If you’ve lived in the Czech Republic for long enough, you should by now have a Resident Permit validating your stay. When it comes to its expiry date, you may wonder how to prolong it.
To extend your Residence Permit you have to apply for its extension at least one day before the expiry date. Applications made earlier than 120 days from expiry will not be taken into account.
The application must be filed at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. If you don’t apply on time, it can be considered a violation and you may have to pay a fine.
First of all, check the application requirements. There, you can find the application form you will have to fill in when prolonging your Residence Permit.
In case you can’t report on time the willingness to extend the validity of your residence permit due to a problem out of your responsibility (which you’ll need to prove), you have 3 working days since problem disclosure to state it to the relevant office.
If you can’t attend the process, you can also appeal to the power of attorney – a document that allows you to appoint another person to manage your case if you are unable to do so – which should be signed for this specific purpose.
When the residence permit is approved, you’ll have to provide your biometric data (your fingerprints, plus a picture of you) at the MOI. It’s mandatory to make an appointment at the relevant office.
The fee for the prolongation of your Residence Permit is 1500 CZK in the form of stamps (KOLEK in Czech) available at any post office.
Once you provide the biometric data, you will have to schedule another appointment to pick up the residence card: this might take up to 2 weeks. The fee for collecting the residence card is 1000 CZK.