When should I apply?
You should apply in person, after 5 years from granting refugee status, subsidiary protection or consent for humanitarian reasons, and 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 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 needed to obtain a stamp in a passport (so-called formal defects):
- Application form - filled in 1 copy as per instruction. Download the form. You can receive a copy of your application form in our offices or use the interactive application form
- 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.
Stamp duty proof of payment is also required to begin the proceedings.
Documents needed to grant the permit:
- Decision confirming that you have a refugee status, subsidiary protection or consent to stay for humanitarian reasons,
documents confirming that your stay on Polish territory was uninterrupted or documents stating the reasons for the occurrence of breaks in your stay.
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?
The residence card is issued after you have received your decision with your permit.
Read How to receive residence card