Legalisation of stay – step by step
|If you are a EU/EEA citizen||If you are a non EU/EEA citizen|
|You can enter Polish territory and stay up to 90 days if you have a valid passport or another ID document||You can enter Polish territory if you have a valid travel document (for example a passport), and also a visa, if required.
You can find a list of countries benefitting from visa-free travel to Poland on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs: https://udsc.gov.pl/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/czy-potrzebuje-wizy/
|If you plan on staying in Poland for over 90 days, you have to register your stay.||Schengen Visa (marked with C symbol) – is issued when the planned stay on the territory of the Member States of the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days within each 180-day period.
National visa (i.e. long-term – marked with D symbol) – entitles to entry and a continuous stay in the territory of Poland or to several consecutive stays which jointly last longer than 90 days, the period of validity of a national visa cannot exceed 1 year.
Remember to check the validity of your documents and to apply for a temporary residence permit before your visa expires.
The application should be submitted at the Office for Foreigners of the proper Regional (Voivodship) Office.
Detailed guide and the list of required documents can be found on the website of Welcome Point of the University of Warsaw:
|Remember that the documents prepared in a foreign language must be translated into Polish by a certified translator.
The list of certified translators can be found on the website of the Ministry of Justice:
If you have any questions or doubts, you can contact us by email, phone or you can personally visit the Welcome Point Office.
Don’t know how to fill out the application?
Our guide will be helpful!
|What documents are required?|
Remember that the documents prepared in a foreign language must be translated into Polish by a certified translator.
The list of certified translators can be found on the website of the Ministry of Justice: https://bip.ms.gov.pl/pl/rejestry-i-ewidencje/tlumacze-przysiegli/
The application for a temporary residence permit in Poland can be submitted only after scheduling an appointment.
A guide how to do it can be found here: http://welcome.uw.edu.pl/content/uploads/2017/08/wniosek-legalizacja-pobytu.pdf
|The completed and signed application should be submitted at the Office for Foreigners of the Regional (Voivodship) Office (Warsaw, Marszałkowska street 3/5).|
What can be done if the decision concerning the temporary residence permit in Poland is negative?
You can file an appeal against the decision within 14 day of receiving the decision to the Head of the Office for Foreigners of the proper Governor’s Office.
The appeal must be written in Polish language. Try to write it personally. If you can, ask someone that knows Polish language for help or use free legal assistance.
There are also a lot of NGOs in Warsaw that offer free legal advice.
Please remember that to the appeal you should attach a set of all documents that are required for gaining a temporary residence permit (mentioned above).
After completing your letter you can bring it along with the required documents to the Welcome Point – we will check if everything is ok.