Please note that this is general advice, and may not apply to all circumstances.
It’s wise to seek professional advice that takes into account your particular circumstances.
Where and how can I obtain a work permit in Poland?
Work permits are issued by a province governor (Wojewoda) upon the request of an employer intending to employ a foreigner. Work permit is valid only together with a relevant residence legalization document, i.e. work visa or a residence permit document.
Do EU citizens apply for a work permit?
EU citizens are allowed to work in the Republic of Poland without necessity of obtaining a work permit, on the condition of residence legalization within 3 months from the date of entering the country.
How many kinds of work permits are there?
There are 5 types of work permits in Poland - work permit is required, if a foreigner:
How can I get a Polish work visa?
Work visa can be obtained at the Polish Consulate, after presenting a work permit document.
Who is the applicant for a work permit?
An employer is a party to administrative proceedings which means that the person who submits application for issuing work permit is the employer wishing to employ a foreigner and not a foreigner himself/herself.
Where and how can a residence permit be obtained?
Residence permits are issued to foreigners on the basis of an administrative decision of the province governor (Wojewoda) made on the basis of an application. Application is submitted by a foreigner himself/herself.
Who can I hire to assist me in processing my papers?
You can hire relocation or an immigration specialist company, as well as a lawyer, specializing in immigration and labour law regulations. They can act on your behalf on the basis of a power of attorney.
What are the documents I need to submit?
List of documents may vary and it will depend on what kind of procedure you will be involved in (work permit, visa application or a residence permit), as well as type of work permit or residence permit.
How long do I have to wait for my papers to be processed?
Processing time depends on what kind of procedure will be handled:
Authorities have the right to prolong relevant procedures if additional clarifications or documents are required.
Where can I check on the status of my application?
You can check on the status of your application with relevant authorities. It can be done through your representative, who has relevant power of attorney.
What will my proof of employment legalization be?
In order to proof you are legally employed in Poland, you need to have a work permit document together with a relevant stay legalization document, i.e. work visa in your passport or a decision about residence permit with a right to work.
What are the government fees I have to pay for while I’m on my work visa?
Government fees are paid while submitting a relevant application and they are as follows at the moment:
1. Work Permit:
2. Work Permit For A Fixed Period Of Time:
3. Work Visa:
How long is the validity of the work visa before it expires?
Work visa is issued for the period of time corresponding to validity of a work permit, however it can be issued for up to 1 year.
If my passport expires before my work visa expires, what should I do?
It has to be noted that if validity of a passport is relatively short, Polish work visa will be issued with the expiration date exactly 3 months before end date of passport validity. It means sometimes it is better to consider changing/prolonging passport before applying for a work visa. If work visa expires and validity of a work permit is longer, you can apply again for a work visa with a new passport.
When my work visa expires, how can I re-enter Poland and accept a new job?
Once your work visa and work permit expire, you cannot continue working and residing in Poland. You have to start relevant work and residence legalization procedures from the beginning. Alternatively you can consider prolongation of relevant permits in due time, before they expire.
Is there a grace period to renew my work visa?
Work visa usually is granted with the 1st work permit. In case of prolonging your employment and work permit you should apply for a residence permit in Poland. Work visa however might be granted again, depending on a specific situation of a specific foreigner and there is no official grace period.
Can I come to Poland on a tourist visa to search and apply for jobs?
You can search and apply for jobs while on a tourist visa, as long as performing work is not involved.
What happens when an employer asks me to work immediately without a work permit?
Unless you are an EU citizen, such situation is against the Polish law and it is not advisable.
How do I make sure I don’t get banned from re-entry?
You just need to make sure you do not break any law regulations, especially Labour Code and regulations concerning work of foreigners in Poland, Act on Foreigners, as well as Criminal Code.
How can I transfer my work permit from one employer to the next?
Every time you change an employer, you need a new work permit. It is not possible to transfer work permits between different employers.
Aside from obtaining a work permit, how else can I reside in Poland?
You can apply for a residence permit in Poland, aside from the situation of obtaining a work permit, in the following circumstances:
How can my spouse or children who work and live in Poland sponsor my residency?
Your spouse or children, who live in Poland, can sponsor your residency in case of arrival to or stay in the Republic of Poland for the purpose of joining the family. They can sponsor you as their dependant.
How can I get a job soon after my family sponsors my residency?
Unless you are a spouse of a Polish or EU citizen, after successfully finding and securing a job, a work permit will be needed. You will also need to apply for a new residence permit on the basis of the work permit, to have a right to work. Residence permit is granted on the basis of joining the family does not allow you automatically to be able to perform work.
How can I apply for permanent residency and acquire citizenship when I get my work permit?
It is not easy to obtain a permanent residency or acquire Polish citizenships. Regulations are very strict and there are many stipulations to be met before being eligible to submit an application. Each case is being revised individually and carefully inspected by the authorities. The subject is comprehensive and it is advisable to contact an immigration consultant.
Does Poland have single and multiple visa entries? How do I get a multiple visa entry?
Yes, Poland has multiply entry visas and obtaining them depends on the purpose of entering the country by a foreigner. Work visa is a multiply entry visa.
Will an expat’s child born in Poland acquire citizenship?
Child born in Poland acquires Polish citizenship only on a condition that one of the parents is a Polish citizen. Otherwise it is not possible.
I am Polish currently living overseas with a foreign nationality. What are the requirements for my partner / spouse to be able to reside with me in Poland?
It has to be noted that partner other than a spouse might have major difficulties to legalize their stay in Poland, especially for non-EU nationals. Also same sex couples are not recognized in Poland. As a Polish citizen you can sponsor your spouse with an application for a residence permit, on the basis of the marriage certificate. In such case your spouse is allowed to work in Poland without necessity of obtaining a work permit.
Where can I find more information on residency and citizenship?
What should I do to have a successful relocation?
In case of non-EU nationals, coming from countries where a non-visa stay for up to 90 days is not allowed, it will be necessary to obtain a visa to travel to Poland for a “look see trip”. Before accepting a job it is advisable to check the following issues, including documents needed, with the future employer:
A new hire should always check requirements for their work and residence legalization, including documents needed from a foreigner and an employer/ company, for the relevant procedures, as pursuant to regulations. It will depend on nationality of a new hire and employment conditions.
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