Citizens of the European Union (EU), EEA countries and Switzerland don’t need a work permit to take up employment in the Czech Republic, seeing as they have a right to work in all EU member states. 

Expats from outside the EU will, however, have to apply for a working residence permit for the Czech Republic. This will either take the form of a Blue Card (for skilled work) or an Employee Card (for all workers who will be living and working in the Czech Republic for over three months). Both of these cards are dual-purpose in that they grant the holder the right to reside and work in the Czech Republic for a specified period. 


Applying for a work permit for Czech Republic

Those who need a work permit must first secure a job, as permits are only granted to foreigners who have already found employment in the Czech Republic. Before an application can be made, Czech employers must prove to the state that no locals are qualified for the advertised job and submit an application to hire a foreigner to the Czech Labour Authority. The Labour Authority will require business documents and an expat’s employment contract.

Once the company’s application has been approved, expats can move forward with their work permit application. As work permits are tied to a specific job and employer, they are invalidated once foreigners change employers or positions.

Once a work permit has been granted, successful applicants are typically given a special visa for the purposes of entering the country to pick up their work permit in the form of a Blue Card or Employee Card. Work permits are valid for a maximum of two years but can be extended.

Useful links

  • The Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs’ Employment Department has more information on working as a foreigner in the Czech Republic. 

*Visa and work permit requirements are subject to change at short notice, and expats are advised to contact their relevant embassy or consulate for the latest official details.

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