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!


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!


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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:ára_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 🙂

PraguExpats movie night – Adela hasn´t had her dinner yet / Adéla ještě nevečeřela

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

This time you have a chance to see a czech comedy from 1977 – Adela hasn´t had her dinner yet (Adéla ještě nevečeřela)

It is a parody of the pulp detective genre and mystery stories. It was directed by Oldřich Lipský with Rudolf Hrušínský, Michal Dočolomanský and Miloš Kopecký in the leading roles.

Nothing has changed! 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 4th of March 2014!

Bring your friends and enjoy the atmophere of old Prague with us 🙂

Gathering for the animal´s shelter

20. – 21. 12. 2013:

Christmas is coming and PraguExpats decided to give some presents to the dogs and cats in the animal shelters around Prague. So feel free to join us and come to Dejvice the last weekend before Christmas Eve or contact us!