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Long term Visa and Residence

Long-term visas and residence permits are required for citizens of the so-called third countries staying in the Czech Republic for longer than three months for one of these purposes: health, culture, sports, official (political), family, study, training, internship, volunteering, working holidays, seasonal employment, on-site training, entrepreneurship or other.

Long-term visa is not intended for family members of EU citizens nor of Island, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland who are holders of residence cards of family members of citizens of the EU/EEA or who have applied for them. Long-term visa applications are lodged when a stay exceeding three months is expected (hence cannot be covered by a short-term Schengen visa).

The Embassy forward all the applications of long term visa and residence permits to the Czech Ministry of the Interior, which examines them and decides on them.

Long-term visa grants its holder a right of free movement in the Schengen Area for a maximum of 90 days within any 180 days for non-gainful purposes (in this respect, it fulfills the function of a short-term Schengen visa).

Please Choose the type of the visa you need and follow the instruction.



Legal sources:

○ Act No 326/1999 Coll., on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic and Amending Certain Acts (available in Czech) (territorial competence: § 169g, scheduling appointment to lodge application: § 169f, lodging application in person: § 169d, requirement to submit documents: § 168.2, submitting fingerprints: § 55.3, long-term visa: § 30, long-term visa supporting documents: § 31, supporting documents – requirements (not older than 180 days, originals): § 55.1, unacceptability of application: § 169h, legal processing period: § 169t.2, travel health insurance: § 180j)  

○ Act No 500/2004 Coll., Administrative Code (available in Czech) (requirement to submit documents in Czech: § 16.1+2)

○ Decree from December 21, 2010, No 429/2010 Coll., on Establishing Exceptions from Foreigner´s Obligation to Apply for a Visa or Residence Permit at a Diplomatic Mission According to Local Territorial Competence (available in Czech)

○ Decree from February 5, 2020, No 35/2020 Coll., on Establishing Territorial Districts of Diplomatic Missions for Purposes of Lodging Visa and Residence Permit Applications (available in Czech)

○ Regulation (EU) No 2016/399 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 9 March 2016 on a Union Code on the rules governing the movement of persons across borders (Schengen Borders Code) – mainly Title II – External Borders, Chapters I and II


Useful links:

○ Ministry of the Interior – Visa for Stay over 90 Days (long-term)ContactsApplication RequirementsStatus of ApplicationConditions of Entry and Basic Requirements after Entry to the Czech Republic

○ Ministry of  Industry and Trade – Economic Migration – Overview of ProgramsEconomic Migration

○ Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports – Recognition of Education

○ Ministry of Justice – Court Certified Translators (in Czech)

○ Recognition of Foreign Education and Qualification

○ Foreigners in the Czech Republic

○ Confederation of Industry of the Czech Republic – Training (in Czech)