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The residence inPolandis considered to be continuous when no break in it was longer than 6 months, and all the breaks' duration did not exceed a cumulative total of 10 months, unless the break was caused by: 

  • performance of professional duties or the performance of work outside Poland under a contract with an employer whose headquarters is located in Poland;
  • accompanying the alien’s spouse performing professional duties or performing work in conditions referred to in the paragraph above;
  • medical treatment of the alien.

In the case of applying for residence permit under amnesty, a presumption was adopted that a foreigner’s stay in Poland will be deemed to be continuous if no other conclusion can be drawn from the evidence collected or the circumstances of the case.

Only half of the period of the stay of an alien on the territory is reckoned into the 5 year stay requirement when the alien’s stay in Poland was on the basis of:

  • a visa granted in connection with pursuing studies or professional training in Poland;
  • a residence permit for a fixed period, granted in connection with the fact that the alien has taken up or continues full-time higher studies, full-time doctoral studies, vocational training.