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Document on the purpose of stay

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“Studies”

A document on the purpose of stay is primarily a confirmation from a school or an educational legal entity about enrolment in studies. To achieve unity in the documents confirming the purpose of stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, the MOI compiled the Unified confirmation on the enrolment in studies (doc, 28 kB) and the Unified confirmation on the enrolment in education (doc, 33 kB) forms that can be used for these purposes. If you use a different document, it must contain the identification of the subject that issued the document - the subject’s name and address, the signature of an authorised person including a stamp and the place and date of issuing the confirmation. In relation to the applicant, the document must contain the applicant’s name(s), surname, nationality, date of birth, length of expected educational stay in the Czech Republic (from - to), title or type of education programme (give details on the form of study - e. g. daily attendance, combined studies, correspondence or the number of study hours per week etc.).

In the case of an application for an issuing the long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance to § 42d of the Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals in the Territory of the Czech Republic (ARFN) the following definitions must be met:

  • Studies in accredited study programmes at a higher educational establishment in accordance with the Higher Education Act (Act No. 111/1998 Coll.) - § 64 letter a) of the ARFN.

    There are realized some educational 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 of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, the MOI will consider these types of programmes to be “studies” according to § 64 of the ARFN. However, it will be required a presenting the confirmation of enrolment issued by the school contain a statement that a student will be entered in the Register of Students (“matrika studentů”).

  • Participation in a language and professional preparation for studies under an accredited study programme of a higher educational institution organised by a public higher educational institution - § 64 letter b) of the ARFN.

    These educational activities have to be connected with a language and professional training for a future accredited study programme of a university that is organised by a public university. The confirmation of enrolment issued by the public 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 letter b) of the ARFN.

  • Secondary education and higher vocational education in fields of education in a secondary school or a 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.), undertaken within an exchange programme in a domestic host organization - § 64 letter c) of the ARFN.

  • A scholarship undertaken on the basis of valid international agreements of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, a valid Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports scholarship programme, the European Union scholarship programme or a scholarship programme of the Government of the Czech Republic - § 64 letter d) of the ARFN.

  • An internship aimed at acquiring knowledge, practice and experience carried out by the foreign national´s studies at a domestic hosting organization or foreign higher educational institution or, at most, two years after graduating from a higher educational institution. The internship has to be organised or coordinated by a domestic higher educational institution, the Czech Academy of Sciences 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 letter e) of the ARFN.

  • European Voluntary Service of a foreigner aged from 18 to 30 years or a voluntary service aimed to acquiring practical and professional experience of a foreigner. The service has to be organised at a domestic hosting organization as a part of the project or programme or initiatives of the European Union or as a part of similar national programme and it has to be organised or coordinated by a legal entity accredited by the MOI or by a legal entity accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports 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 letter f) of the ARFN.

  • An exchange of experience and studies for individuals responsible for educating and developing human resources, provided that these activities are performed within the programmes or initiatives of the European Union or within international agreements -  § 64 letter g) of the ARFN.

In the event of an application for a visa for a stay of over 90 days (a long-term visa) for the purpose of studies in accordance to § 30/1 of the ARFN the same conditions must be met as in the case of the application for a long-term residence permit for that purpose (in accordance § 42d of the ARFN). Thus, studies and study activities that a long-term visa should be issued for, have to correspond with a studies and study activities stated above.

If a foreign national intends to enter and stay in the territory of the Czech Republic for the purpose of participation in the educational activities that are not studies in accordance with the information stated above (in § 64 of the ARFN), he/she is entitled to apply for a long-term visa for the purpose labelled as “other”. This purpose of stay may concern the following cases:

  • Secondary education and higher vocational education in fields of education in a secondary school or a 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.) - if it concerns of education in these schools, it does not have to solely concern education within an exchange programme.

  • Education in an unaccredited study programme at a public or private higher education institution

  • If the confirmation of enrolment issued by the higher educational establishment contains a statement that the student will be entered in the Register of Students (“matrika studentů”), the purpose of stay “studies” is met, so a foreign national is entitled to apply for a long-term visa for the purpose of studies.

    Similarly, if the educational activity is realized on the basis of multilateral international agreements (e.g. CxEEPUS, 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 on the basis of the EU programmes, the purpose of “studies” is met as well and it will not be labelled as “other”.

  • Education in a school that is accredited or has an accredited study programme in the state other than the Czech Republic - e.g. education at higher education institutions that are accredited (provide 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 educational institution´s accredited study programme.

    It primarily concerns attending language and professional preparation for studying in a higher education institution’s accredited study programme organised by a private higher education institution. If any private higher education institution 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.

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

  

“Scientific research”

The document on the purpose of the stay is a hosting agreement with the research organisation signed in accordance with § 30c of Act No. 341/2005 Coll., on Public Research Institutions, as amended.

The agreement must be entered into with a research institution entered in the List of Research Organisations Approved for Accepting Research Workers from Non-EU Countries declared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports notification No. 391/2010 Coll.

Research activity is understood to be the same activity of an academic worker or a host professor at a public research institution or another research organisation entered in the List of Research Organisations Approved for Receiving Research Workers from Non-EU Countries - when applying for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of “scientific research”, a hosting agreement must always be submitted. If such an academic worker or hosting professor intends to work at the public research institutions or another research organisation as an employee solely on the basis of an employment contract, not on the basis of a hosting agreement, he/she can file for an employee card [see § 98 letter n) of Act No. 435/2004 Coll., on Employment].

  

“Employment”

As of June 24th, 2014 long-term residence permits for the purpose of employment are no longer issued. This type of permit was replaced by the Employee Card. More information on requirements of application for an employee card can be found here.

  

“Business”

When applying for a long-term visa or for a long-term residence permit (or its extension), the document on the purpose of stay labelled as “business” the entry into the pertinent register, list or record.

As per a foreign national who will do business or is doing business on the basis of the Trade Licensing Act as a self-employed person, it will be a statement from the Trade Register in accordance with § 47/7 or 8) of the Trade Licensing Act. Likewise, it can be a statement from the Commercial Register, but also, for instance, an entry into the list that is a condition of carrying out an independent occupation, or, for EU citizens for the purpose of a certificate for temporary residence, a testimonial from the municipal office of a municipality with extended competence on entry into the record of an agricultural entrepreneur.

If the applicant is a shareholder or a member of a statutory of a company or cooperative that does not ensure the tasks ensuing from the given legal entity’s subject of business for this legal entity (i.e. a work permit for this purpose has not been issued, so that he/she can apply for a stay for the purpose of employment), the document on the purpose of the stay will be an extract from the Commercial Register, from which his/her status as a statutory body or member of a statutory body of a company or cooperative is clear.

  

"Family reunification”

The document on the purpose of stay will mainly be an original or a certified copy of the document demonstrating a relationship to the holder of the authorisation for family reunification (e.g. a birth certificate, marriage certificate, a document on guardianship, a document confirming the fact that the person is without any financial means, a document on a foreign national being solitary or his/her health status).

A spouse is also considered to be a partner, i.e. a person that can prove that they have entered an officially confirmed permanent partnership of two persons of the same sex (e.g. on the basis of the Act on Registered Partnerships and also on the basis of a similar act from another state). The child of a spouse is considered to be the child of one of the partners or a child entrusted to the care of the partner.

  


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, January 7th, 2020

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