Czech Republic: Immigration Bulletin – Attested Diplomas Required for Work Permit Extensions
Work permit procedures are becoming more strict
Since January 2012, prior to applying for an initial work permit, non-EU foreigners must submit their foreign diplomas for nostrification, meaning that diplomas issued at universities outside of the Czech Republic must be submitted to a specific Czech educational institution (as identified by the Ministry of Education). That institution must certify that the degree has a Czech equivalent. Effective as of 25 May, 2012 the same requirement will apply to work permit extensions (in cases where the original work permit application was not submitted with the equivalence of a Czech diploma).
As confirmed on 4 June, 2012 authorities will not waive the diploma nostrification requirement for any work permit extension application. The application can be submitted without a nostrificated diploma, provided the missing document will be filed with the labor authorities by the set deadline. In cases where the nostrificated diploma is not added to the application within that timeframe, it can be rejected and a new work permit application will have to be submitted with an already attested diploma.
The change may result in the rejection of many work permit extension applications, which will impact labor for some foreigners already conducting work related activities in the Czech Republic. They may be forced to leave Czech territory (in case their diploma recognition is not completed on time) and apply for new work permits and visas from abroad.
Obtaining the required degree equivalence certificates will add several weeks to the processing time (normally taking up to 3 months), which will extend the work permit procedure significantly. It is therefore advisable that extensions of permits should be considered carefully and planned well in advance.
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