On Tuesday, I had a meeting to sort out the renewal of my Czech work permit. In order to apply for a new two-year permit, I had to submit:The one thing that they didn't require was the nostrification of my diploma and transcripts. I was told last year that having the nostrification would be mandatory for all non-EU citizens when applying for, or renewing, a Czech work permit. Well apparently the rules changed. Now it is only necessary when applying for a new work permit. Since I am renewing an existing work permit, the nostrification is not necessary.
I'm really glad that I was notified about this change. I gave up an entire day of my vacation in Atlanta just running back and forth between the University and the court house to get the apostille needed in order to apply for nostrification. And poor Steven had to drive me back and forth across town to get it done.
Since I have everything ready for nostification I was advised to go ahead and do it even though I don't need it. The reason was that "you never know when the rules will change again". That's comforting.
I received my first work permit when I was still in the USA. It was valid for two years. In 2011, I received my second work permit. It too was good for two years. This new one will hopefully be the last one I ever have to apply for. This permit will last until 2015. However, I will be eligible to apply for permanent residency in 2014. Getting permanent residency is not the same thing as getting citizenship. And I will not give up my American passport. Having permanent residency doesn't even mean that I will live here forever. But the big benefit for me will be that with permanent residency I will never again have to apply for a work permit or a new long-term visa.
So here's to applying for, hopefully, my last Czech work permit. I should have it in about 30 days. In the meantime, now I also have to start gathering all of the documents needed in order to apply for my last long-term visa.
Note: It's now the end of March and I still don't have my new work permit. Apparently, there is some delay and the Czech government is way behind. I'm told that it should be ready within another week or two.