Many residents of the countries of the former USSR, who decided to immigrate to Europe, consider the states located in its eastern part to be their place of residence. It is worth saying that the quality of life here is high enough. It satisfies almost 90% of migrants. The rest can use the citizenship received in one of the countries of Eastern Europe for further movement to the west. In this case, the initially selected country will be for them a kind of springboard to fulfill the intended goal.
One of the most attractive states for immigration in this case will be the Czech Republic. This is where a large number of middle-class and skilled workers seek to enter. Moreover, immigration to the Czech Republic to date can be implemented fairly quickly and without great financial and psychological costs. That is why this country of Eastern Europe attracts the incorruptible interest of those who decided to radically change their lives.
What do immigrants want?
How much does our person need for complete happiness? Not at all! Only sufficient household comfort, a decent social infrastructure and confidence in the future. All of the above benefits are provided by immigration to the Czech Republic. Of course, a person will have to make some efforts, but the end result will be worth it.
It should be said that the Czech Republic can boast of its high standard of living. In different years on this indicator the country occupied 25-35 places in the international rating. Quite a good level, right?
Czech shops offer their customers goods at quite reasonable prices. As for the real estate market, there is no analogy with the nightmares that are happening in the CIS countries.
Pleased with immigration to the Czech Republic and business people. They will definitely like the conditions that exist here for doing business. Among them - a decrease in the year-on-year income tax, cheap loans, etc.
Other positive points
Other advantages of the Czech Republic include:
- Moderate favorable climate;
- Low crime rate;
- A beautiful location in the center of Europe, which will allow you to quickly reach the borders of your home country, and to the capitals of all countries of Western Europe;
- Free and high-quality education;
- Membership in the European Union, which allows a Czech citizen to move freely without any bureaucratic procedures throughout Europe;
- Language, which is part of the Slavic group, which is more accessible for study than, for example, English;
- Favorable ecological conditions;
- A huge number of attractions and cultural values, such as all the famous Czech castles.
Even a small list from this list of advantages would be enough to make the final decision for your choice. In addition, there are great opportunities for migration in the country. It's easy to open your own company here, and the constant growth of the number of companies involved in the sphere of medium and small business leads to a constant increase in the number of vacancies for specialists.
How to get permanent residence in the Czech Republic?
What should be the sequence of actions for someone who is interested in immigration to the Czech Republic? Consultations on these issues are given on official embassy websites. For those who choose to choose this country for their permanent residence, you will need:
- Get a long-term visa to the Czech Republic. It is issued for six months. To obtain a visa, you will need some basis (this question will be considered below). Having collected the necessary package of documents, it is necessary to go to the consulate. After the conversation there, the decision of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic will be received after 2-4 months.
- With the existing long-term visa you can go to the country. However, before the end of the validity of such a residence permit, you will need to contact the Czech Immigration Police for its extension. If the procedure is successful, the immigrant is given the status of residence permit. In principle, nothing will change. Only the hands will be issued a plastic biometric card.
- After a five-year period of arrival in the country on a long-term visa, the opportunity to file documents for permanent residence is provided. If the permission to enter the Czech Republic was a "blue card", then this period is reduced by half. To obtain permanent residence you will need to observe a certain condition. It consists in the fact that with a five-year stay in the country from it can not go for a period exceeding ten months. Permanent residence permits to obtain such rights as citizenship. An exception is the right to vote and the employment of certain posts in state structures.
- Five years later, after obtaining the status of permanent residence, you can expect to receive Czech citizenship.
It would seem that everything is simple enough. However, in order to obtain a long-term visa, you will need to have one of the four grounds for issuing it. This is the biggest difficulty of such a move. After all, even in cases where the grounds for immigration seem very appropriate, the Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs may hold a completely different position. What are they, the grounds that are needed to file documents with the consulate? Let us consider them in more detail.
Immigration to the Czech Republic from Russia and other CIS countries can be carried out in this way. To date, it is the most affordable for those who want to obtain permanent residence in this country.
What to do in order for such immigration to be possible in the Czech Republic? Feedback from those who have already passed this way of obtaining a long-term visa, say that the very first step will be the recording of courses in the study of the Czech language. They can be trained for six months or a year, depending on the proposed program. Knowing the language, it is easier to enter a state university on a budgetary basis.
There is also a second variant of the actions necessary to enable such immigration to the Czech Republic. Feedback from those who went along this path, say that you can just find the site of a private paid university that offers easy entrance exams. Thus, you can come to study in the Czech Republic without losing time on language training. It should be borne in mind that the programs of universities are offered to those who know English well. In this case, you do not need the Czech language to get a diploma. This option is complicated only by the fact that confirmation of the diploma or diploma received at home will take at least 3-4 months. However, there are exceptions to the rules. Some higher education institutions agree to accept documents about education at home after the admission.
