PraguExpats movie night – Rozpuštěný a vypuštěný/Dissolved and Efused

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Another movie night of PraguExpats is here!

25th November you can come and watch a czech movie from 1984 Dissolved and Efused/ Rozpuštěný a Vypuštěný.

This czech detective retro comedy was directed by Ladislav Smoljak and Zdeněk Svěrák. It is connected with some plays of Jára Cimrman.

Jára is a Czech fictional character. He was originally meant to be just a caricature of the Czech people, history, and culture.
We are sure you heard about Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana (Jára Cimrman Theatre in Žižkov). It is one of Prague’s most frequented cultural places (more about Jára Cimrman you can find here:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jára_Cimrman).

Trailer of the movie watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGALr_hRl5o.

The entry is 160 CZK (welcome drink and popcorn included).

Meet us in Magnum Club & Restaurant as usualy and practise your Czech skills!

We are looking forward to see you on the 25th November 2014 at 7 pm!

 

Your Team of PraguExpats

October Festivals

Although the summer has long gone, Prague is still gearing up for the autumn festival season. Many of these exciting festivals take place in venues scattered throughout the city, so it’s best to split your days up if possible.

 

October is always one of the most active months in the Czech festival scene. The annual Designblok Festival (http://www.designblok.cz/), which celebrates Czech fashion and design, takes place in the beginning of the month. This year, it runs until October 12, so there’s still time to go out and see some of the handiwork of the best designers from Prague’s bustling arts community. This year’s festival features some spectacular installations around the city, including the legendary Hotel Evropa, immortalized in countless films.

 

Last year’s Signal Festival (http://www.signalfestival.com/2014/en/) drew over 250,000 visitors to Prague to view cutting edge video projections, interactive exhibits, and light installations. This year’s festival looks like it may beat the record, as the festival’s organizing team has been hard at work setting up 21 installations in parts of Old Town, Hradčany, and the Little Quarter. Additional after parties and other side events are also scheduled. This year’s Signal Fest runs from October 16th to October 19th.

 

If the contemporary art scene is more to your liking, 4+4 Days in Motion is takes place until October 18th, in various venues throughout Prague. The festival combines some of the best work in installation art, contemporary dance, theatrical productions, and audiovisiual installations throughout the city in interesting locations. You can find more information on their website: http://www.ctyridny.cz/aktualne/

 

For a quieter festival experience, the 4th annual international Festival Fotograf (http://fotografestival.cz/2014/en/)will be in Prague until the 31st. This year’s theme is “Seeing is Believing”, and its activities include lectures, afterparties, and installations through out the city. The festival finishes on October 31st with a spectacular party at Cafe Neustadt

 

Fans of Scandinavian, Nordic, and Finnish culture won’t want to miss out on this year’s edition of Dny Severu (Northern Days) http://www.skandinavskydum.cz/dny-severu-2014, a festival celebrating the arts and culture of Northern Europe. This year’s theme is Detective Stories, and will feature interviews with Scandinavian authors, a discussion with translators of Nordic detective novels, and screenings of famous crime thrillers like Nicolas Windig Refn’s Pusher. Northern Days runs from October 21 to October 29th.

 

Finall, fans of underground music will appreciate BE 22, a week-long birthday celebration running from October 20-26 for the venerable Prague club, Rox. Located in the heart of Old Town on Dlouhá třída, Roxy will surely be packed to the rafters with fans looking to catch one of the high-profile acts on the festival’s bill. Among this year’s guests will be the innovative American dance-punk band Liars, and British jazz-hip-hop legends The Herbaliser. As a special treat, on October 22nd, Czech Soundz will be throwing a free show, featuring 6 stages of music and free entry.

 

Enjoy October and remember in November 25th there is another movie night of PraguExpats!

Team of PraguExpats

Few things in life are more certain than death or taxes

According to the old saying, few things in life are more certain than death or taxes.

Many Americans abroad have the mistaken idea that expats do not need to file taxes. Unfortunately, unlike most countries, the US requires almost all of its citizens (not just residents) to file taxes every year, regardless of where they live.

