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Information on long term visa procedure for foreigners

Information on long term visa procedure for foreigners

Information on long term visa procedure for foreigners

According to the applicable legislation [1], the government authority in charge of the residence of aliens in the Czech Republic is the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. Useful information and advice regarding the conditions of the residence of aliens in the Czech Republic can be found on the Interior Ministry website at www.mvcr.cz under " Useful Information".

The issuance of Czech visas and long-term residence permits is governed by the Act on Residence of the Foreign Nationals. [2] According to this legislation, the visa and residence permit procedures fall within the competence of the Czech Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The full text of the Aliens Residence Act in English and Czech is also available on the website the Ministry of the Interior (www.mvcr.cz).

The diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic are competent to decide on short-stay visa applications, i.e. applications for airport transit visas, transit visas or visas for a stay shorter than 90 days.

Applications for long-stay visas (visas for a stay exceeding 90 days), long-term and permanent residence permits are considered by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

Aliens who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than three months should obtain a long-stay visa.

Applicants for a long-stay visa are required to personally submit the "Application for Czech Visa" form together with other required documents at a Czech diplomatic mission.

The applicant will be charged a visa application fee. Applicants under 15 years of age are exempted from the fee. Turkish citizens are exempted from the long-stay visa application fee.

On receiving a long-stay visa application with other required documents, the mission will forward it to the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic for consideration and processing. Each application is considered separately. The result is sent back to the mission, which will notify the applicant. If the visa is granted, the mission will affix a visa sticker to the applicant's travel document.

Before the long-stay visa sticker is affixed, the alien will be required to present a document proving that he/she has a travel insurance policy valid for the period of stay in the territory of the Czech Republic.

In the case the long term visa application is refused, the applicant has the right to appeal for a new consideration of the reasons for the refusal. The applicant receives a written explanation and should he/she decide to appeal, it has to be submitted as written document to the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic within 15 days starting from the day of receiving the explanation.



[1] Act No. 2/1969 Coll. on Establishment of Ministries and other Central Bodies of the Czech Republic State Administration

[2] Act No. 326 /1999 Coll. on the Residence of Aliens in the Territory of the Czech Republic, as amended