The Czech Republic, land of Stories, is a landlocked country in Central Europe. Germany borders it in the west, Austria in the south, Slovakia to the east, and Poland in the northeast. The culture of the country was historically influenced by Slavonic, German, and Jewish, which resulted in a rich central European cultural heritage and lifestyle. Mouth-blown and decorated Bohemian glass are one of the unique things for which the Czech Republic is known.
Are you planning to move abroad to pursue higher education or for job prospects? In that case, you can consider the Czech Republic, which has a long tradition of quality education and research, especially in the field of science, engineering, and medicine.
Living in a completely different country can be difficult and sometimes to overcome the expenses of living, one will always think of taking up a job while studying. For that, the most suitable job for any student can be an assistant to the professor. Besides this, there are part-time jobs and internships. Though there are certain limitations for the students, who are Non-EU citizens, as one is carrying a study visa, you can still work. So as a Non-EU full-time student attending a university registered with Ministry of Education, your employer will register you at the Public Employment Office.
Now let’s have a look at how can we get a job in the Czech Republic. To get employment in any country, one must have proper knowledge of economy and language of the country along with the job searching skills and a strong resume. So, chances of getting a job in the country increase if you have proper knowledge of Czech (language) adding an extra point to your profile.
Well let's now talk about the job scenario of the country. With low immigration and strong emigration drive, Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union and has the highest numbers of job vacancies in the local market. Let’s talk about the different sectors of the Czech Republic, where one can look for job opportunities. These are as follows:
With nearly 46 banks, Czech Republic (especially Prague) has an excellent market for the foreigners seeking employment in this sector. In this sector, one can find an ample number of jobs, at both entry-level and advanced level positions. Further, with the growing economy, the need for financial experts also increases. Thus, making it a lucrative area to look for employment, for skilled workers.
With a unique location, excellent infrastructure, and skilled workforce, the Czech Republic plays a significant role in the automotive industry. It is the leading producer of buses and ranks second in the world, in passenger car production. There are three significant carmakers, which have their manufacturing units in the Czech Republic. These are Skoda Auto (Volkswagen Group), TPCA (Toyota Group PSA) joint venture and Hyundai motor manufacturing, Czech. There are many vacancies available for the skilled persons of this field.
· Electrical Engineering
A fast-growing sector due to digitalization and miniaturization is the second largest sector of the Czech economy. This sector has given a large number of employments to people. So, if you have the right skills, one can look for opportunities in this sector.
· IT and Telecom
This sector in recent years has transformed from a field on the outskirts to the most crucial area of the Czech’s economy. Almost 33,000 enterprises in the region employ nearly130, 000 workers, yet the country is facing a skill shortage.
It is the most significant industry, contributing nearly 60% to Czech’s economy. Due to its location, it is the most visited tourist destination all over Europe. The country is known for its rich heritage, well-preserved architecture, refined medieval European culture, and excellent cuisine. This sector is the best area for a foreigner looking for a job in the Czech Republic.
· Services Industry
With the boom in the tourism industry, this sector also witnessed a rise. Thus, generating a lot of employment opportunities in this sector.
This industry is featured by a large number of foreign investment and ownership. Thus, providing excellent opportunities for the foreigner, who have skills and are looking for jobs.
Education industry also offers a unique chance of employment. One can teach language or other subjects, especially in Prague, where the schools have an international curriculum.
It is the core of the Czech Republic economy and is ranked sixth in beer production in Europe.
Besides these sectors of the economy, several multinational companies are located here, employing the foreigners. Some of these companies are Exxon Mobil, Mendelez International (formerly Kraft Foods), Tesco, Bosch, Ashok Leyland, Volkswagen, Hyundai Motors, etc.
Where to look for these job opportunities?
One can look for these jobs opportunities in the Czech Republic through the local newspaper, Internet, employment service advisers, recruitment agencies, and EURES (European job mobility portal). If you have the right skills and proper qualification no one can stop you from grabbing these job opportunities
Once you have got a job, next thought that comes to mind is how to proceed further.
If you have decided to study, work, and live in the Czech Republic, like any other country, one needs to have a visa and the residence permit. So let’s discuss them.
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There are three types of residence permits that are given by the Czech Republic. These are as follows:
· Temporary Residence Permit (for EU citizen)
A certificate of temporary residence is issued to the EU citizens who want to reside in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days. The only condition for getting this permit is that a person should not be a threat to society.
· Long Term Residence Permit (for Non-EU citizens)
This permit is issued only if
1. You are residing in a country on a visa for a stay of over 90 days.
2. Intend to temporarily live in a country for more than one year, including the previous visa.
3. If, at the same time the purpose of residence remains the same (exceptions made for blue card holders, employee cards, a family member of scientists, etc.)
If planning to move permanently to the Czech Republic, then, in that case, one has to apply for the third option i.e., Permanent Residence Permit. Let’s talk about it.
Permanent Residence Permit (EU citizens)
One can apply for permanent residency (PR) if:
1. One has resided in the country for consecutive five years.
2. One is the family member of EU citizen (you are also EU citizen), who already is a PR holder of the country. Then, in that case, one should have lived in the country for two years.
The documents required for this are:
· Passport or other proof of identification
· Documents which confirms five years of continuous residence in the country or two years in case you are a family member of EU citizen, who holds PR of the country.
· Two photographs
· Proof of accommodation
Permanent Residence Permit for Non-EU citizens
The conditions for applying for PR are the same as for the EU citizen, i.e., five years of continuous residence in the country. If one is a family member of EU citizen, ( you are Non-EU citizen), who holds the PR of the country. Then one can apply for PR after two years of residence along with the proof that you are a family member for more than one year.
If one is not related to the EU citizen in any way, then the application for PR needs to be passed to the Ministry of Interior, according to their place of residence.
Documents required for PR (Non-EU citizens) be
· Proof of five years of continuous stay in the country
· Two photographs
· Proof of accommodation
· Proof of financial coverage
· Language proficiency test (results)
· List of previous convictions
The Ministry of internal issues can make few exemptions, due to some unique reasons, which are as follows:
· PR on humanitarian grounds
· Reason for issuing PR is in the interest of the Czech Republic
· Living together with one parent who already had PR or is a citizen of the country.
· If conferred on international defense.
Choosing the Czech Republic as the place to study, work and live, gives you a great chance to travel all over the continent(due to its location) and discover the countries and places that you might not have opportunity to visit. Beside this Czech Republic is ranked 10, by Global Peace Index, 2019 in the list of the safest country in the world.
Well, I hope this was informative enough. I hope it will help and guide to carefully opt for the options were your skills and talent can flourish.
Wishing you lots of luck.
A history student with postgraduate in archaeology and heritage management, gave me a good experience in field of research and writing. Avid reader, loves to explore new places. Baking cakes and breads are my hobby. Mother of four year old who takes most of my time..
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