Have you ever brought an original document (a single copy!) to the Department of Foreigners and had it confiscated by an official on the spot? With our help, this won’t happen to you again. The institutions, in our case especially the Ministry of the Interior, require the original document to be included in the file. To make sure you don’t lose your valuable documents, we can advise you on how to obtain certified copies (“ověřená kopie”).
What is meant by original documents? Let’s take an example. Look at your employment contract. It should bear the signature of a company representative, preferably in blue ink, and ideally also the company’s stamp. We call this version of the document the original; it shows that the information is genuine and therefore valid.
If you decide to make copies on your own and copy the contract yourself, we will call the finished product a plain copy, which does not carry the same weight as the original. The Ministry of the Interior (Department of Foreigners) will not accept it and other authorities will very likely not accept it either.
How to ensure that the copy of the document is certified?
We recommend contacting a notary or Czech POINT, which is the most accessible place where you can obtain certified copies of documents. For example, you can find Czech POINT at almost every post office. It does not take long and it is not very expensive. The certified copy will be marked with a sticker or stamp with details of the office and the person who made the copy.