I hardly know where to begin, because there is just so much to cover. So in order to make it less intimidating for me, and more easily understood by others, I am going to break up the legal process into bits and pieces. Here on the Czech List, lists are our friends!
First, a few caveats:
- These are not hard and fast facts or rules. These policies and procedures can change at any point – in fact, two of them changed just during the 4-months while I was going through the process
- All the following information is based on my personal experience. I am not a visa assistance service, and don’t have the information to address the full scope of legal circumstances under which people begin the process
- Don’t just take my word for it – do research, ask multiple sources if you have questions! There is a huge variety of experiences out there, mine is only one.
That said, here are the topics I hope to cover. I will add links to the posts as I write them – I will be taking my time, as I want everything to be factually correct as possible.
How to live here legally: Getting a Long-Term Visa *
- Hiring a visa person
- Timing – How long will this take?
- Expense – How much will this cost?
- Tourist visa versus long-term visa
- Getting your Proof of Accommodation
- Criminal Background Check
- Proof of Work License
- Setting Up Visa Application Appointment
- What to Bring and Expect at Your Visa Application Interview
- You’ve Applied… Now What?
- Approval and Visa Pickup
- Registering with the Foreign Police
*(as non-EU foreigner – EU citizens have a different and purportedly less arduous process)
…and that’s just half the battle! At the same time, you also need to be navigating the process to work legally. Your visa is only permission to live here – there is a separate yet intertwined process to get approval to work legally. These permissions both rely on the other, so it’s important to pursue both at the same time. There are two types of permission to work – an employer-sponsored work-license, or a self-employment license (also called the trade license, or Zivnostensky list). I have no experience with the work license, so I won’t discuss how to get one (…because I don’t know!). But I can share with you my knowledge and experience getting my Zivno list.
How to work here legally: Getting your Zivno
- Choosing a Zivnostensky vs Employer-Sponsored Work Permit
- What jobs can you do with a Zivno?
- When and how to apply
- Working in the interim
- What to do after you get your visa
- Working life under Zivno