Czech Republic – New Restrictions on Filing for a Short-Term Visa

What has changed

Effective September 30, 2016, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic has issued a new guideline. A short-term work visa application for the purpose of employment may no longer be filed simultaneously with an application for a non-dual employee card at the Consulate of the Czech Republic. Previously, foreigners could apply for both simultaneously.

Who is affected?

  • All clients who intend to send expats to the Czech Republic

What to expect

A short-term work visa application will only be considered in cases when a foreign national is planning to stay for a maximum period of ninety (90) days without the intention to stay further and work on a non-dual employee card.

As a result of the restriction, clients who intend to send an expat to the Czech Republic for employment will need to plan the relocation at least six (6) months in advance to account for the processing time of the long term non-dual employee card. It takes approximately four (4) to five (5) months from the date of the application submission until the expat is legally allowed to enter and begin working in the Czech Republic.

The Ministry of the Foreign Affairs states that this restriction is being implemented due to the current workload of the Czech Consulates and the immigration situation in the Schengen area.

Additionally, the branch of the Office of Ministry of Interior that is responsible for areas 1,3,6,7,8 and 9 of Prague, will close its office on September 30, 2016. This office is located at Koněvova 188/32, Prague 3.

New offices are expected to open at Zukovského 888/2, Prague 6, and commence work by the end of November 2016. Until then, the office of Ministry of Interior at Cigánkova 1861/2, Prague 4, will be responsible for application processing. Due to the large number of applications that this office will be taking over, applicants can expect delays on approvals and limited appointment availability during the months of October and November 2016.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Clients who intend to send an expat to the Czech Republic for employment will need to plan the relocation at least six (6) months in advance as to account for the long term non-dual employee card processing time.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide attorney or representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.

The information above was provided by Emigra Worldwide, our global network partners, and relevant government authorities. The information herein is for general purposes only and not intended as advice for a particular matter. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the global immigration professional with whom you work.