Changes in conditions for the entry and stay on the territory of the Czech Republic from 2011

Changes in 2015

Below text was made public in 2011 - in the mean time there have been changes again.
Notably virtually all addresses have changed. Most recent addresses can be found here:

Addresses of The Ministry of Interior and Foreign Police

Changes in effect from 01.01.2011 - in a nutshell

From 01.01.2011 there are many unpleasant changes for visa applications and extensions for 3rd-Country Nationals. Not only is the ministry of interior taking over the tasks from the foreign police, causing months of delay in visa application processing, the visiting addresses have changed, the procedures have changed and the requirements have changed, for example a strict policy on being able to prove that you are really fullfilling the purpose of stay and earning money.

Business Visas are affected the most

The biggest changes are for the people on a business visa, since people on an visa with as purpose of stay 'employment' (in short: a work visa) by default comply to many of the new regulations.

EU-Citizens (with a Schengen passport) and 3rd Country Nationals that have a residence permit will have little to fear from the new rules.

No stamps in passports anymore after 01.05.2011, instead a separate booklet

After 01.05.2011, 3rd-Country Nationals with D-Visas and permanent Residence Permits will no longer get stamps in their passport with visa- and residence address information. Instead, a separate passport-like booklet will be issued. This booklet will also contain a chip with biometric data (fingerprints), a photo of the holder. The booklets are exepected to cost several 1000s of CZK.

The booklet can be used instead of a passport, but one of the two must be carried with you.

Most important change for first-time Business Visa Applications

The Business Visa is now valid for only 6 months, instead of 12 (2016: back to 12 months)

This also means that after 4 months already the process for extension must start, because due to the many papers, time tickes away quickly and one must file when there is at least 14 days left on the old visa.

Failing to do so, the old visa expires without possiblility to extend and you will need to apply for an entirely new visa, again at an embassy abroad. If this happens, US citizens still have 90 days visa-free entry, but once the old visa or the visa-free entry ends, one is not allowed to stay in CZ while waiting for the new visa (!)

Applying for a Business Visa only at the embassy of your home country

Except for US-citizens, most foreigners will have to apply at the czech embassy or consulate in their home country, unless they are permanent resident of another country.

US-citizens are still allowed to apply at any czech embassy in Europe (Berlin, Bratislava, Vienna, London).

For all other nationalities, not applying in the home country, we recommend calling the embassy you plan to apply at and asking whether they will accept your application.

Most important changes for Business Visa Extensions

'Complex Care' Health Insurance



See VZP, Maxima, Slavia Health Insurance for Foreigners in Czech Republic

Director's monthly salary, subject to social- and health charges

Directors must have a contract and pay out themselves a monthly salary for their directorship, unless they can prove they have other sources of income.
The height of this salary depends on how many people in his household the director supports.
For a director who has no extended household the minimum net income is about 10.000 CZK / month, after adding the obligatory social- and health charges this will be about 15.000 CZK / month costs for the company.

Trade license minimum income from business activities

Also trade license owners must have an income from their business activities in case they have no other source of income. The height of this income depends on how many people are in the household. For a single person who has no extended household the minimum net income is about 10.000 CZK / month.

This minimum net income is calculated as (taxbase (40% of the revenue) - obligatory social charges),
so not from the entire trade license revenue (the sum before 60% expense deduction).

Proof of no debts at tax / social / health, income tax return and proof of business revenue

People with sro's and trade licenses who extend their visas are obligatory to show proof of no debts at the tax office, social office and health insurance, present the last income tax return and (when asked) proof of business revenue of the last 6 months (with bank statements, expenses and invoices).

Sleeping sros, trade licenses without business activity or empty / no income tax return

It is to be expected that directors of 'sleeping' sros, or holders of inactive trade licenses (no business activities or or empty / no income tax return) do not get their visa extended (easily) since they do not fullfill the purpose of stay, which is doing business in Czech Republic.

