• Foreign Employees Must Now Obtain Employee Card Prior to Entry
  • October 3, 2016
  • Law Firm: Fragomen Del Rey Bernsen Loewy LLP - New York Office
  • Foreign nationals seeking to work in the Czech Republic for over 90 days must now separately obtain an Employee Card at a Czech consulate - which can take up to 90 days to process -after obtaining a work permit and prior to starting work in the Czech Republic, according to a new Ministry of Foreign Affairs guideline. They can no longer file an Employee Card application and a short-term work visa application simultaneously at a Czech consulate, which would allow entry once the short-term work visa was approved, which usually took 14 days.

    Background

    The Employee Card is a residence permit for assignees that is issued after a work permit is approved. It allows a stay of up to two years and is renewable.

    The new guideline requiring an Employee Card application to be filed without a short-term visa application is meant to address a caseload backlog at Czech consulates.

    What This Means for Employers and Foreign Nationals

    Foreign nationals seeking to work in the Czech Republic for over 90 days should expect a longer application process. Employers should be prepared to submit future Employee Card applications without accompanying short-term visa applications, and should contact their immigration professional to plan assignments accordingly.