When should I apply?
You should apply if you hold a valid Pole's Card (Karta Polaka) and you wish to settle in Poland permanently.
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.
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 needed to obtain a stamp in a passport (so-called formal defects):
- Application form - fill in the on-line application or fill in the application in accordance with the instructions in 1 copy (application to be downloaded)
- 4 photos,
- Copy of your valid travel document (original for inspection). In exceptional cases where you have no valid travel document and you cannot obtain it, you can present a different document confirming your identity.
Documents needed to grant the permit:
- A copy of the Pole’s Card with the original available for inspection,
- Documents confirming your willingness to settle in Poland, e.g. rent contract, employment contract, documents confirming studies, etc.
All documents are submitted in original / certified copy.
What should I know?
The permit is issued for an indefinite period. This permit entitles you to work without a work permit.
I have received my decison - how to get my residence card now?
We will issue your residence card as soon as your permit is granted and you return us your Pole's Card.
Read How to receive residence card