If you are considering to relocating to Poland this article is written for you. The country’s vibrant cities, varied magnificent landscapes, and increasing economy can be an attractive option for expatriates. Take a look at our guideline on Poland to find information on visas, permits – work or settle RP, accommodation, and more. With our assistance, relocating to Poland will be easy and convenient. After company registration in Poland our clients frequently ask details on TR. Therefore, we thought to be helpful by crating this manual for your convenience.
What about other important things to obtain a residence permit, a foreign citizen must either personally or via authorized representative apply to any territorial office of the Public Service or apply online via the distance service of the Public Service Development Agency.The application and enclosed documents are submitted to the authorized entities in Polish; however, an application completed in English and/or Russian may also be accepted. A foreign citizen’s passport can also be submitted to the Public Service Development Agency without a Polish translation if the personal data in the passport is provided in Latin transliteration (alphabet). Below you will also see what’s required after company registration to get your Business Residency.
Visa requirements in Poland
In case you would like to live and work in Poland as a legal person, you need to apply for a valid visa with the appropriate authorities. In some case, non-residents from specific non-EU countries don’t need a visa, providing that they are planning on staying in Poland for less than 90 days and don’t intend to work here. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has a list of visa-free countries on their website.
Hereby, I would like to mention that Polish missions issue three different types of visas: Airport Transit Visas (A), Short-Stay (Schengen) Visas (C), and National Long-Stay Visas (D). expatriates whose assignments exceed 90 days need to apply for a long-term visa, which also allows them to visit other Schengen countries.
For short-term visits, you only need to apply for a Schengen visa and travel between participating countries. This is because Poland is part of the Schengen Agreement. Schengen visas are valid for three months. However, in order to legally work in Poland, expatriates need to apply for a work permit in addition to their visa.
How to apply for Visa in Poland
In order to apply for a long-term visa (D),in other words which means visa for settle or work, you need to submit at least the following documents:
- Filled out Visa application form, properly completed
- A passport, please take this note! it must be valid until at least three months after the planned departure from Poland
- Biometric, passport size picture(s)
- Payment proof of visa fee
- Proof of travel insurance or international medical insurance
- Proof of sufficient financial means
- document to state the purpose of your visit
- document which confirms the necessity of a long-term staying
How to get Residence Permit in Poland
Any person from all over the world, is able to apply for the granting of one of residence permit and in our case one of two long-term permits: the first is a settlement permit or the second a long-term resident’s EC residence permit.Take into consider, both permits are unlimited in time.
- RP for settlement –
The permit to settle can be given only to a foreign person who meats one of the following outputs:
1. Has been married to a Polish citizen for at least 3 years and, who directly prior to the submission of the application, has stayed uninterruptedly, within territory of the Republic of Poland for at least 2 years based on the residence permit for a fixed period.
2. Is a minor child of a foreigner who has a permit to settle and was born in the territory of Poland.
3. Directly before submitting the application has stayed uninterruptedly, in the territory of the Republic of Poland for not less than 10 years based on the permit for tolerated stay on the provision of protection to foreigners on the territory of the Republic of Poland or for the period of 5 years in connection with obtaining the refugee status or supplemental protection.
4. Is a child of a Polish citizen and remains under his/her parental authority.
In order to obtain your permit to settle in Poland you need to go to The Office of Voivodeship (Urząd Wojewódzki) and bring a few documents listed below. The costs of issuing a permit to settle are 640zl plus 50zl for a residence card.The resident card issued after granting a permit to settle is valid for 10 years.
1. 4 copies of the application for the permit to settle filled out in compliance with the instruction.
2. 4 up-to-date, colour photographs, dimensions: 4.5 cm x 3.5 cm.
3. Valid travel document (3 photocopies).
4. Documents confirming the required uninterrupted stay in Poland.
5. Certificate about the fulfilment of tax liabilities towards the State Treasury.
6. Current confirmation of registration for temporary residence.
7. Legal title to occupy the apartment in which the applicant stays or intends to stay.
In case of marriage to a Polish citizen:
1. The current copy of the marriage certificate
2. Photocopy of the personal identity card of the spouse
3. In the case of joint children – copies of birth certificates
In case of the minor being a foreigner’s child who has a permit to settle and was born in the territory of the Republic of Poland:
1. Copy of birth certificate
2. Copy of the decision on granting the permit to settle or residence card of the statutory representative
In the case of the child of Polish citizen being under his/her parental authority:
1. Copy of birth certificate
2. Copy of personal identity card of the statutory representative.
2. RP EC-long term – The residence permit can’t be obtained by:
1. The Person who stays in the territory of the Republic of Poland in order to study or receive vocational training courses/education.
2. Person who has the permit for a tolerated stay, asylum, refugee status granted in Poland or benefiting from supplemental or temporary protection
3. Person who applies for the refugee status or for asylum
4. Person who is an “au pair” or seasonal employee, or is delegated by the service provider in order to provide transnational services or service provider who provided transnational services
5. Person who stays illegally on the territory of Poland
6. Person who was detained, put in a guarded facility or is an arrest for the purpose of deportation.
In order to obtain a permit to settle you need to go to The Office of Voivodeship (Urząd Wojewódzki) and bring a few documents listed below. The costs of issuing a resident permit are 640zl plus 50zl for a residence card. The resident card issued after obtaining a residence permit is valid for 5 years.
1. 4 copies of the application for the residence permit for the long-term resident of the EC filled out in compliance with the instruction WE
2. 4 up-to-date, colour photographs, dimensions: 4.5 cm x 3.5
3. Valid travel document (3 photocopies)
1. Documents confirming the required uninterrupted stay in Poland.
2. Documents confirming the stable and regular source of income sufficient to cover the costs of living for the applicant and family members supported by him/her.
3. Documents confirming health insurance taken up.
4. Documents confirming the amount of the costs of residence.
5. Confirmation of registration for temporary residence.
6. Legal title to occupy the apartment in which the applicant stays or intends to stay.
How to apply for work permit
In order to legally work in Poland you need not only to have a work permit but also legalize your stay. These are two different legal things and they should not be confusing for you. By obtaining a visa or a residence permit you can legally stay in Poland, but it doesn’t mean that you can work here anyways.
To legally work in Poland you need a work permit and this document can only be granted based on a request from your future employer. In other words, you can’t apply for a work permit yourself. so firstly, you need to find a job and then employer who is will hire you.
Work permits usually are issued by a local “voivode” and it’s issued for the time of the stay required to undertake the work which is specified in your employer’s declaration. For the work permit to be valid you need to sign an employment contract with the employer who applied for your permit.
Your employer is legally obliged to you to:
- Provide the employment contract in writing
- Provide you with a translation of the employment contract in a language that you understand
- Check validity and make a copy of your residence permit or visa
- Notify social security and health insurance institutions within 7 days after the employment contract is signed (that gives you the right to free healthcare, sickness leave and other social benefits).
In this case, If employer hires you there isn’t any additional fee for you.