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The Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs has introduced a new law aimed at regulating the entry and stay of foreigners in the country

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The main peculiarity of the new legislation is the digitalization of the procedure for obtaining a residence permit.

What has happened

The Czech Ministry of Internal Affairs has completed work on a new law regulating the entry and stay of foreign citizens. It should contribute to more transparent legal regulation of the stay of foreigners. The ministry said that the draft law has passed the interdepartmental comment procedure and will now be submitted to the government.

The details

Confirming that it has revised the current law regarding the entry and stay of foreigners in the Czech Republic, the Ministry of the Interior considered the current version as “outdated” and, as a result of frequent amendments, “confusing”.

The main change in the law is the digitalization of the procedure for obtaining a residence permit, but there will be no significant changes related to the conditions for issuing a residence permit.

The ministry has emphasized that in parallel with the preparation of the new law, a new information system is being built. This system will include the creation of an electronic ID and a foreigners’ account for non-citizens.

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“ With digitization, we will speed up the residency procedure and reduce the administrative burden. The whole process will be easier and faster. Foreigners will be able to communicate online with the authorities from home and vice versa. This will make it easier not only for our workplaces, which are in charge of residence procedures, but also for the foreigners themselves.” – said the Minister of the Interior, Vít Rakušan.

Some other issues mentioned

The bill also contains changes to the registration of EU citizens wishing to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days.

“The role of the so-called guarantor will also be emphasized – a person or entity (educational, scientific or cultural institution, employer, sports club, etc.) who guarantees the purpose of the foreigner’s stay in our territory. The law will define the rights and obligations of the guarantor, which will strengthen the responsibility of these entities in the residence procedure.” – the Minister of the Interior said.

The Deadline

The new law, as well as the new information system, should come into force on January 1, 2026.

Source: Schengen Visa Info

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