Czech Partner visa and Relationship statistics

temporary residency EU

Some people call it the “Czech Partner visa” or “relationship visa”, officially it is called the temporary residency for EU family member. At PragueExpats we have approved our 500th filing last week and have interesting statistics to share on the relationships between EU members and other nationalities. So, most common relationships between nationalities according to the statistics of our last 500 clients are:

MenWomen  %
Others 39%

7 biggest and fatal mistakes of expats which shouldn’t happen

1. Registration with Czech foreign policy.

Every expat (person with citizenship outside of Czech Republic) should register with foreign policy within 3 days of arrival and EU member expats within 30 days

2. Overstaying of US citizens in the EU before visa approval in the Czech embassy.

Czech embassy may invite you for an interview serval months after you apply for your long term visa. Overstaying will be the main reason for your visa application rejection.

3. Fake accommodation proof.

The person should be registered at the apartment or house where they live and it is also the legal responsibility of the home’s owner to provide the accommodation proof. MOI offices and embassies have a long list of fake accommodation providers which can be the main reason for visa approval or renewal rejection.

4.Insufficient income funds.

Make sure your income is sufficient for your visa renewal. There is the official calculation of income by MIO.

5. Extend your trade license BEFORE it expires.

Your trade license always expires with your residency permit or bridging visas and you should always be extended with your new residency or new bridge visa sticker, otherwise, It WILL be canceled and you will have to go through the new trade license registration process again and it may negatively affect your visa renewal.

6. Extend your visa on time.

The Czech visa renewal deadlines are very strict and if you don’t apply for visa renewal before the current one expires, you lose the chance to extend it.

 7.Bad communication with authorities.

Make sure you have your full name on your postal box. In the case of misunderstandings and missing of some documents in your visa renewal process, the immigration office sends you a letter with a proposal. They may ask to attach some missing documents with a deadline date. If you don’t have your name on the postal box, you don’t receive any letter and you may not know about the cancellation of your visa process.


Tax refund or originally discount for kids for families with children

The Czech social and financial tax system is always fair with the residents who are fair with the system! Whether you are a foreigner of the developing country with long term or permanent residency, EU citizen or you are simply a Czech citizen, the social and maternity support doesn’t  have any discrimination about your legal status if your taxes have been officially paid and the rules are the same for all people who are officially living in a good status in the Czech Republic.

You can be an employee of the company where you are working, working as self-employed under trade license or a CEO of your own company who is receiving a salary, you can get a tax refund and it is not taxable and you don’t need to pay any tax from a tax refund for children!

Amount Calculation for past annual reporting year 2018:

1 child in the  family  15 204 CZK

2 children in the family 19 404 CZK and

3  or more children in the family  24 204 CZK


*Only one of the parents can claim the bonus


What you should attach to the report:

Copy of  birth certificate

Copy of Health Insurance card

Confirmation from kindergarten or school(for kids over 3 years old)

Affidavit of another parent that he/she agrees that father/mother can apply for a tax refund

Bank account information where the financial tax office should transfer the tax refund.


There is an age restriction per child and Maximum age of a child to be claimed who is a student and 26 years old.


You should remind your tax advisor about the bonuses if you are a trade license holder or contact your financial department of your employer if you working for a company with offices here in the Czech Republic.

Why are accounting services for the annual Czech tax report so expensive?

Dear Prague Expats,

We have types of EU clients who don’t need to have a Czech visa or other nationalities who should have a visa and renew. However, ALL trade license holders should declare/apply Czech annual tax report for the past year. We are going to explain why your annual tax report may cost so much and how to avoid it this tax year.

Information for all trade license holders: Recording the transactions is one of the major parts of the annual tax report! The accounting service fees will depend on your payment transactions; Recording each transaction on bookkeeping software or downloading your bank transactions.

Whether you withdraw cash from ATMs, buy clothes online, pay for food or Uber Czech Republic charges you from your card for your trip,  charges the Netflix or you use payment card anywhere. So accountants charge for recording each transaction. And recording each transaction costs between 20 -35 CZK in Prague. So, if you are using your personal bank account as a business you may have thousands of transactions for the previous year.


Our Prague Expats tip: Arrange a second bank account solely for business purposes. Where you accept payments for your invoices, pay social taxes and health insurance and finally transfer your salary to your personal bank account. Most of the banks are offering bank accounts without any services fee. Alternatively, you can have another bank account at Fio Bank, Air Bank, Equa bank, Mbank without any service fee and save thousands of CZK for accounting services.

