Police registration of your presence in the Czech Republic (EU citizen):
It is not much fun, I’ll be honest. I will however try to make my post at least vaguely fun to read. Sort of.
We were scheduled to go (all new staff) at a particular time to carry out the registration process. It turns out that lots of members of staff at my workplace never knew about registration, or even that you’re meant to do it, so lots of older staff came too. For EU citizens then, it seems it is not taken soooooo seriously. Furthermore, almost nobody has applied for or taken the temporary residency so important in our case. You take it if you want to do things like buy a car or property, which not everyone wants to do. Apparently registration wasn’t previously compulsory, but now is. Despite this mandate, that info only seems to have trickled through to a few panicked individuals, and my workplace has only half-heartedly passed the info on here and there.
So here comes the science bit.
If you are coming with a non-EU partner (with or without a view to doing Surinder Singh), here is the procedure for step one: registering YOURSELF as present in the Czech Republic.
(Ideally, your non-EU partner should also be registering at this time – I’ve been advised over and over that this is not necessary… We shall see).
Go to police headquarters in Prague 3. There is a tram stop there called Ólšanska. It is a really nondescript building with a tiny sign, but I found it clearly marked on google maps:
I’m guessing it would be shut in the late afternoons and I’m certain it would be shut at weekends.
You must have:
-a rent contract with your name and owner’s name (and partner’s name too);
-your health insurance;
-filled out the several (hundred lol) different little forms they give you with identical information.
You probably should have:
-the expectation that you’ll be barked at and /or about a d not understand.
I would not advise doing this without a Czech speaker.
You go in to a crowded space and first must collect your numbered ticket. Then, fill out your address, arrival dates etc on several forms (rather than hundreds, I think it was three or four – it seems a lot when you are copying the same info out again and again). Our adviser was absolutely cool as a cucumber and changed some if the information to make it look as though we were registering earlier in our stay than we were. This resulted in direct contradictions in our documents, which seemed not to raise any eyebrows with the officials. I.e. My rent contract begins on 25/7 but I only arrived on 18/8. Please don’t do this without a cool-as-cucumber-Czech person.
Then you wait.
When you are called into the cell to deal with the immigration official, you can expect to deal with a cloud of cigarette smoke and a sour expression. In our case, single-digit typing too. There were several interactions in raised tones between our advisor and the official, but nothing seemed to effect the (sllloowwwwwww) outcome, thankfully. They stamp and keep all the bits of paper bar one, which you pop in your passport and keep safe.
I really, truly, strongly, advise if doing this elsewhere in the EU than Ireland, to go with an adviser / native speaker. If they leap to your defence like a cheetah and reassure you with conspiratorial eye-rolls and winks, so much the better.
Next step, AW registers. I apply for temporary residency. Once we gave done those things, we apply for AW’s residency, based upon mine. So mine has to arrive before Oct 30th, when her Schengen expires.
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