Recent amendments to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners

Recent amendments to the Act on the Residence of Foreigners

Aug 26, 2019, 12:00 PM

The Czech government has recently signed new legislation that modified the immigration process and came into effect this July/August. Please see the details below.

  • Effective from 31 July 2019 Change of the Employer approval was replaced by a notification. This means that a foreign national who lives in the Czech Republic and possesses an employee card is obliged to notify the immigration office about the change of the employer, change of the job or employment on additional job position with the same employer or additional employer. Such change must be notified at the latest 30 days before it occurs. Employees are allowed to notify the change at the earliest 6 months from the legal force of the decision to issue their first employee card. There are some exceptions when the change might be done earlier – e.g. health reasons, redundancy dismissal etc.
 
  • Biometric cards released after 1st August will not be issued with an address detail. The address will be noted in a travel document instead, therefore, no need to issue a new card when changing the residency address in Czech Republic.
 
  • Effective from 31 July 2019 the fees for long-term visas and residence permits are collected in one amount when submitting the application and they changed as follows:
 
Acceptance of long-stay visa application (incl. purpose of study)                           2.500 CZK (EUR 98)
Acceptance of applications for residence permit                                                      2,500 CZK (EUR 98)
Acceptance of application for issue of Employee Card                                           5,000 CZK (EUR 197)
Acceptance of application for issue of Blue Card CZK                                          5,000 CZK (EUR 197)
Submitting a long-stay visa / business application for CZK                                   5,000 CZK (EUR 197)
There are some further changes to come most probably in September – we will keep you informed!