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Restrictions on the receiving visa applications and other residence permits

In accordance with the measures adopted by the Government of the Czech Republic in connection with the spread of COVID-19, accepting applications for Schengen visas, long-stay visas and long-term and permanent residence permits is restricted.
 

With the exception of the applications listed below, no other submissions can be filed (in person or by mail ONLY) at the Visa Section of the Consulate General until further notice.

 

I. The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in New York accepts only applications for the following types of visas and residence permits.

SCHENGEN VISAS:

Acceptance of applications from          

family members of EU / Czech Republic citizens

international transport workers

critical infrastructure workers 

● diplomats and officials of international organizations

seasonal workers (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)

● health and social services employees and their family members

● food processing employees

● employees in professions belonging to the Highly Qualified Worker Program and Key and Research Staff Program

● in the interest of the Czech Republic

● in exceptional emergency situations as defined in Article I Paragraph 4 i) of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health from June 30, 2020

LONG-TERM VISAS AND RESIDENCE PERMITS:

a/ Acceptance of applications for         

LONG-TERM VISA FOR THE PURPOSE OF SEASONAL EMPLOYMENT (based on Decree of the Ministry of Labor and Social Services No. 322/2017 Coll.)

SPECIAL WORK VISA

● visas / residence permits within the KEY AND SCIENTIFIC PERSONNEL PROGRAM, including family members

● visas / residence permits within the HIGHLY QUALIFIED EMPLOYEES PROGRAM, including family members

● visas / residence permits within the PROGRAM QUALIFIED EMPLOYEE  

● LONG- TERM RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH and applications for long-term residence permits of their spouses and minor children

● LONG-TERM AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF FAMILY UNIFICATION, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at this moment

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE FAMILY PURPOSE, but only if the family unification involves spouses and minor children of foreign nationals who already reside in the Czech Republic on a basis of a long-term or permanent residence permit; other family members cannot file these applications at this moment

LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY and RESIDENCE PERMITS FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF OTHER, but only for educational activities

● LONG-TERM VISAS FOR THE PURPOSE OF CULTURESPORTS and WORKING HOLIDAY

visas for the purpose of collecting residence permits (the so-called D/VR type visa) – the so-called VISA STICKER TRANSFER – for any purpose of stay

b/ Resumption of processing of applications

As of May 18, 2020, processing of all applications for long-term visas and residence permits that have been filed before March 14, 2020 (that means continuation of examining those applications that have been filed before the state of emergency was declared), are resumed at diplomatic missions that have partially resumed visa services (1st table).

For information on appointment kindly contact the respective diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic directly.

 

II. Notice  entry to the Czech Republic

Foreign nationals are kindly requested to check the conditions of entry to the Czech Republic before their travel.

Similarly, foreign nationals are requested to see what quarantine measures - if any, they need to observe after their arrival to the Czech Republic. Quarantine measure may include the requirement to submit a negative Covid-19 test.

Kindly refer to the website of the Ministry of the Interior, primarily to the pdf-format table titled "Conditions for entry of persons to the territory of the Czech Republic in accordance with the Ministry of Health Protective Measure."

 

III. Obligatory submission of document against introduction of infectious disease upon application submission

Applicants for Schengen visas and long-term visas and residence permits for purposes of economic and education activities are obliged to submit, upon lodging the application document on fulfilling requirements against introduction of infectious disease.

The document is required when submitting the following applications:

Schengen visa for the purpose of study

Schengen visa for the purpose of employment

Schengen visa for the purpose of seasonal employment

Schengen visa for the purpose of entrepreneurship

Employee Card

Blue Card

Intra-Company Employee Transfer Card

Long-term visa for the purpose of seasonal employment

Long-term visa for the purpose of entrepreneurship

Long-term visa for the purpose of study

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of study

The document is to be issued by the receiving entity in the Czech Republic, i.e. employer or school (university).

Document form (PDF, 815 KB)

The requirement is anchored in point I.5 of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health from June 30, 2020, and § 31.3.b) of the Act on Stay of Foreign Nationals.

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE

As for the short term visa, applicants need to contact the Visa Section with a request for an appointment using e-mail visa.ny@mzv.cz. In writing they provide the Visa Section officer with the following information: U.S. legal status, U.S. residency address, under which below listed category they wish to apply, when the travel is to take a place, what travel document they hold, whether they have applied for a Schengen visa within the last three years, in which country they applied at and under which purpose. In the follow-up communication, applicants will be given a date and time of the appointment. The applicant is kindly asked to wear a facial covering/ mask during the appointment. The number of applicants in the waiting room of the Visa Section is limited to one person.

As for the long-term visa and permits, the applicants are to submit their applications only by mail after having contacted the Visa Section via e-mail visa.ny@mzv.cz. The applications are to be mailed only after detailed consultation with the Visa Section officer regarding all legally outlined supporting documents. Otherwise, the incomplete application will be returned to the applicant without delay.

We kindly ask that all applicants with confirmed appointment with the consular officer should wear a facial covering, masks or respirators and gloves when entering the premises of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic.

For the visa requirements, please consult the chapter Visa & Consular on our website.  

Further information

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic: the article  https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/news/submitting_visa_and_residence_permit.html

Ministry of the Interior – Coronavirus information 

 


 

Attachments

Document form 814 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Jul 1, 2020