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CZECH FREELANCE
VISA GUIDE
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CZECH FREELANCE
VISA GUIDE
The Czech Republic long-term visa for freelancers is known as Živnostenské oprávnění or Zivno for short. Under this visa category, people have to tie their freelance business to the Czech Republic in some way.
The Czech Republic long-term visa for freelancers is known as Živnostenské oprávnění or Zivno for short. Under this visa category, people have to tie their freelance business to the Czech Republic in some way.
The Czech Republic long-term visa for freelancers is known as Živnostenské oprávnění or Zivno for short. Under this visa category, people have to tie their freelance business to the Czech Republic in some way.
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Difficulty of relocation:
  • Travel freely in the Schengen area;
  • Work with Czech citizens and companies;
  • Fairly affordable place to live compared to other Western European countries.
  • Travel freely in the Schengen area;
  • Work with Czech citizens and companies;
  • Fairly affordable place to live compared to other Western European countries.
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MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS


Applicants willing to live in the Czech Republic and work as freelancers must:

  • Register their freelance activity and obtain a trade licence;
  • Have residence address in the Czech Republic;
  • Have proof of financial means.
MANDATORY REQUIREMENTS
ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA
If the visa requirements are fulfilled upon the visa expiry, it can be extended for up to one year or changed to long-term residence permit. The visa holder can leave the Czech Republic for a maximum of 90 days within any 180 days.
1 year.
VISA DURATION
Once in the Czech Republic, the freelancer has to go through these additional procedures:

  • Activate the trade licence;
  • Get registered for paying income tax;
  • Get registered for paying social security;
  • Get registered with public health care.
VISA PROCEDURE
AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
VISA PROCEDURE AND NECESSARY DOCUMENTS
Step 1. Obtain a trade licence

One of the requirements of the Zivno visa is that all freelancers must have a Trade Licence to operate within the Czech Republic. Check this list of jobs that need a Trade Licence to see if yours is on it. 

You will need to prepare the following documents (in Czech) to apply for a Trade Licence:

  • Valid passport
  • Completed application
  • Address in Czech Republic. If you have an accommodation set up in the Czech Republic, you can always ask your landlord to complete the form allowing you to conduct business out of the residence
  • Trade type
  • Criminal record certificate 

Within 3 to 5 days, you will receive a temporary Trade Licence number, which you will have to use for your visa application.

Step 2. Apply for a temporary visa in any Czech consulate

  1. Prepare the following documents:

  • Valid passport

  • Application form (in no. 28. Purpose of Stay, check “Business”)

  • 2 photos

  • Documents supporting purpose of stay, e.g. registry extract such as:

trade licence extract (živnostenský list)
✓ or company register extract (výpis z obchodního rejstříku)

  • Proof of accommodation. Applicants are required to arrange accommodation before arriving in the Czech Republic. Supporting documents proving accommodation can include:
✓ accommodation agreement,
✓ rent agreement,
✓ property ownership proof (purchase agreement, land register extract),
✓ dormitory document or
✓ confirmation on providing accommodation.

  • Proof of financial means. Applicants are required to possess at least €5000 (in 2022). You can submit:
✓ a bank statement showing that you possess the required amount and that the money can be used in the Czech Republic,
✓ confirmation about salary in the Czech Republic (employment agreement can be submitted),
✓ stipend confirmation, or
✓ international bank card (upon request a bank statement tied to the card).

  • Criminal record certificate issued by a state of which they are citizens and in which they have resided in the past three years uninterruptedly for a period longer than six months.

  • Travel medical insurance:
1.The insurance must be valid throughout the entire Schengen Area and cover the entire period of stay (transit). The minimum coverage must be €30,000. You will have to provide proof of insurance only if visa approved, not when applying.

2. Schedule an appointment (by phone or email) and submit the completed application in person. Supporting documents have to be no older than 180 days, submitted in Czech (or in official translation into Czech), and legalised (i.e. equipped by an apostille or super legalised).

3. Await the decision. The legal processing time of long-term visas is 90 days. It can be extended to 120 days in individual cases.

4. Get travel medical insurance when the visa is approved. When picking up your visa, the applicant must submit an officially verified translation of the policy and general conditions into Czech to prove the conclusion and extent of the insurance.

5. Pick up your visa if approved or refusal form in case of visa refusal.

Step 3. Renew your visa upon its expiry (from 90 days to a year of the previous visa validity)
Submit the following documents to the office of the Czech Ministry of Interior :

  • Travel document

  • 1 photo 

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Documents supporting purpose of stay, e.g. registry extract such as:

trade licence extract (živnostenský list) 
✓ or company register extract (výpis z obchodního rejstříku) 

  • Proof of financial means

  • Travel medical insurance

  • (upon request) Medical report (document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses)
Step 4. Apply for a long-term residence permit

Submit the following documents to the office of the Czech Ministry of Interior :

  • Travel document

  • 1 photo

  • Proof of accommodation

  • Documents supporting purpose of stay, e.g. registry extract such as:

trade licence extract (živnostenský list)
✓ or company register extract (výpis z obchodního rejstříku)

  • Proof of financial means

  • Travel medical insurance

  • Confirmation of non-existence of arrears can be proved by confirmations issued by Financial administration, by Customs administration, by a respective Health insurance company and by Social security administration.

  • (upon request) Income Tax assessment

  • (upon request) Extract from the Penal Register record. The Czech Ministry of the Interior is authorised to obtain the document itself.

  • (upon request) Medical report (document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses)

  • (upon request) Proof of payment for travel medical insurance

The Ministry will make the decision within 60 days.

FEES
Visa fee
€200
€60
Request for a review of visa refusal
Visa renewal fee
€40
€100
Long-term residence permit fee
€40
Trade licence registration fee
WHEN IN
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
WHEN IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC

I. How to get a Czech Taxpayer Number

For income tax registration, you will need to fill out the Přihláška k registraci pro fyzické osoby document and submit it to any Finanční úřad. Sometimes the registration might be processed immediately. If this is not the case, you will receive a letter confirming your registration – Rozhodnutí o registraci – to your home address within 30 days.

II. How to open a bank account

Documents usually needed for opening a personal bank account in the Czech Republic are:

  • a valid passport,
  • another identity document (your driver's licence, identity card, birth certificate, resident card) and
  • a minimum deposit (between CZK 200 and CZK 2,000, depending on the bank).

In some cases, it is possible to open a bank account online, but you will still need to drop by the bank in person with your ID and the minimum deposit to finalise procedures.


III. How to get medical insurance

Most foreigners in the Czech republic use Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (VZP). Apply for it at any of the company’s offices with the following:

  • Your passport;
  • Your trade licene;
  • Your Czech Social Security number. To obtain it will need to submit your your passport, your trade licence and your tax registration letter to the Správy Sociálního Zabezpečení office.
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PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
After 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, a foreign national can file an application for permanent residence. The applicant will have to submit the following documents with the application to the Czech Ministry of Interior:

  • Travel document
  • 1 photo
  • Proof of accommodation
  • Proof of financial means
  • Czech language exam certificate (Czech language proficiency of A2 or higher)
  • (upon request) Extract from the Penal Register record. The Czech Ministry of the Interior is authorised to obtain the document itself.

After at least 10 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, a foreign national can file an application for citizenship.

PERMANENT RESIDENCE AND CITIZENSHIP
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