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Family & Dependant Visa

Information for family members of holders of long term visa or residency permits wishing to live in the Czech Republic.

Important notes

  • Family/dependant visas are only issued by Czech Embassies and Consulates General located outside of the territory of the Czech Republic, applicants must wait for their applications to be processed.
  • A family/dependant visa can only be issued by the same Embassy and Consulate General where the application for it was submitted. Hence, you cannot apply for a visa in Israel and pick it up in Europe or the Czech Republic.
  • You must be present in Israel at the end of the application process when the visa is issued into your passport. The Consular Office does not accept the passports mailed from the Czech Republic and does not ship them to the Czech Republic!

Processing time

All visas have to be approved by the Ministry of Interior. The processing time for the family/dependant visa lasts from 90 to 120 days from the date the Embassy receives the fully completed application. Therefore, the Embassy recommends that applicants submit their applications on time. Please understand that the Embassy is not able to speed up the process or follow up on it as it is handled by the authorities in the Czech Republic.


Required documents

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Please read carefully the list of required documents, as incomplete applications cannot be accepted and will be returned to you.
  • According to the Law of the Czech Republic, all documents (except the proof of sufficient financial means) must be presented in Czech Language.
  • You need to also bring copies of all supporting documents!
  • All documents must be presented in the original or as a certified copy.
  • All documents (except travel document) may not be older than 180 days.

1. Completed application form

  • The form "Application for Long-term Visa" must be filled out completely with a ball point pen or on a typewriter. Do not use red ink to complete the application.

    Please do not forget
  • to sign the application in the place indicated at the bottom of the fifth page
  • to include your phone number and e-mail address for future communication


2. Two recent photographs (passport size, professional, of a good quality – not printed out from PC)

  • One photograph must be glued on the original application form (in the frame in the right upper corner of the application).


3. Passport

  • You must submit your original passport. Its validity must exceed your intended stay by at least 3 months (after the visa expires) and the passport must have been issued within the last 10 years.
  • We recommend to include a copy of the data page of the passport (the page with your personal data and photo) as well.

    Notes
  • Please make sure that your passport has at least two blank pages (for affixing visa and administrative purposes).
  • The passport must be resubmitted at the end of the application process for the issuance of the visa after the visa has been approved by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic. You must be present in Israel at the end of the visa process.

 

4. Document confirming sufficient financial resources

Funds to cover the stay in the Czech Republic may be proven by one of following possibilities:

  •  internationally recognized debit/credit card on your name with a validity during your stay in the Czech Republic and its copy + a corresponding bank account statement on your name
  • an original letter from the bank confirming the fact that you will be able to use your funds during your stay in the Czech Republic with the verified  translation into the Czech language + an original  internationally recognized debit/credit card on your name and its copy
  • another document confirming that you can use the financial funds during a stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. an original letter from the family member confirming the financial support during your stay in the Czech Republic signed by a person who will support you /notarized signature/ plus an original or his/her  bank account statement)
  • a financial guarantee of the Israeli or the Czech University which proves that the student’s stay in the Czech Republic will be secured by providing financial means amounting to the existential minimum for 1 month of the expected stay, or a document that all of the costs associated with his/her stay will be covered by the recipient organization + internationally recognized debit/credit card on your name. Proof of funds submitted in this manner cannot be used for an application for a long-term visa for the purpose “other”. 
  • Requirements for financial means during your stay:
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  • The minimum requirement for
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  • a person under 18 is 37,370 CZK (approximately $2,100) for one year of stay,
  • a person over 18 is 74,740 CZK (approximately $4,150) for one year of stay.


5. Document confirming the purpose of the stay

 

Your relationship to a family member (spouse/registered partner, children, elderly parents) must be proved by an appropriate official document:

 

  • a copy of your marriage certificate,
  • a copy of birth certificate (yours or of your children), etc.
  • any other official document certifying your relationship to relatives in the Czech Republic

    Important notes
  • The original or notarized copy of any of the mentioned documents must be submitted.
  • The Israeli documents must be provided with an Apostille
  • The documents must be translated  in the Czech language.


