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Czech Republic - Employment

Citizens of EU nations, EEA nations and Switzerland currently may be employed in and/or establish a business in the Czech Republic without having to apply for a work permit or residence permit. The only obligation is that they register with Czech Republic authorities if their stay is to exceed 30 days. Although a temporary residence permit is not a condition of employment in the Czech Republic, it may be beneficial for EU and EEA citizens to obtain one for a number of reasons. These situations include:

- registration in the commercial register as a person performing the function of member of a company's statutory body - purchase of property under the Foreign Currency Act - the case where a family member of an EU citizen is citizen of a non-EU country. If the EU citizen has a temporary residence permit, his/her family member will be able to apply for one also

All other foreign nationals who wish to work in the Czech Republic must obtain a temporary residence permit for the purpose of employment.

Documents required:

- travel document (passport or other valid ID) - 2 passport-type photographs - a document confirming purpose of residence, as in a working contract or other written confirmation from an employer that is proof of the foreigner's employment

The temporary residence permit for the purpose of employment is valid for 5 years, and may be extended repeatedly in five-year increments. The timeframe for processing the application is 180 days if filed at a Consulate abroad and 60 days if filed in the Czech Republic.

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