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Are you a non-EU citizen wishing you had the right to live and work in the Czech Republic? Graphic: Casadei Design

Although it is a little more complicated than for EU passport holders, it is possible for non-EU citizens to work here as well. In this week’s Brno Expat Centre (BEC) information column, one of these work permits, the Employee Card, will be explained.

An Employee Card is a type of permit for long-term residence in the territory of the Czech Republic for the purpose of employment.

The card is usually issued for the duration of the employer-employee relationship to a maximum of 2 years, with an option to repeatedly extend its validity.

It is issued to foreign nationals who have already signed a contract with an employer for a specific job vacancy that has been approved as available to foreign nationals by the Labour Office of the Czech Republic.

The Employee Card comes in either a dual-purpose or single purpose version. The dual-purpose card gives its holder permission to live and work in the Czech Republic. The single purpose Employee Card, which is somewhat of a misnomer, only covers permission to reside in the country, for instance in the event that you already have access to the Czech job market.

Read more about the Employee Card, including the process of applying for it, in the BEC infosheet titled Employee Card. You need to be a registered BEC member to access it, but registration is free.

You can also read infosheets concerning a variety of other work and residence permits here: https://www.brnoexpatcentre.eu/infosheets/.

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