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Blue Cards in the Czech Republic

What is a blue card?

A blue card issued by the Czech Republic constitutes a long-term stay permit for the purpose of employment in the Czech Republic in special cases. A foreigner holding a blue card may:

  • reside in the Czech Republic and
  • work in the job for which the blue card was issued, or change that job under the conditions defined.
More about blue cards.
Frequently asked questions about blue cards.

Who is the blue card for?

The blue card makes for easier access to the job market for foreigners with a higher qualification that is in demand in the Czech Republic. The blue card is for foreigners from countries that are not members of the European Union.

More about who the blue card is for.

How to get a blue card

The Czech Republic is doing its best to simplify the procedure for issuing blue cards. You still need to go through several stages.

Detailed procedure on how to get a blue card.

Vacancies available for blue cards

On the Internet, you can search for vacancies for which you can apply for a blue card.

Searching in the register of vacancies for blue cards.

When does a foreigner need a permit?

If you want to employ a foreigner who does not have free access to the labour market, it is only possible if:

  • The foreigner is an employee card or a blue card holder, or has a certificate confirming that he has satisfied the conditions for issuing this card. Employee cards and blue cards are both a residence permit and a work permit.
  • or he has a valid work permit (if required under the Labour Code) and a valid employee card (in the non-dual document mode).

More about when a foreigner needs a permit.

Employee card, blue card or work permit?

An employee card, blue card and work permit are issued for a specific job with a specific employer. In terms of employment arrangements, they are equivalent to each other. Each of these permits may be granted under specific circumstances. For example, for blue cards, the law stipulates the conditions pertaining to the job for which the blue card is intended.

More detailed comparison of employee cards, blue cards and work permits.

How to offer a vacancy for a blue card

In order that a foreigner can submit an application for a blue card for a specific vacancy, this vacancy must be on the register of vacancies available for blue cards.

More about how to offer a vacancy for a blue card

Obligations of the employer

The employer must report:

  • that a foreigner has commenced his job
  • an expected change of the foreigner's job
  • that a foreigner has not commenced his job
  • the termination of a foreigner's employment before the expiration of the blue card

More about the employer's obligations.

Last updated: 21. 11. 2018
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