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Do I have permission to work in Prague (Czech Republic) under an internship provided the following conditions:

  • I'm a non-EEA national (Vietnamese)
  • with a valid Dutch residence permit, for 'study' purposes
  • fulltime internship in Prague for 6 weeks
  • internship is a prerequisite of my Master study program.

What do I need to do to obtain a permit to work for an international company in the Czech Republic? What does my employer need to do?

  • I am pretty sure you can't do it based on your Dutch residence permit. Unless I am wrong about that, it would then depend on the Czech rules (which I don't know) but I suspect you might need a visa/permit. Maybe if you are not receiving any monetary compensation it does not matter? Hopefully someone will be able to provide a definitive answer… – Gala Nov 2 '14 at 9:35
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You can find the information (in English) about foreign employment in Czech Republic on the portal of Czech Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs. Note that the law was changed a few months ago, and some English pages state that English translation is still in the process of proofreading.

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Type D residency permits are essentially equivalent to short-term Schengen visas when it comes to other countries. The Czech consulate to say in New York has the following to say about working on a short-term visa:

employment (work permit issued by the Employment Office or employment contract, if the type of work is exempt from the work permit in accordance with Act. No. 435/2004 Coll. on employment)

The list of exemptions from needing a work permit is available at paragraph 98 of law No. 435/2004, none which unfortunately applies to your particular situation, regardless of whether the internship is paid or not.

Therefore the answer is: no, you cannot legally work in Czech Republic without applying for additional visas.

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