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Long-term Visa (the stay over 90 days up to 1 year)

Long-term visa is issued as a Czech national visa with Schengen visa properties, i.e. while allowing to stay on the Territory of the Czech Republic up to 1 year, the Long-term Visa grants a possibility of the stay in the Schengen area for a maximum of 90 days within a half-year.

 

General information

  • A visa for a stay of over 90 days (long-term)
  • Purpose “studies”
  • Purpose “employment”
  • Purpose “business”
  • Purpose “family reunification”
  • Purpose “invitation”
  • Purpose “culture“
  • Purpose “intra-company emloyee transfer card“
  • Purpose “investment“
  • Purpose “scientific research“

 

You are obliged to file the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit. You do not have to meet these conditions if you are a citizen of a state presented in the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to file an application for a long-term visa at any Czech Embassy whatsoever (Decree No. 429/2010 Coll.).

 

You should submit the application on the completed form along with all the necessary requirements laid down by law. You should, however, always submit originals or official copies of the documents. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or officially translated into Czech.

Travel document, document confirming the purpose of stay and registrar documents (birth certificate, marriage certificate) shall be submitted in original. Certified copy is not sufficient for this purpose.

 

Along with the application for a long-term visa you must submit:

If your application is approved, prior to affixing the visa, you are obliged to submit a proof of medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions (not required if the foreign national subscribes to public health insurance or if the costs for health care are covered on the basis of an international agreement or if the foreign national can demonstrate that health care is covered in another manner), and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the proof of medical travel insurance.


Application procedure

The Czech Embassy is only competent for receiving an application for a long-term visa, the competent body for processing it is the MOI. During the procedure the Czech Embassy communicates with the applicant, invites him/her for a hearing or calls on him/her to pick up the visa.

 

The application procedures are governed by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.5 MB), the Administrative Procedure Code (pdf, 549 kB), and any other associated acts. 

 

If the specified requirements have not been submitted with the application or it has other discrepancies, then during the proceedings, the MOI or the Czech Embassy can invite you for an interview, request that you complete the requirements for the application; likewise the Czech Embassy is entitled to take your fingerprints or take a pictorial record of you.

An application for a long-term visa is considered inadmissible if:

  • not all of the requirements specified by law were submitted with it,
  • the foreign national refuses to have his/her fingerprints or a pictorial record taken,
  • it was not filed on the prescribed form,
  • it was not filed at the pertinent Czech Embassy.

In such a case, the Czech Embassy returns the application form, all of the requirements submitted and the administrative fee to the foreign national who filed an inadmissible application, whilst informing him/her of the reasons for considering the application to be inadmissible.

It is always necessary to file the application for a long-term visa in person (the Czech Embassy can only waive this obligation in well-substantiated cases).

The documents that you have been asked to submit by the MOI should always be submitted within the set deadlines. Not providing the requirements is a reason for not granting a visa. Naturally, during the procedure, you can submit other documents that you consider important for your application. Remember that travel documents must always be submitted in person. 

 

The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals (pdf, 1.5 MB) sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa from the day it was filed. In particularly complicated cases, it is 120 days from the day of filing the application and in certain cases (for the purpose of studies, pedagogical activity or research) within 60 days of filing the application.

This visa entitles the holder to multiple departure and entry to the Czech Republic.


Decision on granting a long-term visa
In the case of a positive appraisal of your application, the Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you – in most cases by email – to arrange a date for picking up the long-term visa.


A decision on not granting a long-term visa

The MOI does not grant a long-term visa, if, for instance

  1. you, upon request by the MOI or the Czech Embassy, do not report for an interview or do not submit the documents for verifying the data presented in the application for a long-term visa within the set deadline or despite conducting an interview or assessing the documents submitted, this data cannot be verified;
  2. you fill in the application for granting a long-term visa untruthfully;
  3. you submit forged or altered requirements or the data necessary for appraising the application presented in them does not correspond to the truth, or
  4. you are recorded in the register of persona non grata,
  5. you are included in the Schengen Information System,
  6. there is a reasonable risk that during your stay in the Czech Republic you could threaten state security, seriously disturb public order or endanger the international relations of the CR,
  7. there is a reasonable risk that during your stay in the territory of another signatory country you could threaten state security, seriously disturb public order or endanger international relations of signatory states, or
  8. there is reasonable suspicion that you have a disease listed in the Ministry of Health decree [Decree No. 274/2004 Coll. (pdf, 562 kB)],
  9. prior to affixing the long-term residence permit you do not submit a document on medical travel insurance that corresponds to the specified conditions and, upon request, a document on paying the insurance presented in the document on medical travel insurance, or
  10. facts are ascertained indicating that after the cessation of the stay set out by the long-term residence permit you will not leave the territory or intend to abuse the long-term residence permit for another purpose.


In the event of not being granted a long-term visa, the MOI will inform you in writing of the reasons for not granting the long-term visa. In such a case, within 15 days of receiving the information about not being granted the long-term visa, you may request the MOI directly for a new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa. Within 60 days, the MOI will inform you in writing of the result of the new appraisal of the reasons for not granting a visa.