My spouse is applying for their first residence permit

When should I apply?

You should apply for a temporary residence permit if you wish to stay in Poland for longer than 3 months and your spouse, whom you are joining applied for their first temporary residence permit or has a temporary residence permit for a period shorter than 2 years, and has neither a permanent residence permit nor a residence permit for a long-term resident of the EU.

You should NOT submit the application if you intend to:

  • work
  • run a business
  • take up any type of education including full-time studies
This type of temporary residence permit does NOT entitle you to work without the need for an additional work permit. Information on the inability to take up employment without a separate work permit can be found in the instructions on the decision to grant a temporary residence permit. Check what are the conditions for issuing a work permit.

You should apply for a residence permit in person before your current legal status expires (i.e. before your visa or residence card expires).

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)

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Documents required to be granted the permit:

All documents are submitted in original / certified copy.

What should I know?

Read our guide

The requirement to have a stable and regular source of income is also considered met if the costs of your living will be covered by the your spouse who resides in Poland.

During the procedure for granting a temporary residence permit to a foreigner's spouse, we determine whether the marriage has not been concluded in order to circumvent the provisions determining the terms and conditions of entry and stay of foreigners on the territory of the Republic of Poland. If you need to explain or clarify the evidence we have in the case during the proceedings you may be asked to provide other documents or to testify confirming the circumstances that you indicated in the application and the circumstances regarding the purpose of your marriage.

This type of temporary residence permit does NOT entitle you to work without the need for an additional work permit. Information on the inability to take up employment without a separate work permit can be found in the instructions on the decision to grant a temporary residence permit. Check what are the conditions for issuing a work permit.

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?

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