Biometrics in the Czech Republic
Since May 2011 in the Czech Republic began giving documents confirming permission to stay in the country. Such certificates contain biometric data – photo of holder and fingerprints, which are removed by means of special technical equipment.
Terms of compulsory collection and provision of biometric data:
- You ask for permission for long-term or permanent residence,
- You asked for the "green" or "blue" card
- You arrive in the Czech Republic on the basis of long-term visa, provided the purpose of getting a permit for long-term or permanent residence,
- You ask for a visa extension, certifying that you have permission to stay in the country,
- You ask about the issue of a document certifying that you have the right to stay, instead of the same certificate that has been lost, destroyed, stolen or damaged and also the return of the document proving the existence of a residence permit, in which there is no data of carrier with biometric information.
- You ask for a new document proving the existence of a residence permit, since ended its term, or in the case of cancellation of validity of the previous license,
- You ask for a new document proving the existence of a residence permit, due to changes in the information given in it.
Biometric information are collected by selected offices of the Ministry of Interior, equipped with special technical equipment. In the same offices, in which you had to take your biometric information you have to get a document certifying the existence of a residence permit in due time.
Responsibilities in the presenting and getting the document with biometric data:
to appear in person at the office of the ministry in order to make the complex biometric data and to provide signatures for further digital processing,
- according to the agenda of the Ministry,
- in the case of long-term visa for the purpose of getting a permit for long-term or permanent residence - within three working days from the date of entry into the territory of the Czech Republic.
- to pass a set of procedures to see their biometric information. To provide your signature for further digital processing,
- it is necessary to come to the ministry in order to get the document no later than 60 days from the submission of biometric data.
*If you left your contact telephone number, then you will be in contact; at the same time you will be making the agreed period of biometric data or receipt of the document. If you do not specify your contact phone number, you will be invited in writing.
If you do not take the produced documents to the appointed time, you will be fined up to 10 000 CZK, and the case on your application will stop. Certificates that were given prior to May 2011 are valid until the expiry of their validity. After the expiration of this license will be replaced by a document containing biometric data.
If your indicated data in the giving of biometric data changed, you must report changes to the Ministry within three working days from the day when the change occurred.
In the case of a change of residence you must report:
- up to 30 days from the date on which the change occurred, if the alleged change of residence will continue more than 30 days,
- up to 30 working days if the alleged place of residence will continue more than 180 days.
Sample identification with biometric data:
Administrative fees at registration of biometric identification:
- The issuance of the document giving the right to stay or the extension of the 2500 CZK (for children under 15 years: 1000 SEK)
- The changes to the document - 1000 CZK
- The issuance of a document, instead of the same identity that was either lost or damaged: 4,000 euros (for children under 15 years: 2500 SEK).
Frequently asked questions about biometrics:
Can I refuse to provide biometric information?
You can not do this because of the biometric information is mandatory for all third-country nationals (except for family members of citizens of the European Union), which, due to the resolution of long-term or permanent residence, document is given certifying the existence of the right of residence (§103 , point C).
In some cases, the biometric information is not available?
If the fingerprinting process is impossible because of the anatomical and physiological changes, or the case of medical and physical injury of fingers. In this case, document is given certifying the existence of the right of residence, which contains biometric data only on facial image (§117A).
What are the rules relating to children?
In children under 6 years only facial image is fixed.
My previously issued document certifying that I have permission to stay in the country, does not contain biometric information. Do I have to apply for issuing me a new similar license?
Your old document that certifies the right to stay, remain valid for a period, which it is designated. Biometric identification you get on the basis of:
- renewal of the permit for long-term stay (application for such an extension, you must file no earlier than 90 days and no later than 14 days prior to the expiration of the permit)
- renewal of the document certifying the existence of a permanent residence permit (application for such an extension, you must file within 90 days prior to the expiration of the license)
- need to issue a new document certifying the existence of a residence permit (for example, due to changes in any of the information contained in the same certificate).
What will happen with my biometric information?
Complex of your biometric information compiled in connection with the giving of the document certifying the existence of a residence permit is kept in a storage medium, placed in the certificate confirming the existence of a residence permit, and at the same time registered in the information system that contains data on foreigners. The process of storing information is guided by the rules of protection of personal data; these data are destroyed within 60 days after expiration or cancellation of validity of the document proving the existence of a residence permit (§160, paragraph 7).
Can I control the functionality of the data carrier?
Yes, you have the right to apply to the Ministry with a request to check the functionality of the data carrier. If it is proven that the media does not work for reasons that do not have your fault , then you have right to a free issue of new document certifying the existence of the right of residence (§117A).
The use of biometric data
You have applied for the issue of a long-term or permanent residence, a statement on the extension of long-term residence permit or an application for renewal of a residence permit certificate ("Certificate"), if you have a permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic. Because you have completed the legal conditions for a residence permit or to renew the license, you will be given an identity card containing information carrier with biometric data.
For the issuance of certificates your biometric data (image data of the face and fingerprint data) were removed, which would serve to verify your identity and ensure unambiguous and unique relationship between you and your issued certificate, however your signature has been performed with the help of digital technology.
The certificate is an official document and to confirm the data contained therein, and also for the identity of an foreign who is the owner, including checking unambiguous and unique relationship between identity and this foreigner. During the stay in the Czech Republic you can confirm the identity even if the foreigner in order to verify the authenticity of the person can not provide proof, or if the storage medium in its identity is not functioning. In this case, you can remove the actual on-site image of biometric data of foreigners and to compare them with biometric data as a data carrier identification and biometric data in the information system of foreigners. Also, the foreigner is obliged to comply to this biometric data in verifying the identity.
Along with biometric data and given certificate also information about your name, surname and other names, date and place of birth, citizenship, and the address of residence registration in the Czech Republic, personal identity and other facts concerning the stay in the Czech Republic contain . Upon receipt given certificates you have to check the correctness and completeness of the information indicated in the certificate. However, you have the right to verify the functionality of the data carrier.
You must protect the identity of the damage, misuse, loss, or from unauthorized handling. Given certificate contains a carrier - a chip that is a sensitive electronic device, so it is important to protect your identity, primarily from the impact of other extreme loads.
The usual way to use explicitly excludes:
- The use of certificates for any purpose other than to confirm the identity of the person,
- impact on the identity of excessive temperatures below -10 degrees or above 50 degrees; as normal conditions set temperature 21 degrees and relative humidity of 50%,
- the impact of excessive mechanical stress, such as excessive bending, hitting a blunt or sharp objects, excessive mechanical load (twisting, punches and bending)
- the impact of liquids or corrosive gases and other solutions which can weaken the structure of certificates, leave footprints on it or damage the electronic part of the document (chip)
- exposure to chemicals (eg, emollients), humidity, sweat,
- prolonged exposure to intense solar radiation, or light,
- electrostatic discharge, strong electromagnetic field or microwave radiation,
- exposure to continuous bending, for example, wearing a back pocket where identity resides in the bent state,
- connection with devices or systems for which it is not intended.
Administrative fee of 1000 CZK is charged for the issuance of a new certificate due to changes in the data it contains. In exchange for the issuance of identity certificates damaged, destroyed, lost or stolen or certificate, the storage medium is non-functional, a fee of CZK 4,000; for children up to 15 years in such cases is set lower administration fee of 2500 CZK.
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