People not actually living in Czech Republic

Holders of a visa who do not actually live here (the requirement is at least 3 months per calendar year) or never registered upon arrival to Czech Republic have a minimal chance of getting a visa extension.

Information leaflets - residency in CR, regional offices, key changes

Topics of the brochures:
  • Residency in the Czech Republic
  • Regional offices of the Ministry of Interior vs the Foreign Police
  • Amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals - key changes

pdf downloads in different languages
Infoline of the Ministry of Interior: +420 974 832 421, +420 974 847 700, pobyty@mvcr.cz

More Information leaflets - change in administration, Prague and Central Bohemian region

pdf download:Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (English text)
pdf download:Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (Russian text)
pdf download:Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (Czech text)

For other cities / regions, see chapter 7 of the text below.

pdf download:      Change in administration of residence permits in the Czech Republic (multi-lingual)

Information taken from the ministry of interior website (http://www.mvcr.cz/cizinci)

The information below is the english text taken straight from the website (http://www.mvcr.cz/cizinci - external link) without any modifications so that you can drawn your own conclusions about the consequences.

The information is divided in 8 chapters:

1. Information leaflets of the ministry of interior website (http://www.mvcr.cz/cizinci)

pdf download: Change in administration of residence permits in the Czech Republic (multi-lingual)

pdf download: Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (ENG)
pdf download: Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (RUS)
pdf download: Residency in the Czech Republic, Prague and Central Bohemia Region (CZ)

2. Basic Information

On December 21, 2010 the Parliament of the Czech Republic passed amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Territory of the Czech Republic (Act No. 326/1999 Coll., as amended).

The amendment was signed by the President of the Czech Republic on December 23, 2010. It was published in the Collection of laws on December 30, 2010 under No. 427/2010. The amendment came into force on January 1, 2011. 

The amendment introduced a number of important changes related to offices dealing with matters concerning stay of foreign nationals on the territory of the Czech Republic as well as conditions for the entry and stay on the Czech territory.

Ministry of the Interior has launched an information campaign which aims at informing EU nationals as well as third-country nationals staying in the Czech Republic about all changes.
 
Thank you for your understanding.
 
 
Ministry of the Interior
Department for Asylum and Migration Policy
January 6th, 2011



3. An amendment to the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals - main changes

The legal regulation stipulating conditions for the entry and stay in the Territory of the Czech Republic is Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (Act No. 326/1999 Coll. on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Territory of the Czech Republic and a Change to Some Acts, as amended).
Its latest amendment introduced numerous changes.

A change in the authority responsible for the decision on granting a long-term visa and a long-term/temporary residence permit

Since 2011 the Ministry of the Interior is newly responsible for the agenda of long-term stays and long-term visas. It has taken over this competence from the Foreign Police.

In practice, this means offices dealing with the issues associated with residence in the Territory of the Czech Republic are changed (they are not Foreign Police Departments any more, but new regional offices of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior).

In what circumstances should a foreign national contact the new regional offices of the Ministry of the Interior (of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy)?

  • An application for an extension to a long-stay visa (an application for such visa should continue to be filed at the relevant Czech embassy abroad)
  • An application for a long-stay visa for the purpose of leave to remain in the Territory and extension of validity of such a visa or length of stay on the basis of this visa
  • An application for a long-term residence permit or extension of its validity
  • An application for a certificate of temporary residence in the Territory (EU citizens)
  • An application for a temporary residence and for a residence card for a family member of EU citizen and its extension, respectively
  • An application for a permanent residence permit
  • Reporting a change in the place of residence in the Czech Republic (change shall be reported within 30 days after the change takes place)
    • holder of a long-stay visa or a long-term residence permit is obliged to report the change of his/her place of residence, provided the change of place of residence is expected to last for longer than 30 days
    • holder of a residence card of a EU citizen´s family member or of a EU citizen who was granted certificate of temporary residence or foreign national holding permanent residence permit is obliged to report the change of his/her place of residence, provided the change of place of residence is expected to last for longer than 180 days
  • Reporting other changes (e.g. change in surname, personal status, data in travel document, data in residence permit document) and reporting loss, destruction, theft or damage of residence permit documents
  • An application for a certificate of legitimacy to stay in the Territory (except for cases when the length of residence does not exceed 90 days and when the certificate is required by the registry office before getting married)

