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Requirements for an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of “studies” (§ 42d) filed in the Czech Republic

A travel document for the purposes of granting a long-term visa shall not be older than 10 years, it must contain at least 2 free pages and its validity must be at least 3 months longer than the validity of the long-term visa.

A travel document is considered invalid if it contains false data or unauthorized changes have been made. False data also includes incorrect data on the foreign national’s name(s) and surname, if they have been changed, e.g. in connection to a marriage.

A document confirming the purpose of the stay in the Czech Republic – confirmation of enrolment into studies, professional training etc.

For these purposes “studies” are understood to be:

  • 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.,), which is not carried out within an exchange programme,
  • paid 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 organizational unit in the Czech Republic,
  • paid professional training aimed at a foreign national acquiring practical and professional experience and carried out in a domestic host organization, as a part of a project under a programme or an initiative of the European Union or under a similar governmental programme and organized 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 organizational unit in the Czech Republic.

A draft form for this document can be downloaded on the MOI web pages.

Proof of accommodation in the Czech Republic

  • A document on the ownership of a flat or house
    Mainly proven by an original or a notarized copy of the statement from the property register or a purchasing agreement indicating the clause on the entry of ownership rights into the property register.
  • A document on the entitlement to use the flat or house
    Proven by an original or a notarized copy of the rental agreement, sub-letting contract, accommodation agreement or an agreement with similar content.
    If a sub-letting contract entered into by the applicant and the flat’s tenant is used as proof of accommodation, it is also necessary to provide the landlord’s written consent if this is not part of the sub-letting contract.


    If the landlord is a legal entity, the contract must be signed by the person authorized to act on behalf of this entity.
  • Written confirmation of the person who is the owner or authorized user of the flat or house (landlord, cooperative member) with a notarized signature on consenting to the foreign national’s accommodation

- a notarized signature is not required if the authorized person signs the consent in front of an authorized MOI employee. Official verification is also not required if it is submitted electronically. In such a case it must be signed by the secure electronic signature of the authorised person, or it must be supplied without an electronic signature, but by means of the person’s data box.
If the consent to the applicant’s accommodation is submitted as the consent of the owner of a property that is mutually co-owned by more people, it is necessary for enough of the co-owners to agree with the accommodation of the foreign national so that their share in the property is a majority.
If the consent to the applicant’s accommodation is submitted as the consent of the owner of a property that is the joint asset of a married couple, in order for the document on accommodation to be accepted, it is sufficient for one of the spouses to agree with the foreign national’s accommodation, assuming the other spouse does not revoke the validity of this act.

If the provider of accommodation is a leaseholder, it is necessary to support the legitimacy of providing accommodation, primarily by submitting a valid rental agreement between the leaseholder and the property owner and in the event that the content of the rental agreement is a condition of the property owner agreeing with the accommodation of other people in the flat, it is necessary to add the written consent of the property owner with the applicant’s accommodation. An exception is accommodation for a minor or dependent adult living with the tenant in a joint household with the tenant-parent.

A specimen form of this document can be downloaded at the MOI web pages.
Proof of accommodation can also be submitted electronically.

Funds to cover the stay in the Czech Republic (§ 13 of the ARFN)

It is necessary to prove the availability of funds that are 15 times the amount of the existential minimum (currently it is set at 2200 CZK for 2012) for the first month and double the amount of the existential minimum for every month afterwards, thus, for instance, for a stay from 1 January – 30 June it would be (15x2200) + (5x2x2200) = 33 000 + 22 000 = 55 000 CZK. A foreign national that is under 18 years proves the availability of half the amount.

