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An EU Blue Card is a new residential status designed for a long-term stay involving performance of a highly skilled job. An EU Blue Card entitles a foreign national to stay and perform a job, i.e. the foreign national does not need a separate work permit.

 A foreign national is entitled to submit an application for issue of an EU Blue Card, if he/she intends to stay in the territory for a period longer than 3 months and if he/she is employed at a job position requiring a high level of skills, which, according to the Czech Employment Act, can be filled with a foreign national who is not a citizen of the European Union.

Duly completed university education or higher vocational education, the duration of which was at least 3 years, is deemed to be a high level of skills.  

An application for an EU Blue Card is to be filed by a foreign national at an embassy as well as, in selected cases, at a MoI office in the territory of the Czech Republic. The Ministry of the Interior makes a decision on an application for an EU Blue Card within a period of 90 days.

The required particulars of an application for issue of an EU Blue Card on the Residence of Foreign Nationals) are as follows:

·          a travel document.

·          a document confirming that accommodation has been ensured for the period of stay in the

·          territory of the Czech Republic.

·          photographs.

·          a contract of employment for the performance of a job requiring a high level of skills for a term of at least one year and for the weekly working hours defined by law; the contract must also contain the amount of the agreed gross monthly or annual salary equal to at least 1.5 times the average gross annual salary stated in an announcement of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (MoLSA).

·          documents confirming the high level of skills.

·          if it is a case of performance of a regulated job, then a document confirming the compliance with the conditions for performing such a job is required (Note: The Ministry will make a decision on issue of an EU Blue Card after the relevant recognition authority issues its opinion statement).

Upon request, a foreign national is also required to attach the following to his/her application for an EU Blue Card:

·          a document similar to an extract from the Criminal Record i.e PCC

·          a medical report confirming that the foreign national does not suffer from any serious disease (only if  there is reasonable suspicion).

·          a document proving the total monthly income of a family, if the foreign national had stayed as a  holder of an EU Blue Card in some other member state of the European Union before filing  his/her application for an EU Blue Card.

·          travel medical insurance – for the period of stay from the date of the foreign national’s entry into the territory until the time when the public medical insurance will apply to the foreign national.

An EU Blue Card is issued with a period of validity that is 3 months longer than the period of time for which the contract of employment was entered into but the maximum period of validity is 2 years. A Blue Card can be renewed.

Obligations of an EU Blue Card holder:

·          If a holder of an EU Blue Card terminates his/her employment during the period of its validity, he/she is required to report this fact to the Ministry of the Interior within the specified time limit.

·          an obligation to report a change of the employer and a change of the professional position (During the first two years, these changes are subject to prior consent of the Ministry of the Interior.  After the first two years of the foreign national’s stay in the territory, there is an obligation to report these changes within 3 working days).

·          to report important facts related to the foreign national’s stay in the territory


If you are an employer or placement agency based in the EU & you would like to recruit overseas staff on the blue card or Recruit from India, Britcanaus Immigration provides a range of services right from short listing suitable staff to processing their blue card. All you have to do is give us your requirement; we take care of the rest.

You may send your specific requirements at query@britcanaus.org.

EU Countries including Germany, the UK, Spain and Italy are expected to see further declines in their working age populations in future. Increasing immigration from outside the EU is needed to deal with skills shortages.

Businesses are pushing to open up the labor pool. Increasingly they maintain that new graduates and more skilled workers from outside of the EU are needed to sustain and increase economic growth.

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