The Foreign Police remain to be competent for:

  • Reporting the place of residence in the Territory upon the arrival at the Czech Republic (the subsequent change of the place of residence, if the residence is based on a long-stay visa, long-term or permanent residence permit, should be reported to the regional offices of the Ministry of the Interior)
  • Extensions to stays in the Czech Republic on the basis of a short-term visa
  • Issuance of short-term residence certificates and, irrespective of the type of residence, certificates certifying a legitimate right of residence required by the registry office before getting married
  • The verification of an invitation
  • Checks on the legitimacy of the stay in the Territory

ATTENTION! The change of the catchment regions which stipulates offices under the competence of which foreign nationals fall.

More information here.

Main changes in the conditions for the entry and stay of foreign nationals in the Territory

Changes in the proceedings for granting a long-term visa

An application for granting a long-term visa should be further submitted to a Czech embassy. It applies a foreign national can only submit the application at the embassy in his/her country of origin (in the state he/she is a citizen of, or which has issued his/her travel document, or in the state where the foreign national has a permitted long-term or permanent residence). Exceptions to this obligation are stipulated by the Regulation of the Ministry of the Interior.

An embassy is entitled to request from the foreign national to arrange the term for filing the application for a long-term visa in advance.

An applicant for a long-term visa is obliged to undergo an interview if the embassy calls him/her to it. In the case a foreign national is applying for a long-term visa for the purpose of conducting business, he/she must always attend the interview.

Newly, the Ministry of the Interior decides on granting a long-term visa which, in case of denying the application, shall inform the foreign national in writing about the reasons for non-granting the long-term visa. The foreign national is entitled to request new assessment of reasons for non-granting the visa within 15 days upon delivery of the information about non-granting the long-term visa.

ATTENTION! The term of validity of a long-term visa is shortened. A long-term visa will be newly issued for the maximum period of 6 months. If the purpose of the foreign national´s residence in the Territory requires a stay exceeding 6 months, the foreign national is obliged to submit an application for a long-term residence not earlier than 90 days and not later than 14 days before the long-term visa validity expiration. The foreign national shall submit such application at a regional office of the Ministry of the Interior.

New conditions for submitting an application for long-term/permanent residence

To submit an application for granting a residence permit (both long-term, and permanent), a foreign national is obliged to attend in person a regional office of the Ministry of the Interior.

New form of residence permit cards (long-term and permanent residence)

Since May 2011 citizens of third countries (not applicable to EU citizens and their family members) will be issued residence permit cards with biometric data. The previously issued residence permit cards remain to be valid for the period of validity specified therein.

If a foreign national submitted an application for granting a permit to long-term or permanent residence at an embassy and the application was satisfied, he/she is obliged to attend in person the determined regional office of the Ministry of the Interior for taking biometric data (face image and fingerprints) within 3 business days upon the entry into the Territory.

If a foreign national submitted such application during his/her stay in the Territory of the Czech Republic, he/she will be called to taking biometric data by the Ministry of the Interior.

After taking biometric data and making the residence permit card the foreign national will be called to take over the card by the Ministry of the Interior.

If a foreign national fails to take over the long-term residence permit card within the stipulated term, the proceeding will be stopped!

If a foreign national fails to take over the permanent residence permit card within the stipulated term, he/she can be imposed on a fine up to CZK 10,000.00!

When extending the validity of the residence permit card or making a change to the data recorded in it, a new residence permit card is issued.

New requirements for the proof of securing accommodation

A proof of securing accommodation is required to an application for granting a long-term visa, long-term or permanent residence. A foreign national is obliged to prove securing accommodation by any of the following documents:

  • a document proving that he/she is an owner of the respective flat or house
  • a document proving that he/she is entitled to use the respective flat or house
  • an officially authenticated confirmation of a person who is the owner or authorized user of the respective flat or house that he/she agrees with accommodating the foreign national.

