The Czech government has announced a new requirement for adaptation-integration courses for newly arrived foreign nationals who have long-term residency.

Key Points:

  • Starting this month, foreign nationals from non-EU and non-EEA countries who have been newly granted a long-term residence in the Czech Republic must sign up to take an adaptation-integration course.
  • The classes are four hours long and will take place beginning in March 2021. They are meant to help foreign nationals understand their rights and obligations in the Czech Republic. The cost is CZK 1,500. Foreign nationals will receive a completion certificate.
  • The course requirement is for foreign nationals with a long-term residence permit, such as an employee card, blue card or long-term stay for the purpose of family reunification.
  • The requirement does not apply to students, Intra-Corporate Transfer card holders, individuals with long-term residence for investment purposes, individuals in the Key and Research Staff government program or Highly Qualified Worker program, foreign nationals younger than 15 years or older than 61 years.

Additional information: The adaption courses will be interpreted into Arabic, English, French, Mongolian, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Vietnamese.

Analysis & Comments: Employers should make the new requirements known to any workers living in the Czech Republic and ensure they complete the course as required.

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