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How to obtain a temporary residence and work permit?

A temporary residence and work permit shall be granted to a foreigner who stays in the territory of the Republic of Poland for the purpose of work if the following requirements are met:

1. the foreigner possesses:
a. health insurance as defined in the Act of  27 August 2004 on Publicly Funded Healthcare Benefits or a document certifying that the insurer covers the costs of treatment in the territory of the Republic of Poland.
b. a stable and regular source of income sufficient to cover the living costs of him/herself and his/her dependents;  
2. the foreigner has a place of residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland;
3. the entity that commissions the foreigner to perform work has no other way of finding staff in the local labour market;
4. the remuneration specified in the contract that is the basis of work performance, concluded in writing between the foreigner and the entity that commissions him/her to perform work, is not lower that the remuneration of employees who perform similar work or work in a similar capacity for the same number of hours.

 

Necessary documents:

1. a duly completed application form  
2. four photographs meeting the following requirements:
•    undamaged, in colour, sharp;
•    of size 35 mm x 45 mm;
•    taken not earlier than 6 months before the submission of the application
•    the photograph shows the foreigner’s face from the top of the head to the upper part of the shoulders in such a way that the face covers 70-80% of the photograph, taken against a homogenous light background; the photograph shows the foreigner in
a frontal position, looking directly ahead with the eyes open, hair removed from the face, a natural face expression and closed mouth; the photograph shows the natural colour of the foreigner’s skin;  
•    the photograph shows the foreigner’s eyes, in particular the pupils, in a clear way; the line of the foreigner’s eyes is parallel to the upper edge of the photograph

Attention: A foreigner who wears headgear for religious reasons may enclose a photograph depicting him or her wearing the headgear provided that the face is fully visible. In such a case, a declaration of membership in a religious community should be enclosed.

3. a copy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection); in  specially justified cases when the foreigner does not hold a valid travel document and has no opportunity of obtaining it, he/she may present another document proving his/her identity.  

4. a note from the storoste with jurisdiction over the foreigner’s main place of work performance stating that it is impossible to find the staff needed by the employer in the registers of the unemployed and other job seekers or a note about a negative outcome of the recruitment process organised for the employer.  

The document is not required if:

a.    the profession that the foreigner practices as part of the commissioned work or the type of commissioned work is on the list specified in Article 10, section 5, item 1 of the Act of 20 April  2005 on promotion of employment and labour market institutions, or  
b.    the foreigner, immediately prior to the submission of the application, held a work permit or a residence and work permit and worked for the same employer in the same capacity, or
c.    the foreigner meets the requirements specified in the regulations laid down pursuant to Article 90, section 5 of the Act of 20 April 2005 on promotion of employment and labour market institutions, or  
d.    the foreigner meets the conditions for the exemption from the obligation to hold a work permit, specified in separate regulations.
e.    the work consists in performing a function in the management board of a legal entity  that is subject to entry into the register of entrepreneurs and the stocks and shares of which  the foreigners does not hold.

Attention:  If any of the above mentioned documents is missing, the foreigner shall be requested to submit it within 7 days of the service of the request under the pain that the application will not be further examined.

The application should be submitted to the Department of Foreigners of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Office, Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1 50-153 Wrocław

Office hours of the Department of Foreigners:

Monday 8:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 16:00
Wedensday 8:00 - 18:00
Thursday 8:00 - 16:00
Friday 8:00 - 16:00



Secretary’s office: room 0151
tel.71 / 340 66 55
tel.71 / 340 67 02
fax 71 / 340 66 85
e-mail:

Department of Polish Citizenship:
Head of the Department  phone: 71  340 68 76
hotine: 71  340 66 09

A fee of 440 PLN

The fee  should be paid to the bank account: GMINA WROCŁAW  PKO BP 82 1020 5226 0000 6102 0417 7895

Typical documents confirming the circumstances specified in the application:

Attention: If you enclose the application submitted with the above mentioned documents, you may limit the amount of official correspondence and shorten the period of completion of the formalities.

1. In the event the foreigner meets the conditions for the exemption from the obligation to hold a work permit – a document confirming that the conditions are met (for instance, the Polish Charter, a diploma of completion of studies at a Polish higher school or a diploma of completion of a Polish upper secondary school.).
2. a document confirming the possession of a place of residence (for instance, a certificate of residence registration, a rent agreement, another agreement authorising the foreigner to own residential premises or a declaration of a person authorised to own residential premises to provide the foreigner with a place of residence).
3. a document confirming the possession of a stable and regular source of income sufficient to cover the living costs of him/herself and his/her dependents (for instance, an employment contract, an earned income PIT tax return for the previous fiscal year or a proper certificate issued by ZUS, the Polish Social Insurance Company  and other documents confirming the possession of a stable and regular source of income)
Pursuant to the Regulation of the Council of Ministers of 17 July 2012 concerning verified income tests and  social benefit amounts (Jounral of Laws of 2012, item 823), the income test for a single-person household is fixed at 542 PLN and at 456 PLN for a person in a family.
1. a certificate of employment from the last employer (in the event the foreigner earlier performed work for another employer).
2. documents confirming that the foreigner possesses health insurance as defined in the Act of  27 August 2004 on Publicly Funded Healthcare Benefits and that the insurer covers the costs of treatment in the territory of the Republic of Poland. (for instance, a proper certificate issued by ZUS, the Polish Social Insurance Company, an insurance policy).
3. a certificate of no tax arrears.
4. if the work that the foreigner performs in the Republic of Poland consists in performing a function in the management board of a legal entity that is subject to entry into the register of entrepreneurs and the stocks and shares of which the foreigners does not hold – document confirming that the entity that commissions work meets certain requirements – for further information, consult an information sheet on
a temporary residence permit for the purpose of conducting economic activity.