Types of universities in the Czech Republic
Institutions for higher education in the country are divided into:
What is the hierarchy of these institutions? On the highest step are the universities. Only they have a base for training doctors of science. As for the academies, they are in close cooperation with art and culture. These educational institutions train artists, writers and cultural figures. Institutes are engaged in training of all other specialists.
All universities of the Czech Republic are divided into state and commercial. Training in the first of them is free for both its citizens and those who came from abroad. However, it should be borne in mind that it is carried out only in the Czech language. Only additional services are subject to payment, on which a very modest amount of money should be deposited, within 100 euros. Immigration to the Czech Republic from Russia and other CIS countries on a student visa is also beneficial because the country has lower living costs than those offered in Europe as a whole.
Features of training
In the Czech Republic there is:
- Bachelor's program, where the training lasts from 3 to 4 years;
- Master's program - 5-6 years;
- Postgraduate study to receive the title of Doctor of Science - from 2 to 3 years.
If before the period when the Czech Republic joined the European Union, its universities offered a choice between a bachelor's degree and a master's degree, then today the country's higher education institutions teach students on a joint master's program. It starts with the first stage, and then goes to the second one.
The state universities of the Czech Republic have a high-level material and technical base. This allows students to provide all the materials necessary for successful teaching and constantly update the content and composition of the academic disciplines.
It is worth mentioning the high qualification of the teaching staff of Czech universities. Many of these specialists came to work here from other European countries.
As for commercial institutions, they are relatively new and use only bachelor's programs. They will need to pay for their studies. This amount is in the range from 700 euros for one semester to 2-3 thousand.
The most popular destination for immigration to the Czech Republic from Russia in 2017, as well as in other previous years, was the admission to two popular and respectable universities. This is the Czech Economic and Charles University. Each of them has a rich history, popularity on the scale of Europe and established traditions.
Pros and cons of a student visa
If you are planning to immigrate to the Czech Republic with the possibility of studying at a university in the country, what are the advantages of this method? They are as follows:
- An accessible list of documents and a quick examination of the visa (no more than two months);
- Simplicity of obtaining permission to enter the European state;
- Granting opportunities after obtaining a diploma to find a job, after which the visa is changed to a working visa.
Among the cons are:
- A serious interview during the submission of documents at the consulate, during which you should convince the consul that you do not intend to immigrate, and after receiving the diploma you will certainly return to your homeland;
- The student's residence permit doubles the time limit for obtaining a permanent place of residence;
- A ban on legal work (except for the officially established student brigades), which causes great difficulties in material support;
- Full-time study with attendance and surrender.
Formal diplomas such universities do not issue. Extramural or evening studies are not grounds for the issuance of residence permit.
These are the pros and cons of immigration to the Czech Republic on a student visa. Is it worthwhile to go this way? You decide.
How else can immigration be carried out in the Czech Republic? Ways to obtain a long-term visa are related not only to travel for study in universities. In this country of Eastern Europe, one's own business can also be opened. Another 5-6 years ago, using this method, most immigrants from the countries of the former USSR moved to the Czech Republic. However, instead of opening their own firm, they hired themselves to work. And this, according to the Czech legislation, is strictly prohibited. As a result, serious checks of such false entrepreneurs were carried out and amendments were made to the legislative base. It is worth bearing in mind that there is simply no such loophole when business immigration to the Czech Republic is being carried out.
You can move to this country only with the condition that your business will be opened there. Only in this case it will be possible to obtain a residence permit. How to do this?
At the preparatory stage, you will need to pick up your company's name so that it sounds beautiful in the Czech language, it's readable and does not have indecent translation. Next, a package of documents is collected. It includes a copy of the passport, as well as birth certificates of the founders of the company. The documents provided give grounds for obtaining a power of attorney, which is issued to a certain person. It is a concrete person who is in the Czech Republic who should subsequently apply for registration of the enterprise.
A reopening firm must have an authorized capital of 200 thousand CZK. In this case, each of the founders, who can be up to nine people, have the right to deposit at least 10% of the total amount. Thus, business immigration to the Czech Republic is carried out according to the group scheme. This allows you to significantly reduce personal expenses. Further it is necessary to be defined with a kind of activity of the future firm.
After collecting all the necessary documents they will have to be certified by a notary. This procedure will also have its own difficulties. After all, not every notary is familiar with the rules that exist for the opening of enterprises in the Czech Republic. It is important that all collected documents be filled strictly according to the samples provided for by regulatory enactments.
