Śląski Urząd Wojewódzki w Katowicach


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    Who does it apply to?

    An application for granting temporary residence permit can be submitted if the purpose of stay on Polish territory is to work.

    The residence is granted when the foreigners meet the qualification requirements and other conditions if they intend to take up work in a regulated profession .

    The application for granting or amending permit for temporary residence and work should include information of the staroste with jurisdiction over the principal place of work of a foreigner about the lack of opportunities to meet staffing needs of the employer in the local market.

    This information is requested by the entity offering work to the foreigner (colloquially - the employer).

    In the proceedings for granting or withdrawing a temporary residence permits the only party to the proceedings is the foreigner.

  • II

    Additional documents

    The foreigner is obliged to submit:

    • documents confirming possessing a health insurance or coverage by the insurer of the cost of medical or ambulatory treatment in Poland (e.g. ZUS – Polish Social Insurance Institution - certificate, other insurance policy  - for instance: ZUS RCA report signed by an authorised person),

    • documents confirming possessing having a stable and regular source of income sufficient to cover the costs of living for yourself and your family members dependent on you (e.g. employment contract, income and salary statement),

    • documents confirming that you have got a permanent dwelling place (e.g. permanent residence certificate, residence lease agreement, residence lending contract, any other agreement giving you the rights to housing premises or someone else’s declaration to provide you a permanent dwelling place in Poland),

    • Confirmation by the Starosta (head of Polish regional administrative unit) - relevant according to your future workplace - that your proposed work post cannot be filled in by a Polish unemployed person or that recruitment procedure in Polish employment service was unsuccessful or
    • previous work permit or temporary residence permit if you apply for the same work post at the same employer to continue -without any break - the same work or

    • in case you have just worked at least 3 months on the legal basis as a foreigner registered in the regional (the powiat unit) employment service, then you need to submit: employment contract, documents confirming possessing a social insurance i.e. ZUS – Polish Social Insurance Institution - ZUS RCA report signed by an authorised person, confirming that ZUS premium for last 3 months was covered,

    • written contract with your employer confirming that you have been given a job for the time stipulated in the attachment no 1 to your application,

    • any documents confirming you have got all required qualifications and requirements to perform duties in so called regulated job - as described in Polish Act of 18 March 2008 on recognition of job qualifications acquired in other EU countries (Journal of Laws of 2008, No. 63, item 691).

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    The list of professions desired for the Polish economy will be specified in the ordinance to the act by the minister competent for labor issues in agreement with the minister of economy, taking into account the needs of the labor market for professions for which there is a deficit of employees in the entire country.

    There is an  legal framework enabling control and management of migrations of foreigners to Poland for purposes related to the performance of work and running a business – the possibility of imposing limits in the future on issued residence permits for foreigners.

    These provisions are complementary to their counterparts on the grounds of work permits, seasonal work permits and declarations on entrusting work contained in the Act on Employment Promotion and Labor Market Institutions. These provisions make it possible to specify in a flexible manner, by way of regulation, one or multiple limits, with a possible division into voivodships, professions, the types of contracts under which work is to be performed and the types of business conducted by entities entrusting work. This allows – in the future, as cognitive tools corresponding to the situation on the Polish labor market are developed – for effective counteracting of negative phenomena on the labor market.