Permanent residence

When should I apply?

You can apply for a permament residence  if you are a UK national / the Withdrawal Agreement beneficiary and you do not have a permament residence of an EU citizen issued in Poland by the end of 2020, but you’ve lived in Poland for a continuous 5-year period (known as ‘continuous residence’) and continue your stay.  Download your application HERE

You can submit the application from 01/01/2021 to 31/12/2021.

In the case of a foreigner who is a minor, the application is submitted by parents or guardians appointed by the court or by one of the parents or one of the guardians appointed by the court.

Before you apply, read our tips on how to fill in an application form.

Where should I apply?

You may send your application by post.  What counts is the date of postage at the post office.

As a general rule, you will be asked to visit the Office in person and at that time, the biometric identifiers shall be collected. However, in a justified case of emergency such as a health condition, this obligation may be waived.

If you apply by post, your next step is to visit the office in person to give your fingerprints.  Fingerprints are required from all applicants who have turned 6 by the time of the application.

Learn how to give your fingerprints.

Upon receiving your application via post, we will request your attendance to provide fingerprints. During your visit, you may also file other documents that are required.

After submitting your application, you will receive a certificate valid for one year.

What documents do I need?

  • application completed in accordance with the instructions in 1 copy (application to be downloaded).
  • 4 photographs
  • a photocopy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection), in a justified case, when you do not have any valid travel document and you are not able to obtain one, you may present another document confirming your identity,
  • document confirming 5 years of continuous residence (use documents that cover longer periods of time if you can, such as annual bank statements, council tax bills or university letters and certificates. This means you will not need to submit as many documents)
  • documents as evidence of the exceptions to the 'coninouus residence' rule. If you are presumed to have disrupted the continuity of your 5 years' residence we will ask you to submit evidence to establish that you did not disrupt the continuity of your residence, depending on the lenght and nature of your absence.

How do I collect the document?

The residence card shall be collected in person at the Department of Foreigners in Poznań or at one of the office's delegations. Check the addresses

When a document issued to a minor over 6 years of age is collected, his/her presence is required.  When a residence card has been issued to a minor under 13 years of age by the date of its receipt, the card shall be collected by his legal representative or guardian.

In the event of waiving the requirement to appear in person when submitting the application, the document may be collected by an attorney based on a special power of attorney to collect this document, upon presentation of a document confirming identity.

A visit to collect a residence card in Poznań can be booked in advance via the website by selecting "residence card collection" queue

Check the queue status.

To collect your residence card, bring a valid travel document.
Check if your document is ready for collection and where you can collect it in our application to avoid dissapointment.

What should I know?

What are my obligations as a permanent resident?

You should inform the Governor depending on your current place of residence, in the case of:

  • change of information stated on your permanent residence card
  • damage or lost of your residence card or any other circumstances that make it difficult to identify the holder of the card.

In the event of loss of the permanent residence card, you should report it to our Office and a new document shall be issued.

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