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Youth Mobility Agreement - Czech Republic welcomes young Canadians

On October 1, 2007, a bilateral Agreement between the Czech Republic and Canada concerning the facilitation of temporary work stays of youth entered into force. As of this date, Canadian nationals may apply for a special kind of visa to facilitate their foreign experience.

  • a Canadian national with permanent residence in Canada, and be
  • between 18 and 35 years old (inclusively) on the date of the submission of the application.

Applications for the Youth Mobility visa (YMV) are to be submitted only to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Ottawa  by mail or in person (appointment  via mail: ottacons@gmail.com). Should applicants who filed their application by mail require that their passport is mailed back to them while their visa application is pending approval, they must provide for this purpose a self-addressed (addresses in Canada only) prepaid XpressPost envelope. Given the fact that Canadian citizens may stay in the Schengen area without a visa for up to 90 days within 180 day periods, some YMV applicants may decide to travel to the Czech Republic before their YMV application gets decided. In this case, please inform the visa officer of this intention, and note that the visa, once approved, may only be issued by the Embassy (this will mean that your passport will need to be re-submitted, and another self-addressed XpressPost envelope will be required, unless a personal pickup is arranged with us).

Please take in mind that incomplete applications will be sent back to you.

 

The list of required documents submitted with the completed visa application form:

  • (1) A passport with a validity exceeding the expected duration of stay by at least 3 months;
  • (2) a visa application form, downloadable here, completely filled and signed (note: In box 28 requesting the purpose of stay, indicate "other" and fill in "YMV - Pracovni pobyt mladeze"; do not fill in the question 21);
  • (3) two (2) identical recent photographs (35 x 45 mm, one glued to the application form, the other one containing your legibly printed/typed last name);
  • (4) a return ticket, ticket reservation (flight itinerary) or sufficient financial resources to purchase such a ticket;
  • (5) a proof of financial resources necessary to cover the expenses involved at the beginning of your stay in the territory of the Czech Republic; the minimum amount of CAD 2500 is regarded as sufficient resources to cover the expenses involved at the beginning of your stay and additional 1500 CAD to cover the expenses related to the departure from the Czech Republic (together 4000 CAD); although there is no prescribed way of proving sufficient funds and the visa officer may at his discretion accept various forms of proof of funds, the best way to fulfill this requirement is to submit a letter from the applicant's bank, on a letterhead, signed and stamped by the bank's representative, stating that "Mr./Ms. X has been the client of our bank since .... and his/her accounts are in good standing. The balance on his checking/savings account .......... as of today's date is ........ CAD. He/she also has a VISA/MASTERCARD/other credit/debit card that will allow him the access to his funds from the territory of the Czech Republic."; a copy of the front page of the credit/debit card must be provided (the credit card number need not be visible). Applicants must provide a Czech translation of the above letter (please note that due to the specifics of the Czech language automated translators such as Google Translator yield very poor results and for that reason are unacceptable).
  • (6) a declaration to arrange for health insurance prior to your entry, for the duration of your authorized stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, to cover medical treatment expenses in case of an injury or sudden sickness, including repatriation to Canada, with the minimum insurance coverage of EUR 60 000 (approx. 85 000 CAD); your agreement must be expressed in writing (on a form available in Czech/ English). Applicants must submit the Czech version of the declaration (with an original signature, not an e-mail scan or a copy), its English translation is provided for convenience only;
  • (7) a self-addressed prepaid courrier envelope for the return shipment of your passport (in case you wish to pick up your passport in person, this requirement is not necessary);
  • (8) the consular fee (see below);
  • (9) a declaration of your intention to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for vacation with the possibility of obtaining remunerated employment to supplement your financial resources (a template available here in Czech (PDF, 194 KB)/ English) - applicants must submit the Czech version of the declaration (with an original signature, copies are not accepted), its English translation is provided for convenience only; in addition to the above, applicants can provide a proof of pre-arranged contract of remunerated employment (on a signed letter-head paper of the company or institution that will employ you, with detailed information on the date of the beginning and termination of the employment, the amount of remuneration and the description of work) or a document proving registration at a post-secondary institution in Canada (letter of acceptance) and obtaining of pre-arranged internship or work placement in the Czech Republic.
  • (10) in case of study in the Czech Republic the applicant provides  documentation proving registration at a post-secondary institution in Canada and that he has obtained a pre-arranged internship, this documentation, i.e. letter of school, needs to be translated into Czech, this translation can be verified at the Embassy, for fee please see:
  • (11) in case you cannot apply in person and you send the application by mail, will you attach a letter explaining the reason why you cannot apply in person (long distance for instance) and requesting to be excused from personal appearance

Please do not substitute the above required items for other. For instance, do not submit a "letter of acceptance" instead of the "declaration of your intention to stay in the Czech Republic", or "insurance policy" instead of the "declaration to arrange for health insurance."