In years past, many expats decided to not file their taxes in the US, which was often possible because there were no real rules set to force banks to comply with US tax laws and income reporting.

In 2010, under pressure from their constituents to close off-shore tax loopholes, Congress passed a law, the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), requiring foreign banks to disclose information on all American clients, regardless of income or type of employment, much like domestic banks and employers do. Very few of us expats noticed this because the law hadn’t yet gone into practice until 2013.

This year, however, everything changes. After years of negotiation and preparation, US and Czech banks have reached an agreement to share information as required by the FATCA. This means that, from now on, every year your bank will be in communication with the IRS in America, whether you’re independently wealthy or a broke student.

Starting soon, banks will ask their American account holders if they wish to receive reports on their financial information every year to make filing their taxes easier. This works much like many existing tax forms (W2, W9,1099, etc.), where employers and universities share their financial information with the taxpayer and the federal government.

Some banks still have the option of not giving consent for their customer’s information to be shared, however the price for doing this is a non-creditable, mandatory 30% withholding fee on all foreign accounts. This means that almost all banks will be participating.

Filing taxes is mandatory for all US citizens who have make more than $10,000 (or the equivalent in local currency) per year, or for self-employed citizens who make more than $400 (or the equivalent in Czech koruna) a year. Additionally, Americans abroad who have more than $10,000 in assets need to file a Foreign Bank Account Report (FBAR) detailing their holdings and assets.

One benefit, however, to the increased co-operation between the Czech and American tax agencies is that expat payments into the Czech social welfare system can now be credited on American tax forms. This can even help expats who don’t make enough money for refunds become eligible for money back.

Americans abroad are also given special deadlines and credits on their taxes to help with the difficulties of living and filing taxes abroad. This year’s international filing date has already passed (on June 30th), but it is still possible to file a FBAR and tax return, if you haven’t already done so.

If you’re unsure of your tax needs, it’s best to contact one of the many professionals here in the Czech Republic who specialize in American tax returns. PraguExpats can even help you locate an English-speaking tax professional who will fit your needs and your budget!

 
Team of PraguExpats

PraguExpats Movie night – Obecná škola / Elementary School

Obecna_skola

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are happy to invite you to another MOVIE NIGHT!

This time you can watch a comedy from 1991, directed by Jan Svěrák. The screenplay wrote his father Zdeněk Svěrák. The name of the film is Elementary School (Obecná škola).

This movie was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1991!

The entry is 160 CZK  (welcome drink and popcorn included). We will meet in Magnum Club & Restaurant as usualy.

Feel free to share this event and bring your friends!

We hope you enjoyed summer and can´t wait to see you 24th September at 7 p.m.

 

All work and no play makes anyone cranky

Fortunately, Prague is a city filled with things to do after the work day is over, ranging from underground clubs featuring the best young bands and DJs, to some of the greatest classical entertainment in Europe. Whether your tastes run to art openings, opera, or all-night dancing, Prague has something for everyone.

 

Theatrical Entertainment

 

As one of Europe’s cultural centers for much of the last 600 years, Prague has a well-developed tradition of excellence in classical music and theater. The National Theater (Národnídivaldo) boasts an excellent blend of classical pieces, contemporary productions, and even avant-garde theatrical experiences. The original location of the national theater, (located at tram stop Národnídivadlo, on the 9,17, 18, 22 or a short walk from metro stations Národnítřída or Můstek on the B line) is worth a visit if for nothing more than to see the beautiful Czech Revival murals covering the interior.

Newer productions typically take place at Nováscéna, located in the brutalist glass-and-concrete building next to the stately National Theatre. Nováscéna also doubles as a hangout spot during the day for students from FAMU, Prague’s world famous film school.

Other smaller theaters can be found all over the city, some of which offer international-friendly programs. One especially worth mentioning is Divadlo Na Zábradlí (Anenskénáměstí 5) which was where Czech playwright and former president Václav Havel got his start.

