Full-time studies

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 undertaking or continuation of full-time studies:

  • in the higher education institution approved by the Minister of Interior, unless this institution is not subject to mandatory approval,
  • or in the higher education institution, which is not subject to mandatory approval  for which no decision on the prohibition of accept the foreigners was issued,

provided that the circumstances justify your residence at the territory of the Republic of Poland for the period exceeding 3 months.

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.

If you submitted your application before April 27th 2019 different regulations apply. If you submitted application for temporary residence permit before April 27th 2019 you are not required to present declaration regarding housing costs. We will be only checking if you have sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay in Poland, return to the country of origin and costs of studies.

Before submitting your application, read our tips on completing the application forms

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 our offices
  • photographs
  • A photocopy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection), in a particularly justified case, when a you do not have a valid travel document and you are not able to obtain one, you may present another document confirming yourr identity.

To begin the proceedings you need to deliver also the confirmation of the payment of stamp duty

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Documents required to be granted the residence permit:

First year student

If you are a first year student, the permit will be granted for the period of 15 months. If your studies in Poland do not exceed one year period, first residence permit will be granted for the period of an academic year or of studies, extended by 3 months. Below you will find a list of documents necessary to be granted a temporary residence permit for studying purpose:

  • Current certificate from university signed by the Rector or authorized person and presented on the up-to-date form (please find the example in the attachment),
  • Proof of payment of the tuition fees for the given academic year if you undertake or continue paid studies or proof of exemption from the tuition fees,
  • Proof of health insurance,
  • Confirmation of having sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay in Poland for at least 15 months period (after deducting the housing costs), return ticket to the country of origin and costs of studies (sufficient financial resources for students),

Declaration regarding housing costs (download here).

Please remember to submit all of the documents in original or in certified copy.

If you submitted your application before April 27th 2019, you perform work and you are a first-year student, the temporary residence permit for studying purpose will be denied.

Subsequent-year student

If you are a student of the subsequent year, temporary residence permit for studies will be granted for the period of studies, extended by 3 months however in any case not exceeding 3 years.

Below you will find a list of documents necessary to be granted a temporary residence permit for studying purpose:

  • Current certificate from university signed by rector or authorized person and presented on the up-to-date form (please find the example in the attachment),
  • Proof of payment of the tuition fees for the given academic year if you undertake or continue paid studies or proof of exemption from the tuition fee,
  • Health insurance,
  • Confirmation of having sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay in Poland with the reference to the period of studies however not exceeding 3 years period (after deducting the housing costs), return ticket to the country of origin and costs of studies (sufficient finacial resources for students),
  • Declaration regarding housing costs (download here).

Please remember to submit all of the documents in original or in certified copy

Preparation course for full-time studies in Poland

You will be granted the temporary residence permit for studying purpose if you are taking part in a preparation course for full-time studies in Poland. The permit will be granted for the period of the preparation course extended by 3 months.

Below you will find a list of documents necessary to be granted a temporary residence permit for preparation course purpose:

  • Current certificate from university signed by the Rector or authorized person and presented on the up-to-date form (please find the example in the attachment),
  • Proof of payment of the tuition fees for the given academic year,
  • Proof of health insurance,
  • Confirmation of having sufficient funds to cover the costs of your stay in Poland with the reference to the period of preparation course (after deducting the housing costs), return ticket to the country of origin and costs of studies (sufficient financial resources for students),
  • Declaration regarding housing costs (download here).

Please remember to submit all of the documents in original or in certified copy

EU programme studies (e.g. Erasmus) or multilateral programme studies

If you continue or complete studies taken up in the other EU Member State or if you are a student of EU programme/multilateral programme studies covering the mobility measures or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions providing for the intra-EU mobility, you will be granted the residence permit for 2 years if you are a first-year student or for the for the period of studies, extended by 3 months but not exceeding 3 years.

Below you will find a list of documents necessary to be granted a temporary residence permit for studying purpose:

Please remember to submit all of the documents in original or in certified copy

What should I know?

Read our guide

After obtaining a permit, you can work in Poland without the need for a work permit.

It is your responsibility to inform the Governor who issued your permit, within 15 business days, of the cessation of the reason for granting the permit, e.g. about removing you off the student list, resigning from studies or changing universities.

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 more: How to receive a card

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FAQ

I have applied for temporary residence permit for studies because of continuation of my studies in Poland. Can I perform work (e.g. under civil-law contract)?

It depends:

  • If you are a full-time student and you have a valid visa or valid temporary residence permit you can work without work permit. 
  • But if you applied for temporary residence permit between February 12th 2018 and April 26th 2019, and you are the first year student...
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I have applied for temporary residence permit for studying purpose. I was wondering if my civil-law contract can be my confirmation of having sufficient funds to cover my stay in Poland?

It depends. 

  • If you applied for temporary residence permit between February 12th 2018 and April 26th 2019, civil-law contract or rather certificate of employment and amount of salaries, issued not earlier than one month before the date of submitting the application for a temporary...
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I resigned from university, but my residence card for studying purpose is still valid – Can I stay in Poland?

It is your obligation to inform the province governor (The Office of Wielkopolska Province) about your resignation from your university course. The residence permit will be revoked and your residence card will be annulled. If the office do not receive the information from you, it will be sent...

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I graduated from Polish university during the proceedings for temporary residence permit for studying purpose. What should I do in order to stay Poland?

If you want to work in Poland, but you haven’t found any work yet, you can change the purpose of examining your application into temporary residence permit for graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity. If you have already found work, you...

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If I have health insurance from my country of origin, would it be considered?

If applying for temporary residence permit for studying purpose you need to submit health insurance that covers medical treatment costs within the territory of the Republic of Poland. The insurance should allow you to access healthcare including hospital treatments (you have the access to family...

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