When should I apply?
You should apply after you have been in Poland for at least 5 years.
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 complete the 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 needed to obtain a stamp in a passport (so-called formal requirements):
- 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
A photocopy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection), in a particularly justified case, when a foreigner does not have a valid travel document and he or she is not able to obtain one, he or she may present another document confirming his/her identity.
- Evidence of legal title to the premises.
You will need also an original of the stamp duty payment to start the proceedings.
Documents required to be granted the residence permit:
- stable and regular income, e.g. tax settlements from the last 3 years immediately preceding the submission of the application. If you are working - a current contract confirming the execution of work and contracts concluded within 3 years immediately preceding the submission of the application. If you run an economic activity or a partnership/company - documents confirming current income earned from the conducted company / employment contract, if on its basis you perform your function as a member of the management board. You can also submit other documents confirming your income and we will check them individually.
- health insurance,
- documents confirming your knowledge of Polish language.
All documents need to be submitted in original/certified copy
What should I know?
Can I work?
I have received my decison - how to get my residence card now?
The residence card is issued after obtaining a positive decision on granting the permit. Read how to get a residence card