The Czech Republic Ministry of the Interior has postponed the issuance of biometric residence permit cards for nationals of States not members of the European Union (EU) or the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) from May 1, 2011 until later in 2011. The government indicated that this delay is due to technical problems in the newly configured biometric data system.
As a temporary measure, new residence cards issued after May 1, 2011 will be issued without biometric data and will be in the form of a label affixed to the foreign national’s passport. These temporary cards will have a validity of six months. The fee for issuance of a residence permit card has increased to CZK 2,500 for adults and CZK 1,000 for children under the age of 15. Once the biometric data system is fully operational, temporary card holders will be issued their biometric residence permit cards without additional government fees.
A residence permit card issued before May 1, 2011 shall remain valid until the expiration or until there is reason to amend the permit. Once the residence permit card is renewed, a new card containing biometric data will be issued.
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