 

Dance Like It’s Friday Night

 

Perhaps you prefer to spend your downtime shaking your hips and moving your feet to the newest beats?
Although swarms of clubs line Dlouháulice in Old Town, most serious club-going locals avoid these places, with a handful of exceptions. Nod and Roxy (both at Dlouhá 33) are both part of the same club, which is known for bringing in top-end foreign DJs and hosting experimental art exhibitions. Locals often drink at the cafe upstairs (Nod) during the week.

If you’re looking for something more exotic, Holešovice’s legendary Cross Club (Plynární23, a few meters away from NádražíHolešovice is another mandatory destination. Cross Club’s enormous steam-punk inspired exterior sculpture is famous on its own, but the real attraction are the three floors of music, ranging from drum n’bass to hardcore jungle, or even live music.

Cross Club can get incredibly crowded as the night wears on, so many people prefer to come early and stake a spot out.

 

Concerts

 

Prague also features world-class concerts. Although most big-name concerts take place at the various large theaters and sporting arenas in Prague, smaller concerts can be found daily at various clubs around Prague.

Perhaps the best way to find out about up-coming concerts is through the website http://www.goout.cz (available in English and in Czech), which not only gives concert listings for both Brno and Prague, but also details other events such as poetry readings, movie openings, and gallery exhibitions.

If you’re a fan of just stumbling upon good shows, several bars (which double as concert venues) exist—Rock Cafe (Národní20) has an upper floor, which is a bar, while the basement serves as a venue for a wide variety of hard rock and metal shows.

Over in Smíchov, Meetfactory (Ke sklárně15, near tramstop Lihovar on the 12, 14, and 16) is another well-known venue hosting art shows and live music. Many of the biggest and hippest names in independent music play here, as well as local Czech favorites.

 

Have fun!

Team of PraguExpats

Your first step after entering the Czech Republic?

Some of you know (and some of you don´t) about the fact all people entering the Czech Republic should be registered with the Foreign Police.

So we would like to tell you that as non-EU citizen you have 3 days from the date of arrival in the Czech Republic to register.

When you register you need to provide details on your accommodations, health insurance, and passport status.

Registration is required for both Short Term visas (up to 90 days) and Long Term Visas (more than 90 days).

Even if you are from a country that does not require a tourist visa, you must register if you plan on applying for a Long Term Visa with the intention to work, study, or obtaining your Long Term Residency Permit.

You can independently register with the Czech Foreign Police within 3 days of arrival by going to Olšanská 2 in Prague 3 for free or, alternatively, PraguExpats can assist and accompany you for a fee of 1,400 CZK .

As EU citizen you are required to register within 30 days.

In the case that you are do not get registered, the Foreign Police can fine you up to 3 000 CZK.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us or see our webpage where you can find some useful links as well!

 

Good luck and more information about to come!

 

Your Team of PraguExpats

 

FAREWELL TO SUMMER VOL. 2

 

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Time runs fast and 2nd anniversary of PraguExpats is here!

And we can´t wait to celebrate with YOU!

Come to enjoy Sunday afternoon with us in ParkCafé Beer Garden Riegrovy sady.

The day’ s agenda:

Best Homemade burgers in Prague the best coffee in Prague, cocktail bar, Fritz Cola and little surprise:)

You can play petanque or win the raffle prices (tickets to Swing festival, Vouchers to the Café Jen and more).

We are looking forward to see you on Sunday 10th August so we can spend some time with you 🙂

No entrance fee of course …

Feel free to bring your partners, friends or kids … everyone is welcome!

We would like to thank to our partners and friends.
CoffeeMakers.cz, Fritz-kola CZ,  BBQ PIT BOYS, PARKCAFÉ RIEGROVY SADY, CAFÉ JEN.

How hard is to get a visa? Read a story of one of our clients!

It was summer last year when I found out I was officially moving to Prague. How exciting, right? My husband and I (boyfriend at the time) wanted to live in Europe but never saw exactly how we would make that happen. And then there was an opportunity! I knew someone who worked at a company based in Prague, asked them about openings at the company and what seemed like a hop, a skip, and a jump later, we were moving.

