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Czech Republic Publishes Guidelines for Newly Arrived Ukrainians Including Housing, Employment and Social Support

The Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic, jointly with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Health, have published information on Ukrainian citizens wishing to settle in the Czech Republic amid the ongoing war in their country.

A statement from the European Council on March 7 states that this article will provide an overview of the procedures and institutions dealing with residence permits, access to the labor market and social benefits in the Czech Republic, reports.

“In response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic has issued a new type of long-term visa, the Special Long-Term Visa for Ukrainian citizens. Now citizens of Ukraine are allowed to enter the Czech Republic without a visa; only with a valid biometric passport.”

Ukrainian citizens who have recently arrived in the Czech Republic but do not have contacts in the Czech Republic will be granted a special long-term visa on the basis of an application submitted in person at the Regional Assistance Centers.

For citizens who have just arrived in the Czech Republic and have connections or experience in the Czech Republic, they are allowed to stay in the country for 90 days under the visa waiver regime.

Within three days, they must register with the police of the Czech Republic and apply for a special long-term visa at the regional branches of the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior.

In addition, special long-term visas will allow Ukrainian citizens to stay legally in the Czech Republic.

Meanwhile, holders of this visa can also apply for a work permit at the relevant regional branch of the employment office, according to their place of work.

“First, employers must inform the relevant regional branch of the Employment Office about the vacancy and at the same time express their interest in hiring a foreigner on the basis of the work permit. Next, the employer must sign an employment contract with the potential employee. The contract is one of the attachments included in the Work permit application.

Besides, citizens of Ukraine can apply for emergency immediate assistance due to serious damage to health if they are granted a special long-term visa. This application must be submitted at the contact point of the employment office at the place of residence and is valid for other benefits to help with financial need.

Moreover, citizens of Ukraine who have been granted special long-term visas must automatically register in the country’s public health insurance system.

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