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.

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

Attention! The country whose citizens undergoing a preparation course for full-time studies in Poland are granted a temporary residence permit for the purpose of studying, is the Republic of Belarus.

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

Does post-secondary school student status entitle to work?

No. Only as a post-secondary school graduate you will have full access to the labor market in Poland.

How to get permanent residence when you are a student and have the Pole's Card?

You can find the procedure for applying for a permanent residence permit for holders of the Pole's Card HERE

Is it possible to obtain a temporary residence card within a month or two? Can the waiting period for this document be shortened?

The length of the procedure for granting a temporary residence permit depends on fulfilment of all formal requirements including providing fingerprints and whether documents confirming the fulfillment of all conditions for granting the permit are attached.

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How to get an insurance without the Pole's Card if I have never been insured in the European Union or in Poland?

You can insure yourself by submitting an application to the National Health Fund for voluntary health insurance. All you need is a document confirming legal stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland  and confirmation of full -time student status.

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I am waiting for a residence card. Can I change my application at the office from work to study purpose?

Yes. In order to reclassify the purpose of the application, a written declaration must be submitted regarding the change  of the stay from work to study purpose.