Are you in Czech Republic and would like to be a permanent resident? (trvalý pobyt) Do you have an unstable job and anytime your employer might deport you? Do you love Prague and the simple yet sophisticated lifestyle in Europe? If yes, we have some tips for you.
The tips below applies to citizens from Non EU, third country nationals and Filipinos who came to Czech Republic for work and is independent. It is not intended for people who are married or who has a relationship with an EU national, your process is different.
Takže, co budete dělat?
First of all, you need to know the language of the country where you plan to stay. All you need is time and commitment because there are free/affordable classes available. Integracni Centrum Praha (ICP) offers classes twice a year, but you can only enroll once a year. The class is limited and first come first serve basis so always check their website. Centrum pro integraci cizincu (CIC) is a non-profit organization, that teaches Czech language at an affordable price. Beginners class costs only 50czk and you may attend whenever you are free. Classes are normally after work.
Surround yourself and practice the Czech language.
In addition to studying you need to practice the language. You can do this by meeting people and locals, you can join https://www.meetup.com/ or Facebook groups. Chat or meet someone in Conversation Exchange. Watch local TV show or movies. If you have a smart TV, you can actually turn on the sub titles, ask me how. Read Bilingual books. They are available in the bookshops or I borrow for free in ICP.
Enjoy Czech Republic and stay for 5 years but you can take the exam within the 5 year period.
Review and take the A1 exam.
The first take is for free, ask a voucher “poukaz” from the Ministry of Interior. ICP and CIC gives free reviewers that can help you review for the exam. http://trvaly-pobyt.cestina-pro-cizince.cz has the information regarding the exam calendar and the schools that are accredited. Remember to book the exam in advance because the slots are limited. I took my exam in Charles University . The exam has 4 parts, the listening, writing and reading which are held in the morning. After lunch, they will announce if you passed the morning assessment, if you did you move on to the last part which is the speaking part. So lets says you passed!
Complete the requirements.
The requirements are listed here. The site is not as detailed and may not answer all your questions. Since I do not have anyone to talk to about their experience, I consulted an immigration lawyer, I booked and appointment with Integracni Centrum Praha. There is no charge, all you need to do is book an appointment. I have written a detailed blog about this, you may check http://wanderjunkies.ph/2017/04/21/permanent-residency-requirements-czech-republic/.
Wait….there is more. Hindi porque pumasa ka ng A1, e kakalimutan mo na ang Cesky. Take note, that Czech Republic’s immigration office do not speak English or maybe only 10%, and to think that they deal with 90% non Czech speakers daily. Oh well, you decided to stay here, so deal with it! Depending on the person who will assist you, they will still converse with you to test your Czech skills. I had the most horrible experience I had in 5 years with the lady who assisted me, itago natin sa pangalan na Z*****! But my permanent residency has been approved and it is valid for 10 years, so I am still grateful.
Finally, It’s time to celebrate!
Na zdraví! By the way, do not forget to go to your Insurance, and have it changed. VZP card should be changed from the Green to Blue.. Ayan, pwede na mg loan ng bahay, pwede na mg data plan, pwede na mg hulugan ng gadgets 🙂
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