The year 2019 is already started and we have new clients for the business visa under trade license renewals. And as income proof for Czech residence renewal, the MOI-Czech immigration offices will require their annual tax reports for 2018. We have even identified one of our clients to hit the records jackpot and the winner of the year with 9000 payment card transactions in 2018! We hope, her accountant will negotiate with her and she gets some discount 🙂

New Year ‘s Fireworks Prague 2019


The theme of the fireworks show is dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

and will be accompanied by musical accompaniment. The Show will take 10 minutes and 42 seconds

WHEN: 1. 1. 2019 at 6 pm

WHERE: Letenské sady, Prague 7

OUR TIP:  They are best viewed from Dvořákovo nábřeží, Pařížská Street, Čechův most, Mánesův most, Štefánikův most Petřín hill, Vítkov hill or from Riegrovy Sady.

Proof of funds for Czech Business visa renewal

Dear PraguExpats,

If you hope to extend your business visa or long-term residency in 2019, make sure that you don’t forget about any income invoicing for your annual tax report 2018.

Your proof of income will be your annual tax report for 2018 for your visa extensions in 2019!

The Immigration office has a fixed income calculation. If you are single, your final monthly income should be at least 18 000 CZK according to your annual tax report for 2018.


For family couples or families with children, clean income calculations are as follows


1.The amount of the subsistence minimum

According to Government Regulation No. 409/2011 Coll. , the amount of the subsistence minimum for an individual is 3 410 CZK.


The amount of the subsistence minimum of a person who is determined to be first in order is CZK 3140 a month.

The monthly amount of the subsistence minimum of a person who is determined to be second in order is


CZK 2 830 for a person over 15 years, who is not a dependent child,

CZK 2 450 for a dependent child from 15 to 26 years,

CZK 2 140 for a dependent child from 6 to 15 years

CZK 1 740 for a dependent child under 6 years.


2.Costs for housing * updated January 1st, 2019


The highest amount of normative costs for housing since 1 January 2017 according to Government Regulation No. 449/2016 Coll. is:


CZK 8 233 for one person

CZK 11 444  for two people in a family

CZK 15 288 for three people in a family

CZK 18 805 for four and more people in a family
And you should add 2189 CZK for social tax monthly and VZP Health insurance 2024 CZK ( if you are US citizen) monthly.


For example; You are a family of US citizens living in the Czech Republic, you, your spouse and 4 years old child. Your clean income should be as follows:


Subsistence minimum 7 710 CZK + Costs for housing 15 116 CZK= 22 816 CZK

And if it is your first visa renewal you should add 4378 CZK social tax (in case both parents are business visa holders under trade license) and 4048 health insurance (in case both parents are business visa holders under trade license).

So the amount 31 242 CZK is your family’s monthly income according to immigration office calculation. And amount 31 242 CZK x 12 months= 374 904 this should be your minimum annual income after income taxes for 2018.


DIY Bridging visa and Trade license renewal without speaking Czech

PraguExpats provides complex services at a fixed price since August 2018.
But We always having emails with questions from clients of other agencies or individuals who are extending their residency permits themselves

How to extend both the bridging visa and trade license?

Your trade license‘s expiration date is always according to your Czech residency or visa. You can have 2 years of long-term residency or 2 months bridging visa, your trade license will expire with your bridging visa or residency permit.

How to extend both of them without speaking any word of Czech?

1. Make an appointment at the immigration office online for at least 2 months earlier than your bridging visa or residency permit expiration date.
You will avoid waiting and wasting all day without an appointment. Online appointment is in English, convenient and you can register yourself here

2. Visit the immigration office at least 20 minutes earlier of your appointment time and get your ticket/number. Bridging visa procedure is free of charge. You should try to get your bridging visa for the maximum period for avoiding his extension after 1 month.

Your Czech is not good enough for asking for the maximum period? Here you can download the Note and show it at the window during the bridge visa procedure. Bridge visa procedure is free of charge.

3. Visit The Trade license office for your trade license renewal with your new bridging visa. If you are going to office close to Namesti Miru, you should get ticket/number Registrace.

You are not confident with your Czech?

Here you can download the Note and show it to Trade license officer.

4. Visit trade license office a week later for collecting your extended trade license.

Extend your trade license on time, otherwise, or else it will be canceled and you will have to go through with the first registration procedure you had on your initial visa when you first arrived in the Czech Republic. You may have an issue with your current or future Czech visa extensions.

