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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 self-addressed US Postal Service Express Mail envelope (for a price of regular express postage stamp – not purchased in a postal stamp machine - visit https://www.usps.com/). FEDEX or UPS envelopes are NOT accepted. Secure a tracking number of your envelope for the future tracking. Your passport can be returned back to you ONLY upon receiving the written request. The passport must be re-submitted to our Consulate again 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 do not ship them to the Czech Republic!

The visa for a stay over 90 days is granted for maximum length of 1 year.

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 size 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 cannot 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

  • a notarized copy of the internationally recognized debit card on your name with a validity during your stay in the Czech Republic (please conceal the debit card number on the copy) + original or notarized copy of corresponding bank checking account statement on your name
  • an original letter from the bank confirming the fact that you will be able to use your funds during your stay in the Czech Republic + notarized copy of internationally recognized debit card on your name (please conceal the debit card number on the copy)
  • another document confirming that you can use the financial funds during a stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. an original letter from the family member confirming the financial support during your stay in the Czech Republic signed by a person who will support you /notarized signature/ plus an original or his/her notarized bank account statement) + notarized copy of internationally recognized debit card on your name (please conceal the debit card number on the copy)
  • Requirements for financial means during your stay: It is necessary to prove the availability of funds that are 15 times the amount of the existential minimum (currently it is set at 2200 CZK) for the first month and double the amount of the existential minimum for every month afterwards, thus, for instance, for a stay from 1 January – 30 June it would be (15x2200) + (5x2x2200) = 33 000 + 22 000 = 55 000 CZK (approximately 3 000,- USD, the amount in US dollars depends on the exchange rate CZK/USD). Please note that the existential minimum is established by the Czech law and can be changed every year.

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

      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)

      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

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

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

 

7. Document confirming accommodation

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

      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

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

or

      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

      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/ Affidavit

“Embassy of the Czech Republic in accordance with § 31 (3) para. a) of Act No. 326/1999 Coll. on the Residence permit of the Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, asks all applicants for long-term visas and long-term residence permit, who will submit applications at this embassy, to also submit together with the application a document similar to an extract from a criminal record issued by the Department of State of which the applicant is a national and the same document issued by the Department of States where the applicant has been continuously residing for more than 6 months in the past 3 years, or a solemn declaration/affidavit if that State does not issue such a document.”

     1. US citizens

US citizens 15 years and older are required to submit a Criminal History Background/ Affidavit (PDF, 342 KB), confirming that they have never been indicted and sentenced for a felony of any kind.

If the visa application is submitted by mail, a Notary Public must verify the signature on the affidavit; if the application is submitted in person, the affidavit can be signed in front of a consular officer. The affidavit form must state full name including a middle name, if applicable.

If the applicant lived in any other country besides the USA for 6 months or longer in the past three years, an Excerpt from a Criminal History Record issued by that country must be also submitted with the required legalization/apostille along with a certified Czech translation of both documents.
Children under the age of 15 are not required to submit the affidavit or Criminal History Record.
 

      2. Non US citizens

Non-US nationals are required to submit:

a) An Excerpt from a Criminal History Record issued by the official authority of the country of their nationality. The Excerpt from the Criminal History Record must be appropriately certified (Apostille or super-legalization) and both documents, the Criminal Record and the Apostille, must be submitted with a certified Czech translation;

 AND

b) The US Criminal History Record issued by the US official authority (it means either from the FBI or from the state authority) with the appropriate certification (Apostille) along with a certified Czech translation of the entire document.

The applicant must also submit an Excerpt from Criminal History Record issued by the State in which the applicant has been staying continuously for more than 6 months in the past three years. An Excerpt from Criminal History Record issued by that country must also be submitted with the required legalization/apostille along with a certified Czech translation.

Children under the age of 15 are not required to submit an Affidavit or a Criminal History Record.

 

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. Schedule appointment with a visa officer 

Long-term visa and residence permit applicants need to schedule an appointment in advance. Please, send us an email to visa.ny@mzv.cz and ask for an appointment specifying the kind of long-term visa and the reason of stay.

If you need your passport during the visa process, you can withdraw it personally or send us a request and a prepaid self-addressed US Postal Service Express Mail envelope (for a price of regular express postage stamp – not purchased in a postal stamp machine - visit https://www.usps.com/). FEDEX or UPS envelopes are NOT accepted. Secure a tracking number of your envelope for the future tracking.

The Address of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic:
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.

 

TRANSLATION SERVICES

The Czech Consulate does not 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/.

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