Family members of EU/EEA nationals
23.03.2011 / 12:50
I. Exemption from the visa requirement for family members of EU/EEA nationals:
If you hold an EU/EEA residence card according to Article 10 of EU Directive 38/2004 (see below), you DO NOT NEED a visa for visits up to 90 days to the Czech Republic, if you qualify as a family member of EU citizen to whom the provisions of the directive apply. The visa free rule applies even if travelling to the Czech Republic without the attendance of an EU citizen.
UK residence card according to Article 10 of EU Directive 38/2004
II. Visa is required:
If you are family member of the EU citizen and you do not qualify for the visa exemption mentioned previously, you need to submit the following documents when you apply for a Schengen visa:
- completed visa application form;
- your valid passport, which should be valid for at least three months from the date of a planned departure from the Czech Republic or the Schengen area;
- UK residence permit, which should be valid for at least three months after the expiry date of your Schengen visa;
- 1 passport size photograph;
- passport of your family member;
- you need to provide us with the proof that the family member included on your application is related to you as claimed. To demonstrate this, you will need to provide original marriage certificate, civil partnership or birth certificate with the official authorization, which is either apostille or superlegalization with the official translation to Czech or English.
DEFINITION OF APOSTILE AND SUPERLEGALIZATION
When presented a legal document in a foreign country, it is often very difficult to determine whether the document is genuine or legal. There are two ways how to verify the authenticity of a foreign document.
The Apostille convention specifies the modalities through which a document issued in one of the signatory countries can be certified for legal purposes in all the other signatory states (for list of signatory states see http://www.hcch.net/index_en.php?act=conventions.status&cid=41).
Such a certification that is attached to the document is called an apostille and it verifies that the official signature on your document is genuine. It is an international certification comparable to a notarisation in domestic law.
There are specific authorities in every country to issue the apostille. For apostille in the UK please see http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/about-us/what-we-do/services-we-deliver/legal-services/Legalisation/ .
Some countries do not issue apostille, than the superlegalization is applicable. Superlegalization of a document is when the Czech Embassy accredited to the country which issued the birth or marriage certificate verifies by the means of a stamp the document authenticity.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO PROVIDE A CERTIFICATE THAT MEETS THE ABOVE CRITERIA, AS AN ALTERNATIVE THE EMBASSY WILL ALLOW YOU TO APPLY FOR A STANDARD TOURIST VISA, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO SUPPLY THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION FOR A TOURIST VISA AND PAY THE FEE. Please refer to Tourist visa.
III. Who is considered to be a family member of an EU citizen:
- a) spouse,
- b) parent if it concerns someone who supports an EU citizen under 21 with whom they live in a common household,
- c) child under 21 or such a child of the spouse of an EU citizen and
- d) dependent direct relative in an ascending or descending line or such a relative of the spouse of an EU citizen.
- a) is systematically preparing for a future profession up 26 years of age;
- b) cannot systematically prepare for a future profession or perform gainful activities due to illness or injury; or
- c) is not capable of performing systematic gainful activities due to a chronic adverse health condition.
a) they are a relative of an EU citizen that is not specified above if:
- they lived in a common household with an EU citizen in the country whose citizenship they hold or in the country in which they held long-term or permanent residence;
- they are supported by an EU citizen; or
- they cannot care for themselves without the personal care provided by an EU citizen due to a chronic adverse health condition; or
- b) they are in a permanent relationship with an EU citizen that is comparable to a family relationship and that they share a common household.
IV. How to schedule the appointment:
The appointment with the Czech Embassy is scheduled via email: firstname.lastname@example.org:
To apply for a visa with us, the Czech Republic must be your destination. When travelling to the Czech Republic through/via another country please check with the appropriate Embassy or Consulate if you require a visa for that country. Each countries rule differs.