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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 Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, 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 Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.

  • § 30/1 "studies" - an application for a long-term visa. In accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, 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 Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.

  • § 30/1 "other" - an application for a long-term visa. In accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic 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 if it concerns educational activities that - according to § 64 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republica - are not studies, besides also education on secondary school or conservatory, which is not realized within exchange programme or paid professional experience or voluntary youth service.
     

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 90 days 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 90 days in accordance with Regulation of European Parliament and European Council No. 2018/1806. 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 90 days.
 

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 Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic (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 for any purpose with exception of the purpose of leave to remain, seasonal work and special work visa, 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 Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, An application can be submitted by holder of long-term residence permit who resides in the Czech Republic for different purpose. It is not possible to submit an application to the Ministry of the Interior, if foreign national resides in the Czech Republic for the long-term residence permit for the purpose leave to remain; it does not apply, if foreign national resided for visa for a stay of over 90 days for the purpose leave to remain according to § 33 (1) a-c, or § 33 (3) and then he/she resides in the Czech Republic on the basis of long-term residence permit for the purpose leave to remain issued according to § 43, if he/she continuously resides in the Czech Republic at least 3 years.

  • § 42 - An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic (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.
     

An application for long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies (§ 42d of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic) can be submitted to the Ministry of the Interior by foreign national who is holder of long-term residence permit issued by another EU member state for the purpose of studies within exchange programme which contains measures in the area of mobility or within agreement between university institutions, if his/her purpose of stay is study at university in the Czech Republic and if he/she temporarily resides in the Czech Republic at the time of submission of the application. These foreign nationals are authorized to reside in the Czech Republic on visa-free stay up to one year from the day of their first entry to the territory in accordance with § 18g of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.
 

Long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic

In the event of an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, the definition in § 64 must be met in connection with § 42d/1 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, that being:

  • Studies in accredited study programmes at a higher educational establishment in accordance with the Higher Education Act (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.) - § 64a of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.

    Some universities realize educational programs which consist of parts of accredited study programes. It especially means short-term (half-year, year) educational programs for students from foreign universities which cannot be subordinated in accordance with § 64a or § 64c of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic - it means exchange programs which are realized for partner universities abroad  by the most of Czech public and private universities. This kind of "study" is also considered as study in accordance with § 64 of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic due to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports  communication, because students who participate in such educational programs are signed into student registry. Ministry of the Interior considers this kind of "study" as study in accordance with § 64a of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, but due to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports communication, Ministry of Interior will require within certificate of study also declaration of university that student is signed into student registry.

  • 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 - § 64b of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.

    This kind of study means preparation to study of concrete accredited study programme at university / concrete accredited study programmes at university, thus within administrative proceedings there must be (mostly as the document on the purpose of the stay) clearly identified at least one accredited study programme. This language (professional) preparation leads to its future study. According to this statement, study is not any language course (which is intended by university to study of accredited study programmes of public or private university), but it must be given concrete accredited study programme to which this 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 - § 64b of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic,

  • Secondary education and higher professional education in the fields of education in a secondary school, conservatory or higher vocational school entered in the Registered of Schools and Schools Facilities in accordance with the Education Act (Act no. 561/2004 Coll.,) realized in the framework of exchange programme in domestic host organization - § 64c of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic;

  • Scholarship stay realized on the basis of valid international contracts by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, on the basis of valid scholarship programme of Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic, on the basis of scholarship programme of European Union or on the basis of scholarship programme due to decision of Government of the Czech Republic - § 64d.

  • Professional training aimed at foreign national acquiring practical and professional experience and carried out during at a foreign national´s studies at a domestic host organization in term of his/her studies on university abroad or two years after graduating from university where such training must be organized and coordinated by a domestic university, the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic or by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports or by legal entity accredited by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports and having its registered seat in the Czech Republic or by legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organizational unit in the Czech Republic - § 64e of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.

  • Designated to gain practical, professional experiences by foreign national, realized European voluntary service of foreign national in Czech host organization as a part of project programme or initiatives of European Union, especially similar state programme and organizationally ensured or coordinated to this purpose by Ministry of the Interior or coordinated by legal entity accredited by Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports with a registered seat in the Czech Republic or by legal entity with a registered seat abroad but having its organizational unit in the Czech Republic - § 64f.

  • exchange of experience and study stays of individuals who are responsible for educating and developing human resources, if these activities are performed within programmes or initiatives of the European Union or within international agreements - § 64 (1) g.
     

Long-term visa for the purpose of "studies" in accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic

In the case of an application for a long-term visa in accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic, 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 Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic.
 

Long-term visa for the purpose of "other", in accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic

In the case of an application for a long-term visa for the purpose of "other", in accordance with § 30/1 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic it concerns other educational activities, which are not in accordance with Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic. It is especially about these educational activities.

  • Secondary education and higher professional education in the fields of education in a secondary school, conservatory or higher vocational school entered in the Registered of Schools and Schools Facilities in accordance with the Education Act (Act no. 561/2004 Coll.,) which is not realized in the framework of exchange programme.

  • 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 Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic - it concerns exchange stays that are mostly organised by Czech public and private higher education establishments for the partner institutions abroad.

    Some universities realize educational programs which consist of parts of accredited study programes. It especially means short-term (half-year, year) educational programs for students from foreign universities which cannot be subordinated in accordance with § 64a or § 64c of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic - it means exchange programs which are realized for partner universities abroad by the most of Czech public and private universities. This kind of educational activities can be only considered as study in accordance with § 64 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Czech Republic due to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports communication, if student who participates in such educational programme is signed in student registry.

    The purpose of „study“ is fulfilled, if such study is realized on the basis of multilateral international agreements (CEEPUS, MVF), bilateral international agreements (agreements on cultural cooperation and implementation protocols to these agreements), departmental agreements, government resolutions for developing countries and compatriots or EU programmes.

  • 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, August 2nd, 2019

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