Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York

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Long-stay visa for other purposes

You can apply for this visa if you would like to study at non-accredited school/program by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport of the Czech Republic. All documents must be translated into the Czech language.

Long-stay visa for other purposes

 

For students applying for a school/program that is not accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic.

 

PROCESSING TIME

The long-stay visa application shall be processed within 90 days from the date the Consulate receives the complete application. In exceptional complicated cases, the procedure can take up to 120 days.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Incomplete applications are inadmissible and will be returned to the applicant!

All documents must be presented in their original form or as a notarized copy and may not be older than 180 days, except travel document. Additional copies of all submitted documents are required (one set of the originals or notarized copies and one set of copies including the application and data page of the passport).

The decision about visa application is made by the regional office of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

IMPORTANT ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

  • As visas are only issued by Czech Embassies/Consulates abroad, applicants must wait for their applications to be processed,
  • a visa can be issued only by the Embassy/Consulate in the country where the application was submitted,
  • hence, you cannot apply for a visa in the US and pick it up in Europe or in the Czech Republic,
  • you must be present in the US at the end of the application process when the visa is issued into your passport.

All documents (except the travel document) must be in the Czech language. Translations into the Czech language must be officially verified. There are exceptions for students applying for a school/program that is not accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (read below).

While lodging the application, an interview with the applicant can be conducted. A written record of the interview can be a part of the application. A record will be written down in Czech language and will be signed by the applicant and the officer of the Consulate who will conduct the interview. In case you don´t understand Czech you can bring an interpreter with you to translate the written record.

If you need your passport during the visa process, you can withdraw it personally or send us a request and a prepaid (USD 19.99 regular postage stamp - not purchased in a postal stamp machine) self-addressed US Postal Service Express Mail envelope (NO FEDEX, NO UPS are accepted). For the future tracking we suggest to make a written record of the registration number for your record. Only upon receiving your written request your passport can be returned to you. The passport must be re-submitted again at the end of the process for the issuance of the visa.

During this time, you must be present in the US. We don't accept the passports mailed from the Czech Republic and we don't ship them to the Czech Republic!

The visa for a stay over 90 days is granted for maximum length of 6 months.

In case the visa has been refused, you have the right of appeal. The appeal should be addressed to the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic that made the decision about the application within 15 days after receiving the information about the refusal of visa.

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REQUIREMENTS

All documents must be submitted in original or notarized copies altogether with copies of all submitted documents.

1.     Application form

2.     Fee

We accept only cash or money order payable to the Consulate General of  the Czech Republic in New York. Personal checks are not accepted!

3.     Two photographs
Two passport photos have to resemble your actual appearance.

4.     Original passport
You must submit your original passport. Its  validity  must  exceed the expected length of stay by at least 90 days (after the visa expires). Passport can not be older then 10 years.

Check if your passport is signed!!

For non US nationals: Documents proving the legal status in US - original Alien Registration Card (Green Card), a Green card Stamp in your passport, an Advance Parole, or a valid US Visa must be provided along with a valid I-94 departure record. Students should also submit the original validated I-20, DS-2019 or IAP-66.


5. Document confirming your sufficient financial resources

You have to present an original or notarized copy of the internationally recognized debit card on your name with a validity during your stay in the Czech Republic

AND

an original or notarized copy of a corresponding bank account statement held on your name (the debit card must be issued by the same institution as your bank statement). Joined account with your parent is sufficient.

All documents must be translated into the Czech language, except the bank statements. Generally, for a long-term visa the balance must be about USD 3000.

Applicants younger than 18 years can submit a proof of financial means equaling to a half of the required amount.


6.     Document confirming the purpose of stay

o      STUDY - the original or a notarized copy of a document certifying acceptance into a study program issued by a Czech university or school (this document must be in the Czech language)

o      CULTURAL - an appropriate notarized document or an affidavit of an individual or a legal entity in the Czech Republic certifying the purpose of your stay

o      SPORT- a certificate of an individual or a legal entity carrying on sports activities in the territory of the Czech Republic

o      MEDICAL- a certificate of acceptance for treatment issued by a medical establishment

 

7. Document confirming accommodation

STUDY - document confirming the accommodation can not be a part of the acceptance letter. It has to be submitted separately.

o      an original statement from the owner of an apartment/house stating his/her ability and willingness to provide accommodation for the time of applicant’s stay (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary)

or

o      in the case of a lease for an apartment/house - the original or a notarized copy of the lease contract

or

o      in the case of a sublet - the original or a notarized copy of the lease contract and an affidavit signed by the owner confirming the sublet (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary)

or

o      if you are an owner of the real property the original record or the notarized copy from the Real Estate Register is requested

 

8. Criminal History Background

o     For US nationals: an AFFIDAVIT confirming that you have never been indicted and sentenced for a felony of any kind. Your signature must be notarized by a Notary Public or you have to sign it in front of the Consular Officer. Please state your full name including your middle name in the form.

o      Children under the age of 15 are not required to submit the affidavit or Criminal History Record

o      For non US nationals: submit a Criminal History Record from the country of your nationality. It must be appropriatelly certified (Apostille or super-legalization) and it must be accompanied with the translation to Czech.

In addition, if you have lived in any country for 6 months or more in the previous three years, you are required to submit a Criminal History Record issued by that country with appropriate certification and verified translantion to Czech. Please contact the Consulate for details.

 

9. Medical health/travel insurance

Medical report requested from:

Based on the request of the Chief Hygienist of the Czech Republic, from June 1, 2009 all applicants from Kenya, Congo, Moldavia, Mongolia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam applying for the visa over 90 days (type D) and residency permits in the Czech Republic must enclose to their application medical report confirming their health conditions, particularly negative tests for TBC and syphilis.

IMPORTANT. The medical report must be translated to Czech. The Czech Consulate does not provide translation services.

10. The Consulate is not accepting any responsibility for lost or damaged documentation!
You can submit your application in person or send it by mail (applicable only for US citizens).

Address:

Consulate General of the Czech Republic

321 E 73rd Street

New York, NY 10021

 

Don´t forget to include your phone number and e-mail address for the future communication.

If you would like to send the passport back after the visa process you have to enclose a prepaid (USD 19.99 regular postage stamp - not purchased in a postal stamp machine) self-addressed US Postal Service Express Mail Envelope (NO FEDEX, NO UPS are accepted). For the future tracking we suggest to make a written record of the registration number for your record.

 

TRANSLATION SERVICES

The Czech Consulate doesn´t provide translation services.


For more information you can also go to the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic at http://www.mvcr.cz/.