What type of visa do I need?
You will be applying for a Long Term Visa for Purpose of Study in the Czech Republic.
How do I apply for the visa?
You must apply for your visa through the Consulate General or Embassy of the Czech Republic Embassy that has jurisdiction over your residential state. Depending on the rules of your jurisdiction, you will be required to either apply in-person with your passport and additional required documents, or you may be permitted to ship the documents.
What documents will I need to collect in order to apply for the visa?
- A list of required documents will be sent to you by your Visa and Compliance Specialist.
*You will also need to contact your consulate for a finalized list of requirements.
When do I apply for the visa?
If you must apply in-person for your visa, you should be present at the consulate at least two months before your departure with your passport and required documents. If you are permitted to apply via mail, please send all of the required documents no less than two months before departure.
How much will the visa cost?
After arrival in the Czech Republic, AFS-Czech Republic will assist you in paying an immigration fee of $150 USD to the Czech Republic Immigration Service for a Biometric ID. You may need to pay a visa processing fee to the Czech Consulate General or Embassy before departure. Please verify this with your Consulate, as fees change often.
Are there any other expected costs?
There are additional costs involved in obtaining, notarizing, and/or mailing the required documents to the consulate. There may also be additional costs associated with traveling to the consulate for an in-person appointment.
Are any of these costs covered in my AFS program fee?
No, your program fee does not cover any of the costs related to obtaining your passport or visa.
Can I travel before the start of my program?
AFS recommends that you do not plan any travel outside of the United States during the three months before your program departs. Obtaining a visa takes time and your passport is usually required for this. Should you choose to travel within the three months before the start of your program and not allow enough time to procure your visa, you will run the risk of jeopardizing your travel arrangements.
Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.