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Types and purposes of applications

Applications filed at a Czech Embassy:

  • § 42d – an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies". In accordance with § 42d of the ARFN, a foreign national is entitled to file this application at an embassy if he/she intends to stay temporarily in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 3 months and if it concerns studies in accordance with § 64 of the ARFN, with the exception of education at a secondary school or a conservatory that is not realised within an exchange programme or remunerated professional training.

  • § 30/1 "studies" an application for a long-term visa. In accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN, a foreign national is entitled to file this application at an embassy if he/she intends to stay temporarily in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 3 months and if it concerns studies in accordance with § 64 of the ARFN. Education at a secondary school or a conservatory need not be realised within an exchange programme and professional training can be remunerated.

  • § 30/1 "other" an application for a long-term visa. In accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN a foreign national is entitled to file this application at an embassy if he/she intends to stay temporarily in the Czech Republic for a period longer than 3 months and if it concerns educational activities that - according to § 64 of the ARFN - are not studies.

 

A foreign national located outside of the Czech Republic who intends to study in the Czech Republic or take part in other educational activities for a period shorter than 3 months applies at a relevant embassy for a short-term visa for the purpose of studies or for the purpose of “other“, that is if he/she has a visa requirement for stays of up to 3 months in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001. Foreign nationals who do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic/Schengen area, do not have to apply for a visa for the purposes of studies shorter than 3 months.

 

 

Applications filed inside the Czech Republic:

  • § 42d - An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the ARFN (following up on a long-term visa  granted for the same purpose and falling under § 42d), or an application for its extension, can be filed by a foreign national in the Czech Republic if he/she resides in the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa granted in accordance with § 42d, and if he/she intends to reside in the Czech Republic for a period longer than the validity of the current visa and it concerns studies in accordance with § 64 of the ARFN, with the exception of education at a secondary school or a conservatory that is not realised within an exchange programme or remunerated professional training.

  • § 42 - An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42 of the ARFN (following up on a long-term visa granted in accordance with § 30, or an application for its extension, can be filed by a foreign national in the Czech Republic if he/she resides in the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa granted in accordance with § 30, and if he/she intends to reside in the Czech Republic for a period longer than the validity of the current visa and he/she intends to reside in the Czech Republic for the same purpose.

 

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the ARFN

In the event of an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the ARFN, the definition in § 64/1 and/(2 must be met in connection with § 42d/1 of the ARFN, that being:

  • higher professional education in the fields of education in a higher vocational school entered in the Register of Schools and School Facilities in accordance with the Education Act (Act No. 561/2004 Coll.,) - § 64/1/a of the ARFN,

  • secondary education and higher vocational education in fields of education in a secondary school or a conservatory entered in the Register of Schools and School Facilities in accordance with the Education Act (Act No. 561/2004 Coll.,) realised within an exchange programme in a domestic host organisation - § 64/1/a of the ARFN in connection with § 64/2 of the ARFN,

  • studies in accredited study programmes at a higher educational establishment in accordance with the Higher Education Act (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.,) - § 64/1/a of the ARFN;  as per study programmes that are "compiled" with parts of accredited study programmes by most Czech public and private universities for their foreign partner schools, based on a declaration by the Ministry of Education, the MOI will consider these types of programmes to be "studies" according to §64/1/a of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals. However, the MOI will require that the confirmation of enrollment issued by the school contain a statement that the student will be entered in the Register of Students ("matrika studentů").

  • participation in language and professional preparation for studies under an accredited study programme of a higher education establishment organised by a public higher education establishment - § 64/1/b of the ARFN; as per a foreign student participating in language and professional training for a future accredited study programme of a university that is organized by a public university (§64/1/b), the confirmation of enrollment issued by the school must specify at least one accredited study programme for which the preparatory course is intended.

  • participation in a language and professional training course organised in the framework of a programme of the European Union or in accordance with an International Agreement - § 64/1/b of the ARFN,

  • scholarships [§ 64/1/c of the ARFN] realised on the basis of:

    • valid international agreements implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports,

    • a valid Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports scholarship programme,

    • a European Union scholarship programme, or

    • a scholarship programme on the basis of a decision by the Government of the Czech Republic

  • professional training (this cannot concern remunerated professional training) aimed at a foreign national acquiring practical and professional experience and carried out during the foreign national’s studies at a domestic or foreign higher education establishment or, at most, five years after graduating from a higher education establishment where such training must be organized and coordinated by a domestic higher education establishment, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or by a legal entity accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and having its registered seat in the Czech Republic or a legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organisational unit in the Czech Republic – § 64/1/d in connection with § 64/2 of the ARFN;