Any other document will not be recognized as a proof of securing accommodation!

Accommodation can only be secured in a building intended for living, accommodation or recreation.

Requirements for accommodation providers are also newly increased. An accommodation provider is not only a person providing accommodation for compensation, but also a person who accommodates more than 5 foreign nationals (except for accommodating close persons).

It newly applies to adequacy of accommodation that 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.

New requirements for the proof of travel health insurance

In the case a foreign national asks for granting a long-term visa or issuing a long-term residence permit abroad and submitting a proof of travel health insurance is required, such insurance must cover costs associated with necessary and urgent health care, including the costs associated with transportation, including mortal remains in the event of death, and such insurance must not exclude providing an insurance payment in the case of accident caused by a wilful act, negligence or contributory negligence of the insured, even as a result of drinking alcohol, taking narcotics or psychotropic drugs by the insured. The amount of the insurance payment limit must be at least EUR 60,000.00.

If a foreign national submits the application abroad, the travel health insurance can be taken out not only at an insurance company authorized to provide such insurance in the Territory of the Czech Republic, but also at an insurance company which is entitled to provide such insurance in the other member states of the European Union and/or in a state which is bound by the Treaty on the European Economic Area (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway), or in a state where the foreign national is a citizen or where he/she has a permitted residence. In such cases, the foreign national is obliged to submit an officially authenticated translation of the insurance policy and general insurance terms and conditions to Czech together with the proof of travel health insurance. Upon request, he/she shall also submit a proof of the payment of insurance premium for the whole term of required stay in the Territory.

In the case the foreign national has already stayed in the Territory and asks for extending the term of residence for a long-term visa or issuing a long-term residence permit in the Territory or extending the validity of such permit, submitting a proof of travel health insurance is required to the application which can only be taken out at an insurance company authorized to provide such insurance in the Territory of the Czech Republic and it must be taken out in the scope of complex healthcare.

A foreign national is not required to submit a proof of travel health insurance if he/she is a participant in the public health insurance or if the payment of costs of healthcare is paid on the basis of an international treaty, or if the foreign national proves that healthcare is paid in a different manner (i.e. on the basis of a written undertaking of a legal entity if the foreign national´s stay in the Territory of the Czech Republic is beneficial for the development of spiritual values, protection of human rights and/or other humanitarian values, protection of the environment, cultural monuments and traditions, the development of science, education, sport or on the basis of a written undertaking of a state authority and/or on the basis of an undertaking contained in an invitation authenticated by the Police).

New requirements for proving securing funds for the stay

In the case a foreign national is obliged to submit a proof of securing funds for the stay in the Territory in the required amount to the application for granting a long-term visa or issuing a long-term residence permit, he/she must prove it by any of the following documents:

  • a bank account statement maintained in the name of the foreign national of which it is obvious that the foreign national can make use of these funds during his/her stay in the Territory of the Czech Republic,
  • any other document on financial security (e.g. an invitation authenticated by the Police),
  • a valid internationally recognized payment card which the foreign national will be obliged, upon request, to supplement with a bank account statement maintained in the name of the foreign national of which it is obvious that the foreign national can make use of these funds during his/her stay in the Territory of the Czech Republic.

To prove financial funds for permanent residence, a foreign national is obliged to submit a proof of which it is obvious that his/her income is regular. At the same time, it shall apply that a monthly income of the foreign national and his/her family members residing in the Territory is not lower than the sum of subsistence minimum of these commonly assessed people and costs of housing. The foreign national´s income can especially be proven by a confirmation of an employer of the amount of average net monthly earning, or the income tax return of natural persons, if income from business is concerned. If the income cannot be proven by any other trustworthy manner, account statements on the account kept in a bank for the previous 6 months can be submitted as a proof of securing funds for permanent residence of which it follows that the foreign national has the required amount of income.