The Czech language exams for permanent residency applicants

Czech language exams and the awarded Certificate for a successful pass are the main requirements for obtaining permanent residency in the Czech Republic for citizens from outside the EU. The level of the examination is A1 and it is the most basic level using phrases and conversations in our everyday life in the Czech Republic.

The total duration of the examination is 90 minutes and it is divided into 2 parts.

Part 1

Reading                                            25 minutes
Listening                                          35-40 minutes
Writing                                             15 minutes

Each section is worth a maximum of 20 points. An applicant should earn at least 12 points in each section. The applicant who does not earn at least 60% of each part (reading, listening, writing) will not be allowed to participate in the second part.

Part 2

Oral examination                                   10 minutes.

During the oral examination, you will have a conversation according to a photo or describe a situation in the photo.

A certificate proving the required knowledge of the Czech language is not required

who is under 15 years old,

studied at least one academic year in the elementary school or high school, or had studied university in the Czech language,

has a physical or mental handicap affecting his/her ability to communicate

who is over 60 years old

citizens of the EU

temporary residency holders as EU family member.

The First Examination is paid by the government and is for free. You will only need to obtain a VOUCHER from MIO immigration offices. In case you could not pass the exam the first time, you will have to pay 1500 CZK for another attempt.

The Czech language is one of the hardest European languages. We highly recommend finding good private Czech teachers, schools which are focused on these tests or communicating and practicing it with local people. Locals like teaching foreigners to their languages.

Useful links

 Free interactive-model exam of the year 2018 can be tried here

Schools that are authorized examination centers here

Addresses of Czech MIO immigration offices where you can collect your voucher here.

Author’s own experience: 

I relocated to Prague in 2007 as a student of the international university. As my studies were in English and most people spoke basic English in Prague, I didn’t find the Czech language so important. After 3 years of living and studying in Prague, I understood that I would definitely live the next ten years 10 in Prague. I decided to learn Czech in order to understand the locals and to apply for Permanent residency in the future. I took 3 months of Czech classes but it did not improve my Czech that much. Perhaps, the school was focusing more on Czech grammar.

So I tried to learn it by myself. I was watching the evening news on TV every day, listening to the Czech radio even if I did not understand at the beginning. I was learning two new words every day and repeated them every morning from my notes. In one year, I had come to learn more than 700 words!

With my vocabulary improved, I then decided to learn Grammar. I was inspired to read my favorite author, Vlastimil Styblík, author of many elementary schools textbooks. Later, I passed the exam for Permanent residency and 5 years later the exam for Czech citizenship

What is your experience with learning Czech or exams for Permanent residency?

Christmas and New Year closures for Czech MOI visa immigration offices

Dear Prague Expats,

Every December, the MOI Immigration Offices shorten their hours during the holiday season. If you need to renew your Czech Visa, Bridge Visa or any other services offered by the Immigration Office; you have until December 20.

We highly recommend planning your visit between November and the first two weeks of December in order to avoid any misunderstandings with your legal status in the Czech Republic. Thursday, December 20th is the last working day of the week and Christmas Day falls in the middle of the week.
Hours of operation for Immigration offices from December 20 – January 2 in Prague:

MOI office Praha I (Delta)
Responsibility for districts, Prague 1, 3, 6, 7, 8 and 9
Žukovského 888/2

Office hours:
Thu: 20. 12. – 8.00 – 15.00
Fri: 21. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Mon: 24. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Tue: 25. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Wed: 26. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Thu: 27. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Fri: 28. 12. – closed
Mon: 31. 12. – 8.00 – 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Tue: 1. 1. – public holiday (closed)

MOI office Praha II (Chodov)
Responsibility for districts; Prague 2, 4, 5 and 10
Cigánkova 1861/2

Office hours:
Thu: 20. 12. – 8.00 – 15.00
Fri: 21. 12. – 8.00- 14.00 (only for clients with an appointment)
Mon: 24. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Tue: 25. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Wed: 26. 12. – public holiday (closed)
Thu: 27. 12. – closed
Fri: 28. 12. – closed
Mon: 31. 12. – closed
Tue: 1. 1. – public holiday (closed)

MOI office Praha III
Responsibility for foreign students with the residence address in Prague.
Hládkov 682/9

This office is closed from December 20th, 2018 – January 1st, 2019!

