Legal working
Documents allowing Belarusian nationals to work in the Czech Republic.
Legally residing and working in the Czech Republic is only possible if the foreigner has received a work permit, an employment card, or a Blue Card.

Work permit
A work permit can only be obtained with a valid residence permit or if you hold an employment card or Blue Card that allows you to stay for a longer term in the Czech Republic. A foreigner who wants to be employed in the Czech Republic can apply for a work permit, which is issued:
· for seasonal work;
· for holders of a long-term residence permit for the purposes of business or investing;
· for employment for a limited period of time in order to increase skill level or qualifications (internship);
· for short-term employment up to three months, and others.

A foreigner can apply for a work permit at the regional labour office. The standard procedure is to apply for a work permit in writing before arrival to the Czech Republic. A foreigner can be represented by their employer in dealing with the labour office. The regional branch of the labour office in the district where the foreigner will perform the job is responsible for issuing the work permit.

The necessary applications can also be found and filled in directly on this website.

Before arriving in the Czech Republic, the foreigner must have a residence permit, which can also be secured with an employment card or Blue Card. The application for a residence permit, employment card, or Blue Card should be submitted to the Czech Embassy in Minsk.

The regional labour office may extend the validity of a work permit upon the foreigner's request, even repeatedly, but always for a maximum period of two years. For seasonal employment, a work permit is issued for maximum of six months in a period of 12 months. You can apply for an extension of the validity of your work permit to the relevant regional branch of the labour office. You should do it not earlier than three months and not later than 30 days before the current work permit expires.

Employment card
An employment card functions as a long-term residence permit and thus is granted for applicants planning longer working commitments. It is most often issued for the duration of the employment relationship or the period of validity of the decision of the recognition body on permission to perform a profession or professional work.

In other words, a foreigner who has an employment card is entitled to:
· reside in the territory of the Czech Republic and, at the same time,
· work in the job for which the employment card was issued.

It can be issued for up to two years with the possibility of repeated extension. The employment card should be issued in a shorter timeframe than when the work and residence permits are issued separately, provided all requirements are met.

You can apply for an employment card at the Czech Embassy in Minsk.

Blue Card
The Blue Card also functions as a long-term residence permit and is granted for highly qualified jobs. It is issued for a maximum of two years. It can be extended not earlier than 120 days before expiry date of your existing card and not later than the last day of its validity.

You can apply for a Blue Card at the Czech Embassy in Minsk. The maximum processing time for Blue Card applications is 60 days.

An Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card allows its holder to reside in the Czech Republic for more than three months and to exercise a managerial, specialist, or internship position for which the person was temporarily transferred within his or her company.

Illegal work
Your work in the Czech Republic is illegal if you:
· perform work outside your employment relationship;
· perform work without a work permit, employment card, Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card, or Blue Card;
· perform work in violation of these documents;
· do not have a valid residence permit.

Performance, facilitation, or mediation of illegal work are administrative offences and can be sanctioned with a fine that may be imposed on a foreigner, employer, or intermediary.
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