Will it be possible to sign up for an online course?
No, you must attend the adaptation-integration course in person.
Will the one-year deadline for foreigners arriving after 1st January 2021 to take the course be extended due to the later start of the courses caused by the state of emergency?
Currently, it is not planned. If there are any changes to this, updates will be published at www.mvcr.cz
When can I sign up for a course if there are no courses scheduled yet?
For the time being, you can register at the FRS portal (https://frs.gov.cz/) and pay the participation fee. Once the courses start, a list of offered courses will be uploaded to the portal. It is important that you remember your credentials for the FRS portal to avoid repeated registration.
Where can I check if I really need to take the course?
Read the detailed information in the section Who is obliged to take it? of this website and the information included in the section Adaptation and integration course on the website of the Ministry of the Interior: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/adaptacne-integracni-kurzy.aspx.
In case you are still not sure after having read all the information available, you can contact one of the institutions helping foreigners listed here: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/kontakty-774199.aspx, or you can get in touch with one of the Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners (www.integracnicentra.cz).
What is the deadline for taking the course?
If you are obliged to take the adaptation-integration course, you need to fulfil this obligation within a year from the day your residence permit entered into force. (The deadline for passing the course is usually counted from the day you received your residence permit card – known under the acronym ePKP.) In case you don’t fulfil your obligation within the given period, you risk getting a fine of up to CZK 10,000.
Can I sign up for the course even though I am not obliged to participate?
This is not recommended due to limited capacity. However, third-country nationals can sign up for the paid course and they can participate in it without being obliged to do so. The only conditions are to have a biometric card (ePKP) and to pay the fee. If a third-country national who isn’t obliged to take the course participates in it after 1st January 2021 and they become obliged to take the course (e.g. when changing their purpose of stay) in the future, their obligation is considered fulfilled.
How can foreigners prove that they took the course? Do they need to have a confirmation with them all the time?
After completing the course, foreigners will receive a certificate of attendance. This document doesn’t have to be carried all the time. Participation in the course will be confirmed electronically by an employee of the Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners to the Ministry of the Interior that will add the information to their system.
What is the course like?
The course is given by an experienced tutor and interpreter. The two of them inform participants about topics that are relevant to newly arriving foreigners as they encounter them in their everyday lives. The participants are also given information about organizations and institutions providing free counselling, language courses and more services.
How much time does it take?
The adaptation-integration course takes 4 hours.
Where does it take place?
The adaptation-integration course is organized solely by the Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners at their own or rented premises. There are 18 of these centres in the Czech Republic and it is completely up to the participant in which one they want to take the course.
What is the language of the course?
The course is taught in Czech and it is interpreted in one of these nine languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Mongolian, Serbian, and Vietnamese. The participants choose the language of interpreting when signing up for the course.
What is the difference between public and non-public courses?
There are two ways of passing the course. The first one is to take the course at the premises of one of the Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners (so-called public course). The course can be also taken at a different place, e.g. if a Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners agrees on it with an employer or other legal person (in such a case, it is a non-public course).
Does my employer provide me with the course, or do I need to sign up for it myself?
It depends on your employer. Ask your employer directly to see if they provide a course for you or you need to sign up for it yourself.
What do I need to bring with me to the course?
The participants need to bring their ePKP card used for registration at the FRS portal. We also recommend you bring a piece of paper and a pen.
Can I take my child with me? Is there a possibility of babysitting?
This depends on your agreement with the specific Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners; however, we recommend your carefully consider taking your children with you as they might disturb other participants of the course. Ask about a possibility of babysitting at the Centre for Support of Integration of Foreigners where you want to take the course.
Where can I register for the course?
The only place where you can sign up for the course is the FRS portal of the Ministry of the Interior at https://frs.gov.cz/cs.
Who can help me with problems related to course registration?
You can get in touch with the institutions helping foreigners that are listed here: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/kontakty-774199.aspx. You can also contact one of the Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners (www.integracnicentra.cz).
How much is the course?
The participation fee is CZK 1500 for a public course.
How do I pay for the course?
The participation fee for the adaptation-integration course can be paid by a bank transfer or by submitting a money order at an office of the Czech Post. In both cases, the most important thing is to make sure you use the correct account number, including the prefix and bank code. It is also crucial to fill in the variable symbol given to each participant in the FRS system. More information about the payment can be found in the section How to register on this website.
What are the reasons for cancelling the course and how will I be informed about the cancellation?
If a scheduled course gets cancelled due to unpredicted circumstances, you will get notified by an email. In such a case, your payment will be unblocked, and you will be able to sign up for a different course without losing your money.
If I don’t attend the course, can I get my money back and sign up for a different course?
If you don’t attend the course you selected and paid for without a proper justification submitted within four weeks from the day of the course, your fee gets forfeited and you have no right for a compensation.