How to get a visa in the Czech Republic (for U.S. Citizens)

How to get a visa in the Czech Republic (for U.S. Citizens)

So you want to live and work in Prague or elsewhere in the Czech Republic? Excellent decision! The exact process is varies, depending on your nationality.

In this post (excerpted from our online video course) you’ll get the bird’s eye view of the timeline of the application process specific to citizens of the United States. (If you are another nationality, email hello@dreamprague.com, and we’d be happy to point you in the right direction)

How the "Schengen Zone" affects your visa application

How the "Schengen Zone" affects your visa application

Bottom line up front: if you plan to stay in Czechia, or in Europe, for longer than 90 days, the information in this post is essential, and could help you avoid steep fines and even temporary banishment 😳 from the continent.

In this post, we’re primarily concerned with individuals who want to live and work in Czechia for one year or longer. But if you plan to stay in Czechia (or elsewhere in Europe) longer than 90 days, the information below about the Schengen zone is important for you, so read on.

How to Change your Business Address at the Živno Office

If you need to change your business address (sidlo) at the Živno office, here’s how you do it.

The Živno clerks do not speak English, so you can download the Czech/English translated instructions below to show them exactly what you want. (Check your SPAM or PROMOTIONS folder if you don’t receive them right away.)

  1. Bring:

    • The translated instructions (unless your Czech is good enough to communicate with the Živno office ladies, then you don’t need it).

    • the Business Address form signed by your new landlord or a sidlo company, giving permission to use their address as your business address

    • your original Živno or a copy

    • your passport or residency card

    • 100Kč in cash

  2. Go to the same office where your Živno was initially registered—(this is not necessarily where you live, but the office where you or your representative originally applied. It will say on your Živno, click here for example). The offices are open without appointment Mon & Wed 8:00-12:00, 13:00-17:30. The earlier you go the shorter the wait will be.

  3. At the touch screen, request Živnostensky odbor >> Registrace. When your number is called, go to the appropriate office. Give them all the documents above, with the translated instructions on top, so they won’t start firing Czech at you.

  4. They should write a date on your translated instructions when you can return to pick up your new Živno (with your new address on it). It’s usually about a week.

  5. Return to pick up your Živno one week later.

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