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.


Speaking the local language

Whether you were posted to Prague by an employer or just find yourself lingering here after a period of study the first obstacle you will have noticed will be the language.

Anyone proficient in English will probably recognise words in Spanish, Italian and French that share Latin roots. But isn’t Czech, Slavic in origin, a different beast entirely?

Those of us not making any effort to learn Czech is doomed to a life of mixing mainly with other expats, without fully participating in the wider experience of this culturally rich Central European country.

There are those for whom learning a new language is easy. I am not one of them. My school French is still, after many years, good enough to get me into trouble, but progress in Czech is slow.

I’ve been here in Prague for just over five months now. My original idea was to study how to teach English, though I quickly abandoned that ambition when I noticed my tutors wore tattered clothes (not a good earner, then!).

Indeed, nearly a quarter of people in the Czech Republic speak are able to speak English and a majority of them probably live in Prague.

So I find that my new city is quite easy to navigate without much Czech. Apart from the expat community, workers in shops and restaurants have enough English to know what I want or need.

But I make an effort nonetheless. To date I have about a dozen useful words (and perhaps another half-dozen I’ve had absolutely no cause to use).

The handy ones include: please, yes, no, sorry, thank you, hello, goodbye, bag (good for supermarkets and potrivny corner shops), beer and tobacco. Yes, a jumble – but they help get me through each day.

As I said earlier, I’m not a natural with new languages. Yet I feel ready to dedicate time learning Czech now that my survival instinct has forced me to acquire useful words.

I will be well on my way when I can use Czech’s shortened grammar (especially verbs and diminutives), get my tongue around long vowels and soft consonants and stress my pronunciation.

Ultimately, I look forward to the day when I am able to activate the language well enough to be able both to speak and think in Czech.

So I’m making an effort to attend free classes in Czech kindly offered at The Spot Cafe ( . I know it’ll be worth it and that doing so will open up Prague and the Czech Republic for me in ways I cannot imagine right now.



Bez práce nejsou koláče!




guest post by Russell Cavanagh of

Another Workshop at The Spot

Dear Pexpats,


together with EXPALEGAL and we are running another workshop for you.

You can come to our office/center The Spot and be part of the  event November 12th at 10 am. You can register at

This time we will talk about how to start the business in the Czech republic and tell you more details about how to obtain a long term visa with the business purpose. EXPATLEGAL will provide you a general overview of the Czech Business law and more details how to run a business in the Czech republic.

More about the venue find here:


Looking forward to see you soon!


Your Team of PraguExpats

Meet us at The Spot

The idea behind The Spot isn’t radical, but it is unique. Nestled in the neighborhood of Vinohrady, The Spot aims to provide a comfortable and relaxed place for friends to meet up and enjoy some coffee or even a bite to eat. But what sets us apart is that we aren’t here just to serve you delicious food and drinks. We are also a community center geared towards providing expats with the resources they need to adjust to life in their new home.

Our mission is to do everything we can to make expats feel comfortable while living abroad. We brought together and PraguExpats to do exactly that. Our café, run by, provides our visitors with a cozy atmosphere to do work or catch up with friends. Our menu offers more than just coffee. We also serve breakfast and lunch all day long. There are even vegetarian options, something of a rarity it seems around Prague.

Being an expat in Prague is an exciting and rewarding experience. The more you explore the city, the more beauty you will find. It may seem like one big holiday at first, but eventually the immigration process has to be taken care of. This is the tedious part of being an expat that includes lots of visas, permits, other confusing paperwork. Luckily, PraguExpats is located in The Spot, and they help expats navigate through this difficult process. The friendly staff provides visa services in a personal and detail orientated manner. Their goal is to make your life easier so you can continue to enjoy your new home.

Bringing people together is an important aspect of what we do here at The Spot. Not only do we want to bring expats together, but we also want to help integrate the expats with the local community of Prague. This can be intimidating for expats when they don’t know how to speak Czech. To help them overcome this obstacle, we offer free Czech lessons twice a week for beginners. Though it may be difficult at first, learning Czech is the best way for expats to feel more comfortable in Prague, and this is a great way to start learning the language.

Our services for expats don’t stop with our language lessons. Free workshops for expats and locals alike often take place at The Spot. On June 25th, there will be a workshop discussing how to find a job in Prague. Breaking into a new job market can be difficult, and this workshop will clear up any questions that expats may have about the job search, taxes, contracts, and other work related topics.

Sometimes, you need to just relax and watch a movie or read a book. Fortunately, we’ve got you covered here at The Spot. Czech movie nights will return soon to provide expats with the chance to learn a bit about Czech culture and cinema. We also have a small library of books where customers are encouraged to take books and leave books as they please. For those who are really feeling stressed out, perhaps it’s time to escape the city for a weekend. The Czech Republic is full of spa towns and beautiful hiking trails. We have a collection of brochures and tourist information to help you plan your weekend getaway.

During the 1920’s, Prague had a thriving café culture. People would gather at cafes to discuss art, music, writing, and more. Inspired by this, we would like to create a similar setting where art, music, and culture are commonplace. Coming up in the months of June and July, we will feature artists and musicians at the café. The Spot will host art exhibitions for local artists to display their work. Live music will also be coming to the café in the next month. An open piano will also be added to The Spot. Anyone who would like to play and share their music will be able to. Through art and music, The Spot looks to become a place that brings people, expats and locals alike, together to enjoy an evening of culture.

