Czechia's Ministry of the Interior has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to overhaul the regulations governing the entry and stay of international visitors. The finalized law, set to be submitted to the government after passing the interdepartmental comment procedure, introduces a comprehensive digitalization of residency processes, promising increased efficiency and transparency.
Acknowledging the shortcomings of the existing law, the Ministry deemed it outdated and confusing due to frequent amendments. The cornerstone of the proposed changes revolves around the digitalization of the residency agenda, a move expected to revolutionize the entire residency procedure and mitigate administrative complexities.
The central feature of the new law is the implementation of a state-of-the-art digital platform. This platform is designed not only to expedite residency procedures but also to simplify communication between foreign applicants and government authorities. Foreigners will now have the convenience of engaging with the residency process online, marking a significant departure from traditional paperwork.
Minister of the Interior, Vít Rakušan, emphasized that the primary goal of the digital transformation is to enhance efficiency without compromising the stringency of residency rules. The Ministry is concurrently developing a sophisticated information system, encompassing electronic identity creation and a dedicated foreigner's account tailored to meet the unique needs of non-citizens.
"With digitisation, we will speed up the residency procedure and reduce the administrative burden. The whole process will be easier and faster. Foreigners will be able to communicate online with the authorities from home and vice versa. This will make it easier not only for our workplaces, which are in charge of residence procedures, but also for the foreigners themselves." - Minister of the Interior Vít Rakušan
In addition to the digital transformation, the proposed law addresses nuanced changes in the registration process for European Union citizens intending to stay in Czechia for durations exceeding 90 days. Notably, the legislation emphasizes the role of a "guarantor" – an individual or entity vouching for the purpose of the foreigner's stay. The law will define the rights and obligations of guarantors, fortifying their accountability in the entire residence procedure.
The implementation of the new law, coupled with the cutting-edge information system, is scheduled for January 1, 2026. During the initial phase in 2026, the registration of EU citizens will remain voluntary, with mandatory compliance expected to begin from 2027, according to the Ministry.
The comprehensive proposal has successfully navigated the interdepartmental comment procedure, underscoring a significant stride toward a more technologically advanced and streamlined approach to international residency in Czechia.
By fLEXI tEAM