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Complete guide to applying for a Czech family reunification visa, the required documents, eligibility and FAQs

If you have close family members in the Czech Republic and want to be reunited with them, you can apply for a Czech Republic family reunion visa. This type of visa will allow you to study, work and live at the same time as them in the Czech Republic. 

Who Can Apply for the Czech Republic Family Reunion Visa?

To apply for the Czech Republic family reunion visa, you must be:

  • The spouse or partner of someone living in the Czech Republic.
  • Dependent child (minor or adult) of a foreigner living in the Czech Republic.
  • A foreign individual cannot care for himself due to old age (65 and over) and has a family member (a child or a close family member) living in the Czech Republic. 

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens and their family members can join their families living in the Czech Republic without a visa. 

How to Apply for a Czech Republic Family Visa? 

To apply for a Czech Republic family visa, you must submit the application form in person to the Czech Republic embassy. The embassy will forward the application form to the Ministry of Interior to review the application and the response. Here are the steps that you need to follow when applying for a Czech Republic family visa: 

  1. Fill in the application.
  2. Collect the required documents. 
  3. Pay the fee.
  4. Wait for a response.

No matter who applies for a family visa, all the applications must be submitted in person, even the children under 15 years. 

Fill in the Czech Family Visa Application Form

You must fill out the application form completely, sincerely, and with all the required information. After you fill out the application, make sure you sign it. You can obtain the application form from the Czech embassy or download it online through their website.

It is essential to know that you must submit the application in person. 

Collect the Required Documents for a Czech Family Visa

Here are the required documents for a Czech family reunification visa: 

  • Passport. A valid passport with two blank pages.
  • Two passport photos. Photos must be maximum of six months old, passport-sized, with colors, etc. 
  • The application form. Completed and signed application form. Do not leave any blank spaces. 
  • Document proof of your relationship status. Depending on your status, you must submit your marriage certificate (spouses), proof you live together or joint bank statements (partners), birth certificates (parents/children), etc. 
  • Parental consent. This document is required if one of the parents or legal guardians of the child will not move/live with the child in the Czech Republic.
  • Proof of your accommodation of the place that you tend to stay. Documents that prove you have a place to stay in the Czech Republic, such as your family member’s house/apartment.
  • Bank account statement. Documents of your bank account proving that you are financially stable.
  • Health insurance. Documents prove that you have health insurance with at least €60,000 covering the Schengen area.
  • Medical report. You must submit a document that proves that you meet the conditions set by the Czech Ministry of Health to prevent the spread of infectious illness. See here.
  • Document proof of the fee payment. It can be the recipe for the payment.
  • Criminal record. Documents of your criminal record must be issued by the country you live in.

Note: All the documents must be translated into the Czech language except the passport, and you must verify all the required documents.   

All the incomplete applications will be returned to the applicants. 

Pay the Czech Family Reunification Visa Fee

The payment for the family visa in the Czech Republic is CZK 2,500 (approx. €100.) The payment must be made when you apply for the visa with cash or with your bank card. 

Children under the age of 6 years are exempt from the visa fee.

Wait for a Response

After you submit the application, you must wait for a response. The processing time for a Czech family reunification visa is between 90 to 120 days. Once it is processed, you will receive an email or an SMS with the decision. 

Enter the Czech Republic

If you are granted a Czech family reunification visa, you must register with the Foreign Police within three days of your arrival. Suppose you are not granted a residence permit and your visa at the Czech embassy. In that case, you should apply for a “residence permit for family reunification” at the Czech Ministry of Interior (MOI) after you arrive.

What Is the Validity of a Czech Republic Family Visa?

When applying for family reunification, a long-term residence permit is issued. Its validity is the same as your partner’s residence permit with whom you are being reunited. Its validity is no less than one year. After five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, you can apply for permanent residency. 

Can I Work in the Czech Republic With a Family Visa?

Yes, you can work in the Czech Republic with a family visa. You do not need to apply for a work permit (i.e., the Employee Card or Blue Card). This card applies to the entire duration of your residence permit.

If you are a family member of a Czech citizen or an EU/EEA/Swiss family member, you can work in the Czech Republic in the same manner as your EU family member.

Can I Study in the Czech Republic With a Family Visa?

You can study in the Czech Republic with a family reunification visa. You will have the same rights as citizens of the Czech Republic.

The Czech Republic offers different opportunities to study there depending on your preferences.

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