Significant changes to Czech Republic immigration law

A noteworthy legislative amendment (Act 326/1999 will be revised by Act 222/2017) has caused major changes to Czech immigration law. It includes changes to rules on employee cards, residence permits and long-term visas.

Changes made to Czech Republic immigration laws.

The government has not yet brought out the details of how the new rules will be implemented. These changes are expected to cause some initial delays and confusion.

The most important change is most likely to be the new residence permit for intra-company transferees that comes as a result of the European Union Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) directive (2014/66/EU). Under the new law, a new EU ICT permit will combine work and residence, where under the existing law a non-dual employee card requires a separate work permit.

The new combined permit should be processed in 60 to 90 days by the immigration authorities. The existing ICT permit has the same processing time, however the additional work permit that officially takes another 30 days, but currently up to 60 to 80 days at the labor office in Prague. 

We will be sharing detailed information as soon as it is published by the government.

Source: Peregrine Immigration Management

Disclaimer: The above information is provided for general information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have any further inquiries regarding the applicability of this information, please contact Michele Giordani, Regional Immigration Manager EMEA.