FAQ

Coronavirus outbreak – regulations for foreigners

Created on: 23.06.2020

cont. question: hence, I want to know if there is possibility to send the Blue card to Polish Embassy in my home country and I can go and collect from there? If not is there any way someone can come and collect the card on behalf of me?

We're afraid it is not an option - you can collect the card personally only, due to biometrics verification process. Also, we cannot transfer your card to the Embassy, it can only be collected here, in Poland. Try contacting the Embassy again, the epidemic situation is very dynamic, it could change on a daily basis, including the visa issuance process.

Based on your decision of granting you a Blue Card residence permit you should be able to get a visa to enter Poland and then collect your card.

Created on: 28.05.2020

Unfortunately, no. It is not possible to collect a residence card without an online visit booking.

Currently, it is only possible to make an appointment via the online visit reservation panel to collect the residence card - book the appointment HERE.

The rule applies to all locations of the Office: Poznań, Kalisz. Konin, Leszno, Piła. Check the addresses HERE.

 

Created on: 28.05.2020

You may book an appointment to submit your fingerprints at any location of the Office: Poznan, Kalisz, Konin, Leszno, Pila. You will find the addresses HERE

However, the submission of fingerprints in a location other than the one where you submitted your application prevents us from formally verifying your application and checking all the necessary documents, and consequently it will not be possible to obtain a stamp in your passport.

Created on: 24.05.2020

If you are staying in Poland based on a temporary residence and work permit, issued under employment with an Employer with whom you no longer work, you should report this information in writing to the office. You will find the template HERE.

Whether you have to apply for a new permit or not depends on the type of permit you have. However, as a general rule, if your employer and certain terms and conditions of employment are indicated in your decision, the permit you have only allows you to work for that particular employer and under the conditions set out in the decision. So if you have changed your employer, you should apply for a new temporary residence and work permit.

Created on: 24.05.2020

If the last day of validity of your visa falls within the period of an epidemic emergency or a state of epidemic announced due to SARS-CoV-2 infection, the period of validity of this visa and the declaration shall be extended by law until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of this last state. Thus, if on 2 July an epidemic state/epidemic emergency continues, its validity shall be automatically extended for the period indicated.

Due to the current epidemiological situation and restrictions on direct customer service, it is currently not possible to file an application personally. Once the direct service starts, you will be able to make a new application at any time, until the end of the extended visa validity.

Created on: 24.05.2020

cont. question. What does the expression "in such a situation a foreigner may take advantage of conditional legal residence and submit an application for a residence permit in an extended period" mean?

The stay in the visa-free regime shall be prolonged until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the epidemic emergency or epidemic state, depending on the last one, only those persons who were in Poland on 14 March 2020 under the visa-free regime. If the entry to Poland took place after 14 March 2020, in order to stay in Poland longer, the foreigner should apply for temporary stay and work during the period of legal stay, i.e. until the last day of visa-free stay at the latest.

If the end of the period of work indicated in the declaration on entrusting work to a foreigner falls in the period of an epidemic emergency or a epidemic state, announced because of SARS-CoV-2 virus outbreaks, the foreigner may perform work specified in the declaration for the benefit of the entity that submitted the declaration, in the period or periods not covered by the declaration, until the end of the 30th day following the date of cancellation of that state, which was last in force, without a work permit. This also applies to declarations registered during the epidemic, i.e. after 14 March 2020. If on the date of expiry of the registered declaration, the epidemic state or epidemic emergency will continue to be in force, the foreigner will be able to continue performing work specified in the declaration for the employer who submitted the declaration. However, the condition of continuing employment is a legal stay in the territory of Poland.

The phrase "in such a situation the foreigner may benefit from a conditional legal stay and submit an application for a residence permit in an extended period" - refers to a situation in which a foreigner was staying in Poland on 14.03.2020 and during the epidemic the validity of his or her residence title expired, e.g. visa, residence card.

Created on: 24.05.2020

A change in the conditions of planned employment of a foreigner in the course of the proceedings for temporary residence and work means that the employer should fill in a new Annex 1 to the application for temporary residence and work. The new Annex no. 1 should be submitted to the office and will be included in the ongoing proceedings. If the planned income of the foreigner, declared in the annex, is still sufficient to cover his/her and his/her family's subsistence costs and meets the other conditions for granting the permit - he/she may receive a positive decision.

Created on: 24.05.2020

Const. question. Is it also automatically extended? How to do it? Is it possible to get an extension by phone? Do I have to go to the embassy?

If the last day of validity of your visa falls within the period of an emergency or epidemic state declared due to SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, the period of validity of this visa and the declaration shall be extended by law until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last state. Thus, if on 18 July an epidemic state/epidemic emergency continues, its validity shall be automatically extended for the period indicated. The extension is automatic and does not require any notification to the office or any request. The visa is extended under the Act of 2 March 2020 on special arrangements for the prevention, prevention and combating of COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them (Journal of Laws, item 374 as amended), which was amended by the Act of 31 March 2020 on amending the Act on special solutions related to preventing, counteracting and combating COVID-19, other infectious diseases and crisis situations caused by them and certain other acts (Journal of Laws, item 568), which entered into force on 31 March 2020.

This is an exceptional solution and was introduced in connection with the necessity to limit as much as possible direct customer service by the state administration in the face of the prevailing epidemic. The government of the Republic of Poland reported the introduction of this solution to the European Commission and other countries so that foreigners holding extended documents can move within the Schengen area. However, until the position of individual states is known, this does not guarantee the possibility of entering their territory.

Therefore, before starting a journey, it is necessary to make sure that entry into the territory of a given country on the basis of an extended visa will be possible. This applies, for example, to persons moving in the course of their professional activities. The best source of information will be the national border services.

Created on: 24.05.2020

Residence permits on the territory of the Republic of Poland granted to foreigners for an unlimited period of time, i.e. a permanent residence permit and a long-term resident's EU residence permit entitle to perform work in Poland without a work permit. Check whether you meet the requirements for granting one of these permits.

If you do not meet the requirements for a permanent permit, you can apply for a temporary residence permit. In order to obtain it, you must meet the requirements specified due to the declared purpose of your stay and the circumstances which are the basis for applying for this permit must justify your stay in the Republic of Poland for more than 3 months.

If the main purpose of your stay in Poland is to work, you should apply for a temporary residence and work permit. Remember, however, that this permit is granted in connection with performing work for a specific employer indicated in the decision. If you change your employer, you must apply for a new permit. The exceptions are situations when a foreigner is exempt from the obligation to have a work permit, specified in separate regulations, e.g. a graduate of full-time studies at a Polish university. Then the decision does not include a specific employer. Check who can work without a work permit.

Moreover, a foreigner who has been granted a temporary residence permit for the purpose of family reunion, for the purpose of full-time studies, for the spouse of a citizen of the Republic of Poland is also entitled to access the labour market - without indicating a specific employer.

It all depends on your individual situation and circumstances which justify your stay in Poland and the requirements of a specific permit.

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