It is not always easy to begin a new life in a new country. Find below some useful information for newcomers as a first step of life in the Czech Republic!
Non-EU citizens who have moved to the Czech Republic and plan to live here for a long time can take part in integration courses. These courses are free of charge and offer plenty of practical information about the way Czech society functions. Integration courses are conducted in Czech with professional interpretation in English, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Vietnamese, Mongolian and Arabic.
The "Welcome to the Czech Republic" brochure contains detailed information about residence legislation, employment, running a business, the Czech education system, healthcare, health and social insurance, housing, everyday practical information etc. The brochure has been translated into English, Czech, Spanish, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Vietnamese, Arabic and Mongolian. The brochure will be distributed amongst participants during Welcome to the Czech Republic course. Given how often legislation changes and the brochure gets updated, it is not available for free download. The brochure can be obtained in the updated printed form only.
The "Welcome to the Czech Republic" documentary film seeks to provide basic information about everyday concerns of any citizen and acquaints the viewer with national symbols, Czech traditions, and noteworthy places across the country. The film highlights the main rights and obligations of immigrants in the Czech Republic. The film was made and interpreted in English, Russian, Ukrainian, French, Vietnamese, Mongolian and Arabic.
ORGANIZATIONS HELPING FOREIGNERS
You can find the list of Organizations helping foreigners here.
Expat centers provide individual consultation and advice to expats on a variety of daily living issues, interpreting and assistance during meetings with authorities and service providers, networking events, including seminars and leisure activities.
Erasmus student network
Erasmus Student Network Czech Republic (ESN CZ) is a non-for-profit student organisation representing local ESN sections on the national level. ESN's mission is to foster student mobility in Higher Education under the principle of Students Helping Students. All together sections of ESN CZ help roughly 7 000 international students every academic year. ESN CZ represents international students, thus provides opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development.
The website of the Ministry of Interior offers several helpful publications concerning administrative procedures related to foreigners’ stay, main residence obligations of students or, for example, communication cards for foreign patients.
A special website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs and the Ministry of Interior dedicated to the integration of foreigners offers publications in English, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, Moldovan and Mongolian on different integration topics, including employment or housing.