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CZ CZECH REPUBLIC
Are you a non-EU citizen living in the Czech Republic and would you like to bring your non-EU family members to live with you there? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights your family members can enjoy during their stay.


If you hold a long-term residence permit or have a permanent or long-term residence status and have been living in the Czech Republic for at least 15 months, you can apply for family reunification.

Family members include:
  • your spouse;
  • your minor children or dependent adult children or those of your spouse;
  • a minor under your care;
  • a lonely relative older than 65 or dependent relative being under your supervision due to health reasons.
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Where to apply Applications shall be submitted to a Czech embassy or consulate in the country of origin or to the relevant Ministry of the Interior office if the family member is already staying in the Czech Republic for other purposes.
Documents required You shall submit the following:
Duration of validity of permits

If the application is successful, you shall obtain a long-term residence permit valid for at least one year and renewable, if your sponsor holds a long-term residence permit.

The duration of your residence permit will be equal to your sponsor's permit if he/she has an EU long-term resident status.

You obtain a two-year residence permit, renewable for a period of five years, if your sponsor holds a permanent residence permit.

Further requirements

Grounds for refusal include threats to national security, public order or public health.

To obtain a visa for the purpose of collecting a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification, you shall show proof of travel medical insurance.

When first arriving, you must within 3 working days upon arrival appear in person at the Ministry of the Interior office where you shall complete your duties as to biometric data.

You are obliged to collect the long-residence permit within the time limit set by the Ministry of the Interior, however, at latest 60 days after the acquisition of your biometric data.

Non – compliance with those duties results in obligation of Ministry of Interior to terminate the procedure (reject the application)

Appeals An appeal concerning a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification shall be brought first to a special Commission of the Ministry of the Interior. If this fails, you can bring a further appeal to an administrative court.
Further information More on reuniting with your family in the Czech Republic

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Permanent residence status

Permanent residence status may be granted after five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic.

You shall provide:

Applications for permanent residence permits shall be filed at the relevant offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

More on permanent residence permits

Long-term residence status

A status of the EU long-term resident may be granted after five years of continuous residence in the Czech Republic, provided that you have not seriously disturbed public order or threatened public security of the Czech Republic or any other EU country.

Sufficient financial resources must be proven.

This status is generally granted simultaneously with a permanent residence permit, but may be granted at a later stage as well.

Applications for a status of a long-term resident shall be filed at the relevant offices of the Ministry of the Interior.

More on this status and the required documents

Employment Holder of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of family reunification may work without a working permit.

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