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How is the Czech Ministry of the Interior (not) working: Thousands of immigrants´applications after the legal deadline in Prague

Fullfill the terms!

The ministry wasn`t in time to deal with almost 17 thousands of long-term residence and more than 7 thousands of permanent residence (i.e. long-term residence according to EU terminology) before the legally set deadline. The Department for Asylum and Migration Policy has 30 or 60 days to issue or prolong any visa or residence permit; however, in practice it takes many months or even years to do this. Migrants are waiting in doubt for half a year and sometimes even longer. How many applications were delivered and how many of them weren`t processed in a proper time you can see in the graph below. Part of this amount may consist of documentation of interrupted processes.


The long executive process has very negative influence on migrants`  lives and also on their integration to the Czech society. If they are for example applying for permanent residence with the purpose of family reunification, very often they can`t live together with their relatives and they have to deal with the family situation provisionally. In the case that married couple has a newborn child during the long period of processing the residence application, the baby is coming to an uncertain space. The baby cannot obtain any residence status because the one of its parents are still not being processed. It makes difficult or even impossible any travels (to see for example the rest of their family abroad). You can hear more details in a radio feature about family whose children was waiting more than year to get a visa here (available in Czech only).

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Residence cards with biometric data starting May 1, 2011

From May 2011, the Czech Republic issues residence cards containing biometric data – facial image and fingerprints taken by special technical equipment. This practice brings several changes for third-country nationals resident in the Czech Republic (CR) – it does not apply to EU citizens and their family members, nor does it apply to third-country nationals resident in the CR on a long-stay visa who are not applying for a long-term or permanent residence permit.

See here the information leaflet of the Ministry of Interior about related changes: Biometric data_ENG

Czech government will give less than 40% of last year’s budget for migrant integration

According to the Czech Interior Ministry’s new conception of foreigners’ integration, which is currently in interdepartmental advisory proceedings, 10 million Czech Crowns (about 410,000 Euros) will be allotted to integration programmes for third-country nationals in the Czech Republic, which is less than 40% of last year’s budget for integration. The Interior Ministry, as the main coordinator of integration policies, will received 7.7 million Crowns (316,000 Euros), while the Education Ministry will receive 1.5 million (61,600 Euros), Regional Development Ministry 400,000 (16,400 Euros) and 150,000 (6,000 Euros) will go to the Ministry of Culture. The Czech Statistical Office is set to receive 250,000 Czech Crowns. The Labour and Social Affairs Ministry declined to be considered in the appropriation of integration funds for administrative reasons. It is not yet clear how government officials will be fulfilling the goals of the conception with these funds. Read the rest of this entry »

Interior Ministry launches anti-corruption hotline for foreigners

The Czech Interior Ministry’s Department for Asylum and Migration Policy has launched a special anti-corruption hotline for foreign nationals living in the Czech Republic.

The hotline was created to allow foreigners to report any form of corruption which they may encounter, for example during residency permit application process.

The phone number, which has been functioning since 6 Dec 2010,  is 974 847 704.  A standard fee for calling land lines will be incurred.

Czech an English speaking operators from the ministry will be available Mondays and Wednesdays 8:00-17:00, and Tuesdays and Thursdays 8:00-14:00. Outside of these times, callers can leave messages, in any language, which will be processed the following business day.

For more information, please go to: http://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/ministerstvo-vnitra-zridilo-specialni-protikorupcni-linku-pro-cizince.aspx