Nowhere else in Prague will you find a place like The Spot. It’s a community center where expats can get the resources needed to feel at home in Prague, but it is also a cozy café where anyone can hang out with friends and enjoy themselves.  We are always looking for ways to make expats’ lives easier as they enjoy their new lives in Prague. We are confident that you will find that The Spot is the right one for you.

Please feel free to visit our webpage or simply come for a coffee or two!

Team of The Spot

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Czech for Free

Hello everyone,

we offer another great opportunity to get more familiar with the Czech language. Just come to our center The Spot (!

You can come to our Czech lessons for beginners on Wednesday 27th April at 6 pm for FREE. The class is for 1 hour and the lessons will continue every week on the same day, at the same time!

If you are interested please contact us ([email protected]) and we will confirm your attendance!


Have a nice day!


Your team of PraguExpats

Velikonoce (Easter in the Czech Republic)



It doesn’t matter where you go in the world. Different countries celebrate holidays in different ways. There will be different customs, traditions, and a lot of the time different names for the holiday that is approaching. The world is becoming more globalized so a lot of different countries usually recognize the same core holidays wherever you happen to be. The next holiday that is coming around the corner is Easter, or as it is called in Czech, Velikonoce.

    Easter is one of those days that I feel indifferent about. I know the story behind how and why people celebrate Easter, but it is so closely tied to religion that it’s never been a holiday I really do anything for. Luckily, I am in the Czech Republic! I have read up on how the Czech people celebrate Easter and the first thing I saw while researching was, ‘not a serious religious holiday, it’s fun’. Yes!! I knew I liked this country. The more I read, the more I liked what I saw.

The traditions of Easter mostly relate to Spring. There are similarities to how I’ve always seen Easter being celebrated. Girls and women still decorate eggs, and they have some really great designs on them. Now, here is where it gets good. There are these sticks called pomlazka. Men and boys braid pussywillow twigs and decorate them. On Easter Monday the boys and men go around town whipping girls and women on the legs with these sticks. The whipping is supposed to chase away illness and bad spirits and bring health and youth to anyone who is whipped.

After the whipping, the girls and women give the boys and men a decorated egg, money, or a shot of Slivovice (plum wine). I haven’t actually been here to see or experience this tradition, but I have read that some women cringe at the thought of Easter from some of the lashings they have received.

    As far as food goes, a real lamb was a traditional meal for Easter, but some people choose to serve chocolate or sugar covered cake in the shape of a lamb instead. I’ve seen them sitting on the shelves in the store and they look delicious. If you are going to be in Prague for Easter this year Old Town Square has some festivities going on. There will be places to decorate eggs in the city center and/or plait your own pomlazka. These items will also be available to buy along with Easter bread. If you celebrate the religious side of Easter, St. Vitus Cathedral over in Mala Strana will have a mass on Easter day.

    I am looking forward to see how the day will pan out. I have always been a rule breaker, so instead of being one of the women who takes the whipping and hands out eggs, money, and shots to the man whipping me, I will be buying my own pomlazka and whipping him right back.

However you choose to celebrate this year, take care and happy whipping!


Ahhhhhh, the Adjustment Period

Moving to Prague, meeting people, making friends. These all sound easy enough, right? I arrived in Prague in November to get my Tefl certification over at Tefl Worldwide Prague. My intention was to come here for a month, backpack for a week, and then head back to the States before embarking on Asia. About three weeks into the course the prospect of going back to the States did not sit right with me. A month in Prague didn’t seem like it was going to be enough, so I cancelled my flight home, and decided to give life here a shot.

    So far it has been good. Really good. The culture is different, but not too different. I spent five years in Germany growing up, a town about five hours to the West of Prague, and I notice a lot of similarities between the two places providing me with that feeling of home. There are also plenty of opportunities for work here. There’s almost so many choices that it’s hard to make a choice, but that is a bit of a personal dilemma that I won’t dive into on here.

    Our Tefl class had about fifteen of us starting out, and as the weeks and months have gone on we’ve dwindled down to about seven. Moving is a part of life and it’s something that people do, especially in the expat community. Those of us that remain are still very good at keeping in contact with each other. We meet up about once a week for a quiz night in an underground tavern (one of the many amazing things about Prague). There is also a quiz night held at the Globe every Wednesday that packs out, you must make a reservation in advance. In our wanderings of the city we have found some great things to do to keep ourselves entertained. There’s a great little board game bar called Paluba. It’s tucked away in the basement of a building full of apartments. They have over 100 board games to choose from and serve beer while you play. Some groups meet up there regularly and you can join them, or you can show up with a group and get your own game going. There is also an amazing pool hall over by Muzeum with more than twenty pool tables, ping pong tables, chess, darts, and of course, beer. (They are closed until June though.) This is another great place to meet and interact with people. If you’re not a big drinker, or if you just need a day off from it, there is a new coffee shop in Vinohrady called The Spot. They serve up delicious cappuccinos, assorted salads, sandwiches, a great breakfast menu, and one of the most amazing truffle cakes I’ve ever had. The Spot is also offering up one of the most helpful things this city could offer – Czech lessons.

    I attended the Czech lesson last Tuesday and am going to be there in regular attendance. The teacher is a native speaker so to hear the proper pronunciation with someone in the room is incredibly helpful as well as the activities she prepares for us to facilitate our learning. The best part of this class are the people in attendance. They are other expats that have relocated here. It’s a good setting to get to know more people here in the city. There were people there, like myself, that have only been here about three months, and people who have been here for two to five years. Friendships don’t just fall out of the sky, and most of them don’t happen overnight, so it’s nice to have a place to go each week that could lead to some developing. What are some of the things you like to do? Do you have any suggestions? Favorite hang outs that others should know about?

See you around!