6. Proof of accommodation

  • A certificate issued by an individual or a legal entity providing accommodation, or
  • an original statement from the owner of an apartment or a house stating his or her ability and willingness to provide the accommodation (private accommodation), or
  • a lease agreement for an apartment or a house, or
  • a lease agreement and an affidavit signed by the owner of an apartment or a house confirming the sublet.

    Important notes
  • The original or notarized copy of any of the mentioned documents must be submitted.
  • The copies and signature of the owner must be notarized by a Notary Public in the Czech Republic.
  • The documents confriming your accommodation must be in Czech language.


7. Criminal History Background

The Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv, 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 Tel Aviv submit Criminal History Background check issued by the State of Israel 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.

You have to submit an application to the Israel Police. Under the law, the certificate is not given to the applicant but rather transferred to the official entity (in this case to the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tel Aviv). Israeli criminal record (PDF, 245 KB)is issued by the Israel Police. You must collect the certificate from our Embassy and get an Apostille on it issued by the Consular Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel in Jerusalem. We can provide for you the official translation into Czech language if the Israeli Criminal Background document is in English. This is the only case when we are providing the translation (for students only).


In addition:

  • Non Israeli citizens: You need to submit a Excerpt from Criminal History Record from the country of your nationality. If you have lived in any other country besides Israel for 6 months or longer in the previous three years, you are required to submit an Excerpt from Criminal History Record issued by that country.
  • Children under 15 are not required to submit any document confirming that they have never been indicted and sentenced for a felony of any kind.


8. Travel medical insurance

When submitting visa application, travel health isn’t required, but the applicant must provide proof of holding travel medical insurance before the visa is affixed to his travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of the applicant´s stay in the Czech Republic as determined by the validity of the visa. Travel medical insurance must cover the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation or, in the event of death, repatriation of remains to the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or to the applicant´s country of residence. The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by fault or contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant. The minimum coverage is EUR 60 000 per one insured event without any coinsurance or copayment.  Travel medical insurance may be purchased from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic. Recommended way is to obtain medical insurance from a company that appears on a list of authorized companies maintained by the Czech National Bank.

Samples of Czech subjects providing the insurance (some of them on-line) :

MAXIMA A.S.

Veřejná Zdravotní Pojišťovna (VZP)

SLAVIA pojišťovna

VICTORIA pojišťovna

Insurance can also be purchaised from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in any other Member State of the European Union or in any Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area, or from an insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or in the applicant´s country of residence. Then the proof of travel medical insurance must be accompanied by a certified Czech translation of the insurance policy and general insurance terms and conditions, proving the existence of travel medical insurance, the scope of coverage, the amount of coverage (at least EUR 60 000), and proving that there is no coinsurance or copayment.

 

More details concerning travel medical insurance


9. Visa application fee

  • There is a fee assessed for submitting your visa application.
  •  The fee must be paid  in cash in NIS.
  • The visa fee may change on monthly basis due to the current exchange rate.
  • There is no visa application fee for children under 6.

 


IMPORTANT NOTICE

  • All visas must be approved by the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic prior to the Czech Embassy being able to issue same. No assurances regarding the issuance of visas can be given in advance. Therefore final travel plans or the purchase of non refundable tickets should not be made until a visa has been issued.
  • The visa for a stay over 90 days is granted for maximum length of 12 months.
  • While lodging the application, an interview with the applicant can be conducted. A written record of the interview can be a part of the application. A record will be written down in Czech language and will be signed by the applicant and the officer of the Consulate who will conduct the interview. In case you do not understand Czech you can bring an interpreter with you to translate the written record.
  • Student visas can only be issued by the same Embassy where the application for it was submitted. Hence, you cannot apply for a visa in Israel and pick it up in Europe or the Czech Republic. The Czech Embassy strongly recommends that applicants do not travel to the Czech Republic to begin their study programs without valid visas.
  • In case the visa has been refused, you have the right of appeal. The appeal should be addressed to the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of 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.
  • The Consular Section of the Embassy of the Czech Republic does not provide translations of documents submitted within the visa application except the criminal history background document. List of translators can be found here.