Moving to another country can result in a lot of paperwork to deal with. That’s why we decided to write an article meant to bring you specific information and answer inquiries which may come up.
Depending on the purpose of your visit/stay in Czechia, different visa applications are available.
As a non-EU citizen planning to stay for more than 90 days in the country, you have to apply for a long-term visa issued by the Czech Embassy of your home country or the country where you have a long-term residence permit, and you’ll normally need to provide the following docs:
- A travel document (ID or passport);
- 1 or 2 pictures;
- Proof of accommodation;
- A document stating the purpose of stay;
- Proof of funds to confirm sufficient financial resources for the stay in the Czech Republic.
1. Different types of visa for non-EU citizens:
- Study: coming to the Czech Republic to study at a local school/university, the student can apply for a long-term visa for study purposes; its validity will cover the period stated in the acceptance letter issued by the school/university.
- Employment: it is no longer possible to apply for a long-term visa for the purpose of employment. This type of permit has been replaced by an employee card. Check out the blog post we wrote on this topic. For highly skilled employees the EU Blue Card is a good alternative.
- Business: people owning a business or a trade license can apply for this visa normally issued for a 6 months-period. It can be renewed at a second stage in the Czech Republic.
- Family: having one or more family members in the Czech Republic, the applicant is eligible to apply for a family-related visa to join his family.
2. Specific cases
Family members of EU citizens who are non-EU citizens not subject to visa requirements can stay in the Czech Republic for up to 3 months without a visa; travel documents must be shown upon arrival.
Family members of EU citizens who are non-EU citizens subject to visa requirements can stay in the Czech Republic for up to 3 months without a visa on condition that they hold a valid passport and a valid document on a temporary or permanent residence permit issued by a different EU country.
3. When the visa is expiring
When your visa is about to expire, there’s a series of procedures to follow. For further insights, have a look at our blog post: How to Prolong your Residence Permit in the Czech Republic.
4. Visa not required for EU citizens
If you’re an EU citizen willing to relocate to the Czech Republic, you don’t need any visa or other permits to travel, live and work in the country. You can enter and reside in Czechia without any restriction – all you need is your passport or identity card.
Nevertheless, don’t forget to notify your presence at the local Foreign Police office within 30 days upon arrival (unless accommodation is provided by a hotel).
5. Extra note: the Department of Asylum and Migration
The Department of Asylum and Migration implements policies to support legal migration while minimizing illegal migration, and it protects foreigners from persecution by state authorities. For more info, check out the Asylum, Migration and Integration section of the Ministry of the Interior website.
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13 thoughts on “Basic Immigration Guide”
pls sir, I simply tale u I want to go to Czech republic with work permit visa. If u can help me pls inform me. Tanks, Rabiul Aowal Bhuiyan. Bangladesh. +email@example.com
It seems like its alot harder to immigrate to czechia than i thought. Thanks for the info!
I’m a Korean. I want to apply for a business visa. I don.t speak english well. So I need an interpreter. I want to know the cost and necessary documents.
For the cost of the business visa check on http://www.foreigners.cz/visa-arrangement. If you want to know about the necessary documents contact our Expat & Immigration Consultant: http://www.foreigners.cz/contact
Hi as a non EU citizen, Can I bring my sister as family member. I have prechodny pobyt in CZ based on Slovak wife
For the family reunification visa, you need to have a long-term or permanent residence in CZ as stated in this article: https://blog.foreigners.cz/long-stay-visa-for-the-purpose-of-family-reunification-in-the-czech-republic/
Thanks for your amazing job and supmort to the foreign community.
I would like to know, as a non eu citizen married with a Czech citizen, with our baby and holding a Temporary visa (prechodny pobyt) that allow me to stay and work in the Czech Republic, I kniw that I can travel for up to 90 days in any 180 days period for tourism and so on. But what About job.
Will I need a work permit or another type of visa/documents if I want to go to work in any other EU/Schengen countries ???
Thank you in advance for your kind reply.
first of all: thank you for your kind comment, we’re happy to help!
It is possible that at least one of the documents you mentioned will be required, however, I am not 100 % certain. You can send an email with your question to one of our offices (depending on the city you live in) or to firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can schedule a consultation 🙂
I wish to immigrate to the Czech Republic as a retiree. I am 72. Can you tell me which type of Long Term Visa I could apply for? I would like to apply for Permanent Residence Visa, and purchase property.
Thank You. 12-11-22
We can look at your case, I believe we’ve already done this several times. Please e-mail your inquiry to email@example.com and add the city of your chosen residence so that our Communications Administrator can allocate you to the right office.
Hello! Still investigating how to assemble all the paperwork to send to the Embassy in Washington D.C. at this date. I want to have a Long Term Visa to live in Southern Bohemia…Suchdol. Later to purchase property under a Permanent Visa…Can you tell me where I can send the paperwork to be translated so I can forward to Embassy? 23-3-23 Daniel Wargo
Hi, please send an email to our consultants at firstname.lastname@example.org – we can guide you and also help with the translation!