Changes in the stay for the purpose of conducting business

A residence permit for the purpose of a profit-making activity in the Territory of the Czech Republic will only be issued to foreign nationals for the purpose of "employment" or "conducting business" (i.e. a residence permit is not issued for the purpose of “participation in a legal entity” any more).

An application for residence permit for the purpose of conducting business shall be submitted not only by a foreign national willing to conduct business in the Czech Republic as a self-employed person, but newly also by a foreign national willing to stay in the Territory as a statutory body or a member of the statutory body of a trade company or a coop.

An applicant for granting a long-term visa for the purpose of conducting business is always obliged to attend an interview at the embassy.

In the case a foreign national intends to change his/her previous purpose of stay to the purpose of conducting business, he/she can ask for such change if he/she legally stays in the Territory for the period of at least 2 years.

A foreign national must submit the following documents to the application for issuing/extending the long-term residence permit for the purpose of conducting business:

  • a proof of the entry in the relevant register, list or records (e.g. the Trade Licensing Office or Commercial Register);
  • a document proving that his/her monthly income and the income of people assessed together with him/her is not lower than the sum of the minimum subsistence and costs of housing;
  • if he/she is a self-employed person: a confirmation of relevant authorities proving he/she has no tax arrears and social security insurance and contribution to the state employment policy arrears;
  • if he/she stays in the Czech Republic as a statutory body or a member of the statutory body of a trade company or a coop: a confirmation that such company/coop has no tax arrears and social security insurance and contribution to the state employment policy arrears;
  • upon request, an income tax payment assessment.

New residential institute for the purpose of performing employment requiring high qualification - “blue card”

The amendment to the Act introduces a new residential institute intended for the stay associated with the performance of a highly qualified employment. The blue card entitles a foreign national to reside and at the same time to be employed, i.e. the foreign national will not need a separate work permit.

Elements to the application for the blue card and its issue

An application for issuing the blue card can be submitted by a foreign national if he/she intends to stay in the Territory for the period exceeding 3 months and he/she will be employed at a job position requiring high qualification which can be filled with a foreign national who is not a citizen of the European Union pursuant to the Employment Act.

High qualification means a duly completed university education or higher professional education which has lasted for at least 3 years.

An application for issuing the blue card shall be submitted by a foreign national at the embassy or, in selected cases, also at the Ministry of the Interior in the Territory.

The foreign national is obliged to submit an employment contract agreed at least for the period of one year and documents proving his/her high qualification to the application for issuing the blue card.

One of the conditions for issuing the blue card is a wage criterion - the employment contract must contain gross monthly or yearly wage at least at the rate of 1.5 multiple of the gross average annual wage (which is declared by an announcement of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs once a year).

The blue card is issued with the term of validity 3 months longer than the term for which the employment contract has been concluded, however for the maximum period of 2 years. The blue card can be extended.

A change to the employer or job classification of a blue card holder during the first two years of stay in the Territory is subject to the approval of the Ministry of the Interior.

A blue card holder will be allowed to obtain permanent residence/the status of a long-term staying resident in the European Communities after 5 years of the stay in the Territory of the EU member states, whereas he/she must stay as a blue card holder in the Territory of the Czech Republic for the last 2 years. The blue card stays from various EU member states are included in the period of 5 years.

A blue card holder and his/her family members will be allowed to reunify the family with no minimum period of the previous stay in the Territory Republic, i.e. immediately.

Changes in administrative expulsion

If a foreign national is a holder of residence permit in another member state of the European Union but stays in the Territory of the Czech Republic without authorisation, the Police shall issue to him/her a decision on the obligation to leave the Territory which does not contain a ban on entry, instead of a decision on administrative expulsion. On the basis of such decision, a foreign national is obliged to leave the Territory of the Czech Republic (and to move to the state where he/she has authorisation to reside).

A decision on administrative expulsion will be newly issued with the validity for the entire territory of the European Union; the ban on entry will thus cover the entire territory of the European Union (it does not apply to the citizens of the European Union and their family members). Similarly to the previous state, a voluntary return of a foreign national is preferred. For this purpose, the Act stipulates that the term set for voluntary departure will range from 7 to 60 days.

