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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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