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Foreigners who intend to legalise their stay in Poland pursuant to starting or continuing work in Poland should apply for a temporary residence and work permit.

When applying for a temporary residence and work permit, apart from the basic documents specified above, the foreigner must also submit the following:

IMPORTANT! Foreigners applying for a temporary residence permit due to work performed in Poland are not obliged to obtain a work permit in advance (what is a work permit? ->). In the case of a temporary residence and work permit, the issued residence card confirms the right of the foreigner to start work in Poland on behalf of a specific employer and pursuant to the terms and conditions set forth in the decision granting the permit.

The decision granting temporary residence and work permit contains information about the foreigner's employer, the position in which the foreigner will be employed, the minimum remuneration that the foreigner may receive for the given position, working time and type of contract pursuant to which the foreigner will be employed.

In the event the foreigner intends to work for several employers, the decision shall specify these employers and the terms and conditions for performing work shall be set forth separately for each entity (employer). If the foreigner loses his job at any of the employers listed in the decision, the foreigner should notify the Voivode who issued the temporary residence and work permit of this fact within 15 business days of the moment of discontinuation of employment.

If the foreigner is exempt from the obligation to have a work permit in Poland, then the decision granting a temporary residence and work permit shall not specify the terms and conditions for performing work.

The foreigner’s remuneration cannot be lower than the remuneration of employees working for the same number of hours, performing a job of a similar type or working in a comparable position, and cannot be lower than the minimum wage.

A temporary residence and work permit is granted for a maximum period of 3 years. However, the validity period of a residence and work permit may be shorter. Usually the period for which a temporary residence and work permit is issued depends on the documents presented by the foreigner. For example, if the foreigner has signed an employment contract with the employer for a period of 2 years, the temporary residence and work permit will also be issued for a period not exceeding 2 years.

On request of the foreigner, the residence and work permit may be amended at any moment by the Voivode competent for the foreigner's place of residence, if the foreigner intends to perform work for a different employer or pursuant to different conditions than those specified in the decision granting the temporary residence and work permit.

In the event of changes in the seat, place of residence, name or legal form of the employer or in case if the employer is taken over in whole or in part by another employer, it is not required to amend or replace the temporary residence and work permit.

The Voivode shall withdraw, i.e. cancel the temporary residence and work permit if the job position listed in the permit has changed or if the remuneration has been lowered and the permit has not been amended.

The Voivode shall refuse to initiate proceedings for granting a temporary residence and work permit if the foreigner:

  1. is an employee delegated to work in Poland for a definite period of time by an employer with its seat outside Poland – for the entire period of the delegation (in the event of a delegation, the foreigner should apply for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of performing work by a foreigner delegated to Poland by a foreign employer; information about this type of permit is available below),
  2. entered the territory of Poland pursuant to obligations set forth in international treaties on the facilitation of entry and temporary residence of specific categories of natural persons dealing with exchange or investment,
  3. conducts business activity in Poland,
  4. is present in the territory of the Republic of Poland for the purpose of performing a seasonal job.

Foreigners residing in Poland pursuant to a temporary residence and work permit are obliged to notify in writing the competent Voivode for their current place of residence of the loss of their job at any of the employers listed in the decision granting a temporary residence and work permit, within 15 business days of the discontinuation of employment. If the foreigner notifies the Voivode in written form of the discontinuation of employment within the stipulated period, then his temporary residence and work permit may not be withdrawn within 30 days starting from the date of discontinuation of employment. If the foreigner does not find another job within 30 days of the moment of discontinuation of employment and notification of the Voivode about this fact, his temporary residence and work permit may be withdrawn, i.e. cancelled. If the foreigner finds a new employer and obtains a new temporary residence and work permit, then he may legally continue his stay in Poland.

More information about employment of foreigners in Poland is available here ->

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