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Czech immigration procedure is second slowest in EU, Deloitte study shows

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Prague, Nov 8 (CTK) – The immigration procedure which takes 12 weeks is one of the slowest in the European Union, according to a study by the Deloitte consulting company which surveys migration formalities in the EU for high qualified citizens from third countries once in two years, released yesterday.
This year, the company surveyed 38 countries.
It found out that the reviewing of a an application only takes longer in Italy.
The immigration procedure in the Czech Republic begins with the announcement of a job vacancy or the acquisition of a labour permit to a labour office (30 days), followed by the filing of an applicaiton for an employee card (60 to 90 days). The decision is made by the asylum and migration policy department of the Interior Ministry.
The applicant must also register with the Interior Ministry and the labour office.
Anastasia Verkhorubova, Deloitte’s immigration services department manager, said the legitimate deadline is sometimes breached.
LaDana Edwards, Deloitte partner who manages immigration services in Central Europe, said the reviewing of the application takes less than one month in half the countries surveyed, including Australia, Belgium, Britain and China.
Immigration applications must be filled in on a printed document in 63 percent of the countries surveyed, including the Czech Republic, Verkhorubova said.
She said an improvement in technology and the use of the Internet could cut the deadlines.
In most countries, foreigners must have a bachelor or a magister title at least if they want to be considered high-qualified workers.
The Czech Republic badly needs workers with IT high qualification and qualified people for the production sector, Verkhorubova said.
To remain competitive in the advancing economic environment of Central European and other countries, the Czech Republic must apply a more comprehensive attitude to immigration, she said.
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