Employee card

An employee card is a special type of permit that allows you to work and reside in the Czech Republic for a period of longer than 3 months. An employee card is a plastic card with biometric elements and replaces a long-term visa or long-term residence permit in cases in which the purpose of your stay is employment.

An employee card is always tied to a specific employment position with a specific employer. You may not therefore work in a position other than the one for which the employee card has been issued or for which you have granted permission by the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy at the Ministry of the Interior.

An employee card is most commonly issued for the length of time for which the employment contract or agreement for work has been concluded with your employer, and for a maximum of 2 years. The period of validity of an employee card may, however, be repeatedly extended. You may apply for an extension at earliest 120 days before the end of validity and at latest on the final day of validity of your current employee card.

An employee card is generally processed within 60 days (the time limit may be extended to up to 90 days, especially in particularly complicated cases).

In contrast to a blue card, an employee card is intended for all types of employment irrespective of the level of expertise required.