Stricter rules for issuing work permits to non-EU
nationals in 2012 have been announced by the Ministry of Labour and
The new rules are aimed at combating increasing unemployment in the
Czech Republic resulting from the current global economic
Employing non-EU nationals will thus become more difficult and
create an increased administrative burden for employers.
The new rules include:
- from 1 July 2012, non-EU nationals will not be granted new work
permits for vacancies requiring academic qualification lower than a
high school level education with A levels, unless the Ministry of
Labour and Social Affairs agrees to treat it as an exceptional
- existing work permits issued to non-EU nationals may only be
renewed for up to 6 months at a time (previously it was usually 1-2
- existing work permits will not be renewed for agency workers
from non-EU countries who have been assigned to users under
contracts entered into before 1 January 2012.