Permanent Residence Permit of an EU Citizen

A permanent residence permit of an EU citizen is a residence permit intended for EU citizens, and subject to conditions for some citizens of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Permanent residence permit is a condition for exercising some rights in the Czech Republic – e.g. it is necessary for obtaining citizenship. However, EU citizens can live and work in the Czech Republic with no residence permit.




Who can apply for this residence permit?

As an EU citizen you can apply for a permanent residence permit:

  • after 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, or
  • after 2 years of continuous temporary residence in the Czech Republic if for 1 out of the 2 years you have been a close family member of another EU citizen who already holds a permanent residence permit or of a Czech citizen who has permanent residence in the Czech Republic.

How long is a residence permit valid for?

A permanent residence permit is issued for a period of 10 years.

What does a residence permit look like?

What obligations and restrictions does this residence permit mean?

You must follow the obligations for foreigners stipulated by law for the duration of your residence permit.

What does this residence permit enable you to do?

Persons with permanent residence have access to the public medical insurance, have a right to social welfare benefits and a right to work and do business. A residence permit also enables you to vote in municipal and European Parliament elections.

Can you apply for this type of residence even if you do not hold a registration certificate?

Yes, but you have to provide a proof that you have been residing continuously for the required period of time in the Czech Republic. Subject to certain conditions you can also apply without meeting the condition of continuous residence.