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Long Term Visa for Study - Erasmus/Erasmus+/Erasmus Mundus

This article provides information specifically for students studing in the scope of the Erasmus/Erasmus+/Erasmus Mundus program (international credit mobility).

Apply for a long-term student visa at the Czech Embassy in London, which will be issued for a maximum period of 12 months. If the study program change requires a stay exceeding 12 months, you will need to submit an application for  a long term residence in the Czech Republic with a regional office of the Ministry of the Interior during your stay on student visa not earlier than 90 days and not later than 14 days before the visa expires.

When applying for a long term visa for the purpose of study, follow these steps:

Schedule an appointment: Make an appointment by sending an email to longstay.london@mzv.cz


IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Applications are submitted in person only.
All supporting documents submitted must be originals or verified copies.
All documents must not be older than 180 days with the exeption of a passport, registrar documents, diplomas and similar documents and photo (must reflect current appearance).
Foreign public documents must be legalized, e.i. equipped by an Apostille or superlegalized.
All documents mut be submitted in Czech language.
Incomplete application are inadmissible (pursuant to § 169h of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals).

PROCESSING TIME: up to 30 days

All long-term visa are processed and decided by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and the Embassy issues visa based on the decision and has no say or influence regarding processing time or decision-making.

FEES: 0,- GBP. Visa application in Erasmus + program is exempted from visa fee (free of any charge).


REQUIREMENTS

1.
Completed visa application form -
completely filled out before coming to the Embassy with a ballpoint pen or on a typewrier. Please do not forget to sign the application on the 5th page and include your phone number, email address and postal service address for future communication:
download  application for a long term visa (PDF, 534 KB)

2.
Two recent passport photos

3.
Passport - passport is not retained during the processing of long-term visa, but needs to be re-submitted when collecting the visa, so visa can be issued in the passport.

4.
Document confirming the purpose of the stay - confirmation of studies -  an original or a copy (notarized by a Czech notary) of a document certifying acceptance into a study program in the Czech Republic issued by a Czech university or school in the Czech language.

5.
Document confirming accommodation - an original or a copy of your accommodation document issued by a Czech university confirming accommodation in the school´s dormitory for the duration of your studies - document must be in Czech language.

If you are staying in private accommodations, the original statement from the owner of an apartment/house stating his/her ability and willingness to provide accommodation (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary);

If you are renting an apartment/house, the original or a notarized copy of the tenancy/rental contract signed by both parties (signature do not have to be notarized);

If you are subletting, the original or a notarized copy of the tenancy/rental contract and an affidavit signed by the owner confirming the subletting (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary).

6.
Document confirming sufficient financial resources -  when applying for a long term student visa, you eed to prove that you possess sufficient financial means for your stay in the Czech Republic. You can fund your stay and prove it by one of the following options:

- a copy of a debit card held in your name with a validity for at least the duration of your stay in the Czech Republic and original checking account periodical bank statement for the last 3 months linked to the card original bank statement (or an original letter from the bank in English with stamp and signature). In the case of internet banking printouts, a bank stamp confirming the authenticity is requested. You may cover the card number before you make a copy of it but don't cover the validity. A copy of the front side is sufficient;

- a letter from a sponsor confirming the support of the applicant during his or her stay in the Czech Republic. It must be an original document with a notarized signature and presented with an official translation in the Czech language. Example: A parental letter confirming the financial situation of the student must be translated into the Czech language and notarized. Such letter must be accompanied by a bank statement of the parent (original or printout stamped by the bank). The student must provide proof of ability to draw funds while in the Czech Republic, for example, ownership of a banking card linked to this account.

- scholarship: A student currently receiving a scholarship or grant must provide a confirmation of such scholarship.

How much money needs to be in your bank account?

For the purposes of a long-term visa, a foreign national is obliged to prove the availability of funds that are 15 times the amount of the existential minimum (in accordance with the Governement Regulation No. 61/2020 Coll. this minimum is equal to 2 490 CZK) for the first month and double the amount of existential minimum for every month afterwards, i.e. for instance, for a stay from January 1st until June 30th it would be (15 * 2 490) + (5 * 2 * 2 490) = 37 350 + 24 900 = 62 250 CZK.

7.
Criminal History Background - The Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, in accordance with par. 31(3)a of the Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign nationals in the territory of the Czech Republic hereby requests that all applicants for a long term visa or residence permit, who will submit their applications at the Embassy in London submit Criminal History Background check issued by UK as well as Criminal History Background check from a country where they lived for 6 months or longer in the previous 3 years or an affidavit in case that country does not issue any such document.

This document must be appropriately certified (Apostille or super-legalization) and then subsequently translated into the Czech language by a sworn translator.


TRANSLATIONS AND VERIFICATION

List of Czech translators in the UK
Please note only those translators who have a yellow highlight can provide translations which are sufficient for visa purposes.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

The application procedures are governed by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals, the Administrative Procedure Code and other associated acts.