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Information on Working in Germany for Czech Citizens

Czech citizens working in Germany: 
At present,  Germany urgently needs to find qualified foreign labour in the areas of  IT, manufacturing, engineering, technology,  logistics, mathematics, healthcare and science. 1,3 million unfilled specialist positions (both academic and technical) mean German companies are looking to recruit from abroad.

Did you know that:
Czech employees have a good reputation in Germany. Job applicants with Czech university, college and vocational training programs are considered very reputable among German companies when recruiting for vacant positions. As an EU citizen you are entitled to work in Gemany without needing a work permit.

Unrestricted Movement in the EU for Employment:
- As a Czech citizen, you are allowed to move around freely within the EU for work. 
- This means you can accept a job offer in Germany without having to get a work permit or visa. 
- Besides this, following a new EU regulation in 2013, you no longer require a residence permit to live in Germany. 

Important:  However, you are still required to register and confirm your address at the immigration department of the local registration office „Einwohnermeldeamt“ no later than one week on moving to Germany. 

Good News for EU employees – The 2013 Annulation of Residence Permit Rule in EU countries:

Thanks to the new EU regulation in 2013, you no longer require a a residence permit called a „Aufentshaltserlaubnis“ or a document stating your freedom of movement called a „Freizügigkeitsbescheinigung“ to live and take up employment in Germany or elsewhere in the EU.

This is a worker friendly change to EU law and will make it easier for Czech nationals to work and live in Germany.

Your German employer will need to have a copy of the following documents, in case he is asked any questions by the local authorities:

-     Copy of your passport
-     1 current biometic passport photo
-     Confirmation of Employment Letter (The authorities usually want to see this as assurance that your earnings cover your living costs.)
-     Education and Training Certificates

What you have to do – Registering on Arrival in Germany:
You need to go to the „Ausländeramt“ (Immigration Registration Office) at the „Einwohnermeldeamt“ (Local Registration Office) and confirm that you are living at your new address. You will have to take a ticket and wait in line for this service. 

In Germany, there are sometimes different departments and office buildings for this registration service. You will have to check for the exact address and opening hours of these offices in your city.

Tax, Health Insurance and Pension Obligations for Working in Germany:

Tax Income Card - „Lohnsteuerkarte“:  Your German employer will tell you what you need to get your Tax Income Card - „Lohnsteuerkarte“:
Go to the „Ausländeramt“ (Immigration Registration Office), show them proof of employment and you will receive your tax income card. In Germany, income tax is paid every month. It is automatically deducted from your gross salary and the percentage you pay depends on how much you earn. 

Health Insurance – „Gesetzliche Krankenversicherung“: By law in Germany, everyone working must have health insurance. It is linked to your salary. The current rate is 14,9% of your monthly salary, which gets taken from your pay and passed on to your health insurance scheme. Your employer pays half and you pay the other half. 

Public health insurance company schemes are the most popular. These tend to have more competitive rates than private insurance companies. You can choose which insurance company you would like to join. 

Statutory Pension Scheme - „Gesetzliche Rentenversicherung“: Every worker has to pay into the National Pension Scheme. This is 19,9% of your gross salary. Your company pays half the amount and you pay the other half. It is subtracted from your monthly pay. 

Germany as a Place of Work for Czech nationals:
- Germans are very friendly and eager to help their foreign colleagues in adapting to life in Germany. They will very often organise social events in the evening or take you out to show you around. 
- There are currently approximately 38,000 Czech citizens living in Germany. They are considered very much a part of multicultural German society. 
- Czech speciality dishes such as dumplings as well as other potato dishes are very popular in Germany. 
- Travelling back to the Czech Republic for your holidays is an easy option.

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