Temporary Residence Permit Makes Traveling Around Europe Easier During Coronavirus

Temporary Residence Permits in the Czech Republic offer many benefits to their holders. Due to COVID-19, it is more important than ever for an EU national to obtain one.

The current situation caused by Coronavirus has changed many people’s travel plans. Maybe you are also one of many who was utterly confused by the travelling traffic lights and the rules and restrictions issued by the Ministry of the Interior on entry into the Czech Republic. If Czechia is a favorite country of yours or your foreign colleagues or relatives, or you just need to return to it and avoid inconveniences due to renewed border controls, we may have just the solution for you.

Why to Apply for A Residence Permit?

Any citizen of the European Union that is planning on staying in the Czech Republic for at least 3 months can apply for a Certificate of Temporary Residence Permit. The Ministry of the Interior, the decision-making authority, makes an effort to process applications as quickly as possible these days to make travelling easier for foreigners.

With the COVID-19 pandemic and the risk of borders getting closed again, it will be wise on your part to hold this permit. To understand this better, let’s consider an example. When the country undergone lockdown in March 2020, only holders of visas/permits in the Czech Republic could return to the country during the lockdown. While we are not sure if such measures and restrictions will be enforced again in the future, obtaining the Temporary Residence Permit can help you prepare for such situations.

If you are an EU citizen, you will be allowed to work in the Czech Republic without any permits. However, it still pays off to apply for a Certificate of Temporary Residence as it definitely makes the life of a foreigner much easier. While holding a Temporary Residence Permit, you can apply from the Embassy in the Czech territory. Without a permit, you will have to apply from your home country. You can also apply for a parking permit, receive parental benefits, and send your child to the public education system for free.

Applying for a Czech Driving License and Other Advantages

If you wish to apply for a Czech driving license, renew your foreign license (from an EU state), or simply issue a new one because you lost your European license, you will be required to prove you have a permit. In addition, did you know you also need to register your dog in the municipality of your district, or you may get a fine? You will not be able to complete the registration process without showing proof of residency and holding the permit. 

There are several other advantages of a Temporary Residence Permit. For instance, after 5 years of holding the Certificate of Temporary Residence, a foreigner can apply for Permanent Residence. This provides additional benefits and brings you one a step closer to citizenship.

Other essential documents for the official application form include your passport, one passport size photograph, proof of accommodation ,and proof of health insurance.
The official processing time for the application upon submission is 30 days. However, in many cases, the application gets approved within 2–3 weeks. Applications can be submitted with a power of attorney. However, you must collect the permit in person. The only exception here is children younger than 15 years old, where parents can collect the permit on their behalf.

UK Citizens to obtain Temporary Residence Permit before Brexit

Are you an UK citizen? In order to stay legal in Czech Republic under “lighter” immigration process than may be required starting of 1.1.2021, we highly recommend to apply for the permit before the end of 2020 and make your life easier or the first consequences you may have is leaving the Czech Republic until you will sort out your immigration status (process may take several months). 

Even A European Residence Is Obliged To Report Changes

While a Temporary Residence Permit has its benefits, Europeans must not forget that there are some obligations attached to the same. Specifically, we are talking about the reporting obligation to the local department of foreigners. This may sound complicated, but once you understand the process, it becomes relatively simple.

The Foreigners’ Residence Unit (one of the workplaces of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic) maintains a database of all foreigners staying in the territory, especially those from countries outside the EU. This information must always be up-to-date, and all foreigners (Europeans included) are obligated to report personal changes regardless if they are holder of a Temporary.

The first thing that probably comes to your mind here is reporting a change of address. You must also report a change in your travel document (passport or identity card) if you have had a new one made. That’s not all. Please note that it is also necessary to report a possible change of name, marital status, the birth of a child, or loss of a travel document. These changes must be reported within the legal deadlines, which range from 3 to 30 days. A foreigner may be fined for any late reporting (or failure to report).

Finally, if you decide to leave the Czech Republic permanently, make sure you return the Certificate of Temporary Residence to the Ministry.

If you (or your relative or employee) decide to apply for this type of permit with the support of ReloCare, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.

ReloCare Has Adjusted Its Services

ReloCare has adjusted its services and support to the pandemic situation. Allow us to support you and your foreign employees in this unusual time.

Here is what we can do to help

Webinar: Moving to the Czech Republic – All you need to know before moving

The webinar allows the participants to  benefit from enormous useful information and tips that will help you to organize and settle down easier! 

ReloCare webinar is done in small groups and friendly environments with 90 minutes for individuals and 120 minutes for families presentation plus 30 minutes of Q&A. 

Participants will receive a free ReloCare Welcome eBook (25 pages) with further tips which are not covered during the Webinar.

