Visa type C
Type C Schengen visa is also known as entry visa.
The visa entitles its holder to enter and stay in the Schengen area for not more than a total of 90 days within a six-month period subsequent to the date of the first entry. This visa may be issued for one or several entries (single entry and multiple entry visa).
This type of visa is usually issued for arrival for the purpose of taking entrance examinations, attending short term language or other courses, and for tourist purposes.
Visa type D
Long-stay national visa, or aslo known as long-term visa for the purpuse of study, in short “student visa”, is issued for a period from 90 days up to maximum one year.
An application for a long-term visa for over 90 days can be submitted at a Czech Embassy abroad. You are obliged to submit the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit.
The Czech Embassy is only competent for receiving an application for a long-term visa, the competent body for processing it is the MOI (Ministry of Interior). During the procedure the Czech Embassy communicates with the applicant, invites them for a hearing or calls on them to pick up the visa.
Czech Embassy may invite you for an interview, request that you thoroughly complete the requirements for the application; likewise the Czech Embassy is entitled to take your fingerprints or take a pictorial record of you.
The documents that you have been asked to submit by the MOI should always be submitted within the set deadlines.
Visa processing time
The Act on the Residence of Foreign Nationals sets a standard deadline of 90 days for processing an application for a long-term visa from the day it was filed. In particularly complicated cases, it is 120 days from the day of filing the application and in certain cases – for the purpose of studies, pedagogical activity or research – within 60 days of filing the application.
Decision of granting a long-term visa
In the case of a positive evaluation of your application, the Czech Embassy at which you filed the application will contact you – in most cases by email – to arrange a date for picking up the long-term visa.