Study, Work, Live in Poland
Poland can undoubtedly be called the most popular country among migrants from the states of the post-Soviet space. This is due to the high standard of living, a lot of work with good wages, an easy moving procedure and a similar mentality. In recent years, the Republic of Poland has received a large number of immigrants, to add to its work-force and contribute to its growing economy. For any immigrant the process of integration into the polish society is not difficult. There are no problems with learning the language either. Poland has collected the charms of European life and the similarity in thoughts and culture with neighboring states, and therefore the idea of moving there is quite attractive.
How to immigrate to Poland for permanent residence?
The final stage of immigration from any other country into Poland in most cases is the registration of Polish citizenship. Since the country became a member of the European Union in 2004, according to Article 17 of the Treaty of Rome, a citizen of the Republic of Poland is automatically an EU citizen. This means that a person with a Polish passport has the same rights and opportunities as a French or German citizen. In other words, an immigrant who has obtained Polish citizenship has every right to engage in any legal activity: work, conduct business, study, buy movable and immovable objects. Also, with a Polish passport, you can travel without restrictions within the EU countries, apply for loans, receive benefits and participate in the political life of the state, both as a voter and as an applicant.
However, immediately requesting Polish citizenship will not work. The procedure for its registration is delayed for a period of three to ten years, since it is necessary to go through the mandatory stages:
- Obtaining a visa.
- Registration of a residence permit.
- Change of residence permit to permanent residence.
- Citizenship confirmation.
The first two stages take the least time – with full order with the documents for issuing a visa and approval of a residence permit, it will take no more than three months. To obtain permanent residence, you will need 5 years of possession of a residence permit. You can get a Polish passport in three years. Deadlines may be extended or shortened depending on the situation. Such grounds as marriage with a citizen of the country, refugee, Pole’s Card (Polish Identity Card) can help speed up the process of moving to Poland.
Ways of Immigration to Poland
In order to immigrate from any part of the world and obtain first a residence permit, and then a permanent residence, you must have a solid reason. In most cases, this is employment. Also popular are such options as repatriation – restoration of citizenship – and marriage to a citizen of Poland. In addition, the grounds for moving may be education, business, investment activities, family reunification or refugee.
Since Poland was a neighboring state for the Soviet Union, the citizens of these two states actively interacted, as a result of which a large number of Poles’ heirs live in the territory of the post-Soviet space. In the presence of Polish roots, an immigrant can take advantage of the repatriation program. Close relatives are considered direct relatives on the side of the father or mother to great-grandparents. It is not required to pass exams on knowledge of the language and history of the country. This method is a priority and simplifies the process of emigration: in a positive scenario, the holder of the Pole’s Card immediately receives permanent residence, and a year later – citizenship.
The process of entering a Polish university is simple, and such diplomas are quoted throughout the European Union. Graduates are more likely to successfully find a job in the country. Upon admission, no exams are required, certificate points are enough, and holders of the Pole’s Card are entitled to scholarships. Tuition fees are lower than in other EU countries. Graduates receive a one-year job search visa. You can enter not only the university, but also the police school or English language courses. This method of moving to Poland is universal and any citizen of any country can use this way.
Before applying for a visa, you need to find an employer who will send an invitation and conclude an employment contract with him. If the work is not seasonal and the contract lasts more than 6 months, the employer is obliged to ask the authorities for permission to employ a foreigner, proving that there was no worker from Poland for this place. For seasonal employment, a permit is not required. Today, the most demanded are IT workers, service personnel, as well as freelancers. It is not easy to find a job, because there is competition with Polish citizens, who are given preference when considering candidates.
You can get permanent residence in Poland by working for yourself. It is allowed to open a new company or a branch of an existing one. It is impossible to issue a sole proprietorship, foreigners can register an LLC. It is necessary to create at least 2 jobs for the citizens of the country, and the company’s annual income must be at least 16 thousand euros. Also, a foreign founder must have the necessary knowledge in matters of doing business. It will take 1,200 euros and several weeks to open a company. If the company is successful, the applicant can renew the residence permit, otherwise the extension will be denied.
It is possible to issue a temporary residence card, that is, a residence permit, on the basis of marriage with a citizen of the Republic of Poland. The couple must provide a marriage certificate, pass an interview with the consul. The interview is necessary to verify the authenticity of the union – the authorities have a negative attitude towards fictitious marriages and carefully check each couple. Evidence of living together and maintaining a common life will be required – photos, utility bills, etc. Marriage is considered both officially registered relations and the conclusion of an alliance in the church. On this basis, you can apply for permanent residence after 3 years, and after another two – citizenship.
Foreigners who have close relatives in this state have the right to leave for Poland under the family reunification program. Close relatives include spouses, minor children and parents. It is necessary to confirm the fact of relationship. The inviting party must also confirm its financial viability, availability of housing and readiness to support foreign relatives for the first time. Not only citizens and holders of permanent residence have the right to issue an invitation, but also holders of a residence permit, provided that this permission was received at least two years before the time of application.
