Last updated on September 8, 2019
In our other article, we already wrote about the process of obtaining a temporary visa in Poland, based on marriage. The link to this article you can find here. Now, let’s take it one step further and let’s talk about permanent residency and visa in Poland.
You can apply for permanent visa in Poland if you already have a temporary visa for over 3 years (based on marriage with a Polish citizen) or if you live in Poland for over 5 years (other reasons that are not marriage related).
The visa application I am talking about is based on family reunion (marriage). This type of visa, both temporary and permanent, gives you the right to work in Poland. In general, you can apply for the permanent visa, once you have a temporary one for at least 2 years and you are married for at least 3 years.
How does the process look like?
The most important thing is to schedule an appointment for the delivery of the documents. This can be sometimes tricky as it is not always easy to get an appointment online or to call the Urzad directly. What normally works is to send an e-mail to them and ask them to call you back to schedule an appointment.
In general, you need to schedule it in the Urzad of the place where you live. In our case, as we live in Warsaw, that would be a Masovia Office.
As I mentioned before I am talking about the case of being married to the Polish citizen. The list of the necessary documents is quite large and consists of:
- 2 filled in copies of the lovely 14-page long application form 😉 You can download the form by clicking here.
- 4 recent photographs, size 35x45mm, in a white background.
- 2 photocopies of your valid travel document.
- A current copy of the marriage certificate that was issued not later than in the last 3 months.
- Copy of your spouse ID card.
- If you have children together, you should also submit a birth certificate of your child.
These are the documents that are obligatory by the Polish government, HOWEVER, I highly advise you to take other documents with you that might be of interest. Just take with you original and photocopies of documents such as tax declaration, PESEL. work contract, rental contract or flat ownership contract etc. The more useful documents you provide them with that shows your linkage to Poland, the better for you.
How much is it going to cost me?
There are two costs associated with the application. One is the cost of 640 PLN that needs to be paid at the time of the submission of the application. At least in Warsaw, there are two ways of paying it: one is in the Urzad itself. There is a special place you can pay it but I would not recommend it as the queues are usually huge! Or you can pay it to the following bank account and just bring a payment confirmation with you:
Urząd Dzielnicy Śródmieście
Miasta Stołecznego Warszawy
ul. Nowogrodzka 43
In addition to that, once the decision is granted and you have to go and pick up your residency card, you will need to pay an extra 50 PLN for the card. Again you can pay it with cash in Urzad or if you apply in Warsaw, you can pay onto following bank account:
Mazowiecki Urząd Wojewódzki
NBP O/O Warszawa
What is the waiting time for the decision?
Hmm and here the tricky part comes. Theoretically, if you look at the website or you ask the clerk at the time of submitting your application, you will find out that legally speaking it should be up to 3 months… But as I said, this is legally speaking 😉 I have already heard of people that were waiting for over 6 months… Unfortunately, the number of applications both for temporary and permanent visa cards is increasing in recent years but the number or clerks is not… In a popular breakfast programme – Dzien Dobry TVN, they were even mentioning recently that Poland is the country with the highest number of temporary permits issued among all EU countries last year.
Knowledge of the Polish language
So far I have not heard that is needed to prove your language skills in order to get a permanent residency. I know that for the citizenship you need at least B1 level. There are some rumours, however, that this can change in a close future. In another article that we wrote, you can find out a little bit about how to prepare yourself for the exam 🙂 Just click here to read the article!
Waiting for the permanent visa decision in Poland – what are my rights?
Some of you might be wondering about some of your rights during the time you are awaiting your decision such as whether you can travel or whether you can still work without problems? In general, if your visa application is based on marriage, the answer to both questions is YES you can 🙂
You should not have problems with travelling if you travel with your spouse and you have all your documents translated into English. In addition to that, it is good to make sure at the time you submit your documents that you receive a stamp in your passport certifying that you are in the visa process.
You should not have problems here either. In general, until you get a decision, you are considered to be legally in Poland. The problem can start if you get a negative decision… But of course, make sure that you discuss everything properly with your employer so that you avoid any confusion.
So I hope that this article helped you to find out a little bit about the process for the permanent visa. If you would like to find out a little bit more about the process for the temporary visa, please check out this article: Temporary Visa Application Process.
We wish you all the best of luck and of course, we would be very happy to know whether the article helped you and whether you succeeded in the process 🙂