Czech Republic

    Guidance

    1.1 Has any guidance already been issued in relation to Brexit, for example on residence or work permits in the event of a no-deal Brexit?

    Yes.

    There is a special Act that ensures British citizens are treated as EU citizens for the transition period until the end of 2020. This special Act was issued using the fast procedure in order to ensure it would be effective even for the original Brexit deadline (29 March 2019). It will be effective only if UK leaves the EU without a deal. If a deal with the EU is ratified by the UK Parliament, this special Act will never be effective.

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    Business visas

    2.1 When UK employees become third-country nationals will they require a business visa?

    No, Regulation (EU) 2019/592 of 10 April 2019 exempts UK citizens from the requirement for a Schengen visa. It will apply from the day the UK is no longer subject to EU law. When it takes effect, UK citizens will be able to enter and stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days in any rolling 180-day period.

    The Schengen exemption will apply:

    • from Brexit date in the event of no deal;
    • from 1 January 2021 if the Withdrawal Agreement (‘WA’) is ratified (under the WA, UK nationals keep their EU free movement rights until 31 December 2020).

    In addition, as mentioned above, the Czech Republic has adopted a special Act, which provides UK citizens with the same rights as EU citizens.

    2.2 What documentation will be required for business travel on arrival at the border once UK citizens are considered third-country nationals?

    Only an ID or passport will be required, as it is currently.

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    Permission to work

    3.1 When UK citizens become third-country nationals will they need permission to work?

    As mentioned above, a special Act was adopted, UK citizens will be given the same access to the Czech work market as they have now as EU citizens.

    3.2 If permission to work is needed do any quotas apply for employing third-country nationals?

    Only for specific countries. No limitation on employing UK citizens is currently planned.

    3.3 If permission to work is needed, as of when will it be needed?

    As the special Act has been adopted, there will be no need for a work permit until the end of 2020. After that, it will depend on potential future regulation and the nature of the deal with the UK.

    3.4 If permission to work is needed, what are the most common categories?

    It very much depends on the situation in the labour market. At the moment, the Czech Republic accepts all kinds of categories of workers due to general shortages in the workforce.

    3.5 If permission to work or stay is needed, how long does the procedure take?

    Usually three to four months. It can be less for short-term employment: approximately two months.

    3.6 If permission to work or stay is needed, what Government fees would be due for this permission?

    An employee card costs CZK 1,000.

    An employment permit plus short-term Schengen visa costs CZK 500 plus EUR 60.

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    Permanent residence

    4.1 From when can third-country nationals obtain permanent residence?

    Five years of legal stay in the Czech Republic.

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    Residence Status

    5.1 What steps could UK nationals still take to secure their residence status?

    Ensuring they have permanent residency in any of the EU member states, if eligible.

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