In response to numerous complaints with regard to abuse of the Czech visa system in Ukraine, the Czech consulate in Lvov has moved to simplify and speed up the process. Steps have been taken to root out corruption by local middlemen who blocked the registration system, making it virtually impossible for anyone else to sign up for months. Applicants will now be able to book by phone, eliminating the long waiting lines outside the consulate and the waiting time for a visa should be reduced from 130 days to 75.
The government on Wednesday approved an amendment to the law on foreigners
that would make it mandatory for people who seek long-term residence permit
in the Czech Republic for the purpose of employment to take part in
Foreigners should complete the course within a year of their arrival in the country. The amendment still needs to be approved by parliament.
The number of applications for long-term residence permits in the Czech Republic for the purpose of employment has increased from 3,000 in 2014 to over 13,000 last year. According to deputy Prime Minister Richard Brabec, integration courses could help mainly foreign students and scientists who want to work in the Czech Republic.
The Czech Republic has the lowest jobless rate in the European Union with vacancies now outstripping the registered unemployed. But moves to attract workers from Ukraine are being hampered by red tape. That sparked a lightning visit last week by the Czech labour minister and a raft of reforms are now promised.
The Czech Republic will seek to bring around 2,000 Ukrainian care-givers to
the Czech Republic under a special project, the Minister of Labour and
Social Affairs Jaroslava Němcová told journalists on Monday.
Social services in the Czech Republic have been struggling to deal with a lack of caregivers in old-age homes and institutions for disabled people. Němcová said other areas of the economy would also benefit from facilitating the process of issuing work permits for Ukrainians willing to fill the growing number of vacancies on the job market.
There are currently over 374,000 foreigners working in the country, of those 70,000 are Ukrainian nationals.
The European Court of Justice has condemned the Czech Republic for
restricting access to the notary profession to just Czechs.
In a ruling Thursday, the court said such nationality limits were discriminatory and broke basic EU rules on free movement and citizens’ rights. The profession could only be limited to citizens if issues of security were at stake and this was clearly not the case.
The European Commission launched court proceedings against the county in 2016 after foot dragging by Prague to bring its rules into line with other member states.
The Czech Republic should transport the EUs free movement of workers
directive into its legislation within a matter of weeks, the minister for
legislation and human rights Jan Chvojka said in response to the ECs
announcement it would take the Czech Republic to court over its failure to
do so. Chvojka said the legislation still needed to win approval in the
Senate and would be signed into law by the president, a process expected to
take just a few weeks.
The Czech Republic could face sanctions over its failure to transport the directive into its national legislation. The regulation was to enter into force at the latest by May 2016. The commission has proposed that the Czech Republic pay 33,510 euros per day until it adopts the directive into law.