 

Processing fee:

The visa processing fee is please see , but often there may be other fees related to the application, most typically a fee per page for the authentication of translation of a bank confirmation into Czech (note that this fee is not for the actual translation of the document, which is your responsibility, but rather for its official verification by a Czech Republic accredited official; in case of doubt, include this fee and it will be returned to you if not required). Acceptable forms of payment are cash, money orders or certified cheques (payable to the "Embassy of the Czech Republic"). Please note that each month, owing to the fluctuating exchange rate, the fees in CAD vary. If you send your application to us by mail at the end of one month, and it will reach us in the following month, the fees might go up or down by a few dollars. For this reason, it is a good idea to include up to 10 dollars more. Any amount paid in excess will of course be returned to you along with all the receipts.

 

Processing time:

60 days - legal deadline for decision; 40-50 days - average waiting time.

Embassy officials have no means of expediting the processing of your application, and there is no emergency service for the processing. In other words, you cannot pay more to have your application decided faster.

 

Additional notes:


All documents submitted with visa applications that are not in Czech language must be translated into Czech, with passports being the only exception.  Automatic online translators such as Google Translator usually yield very poor results and are seldom accepted. While our embassy authenticates (officially verifies the correctness of) translations, it is the applicants' responsibility to have their documents translated. Although the translations need not be prepared by a professional translator, you may find the list of some translators on our website (search for "List of Translators").


The YMV cannot not be extended. Individuals eligible for work stays of youth who have already benefited from the application of the Agreement in the Czech Republic may apply for visas for a second time provided that the purpose of stay is different from that referred to in Article 2 of the Agreement and that there is an interruption between each stay.


In the event a visa application is received by the Embassy after the quota for the visas (1.150 for 2015) has been exhausted, the Embassy will inform the applicant and will offer him/her the opportunity to have the visa issued in the following calendar year. Please note that the quota for the current year has not been reached if this is not clearly indicated at the front of this text.


Canadian citizens who were granted the YMV will receive a written confirmation from the Embassy in Czech language that for the duration of validity of the visas they do not need work permits to be employed in the Czech Republic. The information is intended to be presented to potential employers in the Czech Republic.


Canadian nationals remaining in the territory of the Czech Republic under the YMV Program are required to obey the laws and regulations in force in the territory of the Czech Republic, such as the registration of residence with the Foreign Police competent for the place of their residence within three working days following the entry into the territory of the Czech Republic, unless they have done so in their accommodation facility, e.g. hotel, hostel, boarding house, campsite, etc., under the Act No. 326/1999 on the residence of foreigners in the territory of the Czech Republic.

 

Questions we frequently receive:

1. My flight to the Czech Republic is scheduled for 40 days from now. Should I bother with submitting the application?

Some applications are decided as early as in 20 days. While we cannot guarantee that yours will be one of them, this information might help you decide. Generally speaking, you have two options: (1) Submit the application, travel to the Czech Republic without a visa (make sure you do not exceed your short-term stay allowance, which is 90 days per every 180 day period) and when you are informed that your visa has been approved, re-submit your passport to us to have the visa issued. (2) Apply for a visa (long-stay student visa, long-stay employment visa) with one of our embassies/consulates in Europe. Once more, make sure you do not exceed the 90/180 allowance.

 

2. I do not wish to work in the Czech Republic, does that mean that I cannot apply for the YMV?

No. You have an option to apply for the YMV to study in the Czech Republic, to work there, travel, or simply rest and enjoy a different culture.

 

3. I do not know how to fill the application form. Will someone at the embassy assist me?

No. It is your responsibility to fill out the form and prepare your documents. Furthermore, for the comfort of all our clients in the waiting room, we ask our YMV applicants to bring in to the embassy a finalized application with all the required items (passport, photo, fees) and submit it in one envelope; we specifically ask YMV applicants not to complete their forms or otherwise finalize their submission in the waiting room. In the general visa section of our website, you will find the instructions on how to fill the forms. Applicants for the YMV need not fill in question no. 21 of the form. The country code for the Czech Republic is "CZE" and the country code for Canada is "CAN". Other country codes can be found online. Please do not forget to sign the form.

 

4. Is an online prinout of my banking accounts acceptable?

While not advisable for the purpose of translation of the printout to the Czech Republic, this is possible so long as the printout is subsequently stamped by the relevant bank and is signed by an identified bank representative.

 

5. Where can I find the Agreement?

You can read it here:

Agreement (PDF, 117 KB)

 

 

 

 

Attachments

_147819_14896_XX_Declaration_Youth_Mobility 27 KB DOC (Word document) Jan 30, 2012

zov_EN 526 KB PDF (Adobe Acrobat document) Aug 31, 2010

Prohlášení o zdravotním pojištění 28 KB DOC (Word document) Feb 27, 2012

Declaration Insurance EN 28 KB DOC (Word document) Feb 27, 2012