Changes were made to the Czech immigration law in July (2023). Let’s take a quick look at them.
They concern Blue Card permits, and in many ways, they will make life easier for current and future holders of these cards:
- The new minimum salary required to obtain this card is 60 530 CZK per month.
- The longest possible validity was increased from 2 years to 3 years.
- Previously, it was necessary to provide proof of qualification = a university degree, of at least 3 years of study. Newly, it will be possible to prove professional experience comparable to university studies. Exceptions to this rule are the regulated professions, e.g. doctors, lawyers.
- Previously, you needed approval to change employers within the first 2 years after getting your card, and only after being granted this approval you could start working. This is no longer needed. You just have to report a new employer or position to the Ministry of Interior (MoI) within the first three days of starting work. The notification can be done in person or just sent by post.
- When applying for a Blue Card, your employment contract had to be signed at least for a 1 year period. Now, a 6-month contract will be accepted as well.
- You can apply with a standard contract of employment or with a contract of a future contract.
- There is now no need to show proof of education if you have worked in an EU country.
- If you had a Blue Card stay in another EU country for at least 12 months (previously 18 months), it now counts towards the 5 years of residence required to apply for permanent residence in the Czech Republic.
- Now the deadline for processing an application for a blue card submitted in the Czech Republic by a Blue card holder in another EU country is 30 days (instead of the previous 90). It can be prolonged to a maximum of 60 days in particularly difficult cases.
- You must now provide a criminal record from all countries you have lived in for a total of 6 months in the last 3 years.
- Previously, the MoI cancelled the Blue Card if you were unemployed for more than 3 consecutive months. Now, the Blue Card will be cancelled if the duration of your unemployment exceeds 3 non-consecutive months if you had your Blue Card for less than 2 years. If you have been a Blue Card holder for 2 years and more, the Blue Card will be cancelled if you have been unemployed for more than 6 (not consecutive) months.
If you have further questions about the new rules regarding Blue cards, contact our consultants through here.