Permit, visa issuance halted for Vietnamese nationals

20 Aug 18

CZECH REPUBLIC

IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? The Czech government has stopped issuing long-term residence permits and D visas to Vietnamese nationals.

What does the change mean? Vietnamese nationals will not be able to obtain long-term work visas or D visas until further notice.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Long-term residence permits and D visas. Applications from Vietnamese nationals for short-term visas, long-term D visas for family reunification and visas for study and scientific research are still being accepted.
  • Who is affected: Vietnamese nationals seeking employment, long-term residency or a long-term stay in the Czech Republic.
  • Business impact: The change may require Czech companies to adjust timelines and start dates if they intended to recruit or hire Vietnamese workers.

Background: The restrictions were put in place in July and remain in effect on an indefinite basis. Authorities have not provided information about why the restrictions were put in place or when they will be lifted.

BAL Analysis: BAL will continue to follow developments in the Czech Republic and will update clients on any significant changes.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in the Czech Republic. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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