14.02.2011 / 09:11
New residential status for the purpose of performing employment requiring high qualification.
A new residential status intended for the stay associated with the performance of a highly qualified employment was introduced starting January 1, 2011. The blue card entitles a foreign national to reside and work within the territory of the Czech Republic. i.e. the foreign national will not need a separate work permit.
An application for blue card can be submitted by a foreign national if he/she intends to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for a period exceeding 3 months with a guaranteed employment requiring high qualifications. High qualification status requires that the foreign national has completed university education or higher professional education of which the duration is not less than 3 years.
The blue card is issued with a validity of 3 months beyond the validity of the employment contract, not exceeding 2 years. The blue card can be extended.
More information about BLUE CARDS (including the register of vacancies and application forms) can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs. Other related information can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior.
Requirements for the application for blue card
1. Application Form for Blue Card. To download form
2. Travel document / Passport. Passport should be valid for at least 90 days after the intended departure from the Czech Republic.
3. Two (2) recent photographs:
Photo size should be 3.5 x 4.5 cm, with a light-colored background.
Both photographs should be signed on the back.
4. A document confirming the availability of accommodation for the period of stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, i.e.:
- an original or a certified copy of an accommodation, lease or sublease agreement; or
- a certificate issued by an individual or a legal entity providing accommodation to you, including a certificate issued to the alien by the party which accommodates him (pursuant to Section 100(e) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll.); this certificate must be officially verified; or
- an authenticated Invitation Form in case of a temporary stay; or
- an original or a certified copy of an excerpt from the real estate cadastre, if you own real property;
Accommodation can only be secured in a building intended for living, accommodation or recreation. The accommodation provider is obliged to ensure to a foreign national that the floor area of a room for accommodation must be at least 8 m2, if a single person is accommodated, 12.6 m2 if two persons are accommodated; 5 m2 are added to the floor area per every further accommodated person.
5. Employment contract covering a period of at least one year. The contract must stipulate a gross monthly or yearly wage of at least 1.5 times the gross annual average wage (which is officially declared by the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs once a year).
6. Documents proving high qualifications.
7. An excerpt from the Penal Register (or other similar document) issued by the state of your nationality/citizenship – for Filipino nationals, the NBI Clearance (if requested by the Embassy of the Czech Republic);
The NBI Clearance must not be older than six (6) months at the time of application.
The NBI Clearance must be authenticated by the Department of Foreign Affairs, Manila (DFA) and superlegalized by the Czech Embassy in Manila.
The document must be translated into the Czech language and the translation must be verified. Corresponding fees apply (to view fees click here). The translation and verification may be done either through an official translator,
To view list of official translators or by the Czech Embassy in Manila.
8. Criminal Record Clearance from other states. In case the applicant has stayed in another state for an uninterrupted period of at least six (6) months within the past three (3) years.
The document must be authenticated, superlegalized (unless stipulated otherwise by an international treaty that is binding for the Czech Republic) and translated into Czech in the respective country.
9. Medical report certifying that the applicant does not suffer from a serious disease (if requested by the Embassy of the Czech Republic);
* Upon confirmation of visa issuance, the following documents must be submitted for the actual issuance of the visa:
Insurance Coverage– submitted only for the period from the arrival in the territory of the Czech Republic until the start of the employment, more information can be found here.