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Adaptation and integration course in the Czech Republic - Information to foreign nationals

As of 1 January 2021, every foreign national who is issued a long-term residence permit for the territory of the Czech Republic, and also every foreign national who is issued a permanent residence permit after this date without the precondition of previous authorised stay in the territory, is obliged to take the adaptation and integration course within one year of the date of collecting their residence permit.

During the course foreign nationals will be acquainted with the rights and obligations connected with their stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, with the fundamental values of the Czech Republic, with everyday life, culture and customs prevailing in the Czech Republic. Course participants will also be provided information on organisations and institutions that provide advisory services to foreign nationals free of charge. For details, go to: http://www.vitejtevcr.cz/

The obligation to take the adaptation and integration course does NOT apply to foreign nationals residing in the territory of the Czech Republic on the basis of:
• a long-term residence permit for the purpose of study
• a long-term residence permit for the purpose of protection in the territory
• a long-term residence permit for the purpose of investment
• a long-term residence permit issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
• an intra-company employee transfer card
• a European Union Member State intra-company employee transfer card

and also, does NOT apply to :

  • foreign nationals under 15 years of age on the date of legal effect of the decision to issue their residence permit
  • foreign nationals 61 years of age or over on that date
  • holders of employee cards and blue cards issued under the Highly Qualified Employee and Key and Scientific Personnel governmental programmes
  • European Union citizens and their family members

Foreign nationals, to whom the obligation to take the adaptation and integration course applies, must take this course at latest within one year of the date of collecting their residence permit, or more precisely, within one year of the date of legal effect of the decision to issue their residence permit.

Failure to satisfy the obligation of taking the adaptation and integration course within one year of the foreign national collecting their residence permit is an offence which carries a fine of up to CZK 10,000.

More information about the adaptation and integration course at the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic, https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/adaptacne-integracni-kurzy.aspx.