  • professional training (cannot concern remunerated professional training) and voluntary service of youth between 18 and 30 years of age aimed at a foreign national acquiring professional experience and carried out in a domestic host organisation, as a part of a project under a programme or an initiative of the European Union or under a similar governmental programme and organised or coordinated by a legal entity accredited by the Ministry of the Interior or the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and having its registered seat in the Czech Republic or a legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organisational unit in the Czech Republic – § 64/1/e of the ARFN in connection with § 64/2 of the ARFN,

  • exchange of experience and student exchange for the individuals responsible for educating and developing human resources, provided that these activities are performed within programmes or initiatives of the European Union or within international agreements - § 64/1/f of the ARFN.


Long-term visa for the purpose of "studies" in accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN

In the case of an application for a long-term visa in accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN, the same conditions must be met as in the case of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the ARFN. Apart from the above it may also concern cases that meet further conditions defined in § 6411 of the ARFN, those being:

  • secondary education and higher vocational education in fields of education in a secondary school, conservatory or a higher vocational school entered in the Register of Schools and School Facilities in accordance with the Education Act (Act No. 561/2004 Coll.,) - § 64/1/a of the ARFN; if it concerns education at a secondary school or a conservatory,  it does not have to solely concern education within an exchange programme,

  • professional training (including remunerated professional training) aimed at a foreign national acquiring practical and professional experience and carried out in a domestic host organisation during the foreign national’s studies at a domestic or foreign higher education establishment or, at most, five years after graduating from a higher education establishment where such training must be organised and coordinated by a domestic higher education establishment, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or by a legal entity accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and having its registered seat in the Czech Republic or a legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organisational unit in the Czech Republic – § 64/1/d of the ARFN;

  • professional training (including remunerated professional training) and voluntary service of youth between 18 and 25 years of age aimed at a foreign national acquiring practical and professional experience and carried out in a domestic host organisation, as a part of a project under a programme or an initiative of the European Union or under a similar governmental programme and organised or coordinated by a legal entity accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and having its registered seat in the Czech Republic or a legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organisational unit in the Czech Republic – § 64/1/e of the ARFN.  


Long-term visa for the purpose of "other", in accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN

In the case of an application for a long-term visa for the purpose of “other”, in accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN it concerns other educational activities, which,  are not studies in accordance with the ARFN, e.g.:

  • the foreign national’s education in an unaccredited study programme at a public or private higher education establishment, e.g. a number of higher education establishments realise education programmes that are “compiled” from parts of differently accredited programmes, this primarily concerns short-term, about half year to year-long education programmes for students from higher education establishments abroad that cannot be subordinated under § 64/1/a or /c of the ARFN – it concerns exchange stays that are mostly organised by Czech public and private higher education establishments for the partner institutions abroad.

    • If the confirmation of enrollment issued by the school contains a statement that the student will be entered in the Register of Students ("matrika studentů"), the purpose is NOT "other" but „studies“.

    • In the event that such a study is realised on the basis of multilateral international agreements (CEEPUS, MVF), bilateral international agreements (agreements on cultural cooperation, hence, the implementing protocols to these agreements), departmental agreements, government resolutions for developing countries and compatriots or EU programmes, the purpose “studies” is met and it is not the purpose “other”;

  • Education in a school that is accredited or has an accredited study programme in the state other than the CR – e.g. education at higher education establishments that are accredited (realise accredited study programmes) especially in another EU Member State and have a branch in the Czech Republic.

  • attending language and training courses and programmes that do not serve as preparation for studying in a higher education establishment’s accredited study programme ­– it primarily concerns studies but also attending language and professional preparation for studying in a higher education establishment’s accredited study programme organised by a private higher education establishment [1];

  • Attending studies of cognitive and other educational courses and programmes that are carried out by institutions that don’t fall under Act No. 561/2004 Coll., (in the case of primary, secondary and higher vocational schools) or Act no. 111/1998 Coll., (in the case of higher education establishments).

 

A list of private, public and state higher education establishments can be found on the MEYS web pages and a list of accredited study programmes for individual schools is published by the MEYS.
 

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[1] If any private higher education establishment organised a preparatory course in the Czech language, albeit it served as preparation for studies, according to the ARFN, such preparation cannot be considered to be studies.


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, 15 August 2016

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