Consultation on Czech visa and assistance service
If you need short term or long term visa - we are here to help you with the application process or Visa estention.
Applying from your home country?
Students from non-EU or non-EFTA countries who wish to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days have to apply for a visa.
When applying for student´s visa at the czecm embassy/consulat you need to submit following documents:
- application form - available at the czech embassy/consulat
- health insurance certificate- forStudents has the valid license to conclude the health insurance certificate that comply to all the regulations of Ministry of foreign affairs fulfills all the requirements of the act No. 326/1999 Coll
- document confirming the purpose of stay (confirmation of studies issued by the study department of your University), more info: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/third-country-nationals-application-requirements-document-on-the-purpose-of-stay.aspx?fbclid=IwAR0so0QV9DuHtKtaaIH2A-i4qsWybx_ZZ5Jqs6gduztlBv1OE35DyGxnrU0
- funds to cover the cost of stay in Czech Republic - please contact the czech embassy/conculat of the required amount
- an internationally recognized credit card to certify that funds are available and can be withdrawn in the Czech Republic
- a bank account statement in your name confirming that you are free to use funds in the required amount
- document confirming guaranteed accommodation - can be provided by our office - either rental contract or confirmation of accommodation
- travel document - the validity of period of your passport must exceed the period of stay in the Czech Republic at least 3 months.At some places (Africa, Asia) it must exceed the stay by 5 months
- 2 photographs, must show your current look
- upon request: a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years)
A long-term visa for the purpose of studies is issued for a period that is demonstrated with the confirmation of studies, however, not longer than 1 year.
System of the procedure
- the documents submitted at the Czech Embassy/ Consulate will be sent to the Immigration Police in the Czech Republic. The application will be processed here
- the entire procedure will take several weeks and when completed you will have to visit the Consulate a second time with your passport to get the permit to come to the Czech Republic (it is not possible to pick it up in the Czech Republic, and no exceptions can be made)
- the residence permit provided by the Embassy is just "provisional" and allows you to enter the Czech Republic and stay here for three days only. The "proper" residence permit (including also the specification of your place of stay in Czech Republic) will be issued by the local foreign police authorities upon your arrival
Registration at MOI (Ministry of Interior) Department after arrival
Third country nationals’ obligations after entering the territory of the Czech Republic Third country nationals are obliged to register their accommodation address in the Czech Republic with the nearest foreign police department within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic (see below for exceptions). If you have arrived in the Czech Republic to pick up a long-term or permanent residence card, you may also perform your obligation of registration at an MoI office, where you may also perform your obligation to provide biometric data. When performing his/her obligations, the third country national must present a valid travel document and a completed registration form (available at the office). In the course of performance of registration obligations, the police is entitled to demand presentation of a travel insurance certificate.
The obligation to register their accommodation address with the police does not apply to a third country national who has already satisfied this obligation via his / her accommodator. The obligation of registration also does not apply to persons under the age of 15, to the personnel of the embassy or consulate of a foreign state or of an international government organisation accredited in the Czech Republic, to their family members as registered with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or to a third country national for whom the Ministry of the Interior is providing accommodation. If he/she has arrived in this country to pick up a long-term residence card, even in the aforementioned situations a third country national shall be obliged to report to an MoI office within 3 days to provide biometric data.
Third country nationals are also obliged to report any change of surname, marital status, change of data in their travel document and change of data in the document permitting their stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. in their residence card). Third country nationals not required to have a visa or on a short-term visa must report any change in data to the Alien Police or, if staying on a long-term visa or on a long-term or permanent residence card, to an MoI office. At the request of the police, third country nationals are obliged to prove their identity with a valid travel document or residence card (biometric card). This biometric residence card is the only valid document that a third country national will be accepted instead of travel document. However, this biometric residence card cannot be used instead of a travel document for travel outside the territory of the Czech Republic and it is essential that third country nationals have both - a valid travel document and a valid biometric residence card.
In the Czech Republic we recognize 3 types of visa:
- short-term visa (stay up to 90 days);
- long-term visa (stay over 90 days - up to 6months);
- long-term stay (stay more than 6 months).
What do you need for registration?
- Valid travel document;
- Foreign Police is also entitled to request to see your health insurance and lease contract.
What to do next?
- Long-term visa - the registration process is done, just in case of any change in your details (address, passport), you have to report within 30 days to the MOI.
