Consular quotas take effect
3 Dec 19
IMPACT – MEDIUM
What is the change? The Czech Republic has introduced quotas on submission of long-term business visa and employee card applications at selected consulates abroad.
What does the change mean? The change will limit the number of long-term business visa and employee card applications that can be filed at selected consulates abroad.
- Implementation date: September 2019.
- Visas/ documents affected: Long-term business visas and employee cards.
- Who is affected: Non-EU nationals (except family members of EU nationals) submitting applications for long-term business visas or employee cards at selected embassies and consulates abroad.
- Impact on business: Companies filing applications outside of the quota must wait until the consulate opens new dates for booking appointments.
Background: In July, the Czech Republic adopted legislation that modified immigration processing and introduced quotas for the number of applications received at Czech Consulates. The change was officially introduced in September after an inter-ministerial consultation period, and introduces quotas for both employee card and long-term business visa applications at each Czech Consulate:
|Quota for Employee Card Applications|
|Czech Consulate||Maximum number of applications which can be submitted at the consulate within one year||Key and Scientific Personal Program+ Highly Qualified Worker Program||Qualified Worker Program (CZ ISCO 4-8)|
Quotas for Long-Term Business Visa Applications
|Czech Consulate||Maximum number of applications which can be submitted at the consulate within one year||Key and Scientific Personal Program|
Consulates not listed above are not under the quota system.
Analysis & Comments: The quotas are set up for the calendar year and are equally distributed each month over the year. Applicants cannot apply for visas or residency permits at consulates if quotas expire, limiting the number of visas and residency permits available for foreign nationals. However, other visa options may be available once consular quotas expire.
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