When should I apply?
You should apply for a temporary residence permit if you wish to stay in Poland for a period exceeding 3 months and your primary purpose of stay is work.
If you apply to extend your stay in Poland before the expiry date of your legal status, you can legally remain in Poland while your application is pending. Make sure you have submitted an error-free application. Your passport must be valid at this time.
Before you apply, read our tips on how to fill in an application form.
Where should I apply?
You may apply in person at the Department for Foreigners in Poznań or one of the office's delegations: Book your visit
If you cannot apply in person before your current legal status expires, please send your application by post to meet the deadline.
What counts is the date of postage at the post office.
If you apply by post, your next step is to visit the office in person to give your fingerprints - make an appointment
During your visit, you may also file other documents that are required to get a stamp in your passport.
Learn how to give your fingerprints
What documents do I need?
Documents required to obtain a stamp in your passport (i.e. formal requirements)
- Application completed in accordance with the instructions in 1 copy (application to be downloaded). The form can be also obtained at any of our offices.
- 4 photographs,
- A photocopy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection), in a particularly justified case, when you do not have any valid travel document and you are not able to obtain one, you may present another document confirming your identity.
To start the proceedings you also need the confirmation of the stamp duty payment.
Documents required to be granted a temporary residence and work permit:
Annex No 1 (download here) to the application for the temporary residence permit confirms a purpose of stay exceeding 3 months.
Apart from that, it also confirms that you have a stable and regular source of income and a health insurance (applies to persons employed on the basis of regular employment contract or contract of mandate).
On the basis of this document, we check whether you have sufficient funds to cover the living expenses in Poland.
The conditions of work entrustment contained in the Annex No 1 must be consistent with conditions resulting from other documents, such as your employment contract, labour market test, etc.
The original document of labour market test or documents confirming exemption from the obligation to have a work permit.
Check if you need the Labour Market Test
If the document is required, submit the original document of the labour market test obtained from a district job agency competent according to the place of your work – it is not considered as a formal error (i.e. it is not indispensable in order to get a stamp in your passport). However, submission of all documents at the time of applying can greatly speed up the process of granting a residence permit at a later stage of the proceedings (i.e. evidentiary proceedings),
- A current document confirming your accommodation in Poland,
- If you perform work in a regulated profession – you should enclose additional documents which confirm you have the required qualifications.
- We may also ask you to:
send some more information,
come to an interview with our officials.
What should I know?
The permit is granted for not longer than 3 years. This period depends primarily on the time for which your employer intends to hire you.
Your permit entitles you to work in Poland only on the conditions specified therein. You cannot work for another employer on its basis.
There are some exemptions from this rule, e.g. if you have received a temporary residence and work permit as a graduate of a Polish upper secondary school, full-time university studies or full-time doctoral studies at a Polish university.
It is your responsibility to inform the Governor, who issued your permit about the termination of your work contract. You need to do it within 15 days from termination of work. If you do not do this, we may refuse to grant you another temporary residence permit.
If you want to work for another employer, you must re-apply for a new permit. If you fail to do it, we may start the procedure of withdrawing your last permit, because the purpose of your stay which you declared previously has ceased.
I have received my decison - how to get my residence card now?
The residence card is issued after you have received your decision with your permit. Read How to receive residence card?