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Risks of illegal employment

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Can I get a fine?

Yes, you can. If you perform illegal work, it is a misdemeanor for which a fine of up to CZK 100,000 is set. However, if you stay at the workplace while performing work and you do not prove your identity, e.g. with an identity card, travel document, you risk a fine of up to CZK 200,000.

Can I be expelled?

  1. If you are an EU citizen or a close family member of an EU citizen, you can only be banned from staying in the Czech Republic if you threaten the security of the state, seriously disturb public order or endanger public health.

  2. A distant family member of an EU national can be expelled for more reasons. This is the case, for example, if the foreigner is staying in the territory of the Czech Republic without a valid residence permit or is working illegally. In such cases, the period of expulsion may reach 5 years or 3 years. During the period of expulsion, the foreigner is not entitled to enter the EU territory.

What are the other consequences of illegal employment?

For employers, allowing illegal work can have major implications, for example, in terms of future employment of foreigners from third countries, the possibility of drawing contributions, investment incentives or the removal of vacancies from the relevant registers.

Am I criminally liable if I intentionally work illegally?

You are not criminally liable, only your employer can be criminally liable.

If the authorities find out that I work illegally, can they take my money that I have already received? Or can they take the money away from my family if I have already sent it home?

The punishment of an illegally working employee is ensured mainly by a fine that may be imposed on the employee. However, the money you have earned will not be taken away from your family.