There are different grounds on which you can get them:
- a permanent residence permit is issued to foreigners, who have family ties with Poland (Polish origin, Polish spouse, the Pole’s Card);
- a long-term resident's residence permit is issued to foreigners, who are in Poland for economic reasons - e.g. work.
This type of permit is issued after at least 5 years of residence in Poland and after meeting other conditions.
Both authorizations shall be issued for an unlimited period of time. A resident's residence card is valid for 5 years and a permanent residence card for 10 years.