Possibilities for cessation or cancellation of the decision on administrative expulsion are extended.

If a foreign national files an action against the decision on administrative expulsion, the court shall decide on it within 60 days.

The provision on the payment of costs associated with administrative expulsion is completely newly worded. An employer who has employed a foreign national without the work permit (if required) or without a valid residence permit is obliged to pay these costs as the first party in order. Another obliged party is the foreign national. The Act stipulates other obliged entities in Section 123.

Changes in detention

In the case a foreign national breaches conditions for residence and he/she is imposed on the administrative expulsion, the Police can, instead of detention, newly impose on him/her a special measure for the purpose of departure. Such measure is an alternative to detention.

The special measure for the purpose of departure is:

  • a foreign national´s obligation to stay at the address of the place of residence he/she has announced to the Police, announce every change of it to the Police and regularly report to the Police in person in the set intervals, or
  • depositing a financial guarantee in the form of money at the rate of estimated costs associated with the administrative expulsion. The financial guarantee shall be deposited to an account of the Police and shall be refunded after the foreign national proves that he/she has departed from the Territory (or after the foreign national is permitted to reside in the Territory). The guarantee need not only be deposited by the foreign national; it can be deposited on behalf of the foreign national by a citizen of the Czech Republic or a foreign national with the long-term or permanent residence permit in the Territory.

If a foreign national materially breaches obligations following from the special measure for the purpose of departing or does not depart within the set period, the Police shall detain the foreign national for the period necessary for preparing the execution of the administrative expulsion. The duration of detention can be repeatedly prolonged if it is necessary for continuing in the preparation of the administrative expulsion. The total period of detention must not exceed 180 days.

The period of 7 business days upon delivery of the file is stipulated for the administrative court and its decision on the action against the decision on detention. The judicial review will thus be significantly faster.

Families with minors will only be allowed to be detained for the period of 90 days.

In special cases when a foreign national specifies untruthful data about his/her identity or defeats the execution of expulsion and his/her expulsion will still be enforceable, the Police will be entitled to extend the detention up to 18 months. This does not apply to families and unaccompanied minors.

 

Ministry of the Interior
Department for Asylum and Migration Policy
January 6th, 2011

4. Change in the offices dealing with residency of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic from 1 January 2011

Starting on 1 January 2011, the offices dealing with matters related to residency of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic will change. The change concerns the current offices of the Foreign Police (Foreign Police Departments, so called “inspektorát cizinecké policie” and “skupina povolování pobytu”, respectively) as well as regional offices of the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy). Most matters related to the residency of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic will be newly dealt with by the Ministry of the Interior offices.

At the same time, the catchment areas for individual offices will also change.

These changes reflect the transformation of the Foreign Police and the transfer of its responsibility for the management of long-term residence permits and long-stay visas to the Ministry of the Interior.

For an overview of offices valid from 1 January 2011, see the Information Poster (pdf, 2, 75 MB).

Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, December 29, 2010

5. Responsibility of new offices of the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Police

The change in offices dealing with matters related to the residency of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic from 1 January 2011 also reflected the change of responsibility of the Foreign Police and the Ministry of the Interior.

Until 31 December 2010, the responsibility of the Ministry of the Interior was limited to permanent residence permits. From 1 January 2011, the number of the Ministry of the Interior regional offices increased. At the same time, scope of their agenda was significantly broadened.

Newly, the Ministry of the Interior offices took over responsibility for a significant part of matters related to the residency of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic

In what circumstances should foreign nationals contact the new regional offices of the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) from 1 January 2011?

