Welcome to the official site for the exam in the Czech language for permanent residence.
The site offers clear and complete information for foreigners who apply for permanent residence in the Czech Republic and will take an exam in the Czech language.
ATTENTION, read this information! The DAMP MI CR assesses each application for permanent residence individually. If you do not meet all the conditions for obtaining permanent residence at the time of the application submitted by 31 August 2021 (e.g., you do not prove 5 years of residence in the Czech Republic), the DAMP MI CR will reject your application for permanent residence and require a higher A2 level exam when applying again in September 2021 and later. Therefore, think carefully about whether, as of 31 August 2021, you will meet all the conditions for applying for permanent residence so that the examination at the A1 level will be enough for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
All those who apply for permanent residence by 31 August 2021 will be able to prove in the application that they have the A1 exam. If you do not provide a test certificate by this date, you will be able to take advantage of the autumn dates in 2021.
Attention! Each application is assessed individually, and already at the time you submit it, you must meet all the conditions stipulated by law (e.g., 5 years of previous continuous residence on the territory) and prove that you have fulfilled everything. Therefore, it can happen that you do not meet the conditions and your application for permanent residence will be rejected, then you will have to take the A2 exam.
The date on which you apply for permanent residence is important. If you apply on 1 September 2021 or later, then you always only take the A2 exam. The first dates of the A2 exam are planned for November 2021.
Yes. Each application for permanent residence is assessed individually. If you do not meet all the conditions at the time of the application submitted by 31 August 2021 (e.g., you do not prove 5 years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic – the important date for checking the stay is always the date of the application), your application for permanent residence will be rejected or you must submit a higher level A2 exam certificate later.
The certificate has unlimited validity, but you must have the correct certificate for your situation. In the autumn of this year, both the A1 and A2 exams will be tested at the same time. The certificate will be the same for both A1 and A2, the level will be marked according to a special code. We remind you again that the date of submission of the application for permanent residence is what is important (the main issue). This means that after 1 September 2021 you must submit an A2 exam certificate.
You can apply for permanent residence without having taken the exam yet. The DAMP MI CR will initiate administrative proceedings with you and determine a certain time (deadline) when you can complete your application. It determines by when you must have taken the exam. In any case, you can submit an application for permanent residence only if you meet the condition of 5 years of previous continuous residence in the Czech Republic.
The DAMP MI CR will determine this time (deadline) according to the circumstances and the situation so that you can pass the exam. This means that if there are no dates for the exam or it turns out that it is not possible to take this exam for other objective reasons, the DAMP MI CR will take this into account and set or extend the deadline by which you must bring a certificate. Therefore, this deadline, within which you must bring a certificate, takes into account the situation in the examining institutions. In the event that the deadline provided by the DAMP MI CR will not be sufficient, you can request its extension.
The price for an exam is CZK 2500. The first date of the exam is free based on the voucher issued by the DAMP MI CR.
The validity of the voucher is unlimited. If the foreigner has already issued a voucher, the foreigner can decide for which exam s/he will use it. You can only use the voucher once! When you use the voucher for A1 exam, you must pay for A2 exam yourself.
The first dates of the A2 exam are scheduled for November 2021. Please follow this official website and information about the A2 exam, which we will gradually publish. The A1 exam will also be tested in September and October 2021, because all of those who apply for permanent residence by the end of August will be able to take the A1 exam. We assume that there will be great interest in the A1 exam, and in September and October we must mainly arrange dates for the A1 exam.
You can prove knowledge of the Czech language for permanent residence with the CCC exam (Czech Language Certificate Exam), which is organised by the ILPS CU.
The exam takes place in one day. You will find out the result within 9 days from the day you took the exam. The oral exam, which lasts about 15 minutes, is especially important. You don’t have to know grammar well, but you have to understand and communicate well in the basic situations of everyday life. The written part lasts almost two hours and you will find tasks from reading, listening and writing. If you do not know what the exam looks like and do not prepare for the exam, you cannot pass the A2 exam successfully. You will find all the information step by step on this website.
That the level of the exam will increase has been talked about for a long time. Since most of the applicants have lived in the Czech Republic for at least five years, we assume that those who will need a higher level of A2 have already started preparing for the exam. You can attend language courses, which take place in all of the regions of the CR and are organised by the Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners and some nongovernmental non-profit organisations. Methodological support for preparation for the exam is available here. We offer further support for the exam through the social media: Facebook – @cestinaprotrvalypobyt, YouTube – Zkouška z češtiny pro trvalý pobyt.
Naturally, you can also use the paid services of language schools and other institutions to prepare for the exam. We recommend that everyone who wants to register for the exam attend at least a 50-hour course, or devote this time to at least self-study and use our online support.