The Parliament has finally approved a rather controversial amendment to the Alien Act which brings about several new aspects regarding foreigners from non-EU countries who aim to stay long-term in the Czech Republic in order to work here.
One of the novelties applies to foreigners who apply for the employee cards, which are not to be issued by the Ministry of the Interior if their future employer may be classified as an unreliable one - i.e. one who, among others, does not meet their tax payment deadlines, fails to pay the social security and health insurance or have recently been fined for illegal employment of foreigners.
Yet another new aspect is a card of an employee who has been internally transferred, which actually represents both stay and work permits for managers, specialists and trainees. In comparison with the regular employee card, the new scheme offers several significant advantages. Firstly, the employers are entitled to offer jobs directly to foreigners without having to offer these to domestic applicants first (often to no avail); also, the stay and work permits provided by the employee internal transfer card may be prolonged to up to three years (or one year in the case of trainees). The card is designed for current employees of a company who are bound to relocate to the Czech Republic temporarily to work for the company's local branch or subsidiary. It is, therefore, a simplified procedure in the case of dispatching of employees.