary requirements given individually for selected purposes of stay.

You should always submit originals or notarized copies of the documents (copies can be done at any CzechPoint counter). Travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate and a document proving the purpose of the stay must be submitted in original. All of the documents submitted must be in the Czech or Slovak language or officially translated into Czech. Moreover, foreign public documents must be supported by a higher verification (see our guide on Authorizations or read the Ministry’s official guidelines on apostille or superlegalisation).

The requirements presented in submitted documents for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, you will be asked in writing to remedy the discrepancies of your application in prescribed time. The time limit for the decision on your application is discontinued in such case. During the proceedings, the Immigration office can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements, take your fingerprints or take a picture of you.

The time limit for the decision is usually 60 days.

I'm a family member/partner of an EU citizen. Can I apply for the temporary residence permit?

If you are a family member of an EU citizen – being a spouse, child, parent or a partner, you can apply for a Temporary residence permit. There are several conditions one could meet to be considered as an EU citizen’s family member, which could be found directly at the web pages of MoI. You need to have a history and live together on the same address.

The residence permit takes circa two to three months to be issued.

The Immigration office may invite you and your EU family member for an interview or send a Foreign Police patrol to visit you at your residence address to see if you really share the household.

A major advantage of filling in the application for this EU family reunion residence permit is that you receive bridging visas (for two months each) allowing you to stay legally in the country from the day of turning in the application until it is decided. However, the holder of such a bridge visa cannot enter the CR on the ground of his/her pending application so it is not possible to travel out of the country with this bridge visa unless you have other authorization to enter the country.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the relationship with an EU family member (spouse, partner sharing a household, child, dependent parent or sibling)
    • Superlegalized or apostilled: birth certificate OR marriage certificate OR medical report confirming dependency OR other (like declaration of partnership and shared household)
  • Proof of  medical insurance valid for the CR
    • not required if the purpose of the stay is employment, business or other gainful employment, otherwise commercial insurance for foreigners
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation with both partners’ names on it
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back further than 6 months
    • In case your contract with the landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)“. The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs to have the landlord’s signature notarized. So, it might be easier to ask your landlord to sign a new contract.

For more details and download the application form, visit the official Ministry portal.

How do I extend my residence permit?

An extension of your residence permit is filed at the relevant MOI office on the territory of the Czech Republic (Hněvkovského 65 in Brno).

Application for extension of the residence permit can be filed as soon as 120 days before the expiration and no later than on the last day of validity of the card. A change in the purpose of stay is permitted in certain situations.

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

How do I report any changes to my residence permit?

Change of address

Foreigners with a long term visa or residence card are required to report a change of residence address within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 30 days.

Foreigners with a permanent residence permit are required to report a change of residence within 30 days of it occurring if the change in the place of residence is expected to last longer than 180 days.

The new place of residence is reported to the MOI office in the area of the new place of residence, by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

To report this change, you have to provide:

  • Proof of accommodation at the new address signed by the property owner
  • A travel document (containing the visa or residence sticker)
  • A residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

If you hold a residence permit in form of a biometric card, you will be issued a new biometric card. The new biometric card is not issued on the spot and you will be called to visit the relevant office again to verify your biometric data and collect your card personally. When doing so, it is necessary to pay an administrative fee of CZK 1000 – in a form of revenue stamps (kolek).

Read more at the Ministry’s website.

Change of travel document / identity card, names or surname or your family status

You are required to announce such changes within 3 working days of the change occuring / the new travel document being issued.

A change is reported to the MOI office by completing the “Form for reporting changes“.

You will be issued a new biometric card, therefore, you need to report this change in person to be able to provide biometric data for the new card at the same time. They recommend making an appointment at the relevant office as soon as possible.

When announcing this change, you need to bring:

  • the new travel document with a new name/marriage certificate or a judgment on a divorce
  • The Czech residence card, if it has been issued as a separate document

More information at the Ministry’s website.

How can I apply for permanent residency?

Permanent residence is available for individuals who have stayed in the Czech Republic continuously for a period of time longer than 5 years.

The permit should be requested at the regional Immigration office.

You are required to submit the following documentation:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport and Czech residence card
  • 2 photographs
  • A document confirming the condition of 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long-term residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
    • In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an addendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized
  • Proof of funds
    •  Confirmation of income from employment, business, commercial profits or statement from an account held in a bank or other financial institution in the foreign national’s name, proving regular and constant monthly income for at least the last 6 months.
    • May not be lower than the sum of the amounts for the subsistence minimum and for the cost of housing. Currently around 12.000 CZK a month.
  • A Czech language exam certificate A1
    • Training materials available at www.cestina-pro-cizince.cz
    • The test costs 1500 CZK, first try is refunded, you can pick up your free voucher at the Immigration office

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

I'm a family member of an EU citizen. How can I apply for permanent residency?

