So I'm applying for a student visa to be in Prague from mid-September to late February this year. The problem is that the application requires me to send in my passport, but I'll be out of the US from early June through late August -- and I need my passport for that. I called and the processing time is 60 days... that is, they hold my passport for 60 days, no exceptions. Since I need to apply for the visa very soon, and because I'll be out of the US this summer, they suggested I apply from Europe, say, Bratislava. Here's the catch -- I won't be in Bratislava this summer, I'll be in Prague. Further, I don't think I can hop over to Slovakia, surrender my passport to them, and get back into the Czech Republic without ID! So if any of you have ideas, I would be really grateful to hear them, because right now it looks like the visa requirements are about to cost me the loss of a lot of financial and emotional investment.