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Visa section is open on Tuesdays (for Schengen short-term visa applications, all purposes of stay including tourism), Wednesdays (for Czech long-term visa/residence permit applications) and Thursdays (for Schengen short-term visa applications, purpose of stay business/conference/congress ONLY), with the exception of Czech and U.S. national holidays and extraordinary closure dates specified below.

Please note that for operational reasons (most notably during peaks in the volume of long-term student visa applications), the visa section will be CLOSED for the "walk-in" Schengen visa applicants on the following dates:

Tuesdays: February 11, 2020.
Thursdays: (no extraordinary closure date currently envisaged)

We encourage all visa applicants to read carefully all the information posted on our website and contact us in case of doubt before submitting the visa application to avoid any misunderstandings.

All visa enquiries with our Consulate shall be in writing, directed to our dedicated e-mail address visa_losangeles@mzv.cz.  


HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

A) If you apply for a Czech LONG-TERM VISA or RESIDENCE PERMIT

Long-term visa/residence permit applicants need a previously scheduled appointment in order to submit their application.

Appointments for Czech long-term visa/residence permit applications are assigned for Wednesdays, with the exception of Czech and U.S. national holidays, from 9.00 am till 11.45 am. The appointments are assigned on the first-come-first-served basis. Up to 7 applicants can be attended each Wednesday.

To make an appointment for submitting a long-term visa/residence permit application please send an e-mail with the obligatory attachment to visa_losangeles@mzv.cz. Your e-mail appointment request must include all of the following information:
- your name and surname,
- name of the country which issued your passport,
- passport number and expiration date,
- type of visa/permit you are applying for (long-term visa, residence permit, employee card, etc.),
- purpose of your stay (study, scientific research, employment, business, family reunification, etc.),
- scan (attachment in PDF or JPG format only) of the document written in the Czech language and confirming the purpose of your stay (for study: confirmation of enrollment, for scientific research: signed hosting agreement, for employment: signed contract of employment, for business: statement from the Czech Trade Register or from the Czech Commercial Register, for family reunification: certificate of vital records demonstrating applicant's relationship to the holder of the authorisation for reunification),
- intended date of arrival to the Czech Republic,
- prefered date for the appointment at the Consulate.

If your e-mail contains all of the requested information, we will respond by e-mail and assign you the earliest available appointment. The appointment e-mail confirmation from the Consulate usually takes about 3 business days but may take longer during the visa high season.

After the receipt of e-mail from the Consulate you must re-confirm, by the end of the following business day, your assigned appointment by sending an e-mail to the Consulate (just reply "I confirm this appointment" and add your name and surname), or your appointment will be cancelled and offered to another applicant.

PLEASE NOTE:
(!) We suggest you plan ahead and request your appointment as soon in advance as possible. During visa high season the earliest available date for you to submit the application may be more than 30 days from the date of your initial e-mail.
(!) The Consulate will not act upon e-mail appointment requests sent to any other address than visa_losangeles@mzv.cz and/or not containing all of the information above, including the scanned attachment.


B) If you apply for a SCHENGEN VISA (any purpose of stay)

If your itinerary spans across several Schengen countries, make sure that you apply for visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination, which constitutes your main purpose of stay, or where you intend to spend the longest time. We cannot accept applications that do not meet this condition.

Due to a high volume of visa applications that led to long waitlists, no advance or online scheduling is currently in place.

Schengen visa applications for any purpose of stay (including TOURISM) are accepted every Tuesday from 9.00 am till 11.45 am, with the exception of Czech and U.S. national holidays and other specified closure days.

Every Tuesday from 7.00 am, a registration form for the day is available to Schengen visa applicants at the lobby-level reception of the 10990 Wilshire Blvd. building. Prospective applicants shall sign in upon their arrival. After the Consulate opens at 9.00 am, applicants are seen in the order they registered themselves.

We strive to meet the needs of as many applicants as possible, yet we are unable to guarantee that all "walk-in" applicants will be served due to limited visa processing capacities (currently aprox. 5-7 applicants are attended each Tuesday). Applications are accepted strictly on the first-come-first-served basis regardless of  the applicant's residence address near or far. Applicants who did not register themselves or who are not attended before 11.45 am are welcome to apply on a different Tuesday.

Due to a high volume of visa applications, the Schengen visa process at our Consulate often takes up to 15 days. When more supporting documents are requested, the process may take up to 45 days.


C) If you apply for a SCHENGEN VISA (purpose of stay BUSINESS, CONFERENCE or CONGRESS in the Czech Republic)

If your itinerary spans across several Schengen countries and your business/conference/congress attendance in the Czech Republic creates a mere side-trip, make sure that you apply for visa at the Embassy or Consulate of the country which is your main destination, which constitutes your main purpose of stay, or where you intend to spend the longest time. We cannot not accept applications that do not meet this condition.

Schengen visa applications for the purpose of business/conference/congress are accepted every Thursday from 9.00 am till 11.45 am with the exception of Czech and U.S. national holidays and other specified closure days.

Applications are accepted strictly on the first-come-first-served basis, no advance or online scheduling is in place. Currently aprox. 5-7 applicants are attended each Thursday. Applicants who are not attended before 11.45 am are welcome to apply on a different Tuesday or Thursday.

In order to be eligible to apply on Thursday, you must provide an invitation letter (written in Czech or English) from a Czech business company inviting you personally to a business meeting, OR an invitation letter (written in Czech or English) from a  conference/congress organizer inviting you personally to a conference/congress in the Czech Republic. In case of doubt you may e-mail a scan of your invitation letter to visa_losangeles@mzv.cz, and we will confirm your eligibility. Applicants without an acceptable Czech business/conference/congress invitation letter are welcome to apply on Tuesdays.

Please remember that any accompanying persons (spouse, child etc.) must also be acknowledged in the official Czech invitation letter in order for them to be eligible to submit their visa application on Thursday.


D) If you apply for a SCHENGEN VISA and you are a FAMILY MEMBER of EU CITIZEN

If you are an eligible family member of a Czech or an EU citizen, we suggest you contact us by e-mail sent to visa_losangeles@mzv.cz and attach a scanned proof of your Czech/EU family member status (see the list of eligibility conditions). The Consulate will contact you as soon as possible and offer you the earliest available appointment.


WHERE TO APPLY

Visa applications must be submitted according to the U.S. residence address of the applicant (your residence address = address on your driver's licence) at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington (see the jurisdiction area in green in the map below) or at the Consulates General in Chicago (blue), Los Angeles (yellow) or New York (red).

Honorary Consulates cannot accept visa applications.

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles has jurisdiction over the following states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.

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