If there are several founders, each of them will need police certificates on the absence of a criminal record and that none of them is prosecuted at the date of registration. It is desirable to deal with such documents independently. This will avoid forgery.
After the preparation of the package of documents, he is sent through the embassy directly to the Czech Republic. And if the preparatory stage was carried out correctly, the organization will be included in the list of Czech legal entities. This will be confirmed by a notification sent by mail, as well as information on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
After obtaining the status of director of his own company, a person has the right to apply for a Schengen visa, which will be valid for 90 days. Upon arrival in the country, it is replaced by a residence permit.
In this way, immigration to the Czech Republic from Russia can be carried out. Comments from those who acquired the status of a businessman in the country in question, say that it is very convenient to conduct one's own business and, moreover, it is promising. After all, the Czech Republic has the necessary regulatory and investment climate, as well as a large number of opportunities for the development of international cooperation and the further development of new and new markets.
Pros and Cons of Business Visa
The positive aspects of this way of changing the place of residence are:
- The possibility of moving the whole family, for which it is enough to assign to its members the ranks of the founders and directors;
- Absence of special difficulties in the procedure of registration of the company;
- The need to extend residence permits every two years, which is not so frequent;
- Possibility of requesting short-term Czech visas for 3 months.
From the negative sides of the business visa can be identified:
- Mandatory opening of the company and implementation of a real profitable business;
- Payment of taxes even in the absence of profit;
- Need to run their own business until obtaining permanent residence, which will come only after 5 years;
- Annual reporting of profits, which will require access to qualified accountants;
- Lack of employment opportunities in the presence of entrepreneurial status, even in the event of temporary difficulties in business.
How to immigrate to the Czech Republic? This will not be particularly difficult for valuable and highly paid specialists. They, no doubt, will be issued a "blue card". This document was created on the initiative of the EU and opens the way for those who have a rare and sought after profession. This, for example, applies to IT-specialists, physicists and highly skilled chemists. But it is worth bearing in mind that the "blue card" is issued only for those positions for which the desired candidate from the EU has not been found.
Such immigration to the Czech Republic from Russia has a special feature in terms of the necessary minimum wage. Applicants for the "blue card" it must be higher by 1.5 times than the average salary in the country. For the Czech Republic this figure is more than one and a half thousand euros. Only under such conditions the candidate will be considered particularly valuable. However, this raises doubts that such a unique person will stop his view precisely on the Czech Republic. Qualified cadres choose New Zealand, Australia or Germany.
Pros and cons of the "blue card"
The positive aspects of this method of immigration are:
- The possibility of applying for permanent residence 2.5 years after entering the country;
- Moving to the Czech Republic as a whole family;
- No problems with obtaining visas;
- A visit to a certain workplace and obtaining a stable payment under the contract, which is for two years.
Among the drawbacks of this card are:
- Availability of a popular and rare profession;
- Immigration to the Czech Republic from Belarus, Russia and other CIS countries is considered the last, since the "blue card" is oriented, as a rule, to the citizens of India and China.
How else can immigration to the Czech Republic be made from Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and other CIS countries? Another option for moving to this country is a work visa. However, according to those who tried to get it, consider this option as a serious method still not worth it. The chances of finding such an employer who agrees to hold in anticipation of several months before the full execution of all documents are too small. And if such a person is still found (maybe they will be your acquaintance), then he will have to go through a complicated procedure of interaction with state organizations. In particular, he will have to explain why he does not invite the Czech to this job. In addition, the announcement of your future employer for employment must be published and actual within two months. And only in the absence of a suitable candidate from the local foreigner will be able to expect a work visa.
Immigration to the Czech Republic in 2017 by this method has become extremely difficult due to the economic recession that is observed in European countries. This is the way the Czech authorities make attempts to keep the labor market for their citizens. But if the necessary work permit is still obtained, then the foreigner will have to obtain a work visa. It should be borne in mind that since 2014 the Czech authorities began to issue labor migrants a new document - a working card. It combines the residence permit and work permit in the country. Happy owners of this document do not need to forget that for one or two years a foreigner should be employed precisely in the firm that issued him a work permit. In addition, all necessary taxes and contributions to social and health insurance bodies must be paid for.
Immigration to the Czech Republic is much easier for doctors. The country, however like many EU countries, needs highly qualified medical personnel. In addition, at the present time there is a significant outflow of Czech specialists leaving for work in health institutions of Western Europe. The resulting shortage of personnel allowed doctors from Ukraine and Kazakhstan, Russia and other republics of the former USSR to immigrate to the Czech Republic. For employment they need to go through certain stages that recognize their qualifications.