Temporary residence permit for studies
A temporary residence permit is granted to a foreigner when the purpose of their stay in Poland is to study at full-time higher education or doctoral studies. This permit may also be obtained by a foreigner who intends to undergo a preparatory course to study in Polish, provided that the circumstances justify their stay in Poland for a period longer than 3 months.
Note! The first permit for the purpose of studying at full-time studies:
- a foreigner who undertakes studies in the first year is granted the permit for a period of 15 months; if the studies justify the foreigner's stay in Poland for a period shorter than 1 year, the first permit for the first year is granted for the duration of the academic year or studies, extended by 3 months;
- a foreigner who undertakes studies in the next year of studies is granted the permit for the duration of the studies (not longer than 3 years).
In the case of a temporary residence for the purpose of educational studies, in addition to the basic documents referred to in the TEMPORARY RESIDENCE - GENERAL INFORMATION tab, the foreigner must also submit:
- a certificate issued by the unit providing education on admission to studies or on continuation of studies / preparatory course to study in Polish;
Note! The list of approved units is available here: https://www.gov.pl/web/mswia/zloz-wniosek-o-zatwierdzanie-jednostki-lub-organizatora-strazu-na-potrzeby-przyjmowania-cudzoziemcow.
- a certificate issued by the unit providing education on the amount of tuition fees for the entire academic year and a given semester;
- a proof of payment of the tuition fee with an indication of the date of payment of tuition fees or part of it (if the studies are paid);
- documents indicating the cost of living, it should contain information on the amount of fixed operating fees, charges for the delivery of energy, gas, water, sewage, waste and liquid waste to the premises (e.g. a lease agreement with the latest gas, electricity and electricity bill, administrative rent);
- documents confirming that the foreigner has sufficient funds to cover their costs of living in Poland, the costs of study and return travel to the country of origin or residence, and the costs of residence (e.g. a printout from the bank account held);
- documents confirming health insurance or confirmation that the insurer covers the costs of treatment on the territory of the Republic of Poland
Note! The above list cannot be considered complete. The set of documents necessary to obtain a temporary residence permit for the purpose of research may differ due to the given foreigner's situation and the office where the foreigner applies for the permanent residence permit.