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Schengen visa based on official invitation

Schengen (short-stay) visa based on official invitation verified by Alien Police Inspectorate

Visa Application Requirements:

  • application form
  • travel document
  • photo
  • biometric features – fingerprints
  • fee
  • invitation form
  • additional supporting documents according to the extent of the invitation proving 
    • financial means in case the inviting person provides only accommodation and not subsistence for the stay (for example bank statement etc.)
    • intention to leave the territory of the Czech Republic / Schengen Area before the visa expiry (for example air plane/bus ticket reservation, proof of financial means for the return trip, employment confirmation, real estate ownership confirmation, family relations confirmation etc.)
  • travel health insurance for the whole Schengen Area (in the verified invitation the inviting person provides only for the travel health insurance on the territory of the Czech Republic

Official invitation refers to the invitation officially verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate (according to the place of permanent residency of the inviting person). It is not a private invitation in a form of a letter – see How to Invite a Foreigner.

Official invitation to visit the Czech Republic is a form verified by the Alien Police Inspectorate by which the inviting person/company accepts the obligation to fully or partially finance the stay of the foreigner. According to the extent of this obligation, the foreigner (invited person) submits no or partial supporting documents normally required to prove the purpose of journey, accommodation and financial means. The inviting person/company mails the original of the invitation form to the invited person  – he/she submits it along with the visa application.


Legal sources:

  • Regulation (EC) No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 13 July 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)
  • Act No 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic and Amending Certain Acts (in Czech)

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