The Czech Republic has launched a program to facilitate the issuance of a residence permit and a long-term visa for activists from Russia and Belarus. About it reported on the website of the Czech Foreign Ministry.
The program is called “Civil Society”. Applicants can be Russians and Belarusians who are “freedom fighters, human rights defenders, representatives of civil society, independent media or academia”, as well as citizens who are persecuted by the state or forced to leave the country for security reasons.
The program has been implemented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic since May 20, 2022 for a period of one year with the possibility of extension. The annual quota is 500 applicants.
Individuals who meet the eligibility criteria for the program, as well as their family members, can apply at the Czech embassy. They will be provided with a simplified and accelerated consideration of the appeal – within a month.
The Czech Republic suspended the issuance of visas to Russians and Belarusians after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Former candidate for the presidency of Belarus Svetlana Tikhanovskaya 11 reported that Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky promised to resume issuing visas to Belarusians.
Earlier, the German authorities decided to simplify the issuance of a national visa and residence permit to Russian oppositionists, human rights activists, lawyers and journalists. They are allowed to come to Germany with their families, they will be able to enter not only from Russia, but also from other countries.