Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I find information on the examination in the Czech language for the permanent residence of aliens in the CR?
All of the requirements and conditions necessary for sitting the examination are shown on our website, in the section Examination. In the individual sections there, you can find the description of the actual course of the examination among other things; a brochure with a model version of the examination, an interactive model test, and a handbook for the examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the CR.
2. What is the Level A1?
The levels of the individual examinations in Czech as a foreign language correspond to the division of language knowledge of a foreign language according to the CEFRL. The Level A1 represents these language skills:
The student participates in a conversation in the most common everyday situations in a very simple way, i.e. asks and answers questions concerning himself/herself, his/her place of residence, property, relatives and acquaintances
- when visiting public institutions, post offices, when ordering services or food and when shopping;
- when in contact with officials (forms, public notices);
- when visiting health care facilities;
- in social contact (written and oral invitations, posters);
- during accommodation, localising a place and when travelling by public transport.
For further information on the examination and its administration, see ‘Examination'.
3. Where is it possible to sit the examination?
There is at least one institution authorised to provide the examination in the Czech language for permanent residence in every region. These include primarily language schools authorised to administer state language examinations and further some selected workplaces of higher education institutions. You can find their list on this website in the section Places Where the Examination Can Be Taken.
4. How is the examination covered?
Every applicant for permanent residence in the Czech Republic has one attempt at sitting the examination covered by the state on the basis of a voucher which is issued at no charge at the regional workplaces of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior of the CR based on a declaration that the foreign national intends to apply for permanent residence. The voucher is thus not issued repeatedly; the second and every other attempt to sit the examination are covered by the applicant himself/herself. The validity of the voucher is unlimited. The list of workplaces of the Department of Asylum and Migration Policy of the MI can be found at this website in the section Places Issuing the Vouchers. Any other attempt at sitting the examination in the Czech language is paid for directly where the examination takes place. The price of the examination is 1,500 CZK.
5. Are aliens who are citizens of EU member states required to pass the examination in the Czech language?
The obligation to pass the examination does not apply to citizens of the European Union, Norway, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Switzerland and their family members.
6. Where is it possible to attend courses of Czech focusing on preparation for the examination?
Language courses can be provided by any language school or language institute which follows the Methodology of preparation for the examination in the Czech language for applicants for permanent residence (Level A1). The list of these schools is available here. The state does not ensure free tuition of Czech for aliens. The preparation for the examination is voluntary. Also available for the preparation for the examination, there is a new handbook: Prepare with Us for the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the CR.
7. Where is it possible to find the textbooks listed on the website?
The new titles are available at bookshops or publishing houses. The earlier publications are available in libraries. You can also address language schools and institutions that provide the examination in the Czech language. At these institutions, there is also a printed copy of the handbook Prepare with Us for the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the CR available.
8. I have heard that an alien over sixty years of age needn't sit the examination in the Czech language. Is that true?
Yes. A document proving the required knowledge of the Czech language is not requested of an alien who:
- has not reached fifteen years of age;
- proves that in the course of the last twenty years before the application for permanent residence he/she was a pupil of a primary or secondary school with Czech as the language of instruction for at least one school year;
- shows that he/she has a physical or mental handicap affecting his/her ability to communicate;
- has reached sixty years of age.
9. Are there more preparatory versions of the examination in Czech so the aliens could better prepare?
It is currently possible to take the Interactive Model Examination on this website. In future, the provision of a set of sample examinations/tests is being considered. As of 1 November 2011, there is a new handbook entitled Prepare with Us for the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the CR available for all of the applicants for the examination of the Czech language for Permanent Residence in the CR and teachers preparing applicants for this exam. It is an extended version of the brochure with a sample test of Czech, accompanied by a CD with a recording. Interested parties can download it in its electronic form here. For more information, monitor the Current Information this website.
10. Where are the vouchers for the examination in the Czech language for permanent residence of aliens in the CR issued?
The vouchers are issued by the regional workplaces of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the MI of the CR and their contacts are listed on this website or on the website of the Ministry of the Interior.
11. Must I sit an examination in the Czech language when I apply to extend my permanent residence, which in my case will expire in two years? I was issued permanent residence for ten years.
The requirement of proving an examination in the Czech language only applies to newly filed applications for permanent residence. Yours is not an extension of residence (permanent residence is not restricted in time) but only an extension of the validity of the identification document proving a residence permit. This identification document is usually issued for a period of ten years. Extending the validity of an identification document proving a permanent residence permit does not entail the requirement for proof of having sat an examination in the Czech Republic.