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How to Get a Czech Republic Work Visa & Work Permit: Requirements & Procedure

Key Takeaways

  • For highly skilled applicants seeking to live and work in the EU, the Czech Republic (Czechia) is a popular destination for work visas.  
  • The two main routes for entry to the Czech Republic on a work visa are the Employee Card and the EU Blue Card. 
  • Businesses looking to hire employees in Czechia should consider support from a global mobility firm to speed up the process. 

A developed central European economy, the Czech Republic (also known as ‘Czechia’) is a manufacturing and tech-focused nation, with particular specialties in engineering, electronics, machine-building and steel production. 

With a labor shortage in certain high-tech areas, the Czech Republic is a good option for highly qualified applicants seeking a job within the EU. With attractive historical cities and an excellent work-life balance, applicants are as attracted to Czechia for lifestyle reasons, as they are for professional reasons. 

For businesses interested in sponsoring a Czech Republic work visa, or for potential employees interested in applying, we set out everything you need to know about the visa requirements and application procedure. 

What are the different types of Czech Republic work visa?

There are several types of work visa available in the Czech Republic, each with their own specific requirements.

Note, as a member of the European Union and common market, citizens of EU countries (as well as Liechtenstein, Norway, Iceland, and Switzerland) do not need a visa to work in the Czech Republic. 

The different kinds of Czech Republic work visa include:

  • The Employee Card, a long-stay residence and work permit for applicants outside the EU/common market. The Employee Card always connects to specific job and employer. And it is only available for jobs that have been specifically designated for the Employee Card. It is valid for two years, but is renewable.
  • The EU Blue Card is for highly skilled workers from outside the EU who meet certain qualification/skill requirements and are applying for jobs at a high income level (currently 1.5x the average salary in the Czech Republic). It allows the holder to live and work in the Czech Republic for a maximum of 2 years, with the possibility of renewal.
  • The Intra-Company Transfer Visa is for employees of a multinational company who are being transferred to Czechia for work. It is available for senior managers, specialists and certain trainees. 

Note, that in addition to work visas, there is also a Czechia freelancer visa (also known as a digital nomad visa) valid for up to one year. 

What is the procedure for applying for a Czech Republic work visa?

The process for applying for an Employee Card is as follows: 

  • Apply for a job on the designated list of Employee Card-eligible jobs, and get the consent of an employer to sponsor the application.
  • Fill in the application form and associated documents.
  • Send the full application, including copies of passports, qualifications and work contracts to the MOI.
  • Decision — you will receive a response from the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) within 90 days.
  • Collection of visa — the Employee Card can be collected from the MOI. 

Where applying for an EU Blue Card, the process is similar, except the applicant must: 

  • Select a job and sponsor from the separate list or EU Blue Card-eligible jobs. These must all meet the requirement of paying 1.5x the average salary in the Czech Republic (at a minimum). 
  • Apply using the separate EU Blue Card application
  • Demonstrate the high qualifications required for the selected job. Qualification documents must be apostilled and validated by the Czech Republic Ministry of Education.  

Work visas in the Czech Republic — choose the right visa

In the Czech Republic, the EU Blue Card and the Employee Card are the main types of work visa. In contrast to some other countries (such as Switzerland), the Czech Republic has a ‘dual visa’ process where the one document entitles the individual to both work and reside in the country. 

If you would like the support of a company that specializes in visa administration when sorting out Czech Republic work visas, check out our guide to the top global mobility firms

FAQs

Once all the necessary documents are gathered, and the application submitted, a decision will usually be made within 90 working days. 

Yes, in order to apply for a work visa in the Czech Republic, you will typically need to have a job offer from a Czech employer and that employer will need to sponsor your visa application.  This applies equally to the Employee Card and the EU Blue Card. 

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