Start-up Visa

CzechInvest’s AfterCare Department also offers visa support for investors. In particular, the department provides consulting focused on the visa process in the Czech Republic and addresses the specific needs of investors throughout the process.

 

Visa Support Provided By The AfterCare Department:

 

  • General consultation on the visa process in the Czech Republic, information services and mediation of contact with the relevant bodies and institutions concerned with visa issues
  • Communication with institutions of the state administration with respect to the visa process
  • Consultation on projects involving accelerated visa processing – administration of the Welcome Package for Investors project and the Ukraine System, recommendation for inclusion in the Ukraine Project, Other states system and Fast Track project
  • Arrangement of long-term stays for top managers and statutory representatives of companies – preparation of supporting and invitation letters and required recommendations
  • Organization of preferential appointment dates for statutory representatives and their family members
  • Assurance of registration of foreigners with the Foreigners’ Police upon their arrival in the Czech Republic

 

Note: CzechInvest is not able to provide comprehensive visa service in the full scope to all firms. The agency provides above-standard services to investors only in exceptional cases (for companies’ statutory representatives and top management).

The residence of foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic is governed by Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreigner Nationals in Czech Republic and on the Amendment of Certain Acts, as amended (hereinafter referred to as the Foreigners Act). The current wording of the Foreigners Act and related amendments is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.

The residence of foreigners on the territory of the Czech Republic is further governed by the legal regulations of the European Union (EU) and the European Community (EC). In the visa area, this primarily concerns Regulation (EC) of the European Parliament and of the Council No. 810/2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code) and Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001 (as amended) listing the third-countries whose nationals must be in possession of a visa when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement.

All regulations of the Schengen acquis have been applicable in the Czech Republic since 21 December 2007, when the Czech Republic became part of the Schengen Area. More information is available on the websites of the relevant ministries: www.mvcr.cz and www.mzv.cz.

Programmes approved by the government of the Czech Republic for the purpose of achieving economic benefit for the Czech Republic

On 26 September 2019, the government of the Czech Republic approved programmes for the purpose of achieving economic benefit for the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as the “government programmes”) and regulations setting the maximum number of long-term visa applications for the purpose of conducting business and blue-card applications. With effect from 1 September 2019, the government programmes supersede the Ukraine and Other Countries Systems, Ukraine and India Projects and the Welcome Package and Fast Track projects).

The Qualified Employee Programme CZ-ISCO 4-8 for employees from Ukraine, Serbia, Montenegro, Mongolia, the Philippines, India, Moldova, Kazakhstan and Belarus supersedes and expands the Ukraine System and Other Countries System.

e-mail address for submitting applications: programkvalifikovany@czechinvest.org

The Highly Qualified Employee Programme CZ-ISCO 1-3 supersedes the Ukraine and India Projects and expands them to all countries outside of the EU.
The Key and Scientific Personnel Programme CZ-ISCO 1-3 for statutory representatives, managers and key specialists of significant Czech and foreign investors, research organisations and start-ups supersedes and expands the Welcome Package and Fast Track projects.