If you are an EU citizen, you are in luck because you do not need to apply for one. You are eligible to work in the Czech Republic without any additional obligations, so for you getting a job here is as easy as accepting any job offer you receive.
The EEA includes EU countries and also Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. It allows them to be part of the EU´s single market. Switzerland is neither an EU nor EEA member but is part of the single market – this means that citizens of any member country are allowed to travel freely to other member countries, whether for short-time visits of permanent relocations. The freedom to move to another EU country to work without a work permit is a right for EU nationals (including the countries mentioned above).
If you are not an EU citizen, unfortunately the process is much more difficult to obtain a work permit and work here. In addition to an employment visa, you must apply for a work permit through the Labor Office of the Czech Republic. The process of applying and obtaining a work permit can take months, and to apply for one you must already have been offered a job position. This means that you must find a company that is willing to offer you a position and wait up to several months for your start. If you would like any further information on work permits and the process of applying, visit this website where you can find these details in English.
As a recruitment agency, Grafton is not the final employer and therefore cannot assist you with the working permit application. However, we can direct you to the following websites that provide all the necessary details regarding employment in the Czech Republic:
We also cooperate with Foreigners.cz that provide complex relocation services for expats starting with an apartment rental or purchase, through immigration assistance (visa), health insurance, transportation and moving all the way to translation, language courses or business consultations. Our added value is a continuous assistance throughout the whole relocation process and the entire stay and a wide range of other services that can be arranged on a single spot.
Brexit was first announced in April of 2017. There are two years of delegation that is allowed to happen so that means in April of 2019, The UK will officially leave the EU. Since discussions are still occurring, there is little known about what will happen to the citizens of the EU and UK and the political, and economical implications that could occur. Until then, the UK will hold the same the EU has until it officially no longer a member. However, these negotiations have the main goal of keeping the benefits such as the free travel of people to the EU and the UK intact. So, according to the British Embassy in Prague, UK nationals living in the Czech Republic can rest assured.
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