Foreigners who are planning to stay in Poland for a period longer than 3 months may apply for a temporary residence permit in Poland. A temporary residence permit is granted for a maximum period of 3 years. However, the validity period of the permit may be shorter if a shorter stay is justified, pursuant to the grounds for application.
Procedure of application for a temporary residence permit
A temporary residence permit is issued by the Office for Foreigners of the competent Voivodeship Office for the place of residence of the foreigner.
Fingerprints are collected from foreigners who apply for a temporary residence permit in order to include them in the residence card.
If a foreigner files an application for a temporary residence permit during their legal stay in Poland and if the application is completed in full, the Voivode places a stamp in the travel document of the foreigner confirming that an application for granting a temporary residence permit has been filed. This stamp legalises the stay of the foreigner in Poland (even in the event of expiry of the visa or of the previous residence card) until the date of issuing a decision on the residence card, and in the case of an appeal against a negative decision until the moment when the decision made upon appeal i.e. by the Head of the Office for Foreigners) becomes binding.
Foreigners applying for a temporary residence permit should file the application for a temporary residence permit in person. If the foreigner does not file the application in person (e.g. if it is filed by an attorney) he will be summoned by the Voivode to appear at the office in person within 7 days (in order for the competent authorities to collect the foreigner’s fingerprints). If the foreigner fails to appear at the office, their application shall remain unconsidered, i.e. the procedure for granting a residence card will be discontinued.
Essential documents required for filing an application for a temporary residence permit:
- 4 completed copies of the temporary residence permit application (form available here ->)
- 3 copies of a valid travel document and the original available for inspection on request – what to do when the foreigner does not possess a valid travel document? ->
- 4 current, colour photographs – guidelines for the photographs are available here ->
- written consent of the individuals who exercise parental authority over a minor foreigner applying for a permit.
The stamp duty for consideration of granting a temporary residence permit is PLN 340. This fee is reimbursed in the case of a negative decision, at request of the applicant.
The stamp duty for consideration of granting a temporary residence and work permit is PLN 440.
If a positive decision is issued, an additional fee of PLN 50 must be paid for issuing a residence card.
These amounts can be paid at the cash desk of the Voivodeship Office where the case is being considered, or by bank transfer to the account of the Municipal Office. The bank account number can be received at the relevant Voivodeship Office.
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