  • application for an extension to a long-stay visa (applications for such visas should continue to be made to the relevant Czech embassy abroad)
  • application for a long-stay visa for the purpose of leave to remain on the territoryand extension of validity of such a visa or length of stay on the basis of this visa
  • application for a long-term residence permit or its extension
  • application for a certificate of temporary residence (EU citizens)
  • application for a temporary residence and for a residency card for a family member of EU citizen and its extension, respectively
  • application for permanent residence
  • reporting of a change in the place of residence in the Czech Republic (change shall be reported within 30 days after the change takes place)
    • holder of a long-stay visa or a long-term residence permit is obliged to report the change of his/her place of residence, provided the change of address is expected to last for longer than 30 days
    • holder of a residence card of family member of EU citizen or EU citizen who was granted certificate of temporary residence or foreign national holding permanent residence permit is obliged to report the change of his/her place of residence, provided the change of address is expected to last for longer than 180 days
  • reporting of other changes (e.g. change in surname, personal status, data in travel document, data in residence permit document) and reporting loss, destruction, theft or damage of residence permit document
  • application for a certificate of residency (except for cases when the length of residence does not exceed 90 days and when the certificate is required by the registry officebefore getting marriage)

In what circumstances should foreign nationals contact the Foreign Police offices from 1 January 2011?

  • reporting of place of residence in the Czech Republic within the given statutory time period upon the arrival in the Czech Republic (the subsequent change of place of residency, if the residency is based on a long-stay visa, long-term or permanent residence permit, should be reported to the regional Ministry of the Interior regional offices)
  • extensions to stays in the Czech Republic on the basis of a short-term visa
  • issuance of short-term residence certificates or – irrespective of the type of residency -certificates certifying a legitimate right of residence in the Czech Republic required by the registry office before getting married
  • the verification of an invitation
  • checks on the legitimacy of stays in the Czech Republic

Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, January 6th, 2011

6. Anti-corruption Help Line

Ministry of Interior founded anti-corruption help line for foreigners. The help line has been launched on 6th December and is available on the telephone number 974 847 704. The price is the same as for fixed line. Help line is in service for notification of all forms of corruption that can foreigners meet, for example in permanent residence agendas.

An operator offers help in Czech or English language. The help line is available on Monday and Wednesday from 8 to 17 o’clock, on Tuesday and Thursday from 8 to 15 o’clock and on Friday from 8 to 14 o’clock. Except these working hours callers can leave a message on answering machine. Requests from answering machine are worked up on the following day. Recorded messages can be in all languages.

Launching the help line by the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy is part of the ministerial strategy of the fight against corruption.
 
“Establishment of the help line is a bad message for people who want to gain illegal advantage over foreigners. The Ministry of Interior is going to solve all announcements,” said the Minister of the Interior Radek John.
 
Corruption announcements relating to a member of Foreign Police Office are processed by Inspection of Police of the Czech Republic. Cases considering civil employees are solved by the Ministry of Interior or the Police of the Czech Republic.

Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, December 3rd, 2010

7. CONTACTS - Comparison of current and new offices of Foreign Police and Ministry of the Interior – detailed overview according to regions
(valid from 1st January 2011)

CONTACTS - Comparison of old and new offices of  Foreign Police and Ministry of the Interior – detailed overview according to regions (valid from 1st January 2011)

You may also contact hotline (tel.: +420 974 832 421, Mo-Fr: 8.00-16.00) or send your question at pobyty@mvcr.cz

7B. Prague offices of Foreign Police and Ministry of the Interior
(valid from 1st January 2011)

Please note: As from January 1, 2011 offices of Foreign Police in Prague 4 – Pankrác (Sdružení) and Zdiby are no longer existing. Most of the former offices have transformed into offices of the Ministry of the Interior. Foreign Police offices in Prague 3 (Olšanská 2) and Prague 5 (Zborovská 1505/13) have kept their responsibility for matters remaining under the competence of the Foreign Police.

