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New rules for employee cards and business visas

Effective from 1 September 2019, the Government of the Czech Republic decided to introduce its concept of targeted economic migration and start applying quotas for the acceptance of applications for employee cards and long-term visas for business purposes.

The main objective of the concept of targeted economic migration is to strengthen the inflow of skilled labor from selected countries to the Czech Republic. The decision has been enacted under Ref. No. 220/2019 of 26 August 2019.

For the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Addis Abeba, the annual quota for applications for employee cards and for long-term visas for business purposes was set to 60 and 12 respectively. Both quotas are decided by the Government Decree and cannot be exceeded. Quotas will be divided monthly.Upon exhaustion of the monthly quota, applicants will be notified by the usual channels of communication.

If you wish to secure an appointment, the procedure remains unchanged: Write a request to visa_addisabeba@mzv.cz stating your name, contact details, and attach a scanned proof of the purpose of your stay in the Czech Republic (i.e. employee contract or business licence).