No. A residence card issued in Poland you can travel around the Schengen Area for the purpose of tourism, for a period of up to 90 days within a 180 days period, without the need to obtain a visa. If you would like to perform work in another EU member state, you should contact the Consular Office/Embassy of a given country.
ISSUE/REPLACEMENT OF THE RESIDENCE CARD
The residence card issued by Polish authorities does not entitle you to travel to countries that do not belong to the Schengen Area. The United Kingdom is an EU member state that does not belong to the Schengen Area. In order to be able to enter the territory of the United Kingdom, you need to obtain a British visa – contact the Embassy of the United Kingdom in Warsaw.
If you have a Polish residence card, you can move around the Schengen Area for a period of up to 90 days within a 180 days period without the need to obtain a visa. While travelling around the Schengen Area, you should present a valid passport and as well as a valid residence card. Apart from that, you need to hold a document confirming having a health insurance.
Can I hire a foreigner who is a holder of a residence card with the annotation „access to labour market”?
No. The annotation does not necessarily mean that the foreigner gained a full access to the labour market. His/her access to labour market may be restricted to performing work for a specific employer and on terms specified in the foreigner’s residence permit (if the foreigner was granted a temporary residence and work permit). You should check what type of residence permit was granted to the foreigner ( e.g.
My residence card contains the annotation „access to labour market”. Does it mean I am allowed to change an employer without the need to apply for another residence permit?
If you were granted a temporary residence and work permit, you employer was specified in the administrative decision. This means you have received you residence card with relation to performing work for the employer appointed in the decision and on the terms specified in the permit. The „access to labour market” annotation means that you can work legally for the employer specified in your permit. i.e.
I have a residence card without a registered address. I have changed my place of residence in Poland. Do I have to inform the Governor’s Office about this?
- Yes, if you have a residence card with a registered address - submit an application to exchange the card due to a change in the data contained in the existing residence card, i.e. the address. An application for exchange of a residence card should be submitted within 14 days of changing the address of residence or other data entered in it.
- If you have a residence card without an address printed on it, changing your place of residence does not change the data contained therein, so there is no need to exchange it.
No, unless the data in your new passport has changed which are included in the residence card, e.g. name. If you have a new passport in your new name, apply for an exchange of residence card.
I have a residence card for humanitarian reasons issued by the Border Guard for 2 years. Can I apply for another card at the Governor’s Office / can I apply for a card exchange at the Governor’s Office. Which authority is competent?
You submit the application for the issue / replacement of the residence card to the Head of the Border Guard unit or the Head of Border Guard station competent for your place of stay.
A foreigner picked up the residence card and after some time he noticed an error on it. Where to report it, how to apply, whether the Office will issue a new card and who will cover the cost of the printout?
Such information should be reported to the Office: in person at the information desk, by telephone through the helpline or by a letter by post. You should describe what the error is. If we have made a mistake, we will order a new card, and you will not have to pay for it. However, if the error in the residence card was your fault (e.g. you gave incorrect data in the application), you will have to apply for a residence card replacement and pay for its replacement.
- Within 3 days of losing the document, please inform the Governor who issued your residence card about it (the form can be downloaded from our website). Report theft / loss of the card to the nearest Police Station.
- To obtain a new card, apply for an exchange / issue of a residence card.