European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card

A European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is a special type of permit in the form of a plastic card with biometric elements that allows you to work and reside in the Czech Republic for a period of longer than 3 months. The card is only intended for managers, specialists or employed interns from non-EU countries who have been temporarily transferred from a multinational corporation outside the EU to a branch in an EU Member State.

In contrast to an intra-company employee transfer card, the worker must simultaneously hold a residence permit for an intra-company employee transfer issued by another EU Member State. He/she is therefore a citizen of a non-EU state who is employed in a country outside the EU, has been transferred to an EU Member State, where he/she obtained the permit mentioned above, and has then been transferred, intra- company,  from that EU Member State to the Czech Republic for a term of longer than 90 days.

The time limit for issuing a European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card is 90 days. The card is most commonly issued for the duration of transfer to the territory of EU member states. However, the maximum period of validity of the intra-company employee transfer card differs for the individual work positions for which it is intended. A card may be issued for managers and specialists for a maximum of 3 years and for employed interns for a maximum of 1 year.

The validity of the card may be repeatedly extended for the duration of transfer to the territory of EU member states, but for a maximum of 3 years in total for managers and specialists and a maximum of 1 year in total for employed interns; the card may not be extended once this time limit has passed. You must apply for an extension of the period of validity while the existing intra-company employee transfer card is still valid, at earliest 120 days before the date on which its validity is due to expire.

If you hold an intra-company employee transfer residence permit issued by another EU Member State and you are transferred to the position of manager, specialist or employed intern in the Czech Republic for a period of less than 90 days, you will not need a European Union Member-State Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card to be able to work and reside in the Czech Republic.

Manager, specialist, employed intern

In terms of an intra-company employee transfer card, a manager is deemed to be a foreign national working in a management position who primarily manages a business corporation or branch and whose activity is generally supervised by or to whom instructions are given by, in particular, a governing body, supreme body or supervisory body; a manager manages a business corporation or branch, or a part thereof, supervises other employees carrying out supervisory, professional or management activity and the inspection of this and has the authority to hire and release employees or recommend that they be hired or released or recommend that other personnel-related measures are taken.

A specialist is understood to be a foreign national having specialised knowledge that is fundamental to the area of activity, procedures or management of a business corporation or branch and who has the required level of qualification and professional experience, or who is a member of a professional association, if such requirements are laid down by special legal regulation.

An employed intern is deemed to be a foreign national who has duly completed university education, is transferred to a business corporation or branch having its principal office in the Czech Republic for the purpose of career development or training in the sphere of business techniques and methods and to whom a wage or salary is paid throughout the period of transfer.