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Citizens of far more states can get Czech green card

21 February 2013

Prague, Feb 20 (CTK) - The number of the non-EU countries whose citizens can apply for a green card in the Czech Republic to facilitate their access to the Czech labour market was extended from 12 to 64 Wednesday, the Interior Ministry's spokesman Vladimir Repka told CTK.

A new directive defining the list of the countries has taken effect, he said.

The green card enables citizens from selected non-EU countries, preferably people with high qualification, to win jobs in which applicants from the EU were not interested for a month.

The original list comprised only 12 countries - Australia, Canada, Croatia, Japan, Korea, Montenegro, New Zealand, the Republic of Bosnia-Herzegovina, the Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Ukraine and the USA.

Another 52 states figure on the extended list from now on, including Latin American states (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru and others), Russia and former Soviet republics (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan and Moldova), Asian countries (China, India, Indonesia, Mongolia, Singapore, Thailand and others), Israel, Mexico, South Africa and Turkey.

The list is available on the Interior Ministry's website.

"From the Industry and Trade Ministry's point of view I consider foreigners with high qualification crucial for the professions that are urgently needed on the Czech labour market, also owing to the high added value they carry," Industry and Trade Minister Martin Kuba (Civic Democrats, ODS) told the media via his spokesperson.

Numbers of Czech green cards issued in the years following the card's introduction:
Year 2009 2010 2011 January 1 - November 30, 2012
green cards total 55 70 90 128

source: Interior Ministry

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