Law on foreign nationals

Temporary residence permit

Our law firm will help you to take all steps required to legalise a foreigner’s temporary residence in Poland. Once a temporary residence permit has been obtained, an application for a work permit in Poland may be submitted. A work permit for a foreign national is essential for legal employment. Moreover, a work permit helps foreigners to pursue their careers in Poland. Our staff will undertake all the necessary steps to obtain a work permit for foreign nationals.

Based on our extensive experience, our law firm will help you to obtain the following documents:

  • a work permit for foreign nationals,
  • a residence and work permit,
  • a work permit for Poland,
  • a temporary residence card for foreign nationals,
  • a temporary residence card for Poland.

 

A temporary residence card for Poland

 

With our support, our clients will be able to obtain a temporary residence card for Poland. This document entitles its holder to stay in Poland and travel within Poland legally. A temporary residence card will enable foreign nationals to initiate the procedure for obtaining a work permit in Poland. There is also a possibility to merge these two cases (residence and work) into single proceedings. A temporary residence card may be required for banking transactions. This card enables foreigners in Poland to arrange various everyday matters without undue complications. Moreover, such a card may prove necessary in arranging family-related matters. With a temporary residence card, a foreigner’s stay in Poland is fully legal.

Also, employers may seek assistance in obtaining a temporary residence card for their foreign employees, and then a work permit for foreign nationals.

 

A work permit for foreign nationals

 

Foreign nationals who have obtained a temporary residence card may apply for a work permit in Poland. A work permit enables foreign nationals in Poland to pursue their career. As such, they can enter into fully legal employment in the Republic of Poland. Given that many foreigners come to Poland in order to take up a job, the procedure for obtaining a work permit is initiated especially frequently. Instead of applying separately for a temporary residence permit in Poland and a work permit, these two matters can be merged in a single case and both permits can be applied for within single proceedings.

Our law firm will help companies on obtaining a work permit for a foreign national. A foreigner who holds such a permit will be allowed to work in the client’s company in Poland. A work permit obtained with our assistance will help the foreign national to take up legal employment and pursue a career, and will enable the Polish-based company to use their skills. With a work permit, a foreign national can legally enter into a contract of employment in Poland.
Work permits for foreign nationals are issued by the voivods (heads of provinces).

Pursuant to the Act on Foreign Nationals, which became effective on 1 May 2014, a temporary residence permit in Poland may be granted to foreign nationals if all requirements defined by the law for the purpose of the residence are met, and if the underlying circumstances justify the foreigner’s stay in Poland for a period exceeding three months.

A temporary residence permit is granted for up to three years.

The Act on Foreign Nationals regulates the legal grounds (purpose of residence) for foreign nationals wishing to apply for a temporary residence permit in Poland (temporary residence card). Our law firm will assist applicants in preparing their application and collecting all the documents required by law, depending on legal grounds applicable in their particular case. We will also represent foreign nationals in proceedings before the geographically competent Voivod (head of province). The temporary residence card is issued to our clients once the proceedings have been completed and an official decision has been issued.

A temporary residence card may be issued in view of specific circumstances. It can be issued in connection with a job, including a highly skilled job. It can be issued in connection with running a business. Moreover, it can be also issued to individuals who study at a university, engage in scientific research or undergo professional training. Individuals married to a Polish citizen or planning a family reunification are entitled to a temporary residence card. A temporary residence card is issued in recognition of the right to family life and the rights of a child. A temporary residence card may also be issued in connection with another reason justifying a person’s stay in Poland in excess of three months.