Changes to governmental programs of economic migration valid from 1. 1. 2024

Learn about the key changes in the governmental economic migration programs that could affect your company and employees. Several changes concern Ukrainian citizens. We’ve summarized the original report from the Ministry of Industry and Trade which you can find here.

Ukrainian citizens will be able to be included in the Key and Scientific Personnel Program and the Highly Qualified Employee Program if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Holds temporary protection or international protection in another EU member state or is an applicant for this protection, or
  • Resides in the territory of Ukraine and is authorized to travel from the territory of Ukraine according to the applicable Ukrainian regulations, or
  • Resides in another country on the basis of a long-term visa or a long-term or permanent residence permit.

A qualified employee may be included in the Program if they meet one of the following conditions:

  • Holds temporary protection or international protection in another EU member state or is an applicant for this protection, or
  • Resides in the territory of Ukraine and is authorized to travel from the territory of Ukraine according to the applicable Ukrainian regulations, or
  • Resides in another country on the basis of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit for a period of less than 2 years.

Adult unaccompanied children included in programs for highly skilled workers as immediate family members can no longer obtain a long-term visa for family purposes or a residence permit for the purpose of family coexistence. However, if they become dependent due to continuous preparation for a future job in the Czech Republic, they will now be able to apply together with their parents for the following types of residence permits: visa for more than 90 days for the purpose of study or for other purposes/long-term residence permit for the purpose of study.

A foreigner who has submitted an application for the issuance of a long-term residence permit is obliged to appear in person within 30 days from the day of entry into the Czech Republic to process the data necessary for the issuance of a residence permit. In the case of applications for long-term visas, the deadline is 3 working days.

Participants in government programs whose home states issue a certificate of integrity in the English language will now be able to use this document without an official translation into Czech, i.e. only in the original English version. The condition is that the original document is issued in English (a translation from another language of the original into English cannot be used) and that the certificate of integrity does not contain any record of criminal activity. The condition of document verification with an apostille or superlegalization remains in place.

You can find more information and forms to download here.

For immigration and relocation support of your employees, contact us here.