Life & work
Although some of the countries neighbouring Poland have not entered the European Union (Belarus, Ukraine and the Russian Federation), there is a strong bond between their labour markets and it called for more lenient regulations towards the nationals of these states. The same applies to people from Armenia, Georgia and Moldova, even though these countries do not share a border with Poland.
Thanks to introducing the employer’s declaration of intent to employ a foreigner, citizens of the aforementioned countries can take up non-seasonal* work in Poland without the necessity of obtaining a work permit, if the work period does not exceed 6 months within 12 subsequent months. If it does, they ought to apply for a work permit on regular grounds.
Similarly to the job market tests, it is your employer’s initiative to take care of the formalities. The employer can be:
There are a few crucial steps that need to be undertaken for the procedure to be successful. Your employer needs to take care of the formalities, which are the following:
The procedure of registering the declaration is free, so any employer charging you money is breaking the rule of law.
Similarly to work permits, if the employee fails to start or stops working on the post specified in the declaration, the employment office should be notified. If the employee wants to change the job, a new declaration has to be registered.
The half-year period of legal work can be split into shorter periods. However, after it passes and the employee wishes to continue their work, a work permit is needed. In this case, it is easier than in standard circumstances, as there is no need for a labour market test.
Keeping our fingers crossed for all the citizens of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine who want to work in Poland - best of luck!
*taking up employment in seasonal industries such as agriculture, horticulture or tourism requires a type "S" work permit. Read more about seasonal work in Poland.