I was approved for my six month visa on May 4th, and although I didn’t pick it up until May 15th it expires 6 months from the date of approval That is November 4th. A little over six weeks from now. The appointment for the long term residence or, dlouhodoby pobyt, has to be at least 14 days before the visa expires. What this means is I realized last week I need to get moving!
These next posts will be a summary, if you want detailed information start back in November 2013 when I did this the first time. If you are new to the idea of moving to the Czech Republic you need to get a six month visa to start and can find details here.
You can find a list of official requirements as well as the application form on the Ministry of Interior website.
Step one: try to achieve a calm state of mind. There is some bureaucracy you will need to work through to pull this off, and it makes the initial six month visa and the trip to an embassy seem like a much nicer way to spend time.
Six weeks out:
Make an appointment at the appropriate Ministry of Interior office. In Prague they now have a central number for appointments and they will tell you where to go and when. If your Czech isn’t good (and I admit mine is still very poor) it is best to have a friend call. They will need your:
- passport number
- date of birth
- full name
- visa number
- visa expiration date
- home address (this determines what office to go to)
They’ll give you an appointment data and time, in my case I asked for a specific one.
Apply for your social service tax clearance letter. You’ve been paying your 1943Kč every month and now you need to prove it. Find the appropriate office to go to, which in theory is based on your account number. For some reason even though I went to the appropriate one I was told I had to go back to where I originally set up my social service account. I muddled through this in Czech and got a document listing all my payments to date (they issue this on the spot) as well as applied for a bezdlužnost which will take about four weeks and be sent to your home address. On the application form I had to the list reason for application and I put povolení k pobytu (residence permit). Cost: 0Kč.
Apply for your income tax clearance letter. Even though you likely weren’t working here the year before (or in most cases not even living here) you need a clearance letter to show you owe no taxes. You will need to go the appropriate finanční úřad (financial office). There seems to be some confusion, but I went to the one based on my residence address. You will need 100Kč for payment, get it in kolek from the post office as usual. This will take about four weeks as well and will be mailed. Cost: 100Kč.
Next stop živnostenský list extension.