 

But first, I had to get my visa and work permit. I applied for 2 separate residency visa thingies (technical term), one was a green card and the other a regular work permit and visa. I applied for both because the Green Card would get processed much more quickly, so if it went through, I’d be able to start working much earlier. But what I didn’t yet know was that getting a green card was one road down which not many had traveled. The green card was introduced in 2009, but only 400 people since then had gotten one. Four hundred people in 5 years… for comparison, employment-based immigration in the US is limited by statute to 140,000 persons per year. In 2012, the US issued 1 million green cards. So.

 

To start the process, I submitted all of my education documents to be verified by the Czech government. Once that went through, documentation had to be sent to the Czech Labor Office to create the position for which I’d been hired in some database so that I could apply for it and for the Green Card. Once that paperwork is submitted, it takes 30 days for the position to be visible online. And when it becomes visible online, one has to apply for it at the Embassy. And to apply for it at the Embassy, you have to book a date right after the position appears so as to be the FIRST PERSON IN THE WHOLE WORLD to apply for it. Otherwise, it’s no longer available to anyone. And you’re pretty much done. So, needless to say, it was nerve wracking.

 

I booked an appointment at the Embassy, flew to DC, showed up at the Embassy with all my super legalized, apostilled, gold-plated and hand embroidered paperwork, various types of passport photos, fees, etc., etc., ad naseum. The woman at the Embassy looked through everything, shook her head, made a face, left me in the strange waiting room/entryway to make some calls (all the while not sharing any information with me about what was happening and why she was shaking her head), came back and told me she couldn’t submit my application. Why? Because of something related to the paperwork super legalization. And the Czech government was apparently in some meeting for the day so I’d have to come back tomorrow once she verified that what I had was enough. Good thing I’d booked my trip for a few days!

 

Once I finally got to the Czech Republic, I became very familiar with the Czech Immigration Office. I spent more hours than I’d care to remember trying to get my green card issued. You’d think the people who work at the Immigration Office would speak English but not really. Nor is any of the signage in English. Nor is any part of the process written down in one place that makes it easy to understand what exactly you need to bring with you in order to get the card issued. So you just wait in line for 5 hours, talk to someone who tells you that you don’t have everything you need, leave, get what you need, go back, wait 5 hours to talk to someone who tells you there is something else you need, leave, and you get the point.

 

But finally, FINALLY, I got the card. Which, as of June 2014, they’ve discontinued. Thankfully, I have until 2016 to figure out the new process!

 

 

Good luck with your visa process!

 

 

J.

 

 

Welcome to our blog!

The first thing we want to do is to tell you more about us and why we decided to start our blog.
PraguExpats is a visa company. Our team is full of experienced people who are ready to help you to make your life in the Czech Republic easier.

The founders of PraguExpats, Veronika and Petra, work really hard to make a vision of our company real. The most important thing for us is a personal and transparent approach, which is one of the reasons why we are starting this blog.

We want to bring you as much information as possible so you can feel more comfortable and secure while taking all necessary steps to become and remain fully legal in the Czech Republic. Simply, we want you to feel at home in Prague.
You can find out more about our company and our services on our webpage, our Facebook page, or simply contact us!

 

Enjoy our blog!

 

The Team of PraguExpats

PraguExpats movie night – Jára Cimrman ležící, spící / Jára Cimrman lying sleeping

We are proud to invite you to our next MOVIE NIGHT again!

This time you can watch a comedy from 1983, directed by Ladislav Smoljak. The name of the film is Jára Cimrman ležící, spící / Jára Cimrman lying sleeping.

If you live in the Czech Republic you should know more about Jára Cimrman and his life. Jára is a Czech fictional character. He was originally meant to be just a caricature of the Czech people, history, and culture.

We are sure you heard about Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana (Jára Cimrman Theatre in Žižkov). It is one of Prague’s most frequented cultural places (more about Jára Cimrman you can find here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jára_Cimrman).

So this movie should help you to understand czech sence of humour and our nature.

The entry is 160 CZK (welcome drink and popcorn included). We will meet in Magnum Club & Restaurant as usualy.

We are looking forward to see you on the 13th of May 2014 at 7 pm!

Bring your friends and know more about Czech history with us 🙂