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Every foreigner with a long-term residence permit must newly complete an integration course

The provisions of Section on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic came into effect in January

Every foreigner with a long-term residence permit must newly complete an integration course Source: Adobe Stock

The provisions of Section 155b of Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, stipulating the requirement for adaptation-integration courses came into effect on 1 January 2021. Foreigners who are issued a long-term residence permit pursuant to Section 42 or Section 45 or a permanent residence permit pursuant to Section 66 or Section 67 of the Act after 1 January 2021 must complete the course within one year following receipt of such residence permit.

The obligation to complete the course is subject to a number of exceptions. For example, foreigners under the age of 15 or over the age of 61 and holders of an internally transferred employee card do not have to complete the course. Another exception relates to holders of residence permits issued in connection with government programmes for highly qualified employees and key and scientific personnel.

Adaptation-integration course are administered by the Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners. The four-hour courses are conducted in the Czech language by a professional instructor. Interpreting into selected foreign languages is provide by qualified interpreters. The price of the course is CZK 1,500.

Up completing the course, foreigners will be issued a certificate of completion.

More information and leaflets in various language versions are available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.