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Long Term Visa for Study

This article provides information about lodging application for a long term visa for the purpose of study for a stay of over 90 days (up to 12 months).

Apply for a long-term student visa at the Czech Embassy, which will be issued for a maximum period of 12 months. If the study program change requires a stay exceeding 12 months, you will need to submit an application for  a long term residence in Czechia with a regional office of the Ministry of the Interior during your stay on student visa not earlier than 90 days and not later than 14 days before the visa expires.

When applying for a long term visa for the purpose of study, follow these steps:

Schedule an appointment: Make an appointment by sending an email to longstay.london@mzv.cz


Applications are submitted in person only.
All supporting documents submitted must be originals or verified copies.
All documents must not be older than 180 days with the exeption of a passport, registrar documents, diplomas and similar documents and photo (must reflect current appearance).
Foreign public documents must be legalized, e.i. equipped by an Apostille or superlegalized.
All documents must be submitted in Czech language (with the exeption of a bank statement, bank card, which can be in English).
Incomplete applications are inadmissible (pursuant to § 169h of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals).

PROCESSING TIME: up to 60 days

All long-term visa are processed and decided by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic and the Embassy issues visa based on the decision and has no say or influence regarding processing time or decision-making.

FEES: Visa fee is 2500 CZK for a long-term visa for the purpose of study. The fee must be paid in cash in GBP when applying for visa. The visa fee may change on a monthly basis due to the current exchange rate. The updated list of consular and visa fees in on our website.


Completed visa application form -
completely filled out before coming to the Embassy with a ballpoint pen or on a typewrier. Please do not forget to sign the application on the 5th page and include your phone number, email address and postal service address for future communication  - download Application for a long term visa (PDF, 534 KB)

Two recent passport photographs

Passport - passport is not retained during the processing of long-term visa, but needs to be re-submitted when collecting the visa, so visa can be issued in the passport.

Document confirming the purpose of the stay - confirmation of studies -  an original or a copy (notarized by a Czech notary) of a document certifying acceptance into a study program in the Czech Republic issued by a Czech university or school in the Czech language.

Document confirming accommodation - an original or a copy of your accommodation document issued by a Czech university confirming accommodation in the school´s dormitory for the duration of your studies - document must be in Czech language.

If you are staying in private accommodations, the original statement from the owner of an apartment/house stating his/her ability and willingness to provide accommodation (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary);

If you are renting an apartment/house, the original or a notarized copy of the tenancy/rental contract signed by both parties (signature do not have to be notarized);

If you are subletting, the original or a notarized copy of the tenancy/rental contract and an affidavit signed by the owner confirming the subletting (signature must be notarized by a Czech notary).

Document confirming sufficient financial resources -  when applying for a long term student visa, you eed to prove that you possess sufficient financial means for your stay in Czechia. You can fund your stay and prove it by one of the following options:

- a copy of a debit card held in your name with a validity for at least the duration of your stay in the Czechia and original checking account periodical bank statement for the last 3 months linked to the card original bank statement (or an original letter from the bank in English with stamp and signature). In the case of internet banking printouts, a bank stamp confirming the authenticity is requested. You may cover the card number before you make a copy of it but don't cover the validity. A copy of the front side is sufficient;

- a letter from a sponsor confirming the support of the applicant during his or her stay in Czechia. It must be an original document with a notarized signature and presented with an official translation in the Czech language. Example: A parental letter confirming the financial situation of the student must be translated into the Czech language and notarized. Such letter must be accompanied by a bank statement of the parent (original or printout stamped by the bank). The student must provide proof of ability to draw funds while in Czechia, for example, ownership of a banking card linked to this account.

- scholarship: A student currently receiving a scholarship or grant must provide a confirmation of such scholarship.

How much money needs to be in your bank account?

For the purposes of a long-term visa, a foreign national is obliged to prove the availability of funds that are 15 times the amount of the existential minimum (in accordance with the Governement Regulation No. 61/2020 Coll. this minimum is equal to 2 490 CZK) for the first month and double the amount of existential minimum for every month afterwards, i.e. for instance, for a stay from January 1st until June 30th it would be (15 * 2 490) + (5 * 2 * 2 490) = 37 350 + 24 900 = 62 250 CZK.

Criminal History Background - The Embassy of the Czech Republic in London, in accordance with par. 31(3)a of the Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on the Residence of Foreign nationals in the territory of Czechia hereby requests that all applicants for a long term visa or residence permit, who will submit their applications at the Embassy in London submit Criminal History Background check issued by UKl 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.

This document must be appropriately certified (Apostille or super-legalization) and then subsequently translated into the Czech language by a sworn translator.

Medical health insurance - you will be asked to submit health insurance upon collection of your visa. The type and length will be specified in the collection notice. Detailed information about medical health insurance can be found on the website of the Ministry of Interior as well as the website of the Pojišťovna VZP, a.s. (As of August 2nd, 2021 the Law Concerning the Residence of Foreign Nationals specifies a duty for foreign nationals entering the territory and who will be on it for more than 90 days to conclude travel medical insurance in the scope of comprehensive healthcare within 90 days from entry to the territory of Czechia. For a period of five years from the day when the amendment to the law concerning the residence of foreign nationals comes into force (i.e., from August 2nd, 2021 to August 2nd, 2026), travel medical insurance in the scope of comprehensive healthcare as required by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals may be concluded exclusively with Pojišťovna VZP, a. s.)



List of Czech translators in the UK
Please note only those translators who have a yellow highlight can provide translations which are sufficient for visa purposes.


The application procedures are governed by the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals, the Administrative Procedure Code and other associated acts.