Departure Service – Allow an easy leave process of your employee

The pandemic forced many foreigners to leave early and return to their country. This is a hard time for everyone. Allow us to support them and make the process as easy and smooth as possible:

Most common meaningful support

    • Moving management of personal belongings (we can save up to few hundreds of EUR for single move)
    • Rent contract termination advise on the legal option of early termination and support the termination notice and delivery to the owner 
    • Support handover back of a property to the owner in professional manner – also with PoA without the tenant’s presence 
    • Follow up on return of the security deposit including the review of the the balance of utilities payment of last year 
    • Disconnection of TV, internet and mobile phone 
    • Property cleaning coordination before handover 
    • De-register from the Ministry of Interior (EU and Non EU)
    • De-register from the Labor office 

The support can be provided as ad hoc for single tasks or several services for discounted packages.

Airport Pick up, COVID-19 test and grocery shopping

To allow a smooth arrival and settle in on the first day:

  • Airport Pick up 
  • COVID-19 testing by appointment (avoiding long lines for the test), result will be provided within the same day 
  • Grocery shopping for the next days due to forced quarantine 
  • Arrival to the accommodation

Home Search in COVID time

How are home searches done these days?

Most of the companies will budget a 30-60 days short term accommodation for the employee as arrival to pre-assignment trips are getting harder or simply impossible. During the stay already in Prague, ReloCare is able to support in person the viewings of chosen properties. 

Video viewings

ReloCare has an extended years of experience with the video viewings that can provide maximum information and feeling of the viewed property.

Learn more about our relocation services

Consultations for HR

CONSULTATIONS FOR HR

Looking for answers, unable to find them? Book a 1-1 online consultation with one of our immigration experts to discuss any possible issues you are facing with regards to your foreign employees.

To book a session, contact us at kristyna@relocare.cz and we will send you a confirmation email with more information.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Confused about how Corona will affect your immigration status? We gathered the most frequent questions and tried to answer them. Were you not able to find the answer to your question? Text Kristyna at kristyna@relocare.cz

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Kristýna Richtrová
Head of Immigration

kristyna@relocare.cz
+420 608 874 860

Recommended Immigration Steps to Take Before Brexit

HR BULLETIN: November, 2019

DEAL SCENARIO

Expected: British citizens will be entitled to receive equal immigration benefits as EU members.

The transition period, which will guarantee the EU status, is expected until 31 December 2020. After the transition period, UK nationals will be treated as non-EU nationals.

NO DEAL SCENARIO

Expected: British citizens will carry Non-EU immigration status and will be required to obtain Non-EU permits in accordance with the law. Process length: 4–6 months for employees, 4–8 months for other permits.

Impact for non-permit holders: All UK citizens without a Temporary Resident Permit or Permanent Residency will be required to leave the Schengen Area and apply for a relevant permit/visa in the existent non-EU immigration scheme at a Czech Embassy abroad.

Impact for permit holders: UK citizens who hold valid EU permits will be allowed to stay in the Czech Republic until 31 December 2020, during which period they will be obliged to exchange their EU permits for the relevant permit/visa in the existent non-EU immigration scheme at the Ministry of the Interior in the Czech Republic. Note that the same applies for UK citizens who have at least applied for one of the permits before the Brexit date.

What you need to know about a Temporary Residence Permit and Permanent Residency

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT
  • All EU members are entitled to this type of permit
  • Process: 30 days
  • Validity: 10 years
  • After Brexit:
    • One must apply for any Long-term Residence Permit
      • Types: Employee card, Family reunion, Business, Study
    • Issued for a maximum period of 2 years (extendable)
PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMIT
  • All EU members are entitled to the permit if they fulfil:
    • 5 years of continuous stay in the Czech Republic
    • 2 years of continuous stay if they are family members of an EU citizen
  • Process: 60 days – some delays may occur
  • Validity: 10 years
  • After Brexit: The permit must be exchanged for a biometrical card (fees will apply)
Recommendations:

All holders of UK passport, including children of all ages, should immediately apply for one of the permits.

Consider:
  • Appointments for applying at the Ministry of Interior are normally given within 30–60 days.
  • The application can be submitted based on Power of Attorney on behalf of the applicant; earlier terms may be available.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER BREXIT IF YOU DO NOT HAVE ANY PERMIT IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC
  • Stays in the Czech Republic will be considered tourist visas limited to 90 days in the 180-day period for the Schengen Area. After the 90 days, the stay is considered illegal.
  • Citizens of the UK who did not apply for a Residence Permit or Permanent Residency before the Brexit date will be considered newcomers and will apply for a Non-EU permit via the Czech Embassy in London.

For more information and clarification please contact:

Kristýna Richtrová
Head of Immigration
kristyna@relocare.cz
+420 608 874 860

Kristýna Richtrová
Head of Immigration

kristyna@relocare.cz
+420 608 874 860

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