Getting a job
Generaly yes. If you wish to work in the Czech Republic as an employee you must obtain a work permit (“povolení k zaměstnání”). The work permit may come with an “employee card” combining a work permit and residence permit for the purpose of employment in one card. In case you already have a long-term residence permit for a different purpose (studies, family, business…) and you want to start working, then you and your employer apply only for the work permit.
Note: If you are an EU citizen’s family relative, then you don’t need a work permit. If you have a long term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification (visa code 95) with nonEU citizen, you don’t need the work permit either.
Note: If you are a holder of “special visa/temporary protection for Ukrainian refugees” you have a free access to the labor market and can start work today.
Visa & residence
No, you don’t.
Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland can enter and stay in the Czech Republic without any special permit, solely on the basis of a travel document or an identity card.
However, having a residence permit does have its advantages in the long run. In some cases, we recommend getting the card once you are in Brno. For details, you can read Brno Expat Centre's Residence permits guide to find out more.
Applicants for the visa have to specify a purpose for their stay in the Czech Republic and apply for the appropriate visa at Embassy of the Czech Republic. The purpose of stay might be employment, business, scientific research, studies, family reunification, culture or other.
The Czech Embassy is only authorized to receive an application for a long-term visa; the competent authority for processing it is the Ministry of Interior (MOI). During the procedure, the Czech Embassy communicates with you, invites you for a hearing and calls on you to pick up the visa. Please note that the competent authority for processing your long-term visa or a long-term residency is the Ministry of Interior (MOI).
Once you were hired by your employer and you have signed the employment contract, you could apply for an Employee card.
The Employee card is a single permit to stay in the Czech Republic for the purpose of employment and to perform work in the job, for which the card was issued. The Employee card is for all types of employment regardless of the level of required professional qualification.
You must file the written application in person at your local Embassy of the Czech Republic.
If you are already staying in the territory of the Czech Republic on a visa for a stay over 90 days or on a long term residence permit for some other purpose, you can file the application with the Czech Immigration office.
The folder for the application will need to contain i.e. the employment contract, proof of accommodation in Brno, professional qualification or diploma, criminal record, a photograph. For the complete list and requirements contact your local Embassy of the Czech Republic or visit the Immigration office website.
When your application is approved, the embassy will issue a visa for the purpose of collecting your employee card (D/VR). Before the visa is issued, you will be asked to submit a travel health insurance valid for the period from the date of entry into the CR to the date on which you are to start working. You will automatically join the public health insurance system on the day you start working.
After the arrival to the CR, you have to visit the MOI office within 3 working days and pick up your employee card.
Brno Expat Centre provides a general overview and explains how to apply for an Employee card. You can find out more about the process in the guide Residence Permits.
For a fee, BEC can arrange for a professional support from an attorney guiding you through the process and fetching all necessary documents.
How to get to Brno?The easiest way is to take a plane to Vienna and then hop on a train or a bus right at the airport. From there, you can get directly to Brno in less than two hours.
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See real-life examples of cost of living in #brnoregion
SarikaAs a Ph.D. student in the Life Science program at CEITEC, Sarika has a guaranteed scholarship for four years of 890 euros per month, and because of her good study results, the monthly amount is increased by 40 euros yearly. She has her own room in a three-bedroom apartment in the city centre shared with 2 other students and pays 400 euros monthly for it. She says she probably wouldn’t be able to live on the scholarship alone so she also works part-time as a laboratory technician and applies for various European grants for her research funding.
LukeLuke is a British businessman who runs a start-up in Brno. He lives in the city center and flies to London every 2–3 weeks from the Brno airport. As a very busy person, Luke appreciates the time saved on transportation between the airport and the center, as it only takes around 20 minutes compared to 1.5 hours in London. He reports that he usually pays about 46 euros for a return plane ticket. Luke chose to rent a spacious apartment right in the city center of Brno, costing him 1000 euros a month. With no time for hobbies, one of Luke’s few pastimes is going for a drink, and he spends about 9 euros weekly on a few beers.
Important contactsThese organisations will help you get yourself orientated in #brnoregion smoothly.
Brno Expat CentreBrno Expat Centre is a free public service supported by the City of Brno, dedicated to helping foreign professionals. Their mission is to help you make Brno your new home.
Smart Migration Mobile app (Android)The app provides the most important information about visas and other types of stay in the Czech Republic, employment, social security, education, health, and more.
Immigration Portal of the Czech RepublicNavigate the process of entering the Czech Republic via the official Immigration Portal run by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
Centre for Foreigners of the South Moravian regionThe Centre helps foreigners with integration into Czech society. They offer free language courses, legal and social consultations, sociocultural lectures, and multicultural activities.