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The Border Guard Service may control the legality of businesses operated by foreigners in Poland.

An entrepreneur subject to a control at the request of officers of the Border Guard Service should provide documents concerning the legality of his business activity within a period of not longer than 7 days. Such documents may be, for example, an entry in the Central Registration and Information on Business (CEIDG->), or an entry in the National Court Register (KRS), an entry in the register of regulated activity or a required concession or permit.

Note: A foreigner who conducts business activity without a required entry in the appropriate register may be penalized by a fine and/or restriction of liberty.

A foreigner who has set up a business in violations of the relevant regulations may be obliged to leave the territory of Poland (what is an obligation to leave the territory of Poland?). The data of such a foreigner will also be entered in the Schengen Information System and in the list of foreigners whose stay in the Schengen Area is undesirable (what is SIS? ->),

The Border Guard Service also notifies the competent authorities of a suspected violation of law:

  • Social Insurance Institution – in case of violation of provisions on social insurance and contributions to the Labour Fund,
  • National Labour Inspection – in case of violation of labour law provisions,
  • tax authorities in case of violation of tax law,
  • Customs Service – in case of violation of customs law,
  • the Police or the Prosecutor’s Office in case of suspicion of committing a criminal act.

In case of control of the business activity conducted by a foreigner, the Border Guard Service officers also control the travel document and document authorizing stay on Polish territory of the foreigner doing business. For more information on the legality of a foreigner's stay in Poland visit-> 

If an interpreter’s assistance in necessary, the officers ensure one is present during performance of their duties.