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Long-term Residence Permit application - Family Reunification

The long-term residence permit for the purpose of "family reunification" can be issued to the closest family members of a person who is a holder of a residence permit in the Czech Republic.

The application for the long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification can primarily be submitted by a foreign national who is:

  1. the spouse of a foreign national who is the long-term or permanent residence permit holder;
  2. the minor child or adult dependent child of a foreign national who is the long-term or permanent residence permit holder;
  3. the minor child or adult dependent child of the spouse of a foreign national who is the long-term or permanent residence permit holder;
  4. the minor child adopted by a foreign national who is the long-term or permanent residence permit holder OR his/her spouse in accordance with the decision taken by the competent authority OR a minor child in foster care of a foreign national who is the long-term or permanent residence permit holder OR the minor’s guardian or the spouse of the guardian is a foreign national with a long-term or permanent residence permit for the Czech Republic and the minor will be taken care of in the Czech Republic,
  5. parents of minor children who have been granted asylum under the special legal regulation 2); if such minor children do not have parents, then any other relative in the direct ascending line; if such relative does not exist a guardian of such minor children shall be entitled to file an application;
  6. solitary foreign nationals older than 65 years or, regardless of age, foreign nationals who are objectively unable to provide for their own needs on account of their state of health if it concerns family reunification with a parent or a child with a long-term or permanent residence permit in the Czech Republic.

If you are already in the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit issued for a different purpose, you may lodge this application at the Ministry of Interior on the territory of the Czech Republic. In all other cases you should apply at the respective Embassy/Consulate of the Czech Republic according to your citizenship or residence.


Required documents

1. valid travel document (recognized by the Czech Republic, not older than 10 years, containing at least 2 free pages, its validity must be at least 3 months longer than the validity of the long-term visa),

2. 3 photographs (3,5 x 4,5 cm, light background, no head covering except for religious reasons),

3. duly completed and signed long-term residence permit application form - Žádost o dlouhodobý pobyt (PDF, 815 KB),

4. documentary evidence of the family relationship (if it concerns an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification with a person who has been granted asylum, the family relationship can be proven in another credible manner if submission of such a document is not possible),

5. parental consent or consent of any other statutory representatives or guardians with the residence of a child in the Czech Republic; parental consent, consent other statutory representative or guardian is not required, if it is parent, statutory representative or guardian who submitted the application for child or with whom the child together resides in the Czech Republic, and if the foreigner demonstrates that he/she is unable to submit this agreement due to reasons beyond his/her control or if the child resides in the Czech Republic pursuant long-term visa or long-term resident permit for other purpose;

6. proof of sufficient means - a document proving that the aggregate monthly household income of the family after its reunification will not be lower than the sum of:

  • the amount of the subsistence minimums of all family members and
  • the highest amount of normative costs for housing, which the foreign national can credibly prove as an amount of reasonably justified costs for the accommodation of the family,
  • a foreigner is on request obliged to submit the declaration of release obligation of secrecy of the Tax Office, in full range of data, in purpose of verification aggregate monthly income of the family; if a foreigner submitted the document to the request of income of the family member, he/she is on request also obliged to submit its declaration of release obligation of secrecy.

7. proof of accommodation

8. foreign national who has resided as a family member of a holder of an EU Blue Card in another EU Member State is further obliged to submit a document or a residence permit that was granted to him/her as a family member of a holder of an EU Blue Card by another EU Member State,

 9. police clearance certificate (provided in original authenticated by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs - for details see Remarks below):

  • issued by the applicant's home country (i.e. the country which passport the applicant holds),
  • issued by the state(s) in which the applicant has had a continuous residence for over 6 months in the last 3 years, if relevant.     The requirement to submit the police clearance is based on the Act No. 326/1999, Coll., on the Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic, par. 31/3/a

The requirements for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document, birth certificate, marriage certificate and the photograph of the appplicant if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

Important Remarks:

  • the application has to be submitted by the applicant in person at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Nairobi (by prior appointment only),
  • the application fee has to be paid in EUR cash (or by credit / debit card) (the fee amounts to approx. 100 EUR); consular fees (e.g. authentication, verification of translation, etc.) have to be paid in KSh cash (or by credit / debit card),
  • all original letters issued by the foreign government authorities (i.e. police clearance, birth/marriage certificate, etc.) have to be authenticated by the respective Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Kindly note that the authentication stamp has to be placed on the original document
  • all foreign documents have to be translated into Czech. The Embassy can verify the translation only but it will not provide the actual translation.
  • all documents have to be submitted in original
  • the decisions about the long-term resident permit applications (family reunification type) are taken by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic within 270 days. During this period the applicant may be called in for an interview at the Embassy, if requested by the respective Czech authorities. Details about the decision making procedure
  • As the application procedure follows the Administrative Code of the Czech Republic, the interview may only be done in Czech. The applicant has to organize his/her own interpreter.

In case the residence permit is granted by the Ministry of Interior, a medical insurance covering the territory of the Czech Republic has to be arranged and presented to the Embassy before the visa is stamped into the passport. Detailed information on the required insurance policy will be sent to each successful applicant together with the notification of the approval of the residence permit. Since August 2021, the Foreigners' Comprehensive Medical Insurance  from the Pojistovna VZP insurance company is required.

For detailed information on the long-term residence permit application requirements, the decision-making procedure and other related issues please visit the websites of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.