Attention: If a need arises to clarify or specify the evidence in the case held by the competent authority during the course of the proceedings, the foreigner may be requested to provide other documents or to give evidence confirming the circumstances specified in the application.

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How to obtain a permanent residence permit?

A permanent residence permit is granted to a foreigner for an indefinite period of time on his/her request if he/she:

1)  is a child of a foreigner who has been granted a permanent residence permit or an EU long-term residence permit, remaining under his/her parental authority:

a) born after this foreigner had been granted a permanent residence permit or an EU long-term residence permit or

b) born during the period of validity of the permanent residence permit or EU long-term residence permit granted to this foreigner or

2) is a child of a Polish citizen, remaining under his/her parental authority, or

3) is a person of Polish origin and intends to settle  permanently within the territory of the Republic of Poland

4) has been in matrimony recognised by the law of the Republic of Poland with a Polish citizen for at least 3 years prior to the submission of an application for a temporary residence permit and, immediately prior to the submission of the application, has been staying within the territory of the Republic of Poland continuously for a period not shorter than 2 years on the basis of a temporary residence permit granted in relation to marriage with a Polish citizen or the granting of the refugee status, subsidiary protection or a residence permit on humanitarian grounds, or

5) is a victim of human trafficking within the meaning of Article 115,  paragraph 22 of the Penal Code and:

a) has been staying within the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period not shorter than 1 year immediately prior to the submission of an application for a permanent residence permit on the basis of a temporary residence permit for victims of human trafficking,

b) has cooperated with law enforcement authorities in criminal proceedings concerning the crime specified in Article 189a, paragraph 1 of the Penal Code,  

c) has well-founded fears of returning to the country of his/her origin, confirmed by the prosecutor who conducts proceedings concerning the crime specified in Article 189a, paragraph 1 of the Penal Code or,

6) has been staying within the territory of the Republic of Poland, a period not shorter than 5 years  immediately prior to the submission of an application for a permanent residence permit  for on the basis of the refugee status, subsidiary protection a stay permit on humanitarian grounds, or

7) has been staying in the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period not shorter than 10 years  immediately prior to the submission of an application for a permanent residence permit  on the basis of a tolerated residence permit granted pursuant to Article  351, item 1 or  3, or

8) has been granted asylum in the territory of the Republic of Poland, or  

9) holds the valid Polish Charter and intends to settle permanently within the territory of the Republic of Poland

Necessary documents:

1. a duly completed application form

2. four photographs meeting the following requirements:

•    undamaged, in colour, sharp;
•    of size 35 mm x 45 mm;
•    taken not earlier than 6 months before the submission of the application
•    the photograph shows the foreigner’s face from the top of the head to the upper part of the shoulders in such a way that the face covers 70-80% of the photograph, taken against a homogenous light background; the photograph shows the foreigner in a frontal position, looking directly ahead with the eyes open, hair removed from the face, a natural face expression and closed mouth; the photograph shows the natural colour of the foreigner’s skin;
•    the photograph shows the foreigner’s eyes, in particular the pupils, in a clear way; the line of the foreigner’s eyes is parallel to the upper edge of the photograph.

Attention: A foreigner who wears headgear for religious reasons may enclose a photograph depicting him or her wearing the headgear provided that the face is fully visible. In such a case, a declaration of membership in a religious community should be enclosed.

3. a copy of a valid travel document (the original for inspection); in  specially justified cases when the foreigner does not hold a valid travel document and has no opportunity of obtaining it, he/she may present another document proving his/her identity.  

Attention:  If any of the above mentioned documents is missing, the foreigner shall be requested to submit it within 7 days of the service of the request under the pain that the application will not be further examined.

Typical documents confirming the circumstances specified in the application:

Attention: If you enclose the application submitted with the above mentioned documents, you may reduce the amount of official correspondence and shorten the completion period of the formalities.

1. a valid copy of the marriage certificate (issued not earlier than three months before the submission of the application).
2. a copy of the identity document of the spouse or another document confirming Polish citizenship  (the original for inspection).
3. the birth certificate of the child
4. a copy of the Polish Charter.
5. documents confirming Polish origin (the originals and a certified translation into Polish).

If a need arises during the course of the proceedings to clarify or specify the evidence in the case held by the competent authority, the foreigner may be requested to provide other documents or to give evidence confirming the circumstances specified in the application and the circumstances concerning the purpose of residence.

An application for a permanent residence permit should be submitted in person. While submitting the application, a foreigner is required to be fingerprinted.

The application should be submitted to the Department of Foreigners of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Office, Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1 50-153 Wrocław

Office hours of the Department of Foreigners:

Monday 8:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 8:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 8:00 - 18:00
Thursday 8:00 - 16:00
Friday 8:00 - 16:00



Secretary’s office: room 0151
tel.71 / 340 66 55
tel.71 / 340 67 02
fax 71 / 340 66 85
e-mail:

Department of Polish Citizenship:
Head of the Department  phone: 71  340 68 76
information phone: 71  340 66 09

A fee of 640 PLN

The fee should be paid to the bank account: GMINA WROCŁAW  PKO BP 82 1020 5226 0000 6102 0417 7895

Proceedings for the granting of a permanent residence permit should be terminated not later than within 3 months of their initiation.  

In the event a negative decision is issued, the applicant may lodge an appeal within 14 days of the service of the decision. The appeal can be lodged at  the Department of Foreigners of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Office or sent by post to the following address:

Department of Foreigners of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship Office, Pl. Powstańców Warszawy 1 50-153 Wrocław

Remember to affix your handwritten signature to the appeal!

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