Since Poland is part of the EU, according to the Geneva Agreement, it is obliged to accept foreigners who have requested political asylum. It can be requested by persons affected by the war and various kinds of persecution. War criminals, people who have committed serious criminal offenses, as well as people without work and housing receive a guaranteed refusal. You can apply at the migration service or at the border. It applies to the entire family of the applicant. The authorities carefully check the circumstances, in case of providing false data, a foreigner will not receive a positive decision.
Buying a Property
The acquisition of real estate in Poland is not the main reason for issuing a residence permit, and even more so permanent residence. However, the presence of housing is an advantage when considering an application on any other basis. For example, a businessman who has purchased housing in Poland has a higher chance of obtaining a residence permit than an applicant without it. The presence of a purchased or rented residential property is a prerequisite for obtaining a residence permit, residence card and citizenship.
How to Move to Poland?
As mentioned at the beginning there are mandatory steps in a strict sequence that make up the process of moving to Poland:
- Choosing the basis for moving and collecting documents.
- Registration of a long-term visa.
- Registration of a residence permit or a temporary residence card.
- Permanent Residence Card.
- Registration of citizenship.
For those who plan to move to live in Poland through employment, a mandatory initial step is to find an employer. It is possible to simplify the process with the Pole’s Card, since it significantly shortens the procedure and does not require a residence permit: repatriates immediately receive permanent residence and a year later – citizenship.
Visa for Entry
To cross the border, you must apply for a long-term D visa, which gives the right to stay in the country from three months to a year, or type C, which allows you to stay in the country for no more than 3 months. The validity of the visa depends on the purpose of the trip and can be extended. The following documents are required for registration:
- foreign and civil passport;
- 4 color passport type photos;
- health insurance;
- a document confirming the reason for the move;
- documents confirming the availability of housing in Poland and sufficient funds for living;
- The Pole’s Card is for its holders.
The consular fee is 80 euros, the application is considered no more than a month. Documents are submitted to the embassy or the Visa Application Centre.
Why Choose Visa Ray for Your Poland Immigration?
Registration of a Residence Permit and Permanent Residency
You can apply for a residence permit at the same time you apply for your visa. The list of documents is the same as for a visa, but a civil passport is not required. There are also requirements for the income level of an immigrant: the applicant’s monthly income must be at least 140 euros. In most cases, a residence permit is issued for a year with the right to extend.
To obtain permanent residence, you must live at least five years on a residence permit in the general case. It should be noted that only half of the term is counted for students. Holders of the Pole’s Card immediately receive permanent residence, without prior registration of a residence permit. The term is also reduced for spouses of citizens of the Republic of Poland. Applicants without a Pole’s Card must pass exams on the knowledge of the Polish language, as well as the culture and laws of the country. The following documents are required for registration:
- Application Form;
- International passport;
- Medical insurance policy;
- Receipt of payment of the fee;
- 4 color photos;
- Bank statements;
- Document on the availability of housing/accommodation;
- A document on the absence of a criminal record and dangerous diseases;
- Confirmation of the fact of registration at the place of residence.
Basic list of documents:
- Completely filled application;
- Birth certificate;
- International passport;
- Copy of residence permit or permanent residence;
- Language exam certificate;
- Document confirming the fact of the applicant’s continuous residence in the country;
- Income statement;
- Proof of Residence/housing.
Citizenship can be obtained on the basis of a continuous ten-year residence in the country or three years after receiving permanent residence. Holders of the Pole’s Card can receive it in a year. Of the main requirements – passing the language test, no criminal record, the availability of work and housing. Also, you cannot simultaneously acquire the citizenship of another country.
Polish Standard of Living
Compared to the CIS countries, Poland is developing economically twice as fast. The average salary in Poland is $994. Food prices are also cheaper compared to other European countries and the range is much wider, and the quality of food is higher. Clothes and equipment are also cheaper compared to other European countries. Almost every resident of Poland can afford to buy a car in good condition. Membership in the EU has a positive effect both on the development of the country and on the standard of living of its citizens. Neighborhood with highly developed countries contributes to a wide range of goods and low prices for them.
Pros and Cons of Moving
Immigration to Poland has its advantages and disadvantages. The advantages include the following facts:
- Residents of the country can move around the EU without visas.
- Interesting and unique architecture.
- Good ecology.
- Lots of cultural events.
- The presence of thermal springs.
- Stable economy.
- Safe country to live in.
- Low inflation.
- Well developed public transport system.
- Loyal attitude towards immigrants.
Residents of the country identify the following shortcomings:
- For the best climatic conditions – winters are wet, and summers are short and not the warmest.
- The presence of corruption and bureaucracy.
- The healthcare system is not the best, doctors do not have time to see all the patients.
- Salaries are lower than in the rest of Europe.
Can they refuse to apply for permanent residence and what to do?
The most common reasons for denial of permanent residence:
- Errors in documents.
- Lack of any papers.
- The declared purpose of staying in the country does not coincide with the real one.
- Providing false documents, false information.
- The applicant is included in the list of persons who do not want to be in the country.
In case of refusal, it can be appealed within 14 days in the voivodship. To reduce the likelihood of a primary or repeated refusal, it is better to contact specialized lawyers who can find the best solution to the issue.
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