Ministry will no longer pay for Czech language test required for permanent residence

The Interior and Education Ministries have proposed a number of changes to the rules governing the language test required for foreigners to obtain permanent residence in Czechia. The proposal envisions an increase in the cost of the test, an end to the interior ministry footing the bill, and allowing a wider range of tests to be used as proof of Czech language knowledge.

Foreigners can apply for a permanent residence permit after five years of living in the Czech Republic or with a so-called “blue card” for highly skilled workers – but one of the conditions for being granted permanent residence is passing a Czech language exam at CEFR level A2. At the moment, this is a specific government-mandated exam, but the new proposal plans to expand the range of tests that applicants for permanent residence can use to prove their knowledge of Czech.

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Author: Anna Fodor