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Launched in 2016, the "Family 500+" ("Rodzina 500+") benefit scheme aims to improve Poland's birth rates and provide financial support to low-income families. Until recently, the programme entitled all Polish families with two or more minor children to receive a tax-free benefit of PLN 500 a month for the second and each subsequent child. Low-income families on the other hand, could claim the benefit for their first child as well. However, from 1 July 2019, all Polish children (under the age of 18) are entitled to the "Family 500+" benefit, regardless of their parents' income. What about foreign residents in Poland? Can you benefit from the programme as well? Read on to find out more.
The 500+ benefit can be granted to foreign residents of Poland on the basis of:
Additionally, foreigners who reside in Poland with their children are entitled to the 500+ benefit if:
Note that the benefit is granted to all families, irrespective of the parents' marital status.
You can submit the application in person to your district office (urząd dzielnicy/gminy), online at empatia.mrpips.gov.pl, via PUE ZUS or your online banking system (if your bank is on this list).