Funds for the stay are proven by:

  • an account statement from a bank or other financial institution (it must not necessarily concern a bank or financial institution authorised to operate its activity solely in the Czech Republic) for an account maintained in the foreign national’s name indicating that he/she is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic. The submitted document must clearly indicate that the foreign national is entitled to use the requisite funds in the Czech Republic. If it is not clear from the document that the foreign national is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. in the case of a foreign bank account), it shall be necessary to prove this fact e.g. with a valid internationally recognised banking card relating to the account in question.
  • a different document on financial security demonstrating that the foreign national can use the financial resources to the requisite amount or that he/she has secured funds to cover the costs associated with his/her stay in the Czech Republic, e.g. it can concern a document that the foreign national’s spouse or legal representative or the person to whom a foreign national under 18 has been entrusted (assuming the given person has a visa for a stay of over 90 days or a long-term residence permit or a certificate of temporary residence for an EU citizen or a permanent residence permit) has the requisite amount of funds for the foreign nationals’ stay (an account statement and a declaration on securing the funds to cover the costs for the foreign national’s stay), or
  • a valid internationally recognised banking card. Upon request by the administrative body, however, the foreign national is obliged  to submit a bank account statement for an account maintained in the foreign national’s name indicating that he/she is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic.

A foreign national who will study in the Czech Republic can submit the proof of funds as a pledge issued by a state body or legal entity that they will secure the foreign national’s stay in the Czech Republic by providing financial means amounting to the existential minimum for 1 month of the expected stay, or a document that all of the costs associated with his/her stay will be covered by the recipient organization (school). If the amount in the pledge does not cover the amount required by law, the foreign national is obliged to submit a document proving he/she has the financial resources amounting to the difference between the existential minimum and the pledge for the period of the expected stay, at most, however, 6 times the amount of the existential minimum. The document on securing funds for the stay can be replaced by a decision or contract on awarding a grant obtained on the basis of an international agreement by which the Czech Republic is bound.  

A document on travel medical insurance and, upon request, a document on having paid the insurance premium.

  • in the case of an application for a long-term residence permit, if it is filed inside the Czech Republic, it must ensue from the proof of travel medical insurance that it has been arranged to the extent of comprehensive health care  with an insurance company that is authorised to provide its services in the Czech Republic. Comprehensive health care is understood to be health care provided for the policy holder in health facilities agreed upon by the insurer without direct cover of the costs for treatment by the policy holder with the aim of maintaining his/her health status from the period before signing the insurance policy, whilst preventive or dispensary health care nor health care associated with the pregnancy of an insured mother and the birth of her child cannot be excluded.
  • Proof of travel medical insurance is not required from a foreign national who
    • contributes to public health insurance (e.g. if it concerns a stay for the purpose of employment, the document on medical travel insurance is only required for the period of entry until the beginning of employment).
    • has the costs for health care covered on the basis of an international agreement, or
    • can show that health care is covered in another manner, that being on the basis of a written undertaking by a legal entity, if the foreign national’s stay in the Czech Republic is beneficial for developing spiritual values, protecting human rights or other humanitarian values, protecting the environment, cultural monuments and traditions, developing the sciences, education, physical education and sport, on the basis of a written undertaking by a state body or on the basis of an undertaking contained in an invitation verified by the Foreign police in accordance with § 15 of the ARFN).  

An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies" in accordance with § 42d following up on a long-term visa granted for the same purpose is filed in person in a deadline of 90 days of visa validity or long-term residence permit validity, at the earliest 120 days before its expires. The application is filed at the Ministry of Interior offices under whose competence the applicant will fall according to the proof of accommodation.

An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies" is processed within 60 days of it being filed.

The period of validity of a long-term residence permit granted by the Ministry of Interior will be:

  • period necessary to achieve the purpose requiring residence in the Czech Republic, shorter than 1 year,
  • 1 year if it concerns temporary residence for the purpose of studies with an expected stay period longer than 1 year.

The validity of the long-term residence permit for the purpose of “studies” in the Czech Republic (§ 42d) can be repeatedly extended, for a maximum period equal to the first period for which it was issued.

Requirements for an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of “studies” (§ 42d) filed in the Czech Republic (following up on a long-term visa granted for the same purpose and not falling under the regime of § 42d, or else Directive No. 2004/114/EC) (pdf, 52 kB)


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, August 17th, 2018

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