From Prague to up north, then back to Prague again

By Gracie Roberts

Prague is a city that I’ve had an on-again-off-again relationship with since the autumn of 2014. My experience moving to, away from, and back to Prague during these past few years has been a wild personal journey – one filled with surprises, disappointments and a great number of achievements along the way. Now that I’ve managed to come out of it in one piece, I’d like to share some details about that journey with you, whether you’re a fellow expat living in Prague or someone interested in knowing more about life in the Czech capital.

After living and working in Prague for nearly two years, I made the decision to move up to Helsinki, Finland. It been a long-term goal of mine to live in the Nordics, and when I found a job in Helsinki, I jumped on the chance to move my life up north. Upon my departure from Prague, I wrote a bittersweet ode to the city and my experience living in it. As with any city or country that one chooses to live in, there are obvious ups and downs that come with day-to-day living. This can be especially true when one becomes an expat and decides to put down roots in a place that’s nowhere near where they grew up.

The following year spent in Finland came and went. Life in Helsinki offered several significant perks, including beautiful nature in and around the city, a private sauna in my own flat (!) and a highly-organized bureaucratic system that actually functioned as it should. Yes, the winter was as cold and dark as one might expect, but I managed to make my way through it and find beauty in the frigid landscape. However, there was a big problem that I could no longer ignore after having lived in Helsinki for about five months: I was bored.

I found myself asking, “Is this it?” in regards to many different aspects of Finnish life. What’s more, the quality of living that I was able to attain in Helsinki wasn’t measuring up to that which I had in Prague. It was then that the choice to move back to the Czech Republic became clear. My time in Helsinki was an adventure that I don’t regret in the least, but I’m fully relieved that living in the north is no longer my reality.

So, what is it about Prague that makes living here so great?

This list could go on, but I’ve chosen a few aspects of life in Prague that continue to impress me.
High life quality. In this year’s Inclusive Development Index released by the World Economic Forum, the Czech Republic ranked as the 15th most developed country in the world, topping France, the UK and Japan (more info here). Looking at life quality from an individual perspective, I have things such as work-life balance and living costs in mind. Living in the Czech Republic, going out to eat or drink several times a week is an easily attainable lifestyle for most steady jobholders. Obviously, spending habits are a very personal matter, but when I speak for myself, I can confidently say that my earnings, spendings and savings have never been more proportional than while living in Prague. If you’d like to get a better idea of what living in Prague will cost you and/or compare this to other cities, check out this comprehensive list.

It’s Europe’s “sweet spot”. My boyfriend refers to life in Prague as the best of both worlds when it comes to living in Europe. In other words, Prague has the organized infrastructure and many beneficial social amenities that the northern European countries are known for, yet it retains the personal freedom and laidback lifestyle that are often connected with countries in southern Europe.

The resources and support systems available to expats never cease to amaze me. Living in Prague, one quickly comes to recognize the substantial, diverse community of expats who have chosen to make a life for themselves in the Czech Republic. While it’s immensely important to make an effort to acclimate to Czech culture (no matter what anyone says, learning to speak Czech is always a good idea), the amount of communities, services and amenities made available to foreigners living in Prague is truly amazing.

To name a few examples, this could be anything as small as companies having (functioning) English versions of their websites and support channels. On a bigger scale, you can find English-language media outlets that keep readers up to date on relevant news throughout the Czech Republic. There are also agencies who provide immigration services to those moving to the Czech Republic. PraguExpats is a great example of this type of agency – they assisted me in setting up my first trade license (Živnostenský list) upon moving to Prague in 2014 and continue to help me with immigration or visa-related questions that occasionally pop up.

I’m always happy to come back. Whether I’ve landed at Vaclav Havel Airport after an exhausting, jetlag-filled journey back from the U.S. or have pulled up at Florenc bus station after a weekend trip outside the city, I’m always filled with a sense of comfort and relief upon returning to Prague.

Now that I’ve settled back into the city, I feel thankful for a second chance to dive deeper into the things I care about in a place that has truly begun to feel like home. I’m also grateful for my circle of friends in Prague who have accepted me back with open arms and am happy to be making new friends, too.

When all is said and done, there’s nowhere else that I’d rather be living.


Gracie Roberts is a native of Portland, Oregon who moved to Europe in 2013. In addition to being a communications professional, Gracie is a pianist, linguistic enthusiast and lover of anything with claws.