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Employee Card

An employee card is a new type of permit for long-time residence in the territory of the Czech Republic (CR) where the purpose of the foreign national’ stay (longer than 3 months) is employment. A foreign national who has an employee card is entitled:

- to reside in the territory of the CR and, at the same time,
- to work in the job for which the employee card was issued, or
- to work in the job for which the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior granted consent (in connection with changing employer, changing job, taking up employment with an additional employer or in an additional job).

 

General Information

Which types of employment is an employee card intended for?

Dual and Non-Dual Nature of an Employee Card

Filing an Application for an Employee Card

Important acknowledgements

Processing time


General information

An employee card replaces the visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose of employment, a long-term residence permit for the purpose of employment and a Green Card, which will no longer be issued. Blue Cards will continue to be issued.

An employee card is a plastic card with biometric features.

An employee card is most often issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship but not for more than 2 years, with an option to repeatedly extend its validity.


Which types of employment is an employee card intended for?

With regard to professional qualifications, an employee card is intended for all types of employment regardless of the level of required professional qualifications.

However, the job vacancy for which an application for an employee card can be filed must come from the central register of job vacancies that can be filled by holders of employee cards. Subject to the consent of the employer, these vacant jobs can be published on the Internet Integrated Portal of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs where you can find them.

Therefore, an employee card always relates to the specific job (there can also be more job positions at the same time) for which it was issued or, if applicable, to a job for which the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior granted its consent in connection with changing employer or job.


Dual and Non-Dual Nature of an Employee Card

An employee card is of a dual nature in the sense that it entitles the foreign national to both reside in the territory of the CR and be employed, without the foreign national having to make applications in two places, i.e. to apply additionally to the Employment Agency of the CR – a regional branch office or the branch office for the Capital City of Prague – for an employment permit.

An employee card also exists in the form of a non-dual document, in which case it is basically only a residence permit, and this applies to a foreign national who is still required by the Employment Act No. 435/2004 Coll. to have an employment permit or who has a free access to the labour market pursuant to the Employment Act (i.e. he or she comes under the definition in Section 98 of the Employment Act). You can find more about these cases in the section titled Special Cases / Non-Dual Form of an Employee Card).

If you submit only the number of your employment (work) permit application, please note that you have to submit the approved work permit directly to the Ministry of Interior (Asylum and Immigration Department) as soon as possible.


Lodging an Application for an Employee Card

You can submit the application at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington - for the appointment please call our visa section (202-274-9103). You must attach the following to an application for an employee card:

  1. a valid travel document
  2. application form
  3. visa fee
  4. a document confirming availability of accommodation,
  5. 2 photographs showing the current appearance of the foreign national,
  6. a contract of employment, an agreement on work activity (or at least an agreement for a future contract where the parties agree to enter into a contract of employment or an agreement on work activity by an agreed deadline). The aforementioned documents must contain a stipulation which provides that regardless of the scope of work, the agreed monthly salary will not be lower than the basic monthly minimum wage and that weekly working hours will be at least 15 hours,
  7. documents proving the professional qualifications for performance of the desired job, if this condition follows from the nature of the employment or an international agreement sets such a condition, particularly
    • a document proving the required education (such as a diploma); in justified cases, particularly if reasonable doubt exists as to whether you have the required education or whether your education is appropriate for the nature of employment, you will be obliged, at the request of an administrative authority, to prove and submit a document certifying that your foreign education has been recognised by the relevant authority of the CR. The diploma has to be verified by Apostille (specifically the name of the Registrar of the College/ University) and officially translated into the Czech language (incl. the Apostille).
    • a document proving the required professional qualifications, if such qualifications are required according to other legal regulations (for example, a fork-lift truck operator licence or the appropriate driving license for a tram/bus driver, etc.),
    • a document proving that you meet the requirements for performing an occupation referred to as “regulated occupation”, if your application concerns this kind of occupation; if you do not already hold such a document, you must apply to the relevant recognition authority of the CR for recognition of your professional qualifications, after filing the application for an employee card. Issuance of the employee card is contingent on your submission of an affirmative decision of the recognition authority,
  8. Criminal History Affidavit (PDF, 167 KB) - for US citizens,
  9. upon request, a medical report stating that the foreign national does not suffer from any serious disease.

 

PLEASE NOTE !

All documents in a foreign language must be submitted in their original version and with an officially certified translation into the Czech language. The required attachments to the application must not be older than 180 days, except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national, provided that it corresponds to his or her current appearance.

We suggest to submit 2 sets of documents - originals and copies of all the documents!!!


Processing time

The deadline for making a decision on an application for an employee card is 60 days; or 90 days in especially complicated cases or if the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior has requested the Employment Agency of the CR – a regional branch office or the branch office for the Capital City of Prague – to issue a binding statement of opinion.

 

You can find further information on the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

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