CZECH REPUBLIC – Work Rules Eased for Non-EU Family Members of EU Nationals
The Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs in the Czech Republic has confirmed that non-European Union family members of an EU (or EEA/EFTA) citizen resident in the Czech Republic can work before their temporary residence permit is issued, if they can prove that an application for temporary residence has been submitted.
What Has Changed?
Previously, non-EU family members of EU citizens resident in Czech Republic had to wait until they had obtained the temporary residence permit before entering the labour market.
The new regulation therefore reduces processing times prior to starting work for these dependents. This may make Czech Republic a more attractive destination for EU assignees with non-EUdependent family members who wish to work.
Which Nationalities are Affected?
The confirmation from the Ministry affects all non-EU/EEA/EFTA national dependents of EU/EEA/EFTA nationals.
- The EU is the European Union, which currently has 28 member states.
- The European Free Trade Area (EFTA) is a bloc of four countries - Switzerland, Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.
- The European Economic Area (EEA) includes the 28 EU member states apart from Croatia, as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway from EFTA, but not Switzerland.
- Note the reduced processing time before starting work for non-EU national dependents of EU/EEA/EFTA nationals, and inform assignees/employees of the new benefit.