1. Identification number:
3. Title of services (life situation):
Granting of citizenship
4. Background info to the service (life situation):
An application for citizenship of the Czech Republic may be made by citizens of a foreign country with permanent residence in the Czech Republic.
5. Who is entitled to deal with these matters (make an application etc.):
An application for citizenship may be made by a citizen of a foreign country (or a stateless person) 18 years or older. A married couple may file a joint application. Parents, respectively one of them, may include in their application children yet to reach adult age. Czech citizenship at the request of the legal representative or guardian can be granted separately to a child yet to reach adult age. The guardian shall attach to the application a final decision of the court on the right to act as guardian. A child is defined as a person under the age of 18, if he or she has not acquired full independence.
6. What are the conditions and procedures for resolution of life situation:
It is necessary to personally submit an application for citizenship of the Czech Republic. The application for granting citizenship of the Czech Republic shall be filed with the regional office (in Prague at one of the local Prague offices for areas 1-22) according to the place of permanent residence. The office responsible for submitting the application fills in a questionnaire with the applicant and sends the application for citizenship with its opinion, the opinion of the municipal office from the applicant's place of permanent residence as well as other documents to the Ministry of the Interior, which then makes a decision on the application.
7. How to start resolution of a life situation:
Personal application for citizenship of the Czech Republic is made at the district office. The office fills in a questionnaire with the applicant and sends the application for citizenship with its opinion, the opinion of the municipal office from the applicant's place of permanent residence as well as other documents to the Ministry of the Interior, which then makes a decision on the application.
8. The institution that resolves the life situation:
9. Where, when, and with whom will the life situation be resolved:
Regional Authority of the Moravian-Silesian Region, Department of the Interior and Regional Trade Office, General Administration Section.
10. What documents you need to have with you:
In particular (according to the situation of the applicant):
- application;if the parents' request for children, or multiple siblings, is made then a separate application is required for each child. On the application it must be clear whether the application is made by only one parent (in this case, it must be accompanied by the consent of the other parent, see above), or the request is submitted by both parents.
- (valid) passport
- (valid) permanent residency permit
- birth certificate
- marriage certificate, or proof of registered partnership, in case of being either married or entered into a partnership
- proof of divorce or the decision to cancel the partnership, if the marriage has been dissolved or the partnership has been annulled
- death certificate in the case of a deceased spouse or partner
- an extract from the criminal record register or equivalent document issued by a competent judicial or administrative authority or another document proving integrity:
- from the state in which the applicant is a citizen If the applicant has been residing in the Czech Republic for less than 10 years
- from the state in which the applicant has been residing in the last 10 years before submitting the application or, after reaching the age of 15, has resided in for more than 6 months in a continuous period
- Curriculum Vitae
- proof of passing examinations in Czech language, basic knowledge of the constitutional system of the Czech Republic and basic orientation in the socio-cultural, geographical and historical facts about the Czech Republic for the purposes of granting citizenship (hereinafter referred to as "examination of language and cultural studies") or documents showing that in the past he or she attended at least 3 years of school elementary, middle or high school, where the language of instruction was the Czech language, exemptions from this are for applicants with physical or mental disabilities, which makes it impossible to learn the Czech language skills or gain knowledge of the constitutional system of the Czech Republic and a basic understanding of socio-cultural, geographic and historical facts about the Czech Republic
- documents that prove (effectively) that the applicant resides in the Czech Republic and as well as any 'stays' abroad
- confirmation not older than 30 days that the applicant does not have any recorded arrears in tax payable to the authorities of the financial management of the Czech Republic or organs of customs administration of the Czech Republic with the exception of arrears where postponement of the payment was permitted or distribution of its payment in installments was arranged
- proof that the applicant has no outstanding social security premiums registered with the competent social security authority and no outstanding premiums for public health insurance registered with the relevant health insurance company
- documents proving the source of funds to provide for the necessary living expenses in the Czech Republic
The applicant, who performs work in the Czech Republic, or was employed to work, must additionally provide with the application:
- confirmation of employment including information on income level (for the last 3 years)
- employment contracts or employment certificates or other documents proving the applicant's work activities (eg. pay slips, confirmation from district Social Security Administration on the course of employment, etc.), which were undertaken in the past in the Czech Republic.
An applicant who is currently studying or has studied in the Czech Republic in the past must additionally provide with the application:
- confirmation of study
- previous school certificates or other documents proving the study.
It is useful if the applicant also provides:
- confirmation from the labour department that the applicant did not receive and does not receive social security benefits or other benefits of a material nature.
- a statement from the applicant for all trips abroad in the last 3 years and all trips abroad that were longer than 6 months in the last 10 years.
11. What are the required forms and where are they available?: None
12. What are the fees and how can they be paid?:
Fees for granting citizenship of the Czech Republic are:
- Adults: 2,000 CZK
- Minors: 500 CZK
- Asylum seekers: 500 CZK
The administrative fee is paid at the request of the regional authority by way of revenue stamps.
13. What is the processing time?:
The time for processing is 180 days from receipt of the request by the Ministry of the Interior.
14. Who are the other participants (affected) in the resolution of life situation?: None
15. What other actions are required of the applicant?:
The Ministry of the Interior can summon the applicant to attend a meeting.
16. Electronic services that can be used: None
17. By which legislative procedure is the process governed?:
Act no. 186/2013 Coll., on citizenship of the Czech Republic and amendments to certain laws (the law on citizenship of the Czech Republic).
18. What are the related regulations?:
- Act no. 500/2004 Coll., The Administrative Procedure Code, as amended,
- Act No. 634/2004 Coll. on administrative fees, as amended.
19. What are the appeal procedures and how are they applied?:
In the case of disagreement with the decision of the Ministry of the Interior to reject the application, it it is possible to make an appeal directly to the Minister of the Interior.
20. What sanctions can be applied for failure to comply with obligations?:
If an applicant for citizenship of the Czech Republic gives false or incomplete information about their integrity in the affidavit, it is an offence and therefore a fine of up to 20,000 CZK can be imposed. Knowingly supplying incorrect or incomplete information to the board or the deliberate concealment or providing of false data that could affect the decision on granting citizenship of the Czech Republic is also classified as an offence and carries a fine of up to 50,000 CZK.
21. FAQs: None
22. More information: None
23. Information about the procedure (resolution of a life situation) can be found from other sources and in different formats:On the Website of Czech Ministry of Interior.
24. Related life situations and instructions on how to resolve them: None
25. The department responsible for the accuracy of the description:
The Department of the Interior and Regional Trade Office
27. This description was processed according to the legal status on the day:
28. This description was last updated on:
29. Expiry date of description: None
30. For clarification and noted regarding resolution of a life situation: None
Office hours for the public:
Monday, Wednesday: 8 am to 5 pm
Tuesday, Thursday: 8 am to 2.30 pm
Friday: 8 am to 1 pm