The EU and EFTA citizens’ family members (who are otherwise third country nationals) are eligible to request permanent residence after 2 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic and being a family member of Czech or EU/EFTA for at least one year.

You should request the certification at the Immigration office.

You will need these documents for your application:

Note: all must be originals or notarized copies and have Czech certified translation attached

  • A travel document
    • Passport or identity card for an EU citizen
  • photographs
  •  A document confirming the condition of 2 years of your continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • Long term residence OR temporary residence OR passport stamped from Foreign police OR confirmation from Foreign Police OR contract with employer OR tax declaration OR insurance declaration from VZP OR confirmation of study period OR other.
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months
  • A document confirming the family relation between you and a Czech citizen or other EU national lasting at least one year (citizen of the CR must be registered with permanent residence and citizen from another EU Member State must have a permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic)
  • A birth certificate OR marriage certificate OR medical report confirming dependency OR other. Unmarried couples provide a statement confirming their relationship, they might be invited for an interview at OAMP, sharing of accommodation is helpful in such case
  • Proof of accommodation
    • Accommodation contract or Confirmation of accommodation
    • The address and the landlord’s name on the contract have to be the same as in the state land registry
    • This document should not date back longer than 6 months

In case your contract with landlord/property owner is older than 6 months you only need to have an adendum under the contract that it is still valid as of the date or a Confirmation of accommodation filled in the form: “Potvrzení o zajištení ubytování (fyzické osoby)” The Confirmation, unlike the original contract, needs the have the landlord’s signature notarized

Learn more at the Ministry’s official page with requirements.

What are my rights and responsibilities with the permanent residence card?
  • You must always be insured within the public health insurance plan from the date you acquire the permanent residence, regardless of whether you still have a valid health insurance contract with a private provider or you are abroad
  • Right to be registered as a job seeker at the Labor office, your health insurance is covered by the government and you may receive unemployment benefits
  • If you do not have a job or you are not registered at the employment office, you have an obligation to pay your health insurance yourself
  • Right to be employed without a work permit
  • In the case of old age, disability, being widowed or orphaned you have a right to receive retirement if meeting certain conditions
  • You have an obligation to pay social insurance tax always when economically active, whether you are employed (paid by employer) or an entrepreneur (paid by yourself)
  • You have the right to apply for social benefits: welfare benefits and state benefits in material distress
  • Right to equal, free education
  • You have an obligation to send your children (aged 6-15 years) to an elementary school regularly
  • Right to apply for Czech citizenship meeting the statutory conditions, usually after another five years
  • You are still required to report Ministry of Interior any change of address, family status, passport number etc. within 30 working days of the change
How do I cancel my residency when leaving the CR?

Before leaving Brno and the CR, you and your family members are obliged to hand the residence card to the Immigration Office.

Note: This obligation does not relate to foreigners with a visa or a travel identity card for the purpose of departing from the CR – “departure order”.

This obligation can also be met by sending the document to the relevant MOI office according to the place (residence) you are registered at in the Czech Republic. If this is the case, it is necessary to send the document by registered mail with a letter that foreigner ends his/her residence in the Czech Republic.

Don’t forget to cancel your waste collection fee registration with the municipality too.

Do I always have to carry my residence card with me?

Yes.

General info

To sort out your residence permit, your steps will sooner or later lead you to the Immigration Office in Brno:

Ministry of the Interior “MOI”

Department for Asylum and Migration Policy – “OAMP” aka Immigration office

  • Hněvkovského 65
  • Appointments may be scheduled at +420 543 213 313 or 543 214 316
  • they don't communicate through emails
  • Official website

Office Hours: Monday + Wednesday: 8am-5pm; Tuesday + Thursday: 8am-2pm
Friday is closed unless you have been invited for interrogation.

Book an appointment through an online reservation system: frs.gov.cz or call 543 214 316

How to get there:

  • By bus
    There is a bus stop Hněvkovského right in front of the gate to the alley leading to the Immigration office.

    • Buses no. 40, 48, 63, 67.
  • By tram
    Tram no. 12 to the terminal stop Komárov. Then take one of the busses mentioned above from Komarov bus stop or 10min walk down the Hněvkovského street.

    • right now, the road is closed for trams (2019)
  • By car
    There is a parking lot right past the gate to the alley leading to the Immigration office.

View the exact location on Google Maps.