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Changes related to long-term visas issued after 1 March 2012

Due to practical problems caused to foreigners by the fact that the validity of long-term visas was not the same as the permitted time of stay on the visa, as of 1 March 2012, the following changes will take place:
 
  1. The validity of a long-term visa will be equal to the permitted time of stay. This way, it will be clear how long the foreigner may remain in the Czech Republic on this long-term visa.
     
  2. It will be possible to extend a long-term visa issued for a period shorter than 6 months. This means that a foreigner will be able to apply for an extension of the visa’s validity and permitted time of stay, while the total time of stay on the previous and on the extended visa may not exceed 6 months.
     
  3. In case the validity of the long-term visa was set at less than 6 months and its holder intends to remain the Czech Republic for longer than a total of 6 months, with the same purpose of stay, he/she may extend his/her stay in the Czech Republic by subsequently applying for a long-term residence permit. In other words, it will not be necessary to first apply for an extension of validity and time of stay on the long-term visa and only then apply for a long-term residence permit.
Long-term visas issued before 1 March 2012 remain valid under conditions effective at the time of issuance.

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