University graduates

When should I apply?

You should apply for a temporary residence permit for graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity if you wish to stay in Poland for a period exceeding 3 months and you are a graduate of a Polish university. For this particular temporary residence permit you can apply only once and only immediately after graduating from university. The temporary residence permit is granted for the period of 9 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 - the permit might be granted for the period of 12 months – once and immediately after graduating university. You are also required to submit confirmation of having provided financial resources to cover the costs of your stay in Poland.

Before you apply read our tips on how to fill out in 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 required to obtain a stamp in your passport (i.e. formal requirements)

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Documents required to be granted the residence permit:

What should I know?

Read our guide

Temporary residence permit is granted once, directly after graduation, for a period of 9 months.

This permit does not entitle you to work in Poland. If you are a graduate of full-time studies at a Polish university, you can work without a work permit.

Please do remember that, within 15 business days, you are obliged to inform the appropriate province governor that granted you your temporary residence permit, that the reasons for granting your permit no longer apply. If your residence permit was granted by the Head of the Office for Foreigners, so the second instance authority examining the temporary residence permit for graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity, the information should be sent to the province governor – the first instance authority examining the temporary residence permit. If you do not fulfill this obligation, you might be refused obtaining another residence permit.

  • Application for a graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity will not be considered if you apply for such a permit during validity of the temporary residence permit granted for work as intra-corporate transfer and you are a trainee employee or during validity of the temporary residence permit for work in the profession requiring high qualifications.

  • A full-time studies graduation diploma of Polish university entitles you to work without a work permit. You have a full free labour market access.

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? 

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FAQ

When can I apply for temporary residence permit for a graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity?

You can apply for this temporary residence permit immediately after graduating from university. Learn more

I have a part-time studies graduation diploma of Polish university. Can I apply for temporary residence permit for a graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity?

  • Yes, but you will not have the free labour market access. Remember that you are obliged to have a work permit in order to perform work in Poland.

  • A full-time studies graduation diploma of Polish university entitles...

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I am a full-time studies graduate of Polish university. I was granted a temporary residence and work permit, am I obliged to report change in employer? Should my decision regarding temporary residence and work permit be changed if I change my employer?

  • You can perform work and your decision will not be changed, because it does not determine the conditions of work.

  • You are obliged to inform the appropriate province governor about the change in your employer in order to confirm, that the reason for granting permit...

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How many times can I apply for temporary residence permit for a graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity?

Only once and only immediately after graduating from university. Learn more

I was granted a temporary residence permit for graduate looking for work or planning to establish an economic activity and I have found job. Can I perform work? Am I oblige to apply for temporary residence and work permit?

If you are a full-time studies graduate Polish university you are entitled to work without the work permit. You have free labour market access. If you have a part-time graduation diploma...

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