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long-term residence permit

Long-term residence permits are issued for applicants whose purpose of stay in the Czech Republic is either study (for stays of over 365 days), scientific research, family reunification (in specific cases), employee card or blue card.

Visas for collecting long-term residence permits are issued with validity of 6 months and length of stay of 60 days. The long-term residence permit cards are only issued by the Ministry of Interior after the applicant's arrival in the Czech Republic.

Where to apply

Visa applications must be submitted at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington or at the Consulates General in Chicago, Los Angeles or New York according to the U.S. residence address of the applicant (your residence address = address on your driver's licence).
The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Los Angeles has jurisdiction over the following U.S. states: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming, as well as U.S. unincorporated territories of American Samoa, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

Visas can only be issued by the same Embassy or Consulate General where the application was submitted. The Consulate strongly recommends that the applicants do not travel to the Czech Republic without a valid visa.


Chapters below specify requirements for different types of long-term residence permit.
For more detailed information about the requirements, please, visit the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.



(!) all documents must be presented in Czech language
(!) all documents must be presented in the original or as a notarized copy AND one (simple) copy of each document  (i.e. two complete sets of documents must be provided)
(!) all documents (except travel document) may not be older than 180 days
(!) all the submitted documents will be sent to the Ministry of Interior in Prague and none of them will be returned, including all the originals and notarized copies

The Consulate does not provide translations of documents submitted with a visa application.

Decision about visa application

Applications for long-term residence permits are approved by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic (not by the Consulate). Without the approval, the Consulate is not authorized to issue the visa and the Consulate is not able to speed up the visa approval process. Therefore, the Consulate encourages applicants to submit their applications on time.

In case the visa is refused, the applicant has right to appeal. The appeal should be addressed to 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 the application.

What exactly is a "visa" that will be issued after the application process is finished?

"Visa" is a special paper sticker containg security elements, photo and personal information of the applicant, including validity period and type of visa. After issued, the sticker is affixed inside the passport, usually on page no. 10 or 12, and stamped over. That is why the Consulate keeps the passport during the visa process.

In case of a long-term residence permit application, the visa issued is not the actual "residence permit". In this case, the visa entitles the applicant to withdraw his/her residence permit identity card at the correspondent office of the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of the Interior. That is why the visa validity is always only 180 days with a permited stay of 60 days.

May I have my passport back during the visa process if I need it to travel in the meantime?

We strongly recommend to have a second U.S. passport to travel in the meantime so that your other trips do not interfere with your Czech visa process.
However, in justified cases you may pick up your passport personally during the visa process once the visa process has started.
If you rather wish to receive your passport by mail, we require you to provide 2 (two) pre-paid and pre-addressed envelopes while submitting your application instead of just one. Also, please, include a letter signed by you requesting the passport to be returned once the visa process has started.
Aprox. 7 days before you need the passport for your trip, send us an email to make sure that we have already started processing your application and that we are planning to mail the passport back to you.
We expect you to return the passport to us as soon as possible.


Consulate is authorized to interview the applicant for long-term visa or long-term residence permit. Interview with the applicant will be conducted in Czech language while submitting the application and the written record of the interview will be part of the application file. In case you do not speak Czech, you may bring an authorized/official interpreter with you at your own expense.

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