- Long stay - after registration you have to order an appointment for biometric card. You need only your passport and wait in lobby till the officer calls your name. They will take a picture, fingerprints, check valid address of stay and also give you date for collection biometric card (approximately 3 weeks). When you go to collect it, you also need to buy "kolek" - a stamp (can be purchased in post office) in amount of 2.500 CZK.
Basic info about a biometric card:
- Each year you will go to extend your visa, you will obtain a new card.
- If you lose your biometric card, you will be charged 4.000 CZK.
- If you have to change some personal data, you will pay 1.000 CZK.
- Any changes concerning the data at a biometric card have to be reported within 30 days.
What documents do you need to apply for VISA extension, long term residence permit?
- Filled Application Form;
- Confirmation of accommodation;
- Lease contract
- Declaration of tenant agreement with landlord signature (verified by notary)
- Confirmation of study from the university;
- Bank account statement or credit card statement – original (verified translation), with valid international card and amount of 81.400 CZK for 1 year or 134.200 CZK for 2 years;
- Passport + Biometric card + 1 passport size photography;
- Health insurance – which will cover whole period for visa (12 months, 24 months). Deal health insurance with forStudents!
- Revenue stamps - 2.500 CZK with application
All documents must be in CZECH language and original (or notarized copy) and not older than 3 months.
Visa extension in Czech republic - step by step
1. Prepare all the documents.
2. We can help you make an appointment. Contact us in advance. The appointments are given in two months period.
- Biometric card holders - you can start extending your visa 120 before and up to your last day of expiration date.
- Long term visa holders - you can start extending your visa 120 days before and up to your last days before your expiration date.
3. Buy stamps called 'kolek' in the amount of 2.500,- CZK (available at any post office in Czech Republic)
4. If you didn´t make any appointment, you will need to go to the office early in the morning, get the token with the number and wait until your number comes up.
5. Submit all the documents and stamps. Mention changes if there are any (address, passport number etc.). Your duty for visa extension is completed. Officer will give you an appointment at biometric department where they will take a photo of you and take your fingerprints for biometric card. Don´t miss the appointments. It´s hard to get one in time and the waiting period is really long.
7. At the second visit at biometric department you will get your last appointment for picking up the biometric card. If you miss the appointment for biometric card and don´t pick it up within 2 weeks, your visa will be cancelled.
!! If you don´t start the extension before your visa expires or you don´t pick up your biometric card within 2 weeks from your appointment, your visa will be cancelled and you will have to travel back to your home country and ask for visa there again. !!
- Applying for 2 years - the procedure is the same, but all the documents have to cover the whole period.
- There are some rules in process of a visa application which have to be followed, however it is still up to an immigration officer if you will get visa or not and for how long (mainly they are looking for a health insurance length and a study confirmation validity).
- Don´t miss the deadline for extension!
- For biometric card holders - the extension starts 120 days and ends min 1 day before current visa expiration.
- For non-biometric card holders (first time applicants) - the extension starts 90 days and ends min 1 day before current visa expiration.
- If you plan to leave the Czech Republic before obtaining visa extension (new biometric card), ask MOI for bridging visa.
- Fill in the right contact address! MOI sends appeal mainly by post.
We highly recommend you to go with our VISA help package to avoid any problems.
forStudents offers a great deal of VISA HELP packages:
1. CLIENT PACKAGE - free of charge
For clients who concluded lease or health insurance contract through forStudents agency.
2. NON-CLIENT PACKAGE - 1.000 CZK
For clients who haven´t used any service from forStudents agency until now.
Valid for one year!
What is included in VISA HELP package?
- Advise on visa with step by step process for newly arrival students.
- Advise on visa extension for senior students.
- Help to fill the application form.
- Check all the documents needed for visa application.
- Booking appointments with Ministry of Interior for any reason (picking up biometric card, bridging visa, change of address, visa extension).
- Checking OAM (if provided) and booking biometric appointment.
What is NOT included in VISA HELP package?
- Personal assistance for appointments with Ministry of Interior
Charges for personal assistance for individual city:
800 CZK / for 2 hours, minimum price
800 CZK / for 2 hours, minimum price
300 CZK / hour
Price is charged for each commenced hour .
Price is always per 1 person.
Price is charges in advance.
Cancellation possible latest 24hours before appointment otherwise there is a cancellation fee (Prague and Brno: 800 CZK, Hradec Králové: 300 CZK)