Students from non-EU or non-EFTA (third) countries who wish to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days have to apply for a long-term visa or residence permit. An application for the visa/permit should be submitted, in good time before arrival, to the Czech embassy or consulate in the student’s country of origin, citizens of the listed countries can apply at any embassy or consulate of the Czech Republic. Please be aware that the administration process can take up to 60 days by law. The embassy charges CZK 500 for accepting an application for a residence permit for the purpose of studies. The foreign national then pays CZK 2,500 for the residence card in the Czech Republic. Acceptance of an application for a long-term visa for the purpose of studies is exempt from a consular fee. For the detailed information on visa/permit policy, conditions and requirements to file an application see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
Upon arrival, students from non-EU or non-EFTA (third) are obliged to register after arrival with the Foreign Police, if it has not been done by the accommodation provider. Students from EU and EFTA countries have the same obligations.
Within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic, all foreign students arriving to receive a long-term residence permit are obliged to report to the MOI office in person for the purpose of carrying out activities associated with issuing a biometric residence card, where they may also report their arrival. Students that have been issued a residence card are obliged to return the card before ending their stay in the CR.
Students from both non-EU countries and EU countries are obliged to report changes concerning their stay in the Czech Republic, such as a change in address, a change in their travel document or family status.
Please note that other obligations or rules may apply to foreign students, as they apply to foreigners in general, but may not be listed here. Please go to this website for any other immigration issues that may arise during your stay.
Contact the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) office when you wish to:
- apply for an extension of the permitted period of stay on a long-term visa (applications for such visas should be made to the relevant Czech embassies)
- apply for a long-term residence permit or its extension
- apply for a permanent residence permit
- apply for a certificate of temporary residence (EU citizens)
- apply for a temporary residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen or an extension of a residence card
- report a change in your place of residence in the Czech Republic or other changes related to your residence
- apply for a confirmation of residence
Depending on your address in Prague, you can make an appointment at one of the following offices:
- Cigánkova 1861/2, 149 00 Praha 4 – Chodov, phone: 974 820 666 (incl. telephone appointments). For students living in Praha 2, Praha 4, Praha 5 and Praha 10. Get off at Flora metro station and take a bus No. 136 (in direction Koleje Jižní Město) to Na Jelenách stop.
- Koněvova 188/32, 130 02 Praha 3 – Žižkov, phone: 974 820 409, 974 820 415 (only telephone appointments). For students living in the other parts of Prague. Get off at Florenc metro station and use bus No. 133 (in direction Depo Hostivař) or take bus No. 136 from Flora metro station (in direction Vozovna Kobylisy) – both to Černínova stop.
Monday + Wednesday: 8:00–17:00
Tuesday + Thursday: 8:00–15:00
Friday: 8:00–12:00 (only for scheduled appointments)