Depending on your place of residence, your application will be examined by a Governor from a given region (Province). The same local authority rule would apply to most applications and institutions you will need to contact. If your employer applies for a work permit, he needs to contact the local Governor based on the location of their registered office.
- 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.
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.
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.
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).
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, Croatia, as well as Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Norway and Iceland (the last four are non-EU Schengen countries).