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Long-term residence


The purpose of "studies"

You are entitled to file the application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies only if you intend to stay in the Czech Republic temporarily for a period longer than 3 months and it concerns studies in accordance with § 64 of the Act on Residence of Foreign Nationals. Detailed definition of the term "studies" for these puposes is available here.

The application is filed at the Embassy abroad at the properly completed form.

Foreign national is also entitled to file an application at the MOI office in the territory of the Czech Republic in this case:

  1. if the foreign national is a holder of long-term visa (for more than 90 days) for any purpose, except of long-term visa of leave to remain, purpose of seasonal work or extra work,

  2. if the foreign national is a holder of long-term residence permit for another purpose issued in the territory of Czech Republic,

  3. if the foreign national is a holder of long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study by another EU member state (except Great Britain, Ireland, Denmark), if he/she submits the application within his legitimate residence.

Foreign nationals who hold a long-term residence permit issued by another EU Member State for the purpose of studying under an ERASMUS, a multilateral programme involving mobility measures or an agreement between higher education institutions are entitled to stay in the territory of the Czech Republic without a visa for up to one year after entering the territory, provided that the purpose of their stay in the territory is to study at a higher education institution and their residence permit is valid.

Along with the application for a long-term residence permit you must submit:

  1. a travel document,

  2. a document confirming the purpose of your stay in the territory,

  3. proof of accommodation,

  4. a photograph,

  5. parental consent or consent of any other statutory representatives or guardians with the residence of a child in the Czech Republic; parental consent, consent other statutory representative or guardian is not required, if it is parent, statutory representative or guardian who submitted the applicationfor child or with whom the child together resides in the Czech Republic, and if the foreigner demonstrates, that he is unable to submit this agreement due to reasons beyond his/her control or if the child resides in the Czech Republic pursuant long-term visa or long-term resident permit for other purpose,

  6. proof of funds, or document, that all costs will be paid by state authority (state organization), legal organization or domestic host organization. You can also submit document proving that your total monthly income will not be lower than the sum of subsistence minimum (3 860 CZK) and the highest amount of normative housing costs (9 001 CZK) or housing costs you actually spend,

  7. upon request a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record,

  8. upon request a document proving the fulfilment of conditions set out in the measure of Ministry of Health on prevention of the spread of infectious illnesses (Medical report).

The requirements for the application shall not be older than 180 days except for the travel document and the photograph of the foreign national if it corresponds to his/her actual appearance.

In the event of a positive processing of an application filed at an embassy, you are obliged to submit proof of  travel medical insurance and, at the same time, upon request, submit a document on paying the insurance premium. A long-term visa for the purpose of receiving a long-term residency permit can be issued. If the application is filed in the Czech Republic, submit these requirements directly when you submit an application.

The MOI issues a long-term residence permit with a limited validity:

  1. necessary for achieving the purpose requiring a stay in the Czech Republic, shorter than 1 year,

  2. 1 year if it is a temporary stay for the purpose of studies with an expected stay longer than 1 year.

The time-limit for issuing a decision on an application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies is 60 days.

Detailed information on stays for the purpose of studies is available - Information for schools and students.


Department for Asylum and Migration Policy, April 12th, 2023

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