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It is a residence title that together with a valid passport entitles you to enter and stay in the Schengen area ("Schengen States"). It might allow you to:

  • either transit through or an intended stay in the territory of the Schengen States of a duration of no more than 90 days in any 180 days ("short-stay visa"),
  • or transit through the international transit areas of airports of the Schengen States ("airport transit visa").

This visa is marked with a "C" symbol.

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It is a type of residential document which, along with a valid passport, entitles you to stay within the territory of the issuing country. For instance, if you hold a visa issued by a Polish Consul, it entitles you to stay in Poland for the period of its validity. The validity of such a visa depends on the purpose of travel. This visa is marked with a “D” symbol.

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It is a type of residential document which, along with a valid passport, entitles you to stay within the territory of the Schengen Area member states. Visas are issued as Schengen or national visas by a consul. To obtain a visa, you should contact a proper diplomatic post or consular office in your country of origin.

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It is the legal act regulating the conditions of foreigners' entry and residence in the territory of Poland and the criteria for issuing particular residence permits.

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It is the authority competent for issuing birth, marriage, death certificates. At the office, you can also register foreign civil-status records, change your first name and last name, get married, acknowledge a child.

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It means that the examination of your case is finished, and thus it will not be subjected to evidentiary proceedings with regard meeting the requirements for granting a residence permit. Your case can be discontinued at your request (for instance, when you would want to leave the territory of Poland, and you do not want the residence permit to be granted) or ex officio (when certain permanent and irremovable obstacles have appeared rendering the further processing of your case impossible).

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The Schengen Area countries include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Spain, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Estonia, Lithuania, Latvia, Malta, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, as well as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland (the last four are non-EU Schengen countries).

Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia are EU-countries which do not belong to the Schengen area. 
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It is an agreement concluded in writing and made before a public notary, in which one person/persons agree to regularly provide a certain amount of money in favour of another person.

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Every minor (child), who stays in Poland without parents or custodians, should be represented by a legal guardian appointed by a guardianship court.

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It is the current and official copy of your marriage certificate from a registry office that was not issued earlier than 3 months before you apply for a residence permit. It is evidence of a valid marriage. A Polish certified translation must accompany a marriage certificate written in a language other than Polish.

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