Former offices of Foreign Police and Ministry of the Interior
New offices - valid as from January 1, 2011
Police of the Czech Republic (Foreign Police):
  • Praha 3 - Žižkov (Olšanská 2)

  • Praha 3 - Žižkov (Konevova 188/32)

  • Praha 4 - Chodov (Cigánkova 1861/2)

  • Praha 4 - Pankrác (Sdružení 1/1664)

  • Praha 5 - Smíchov (Zborovská 1505/13)

  • Zdiby (Pražská 180)

FOREIGN POLICE COMPETENCE
  • responsible for Prague:
Police of the Czech Republic (Foreign Police Department):
Oddelení pobytových agend Praha
Olšanská 2
Praha 3 – Žižkov
  • responsible for Central Bohemia Region and the Praha-západ and Praha-východ districts:
Police of the Czech Republic (Foreign Police Department):
Oddelení pobytových agend pro Stredoceský kraj se sídlem v Praze
Zborovská 1505/13
Praha 5 – Smíchov

 
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
  • pracovište Bohdalec
    (Nad Vršovskou Horou 88/4, Praha 10 - Michle)

  • pracovište Letná
    (Nad Štolou 963/3, Praha 7 – Holešovice [Letná])

MINISTERY OF THE INTERIOR COMPETENCE
- PERMANENT RESIDENCY
  • pusobnost pro hl. m. Praha a okresy Praha-západ a Praha-východ:
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
Oddelení pobytu cizincu Praha I
Nad Vršovskou horou 88/4
Praha 10 – Michle
Tel.: 974 847 712 (incl. telephone appointments)
Opening hours:
Mo, We: 8.00 – 17.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 15.00
Fr: 8.00 – 11.00
- LONG-TERM and TEMPORARY RESIDENCY
  • responsible for the Praha-západ district:
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
Oddelení pobytu cizincu Praha II
Zborovská 1505/13
Praha 5 - Smíchov
Tel.: 974 882 690 (incl. telephone appointments)
Opening hours:
Mo, We: 8.00 – 17.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 15.00
Fr: 8.00 – 11.00
  • responsible for Praha 2, 4, 5 and 10
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
Oddelení pobytu cizincu Praha III

Praha 4 - Chodov
Cigánkova 1861/2
Tel.: 974 820 666 (incl. telephone appointments)
Opening hours:
Mo, We: 8.00 – 17.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 15.00
Fr: 8.00 – 12.00
  • responsible for Praha 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9:
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
Oddelení pobytu cizincu Praha IV
Konevova 188/32
Praha 3 – Žižkov
Tel.: 974 820 409 (incl. telephone appointments)
Opening hours:
Mo, We: 8.00 – 17.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 15.00
Fr: 8.00 – 12.00
  • responsible for the Praha-východ district:
Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy):
Oddelení pobytu cizincu Praha V
Nad Štolou 963/3
Praha 7 – Holešovice (Letná)
Tel.: 974 833 142 (incl. telephone appointments)
Opening hours:
Mo, We: 8.00 – 12.00, 12.30 – 15.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 12.00, 12.30 – 16.00

8. Appeal Commission on Residence of Foreign Nationals – new appeal authority

Appeal Commission on Residence of Foreign Nationals – new appeal authority

New authority has been established in charge of decision-making on matters related to appeals lodged by foreign nationals against decisions taking by the Ministry of the Interior with regard to their stay on the territory of the Czech Republic. Its establishment follows the transfer of some matters related to residence of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic from the Police of the Czech Republic (Foreign Police) to the Ministry of the Interior.

The Appeal Commission on Residence of Foreign Nationals decides on appeals related to residence of foreign nationals lodged against decisions taken by the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) in the first instance and in other cases stipulated by law.

Foreign nationals who disagree with the decision of the Ministry of the Interior concerning their residence in the Czech Republic may – in accordance with the Czech Procedure Code (§ 86 para 1 of the Law Nr. 500/2004 Coll. ) - apply for review of such a decision.

Appeal shall be lodged (in Czech language) at the authority which issued the decision in question, namely at the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior. The appeal is subsequently transmitted to the Commission; appeals should thus not be lodged directly at the Commission.

Komise pro rozhodování ve vecech pobytu cizincu
nám. Hrdinu 1634/3
Poštovní schránka 155/S0
140 21 Praha 4