Entering the territory of Poland:
Citizens of non-EU countries may enter Poland and stay within its territory on a basis of Schengen or national visa. Visa is issued by a consul.
Schengen Visa (marked with C symbol) – is issued when the planned stay on the territory of the Schengen area does not exceed 90 days within each 180-day period.
National visa (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.
Conditions of entry and stay in Poland of foreigners holding a national visa (D symbol) or a residence document (e.g. residence card) issued by another Member State of Schengen area: http://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/posiadam-wazna-wize-d-lub-dokument-pobytowy-wydane-przez-inne-panstwo-schengen/
List of countries, citizens of which are exempted from a visa and the rules of visa-free regime: http://udsc.gov.pl/en/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/czy-potrzebuje-wizy/
Temporary residence permit:
The application for a permanent residence permit is submitted in person, no later than on the last day of legal residence in Poland to a voivode having jurisdiction over place of residence (Wojewoda Mazowiecki).
What documents are needed to submit:
- 3 copies of the application for a temporary residence permit;
- 4 recent colour photographs;
- a valid travel document (passport, 2 photocopies);
- confirmation from the university of acceptance for studies or continuation of studies, or a certificate of participation in training course (certificate is issued by the Faculty office);
- proof of payment of the required tuition/course fee, if they are payable;
- documents confirming having health insurance or coverage by the insurer of the cost of treatment in Poland;
- evidence of sufficient funds to cover the costs of living and return travel to the country of origin or residence and the cost of tuition/training course.
Documents drawn up in a foreign language should be submitted together with their translations into Polish made by a sworn translator.
Where the documents should be submitted:
Mazowieckie Province Office
Department of Foreigners
- Marszałkowska 3/5
1st floor, stands 10-11, rooms 14 and 16
Applications can be submitted also at:
Regional Offices of the Mazowieckie Province Office
- in Ciechanów at ul. 17 Stycznia 17, ground floor, room 10
- in Płock at ul. 3 Maja 16, ground floor, room 10
- in Radom at ul. Żeromskiego 53, 2nd floor, room 261
- in Siedlce at ul. Piłsudskiego 38, ground floor, room 14
- in Ostrołęka at ul. Gorbatowa 15, ground floor, room 46B
office hours: Mon 10:00-17:30; Tue-Thu: 08:00-15:30; Fri 08:00-14:00
Resident Service Centre for the capital city of Warsaw
- Starynkiewicza 7/9
office hours: Mon 08:00-17:30; Tue-Fri: 08:00-15:30
Registry Office of the Mazowieckie Province Office
- Bankowy 3/5, room 39, entrance B
office hours: Mon-Fri 08:00-16:00
Applications can be submitted only after prior arrangement for a specific day and time. Details about the submitting of applications:
What fees are needed to be paid:
PLN 340 at the time of submission of the application, payable to the bank account:
Urząd Dzielnicy Śródmieście
Miasta Stołecznego Warszawy
- Nowogrodzka 43
PLN 50 for the residence card upon receipt of the decision, payable to the bank account:
Mazowiecki Urząd Wojewódzki
NBP O/O Warszawa
22 695 67 70
22 695 67 73
The Act on Foreigners of 12 December 2013 (Journal of Laws of 2003, Item 1650)