Foreigners, the purpose of whose stay in Poland is education at full-time university studies or full-time PhD studies and foreigners intending to take up a preparatory course to start such studies in the Polish language, provided that these circumstances justify the stay of a foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period longer than 3 months.
Note for an important exception: The above permits cannot be obtained by, among others, foreigners who perform work or run business activities on the territory of the Republic of Poland, unless they apply for granting another permit for educational purposes at a university.
Where to apply
The foreigner makes the application personally, no later than on the last day of the lawful residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland to the voivode Search for available translations of the preceding linkcompetent with regard to the foreigner’s place of residence.During making the application the foreigner is under obligation to give his/her fingerprints.
Documents to submit
Note: Lack of any of the aforementioned documents will result in margin call within 7 days from its delivery, under pain of leaving the application without examination.
Standard documents necessary for examination of the application:
Note: Documents listed below attached to the application may reduce the quantity of official correspondence and shorten the time which is necessary to handle the case.
|Duration of validity of permits|
The first permit for educational purposes at a university is granted for a period of 15 months. If the studies justify the stay of a foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period shorter than 1 year, the first permit is granted for the term of the academic year or the studies, extended by 3 months.
Subsequent temporary stay permit in order to receive education at university is granted for a period necessary for achieving the goal of stay of a foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland, however no longer than 3 years.A temporary stay permit for foreigners intending to take up a preparatory course to start education at a university conducted in the Polish language, is granted for a period of duration of this course extended by 3 months.
|Appeals||It is possible to submit a request for reconsideration of visa application to a consul or to appeal a negative decision to grant residence permit before the Head of the Office for Foreigners. You can bring a further appeal before the administrative courts.|
|Access to employment||After obtaining this permit, a foreigner may perform work in Poland without the need to have a work permit. The residence card, issued in connection with temporary residence permit, includes a note “access to the labour market”.|
Polish law makes a distinction between a permanent residence permit and the EU long-term residence permit.
Permanent residence permit
A decision on granting a permanent residence permit is issued for an indefinite period. A residence card remains valid for 10 years, which means that it should be replaced every 10 years.
A permanent residence permit issued in Poland does not entitle the foreigner to take up work in another country.
A permanent residence permit entitles the foreigner to travel to other Schengen Area countries for up to 90 days in a 180-day period for tourism purposes
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EU long-term residence permit
The foreigner who has been staying legally and continuously on the territory of the Republic of Poland staying for at least 5 years directly prior to submission of the application for granting this permits and meets the following conditions:
1.� has a source of stable and regular income adequate to cover the means of subsistence for them and their family members who are subsisted by them;
2. has health insurance as defined by the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from the public funds or a certificate confirming that the costs of medical treatment on the territory of the Republic of Poland shall be covered by an insurer.
The permit is granted for indefinite time.
Note for important exceptions:
1.In the case of mobile holders of the so-called EU Blue Card: The required 5-year period of residence on the territory of Poland, shall include the total period of legal residence on the territory of the European Union, if the foreigner was staying legally and continuously at this territory for at least 5 years on the basis of the residence document with an annotation ” EU Blue Card ” issued by a Member State of the European Union, including Poland – for at least 2 years directly prior to submission of the application for granting the permit for stay of a long-term resident of EU on the basis of a permit for temporary residence for the purpose of work in profession requiring high qualifications.
2.In the case of foreigners who stay for the purpose of studies or continue their legal residence in Poland after completing these studies: foreigners who stay in Poland for the purpose of studies not may apply for a residence permit for EU long-term resident. Foreigners residing in Poland due to their intention to take up or continue education also cannot apply for this permit. The 5-year period of residence, determining obtaining of the aforementioned permit shall include half of the period of stay on the basis of a visa issued for the purpose of study programs or on the basis of a residence permit for the purpose of receiving higher education.More on EU long-term residence permit
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