All foreigners who can work in Czech Republic without restrictions under current laws can be divided into two groups. In this article you will learn who these people are. Also, you will understand the kinds of formalities they need to handle to live and work in Czechia.
So who can work in Czech Republic without a work permit?
The two groups of foreigners who can work in Czech republic without a work permit are namely:
- EU citizens and citizens of EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland
- Citizens of other countries who have free access to the Czech job market in accordance with Section 98 of the Employment Act No. 435/2004 Coll.,
EU citizens and citizens of EEA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) and Switzerland have free access to the Czech job market. They are welcome to come here any time and start working in Czech Republic immediately, without any extra paperwork. Well, that assuming they have a strong CV that convinced their future employer to hire them.
Citizens of other countries (other than EU/EFTA members) who legally enjoy free access to the Czech job market don’t have to have any special documents that would allow them to work in Czech Republic. They only need to have a residence permit (a document allowing them to live here) and a document that qualifies them for this category. The list of possible scenarios is quite long (switch to English in the top right corner if it happens to open in Czech, otherwise see the summary below), below is just a summary.
Short summary of the citizens of other countries who qualify for this category:
- Holders of Czech permanent residence permit (you usually get it after 5 years spent in Czech Republic) or long-term EU residents as per the Directive 2003/109/EC.
- Holders of Czech long-term residence permit (not a visa) for the purpose of family reunion with…
- either a family member who is an EU/EFTA citizen (but it can also be a domestic partner if you prove your relationship is serious 😊),
- or a family member who has a Czech long-term or permanent residence permit.
- Full-time students at Czech Institutions of Higher Education. For example, students of Universities, provided that the Ministry of Education has given a proper accreditation to such University. The public ones are definitely safe. However, to be fair, many private Universities also have a solid accreditation.
- Those who successfully completed their secondary or tertiary education within the Czech education system. For example, those who have a Bc. degree from an accredited Czech University.
- Citizens of countries with which the Czech government has special contracts about “work and travel” programs. For example, citizens of New Zealand, Canada, Israel and others. But they must, of course, actively participate in such program and have the appropriate paperwork from their home-country.
What formalities does the employer need to handle for this?
When employing a foreigner who qualifies for one of these groups, the employer must register them with all the necessary authorities. For example, Social Security Administration, Mandatory Health insurance etc. In that regard, this process is not different from when they want to employ a Czech citizen.
In addition to that, the employer also must inform the local Labour Office about hiring such foreigner. The employer can do that by filling in and delivering this form to the Labour Office. They must choose the Labour Office based on the address where the employer’s legal registration. The employer should do this before (or on the day when) such employee starts working.
In case of termination of employment, the employer must fill in and deliver this form to their local Labour Office. The employer must do so within 10 days after termination of employment. That’s it. No other formalities!
What formalities do I need to handle to work in Czech Republic without a work permit?
Nothing really, especially not for EU citizens, and other foreigners from the first category. You might still need to handle some formalities not related to your employment, such as, to register your address at MOI (which is recommended, but they rarely impose penalties, if you don’t comply).
The only thing to consider is the announcement of changes. This is only relevant for the second category listed above. You must notify the Labour Office about any change in your employment, particularly location, job title etc. But honestly, this is rarely followed. Besides, the Labour Office has more important work to do than to chase you down for missing updates.
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