Updates to Foreigners Act in Polish law

by Ewelina Nurczyk in: Legal & Taxes, 12 Jul 2017     0 Comments

The new updates to the Polish act on foreigners make it easier for them to obtain temporary residence permits. The amendments are introduced especially for non-EU nationals who are being transferred within one company, but there will be changes in other aspects as well.

In-company transfer

If you live abroad outside the European Union and are about to be transferred to work in Poland for the same company – the process is about to become much easier. Individuals transferred to work for Polish branches of foreign companies will be able to stay in Poland on the basis of temporary work permit for as much as three years (applicable to managers and specialists). For interns the period of validity for a residence permit will be shorter – up to one year. After that, foreign employees will be obliged to leave Poland, unless they find another compelling reason to stay in Poland. To be eligible to fall under the new regulation, employees will need to have been employed in said company for at least 12 (managers and specialists) or 6 months (interns) before the process is initiated. The in-company transfer is to be applied to the entire EU territory, not just Poland.

Language test

The act on foreigners is going to feature a clarification on the obligatory level of language tests designed for foreigners staying in Poland. Up to now it has not been specified what the exact examination level is, but the amendment is going to introduce an obligatory B1 Polish language test (intermediate level) for those applying for a long-term EU residence permit or Polish citizenship.

If you are worried about your Polish language skills, do not fret!
Read this interview about foreigners learning Polish in a language school in Warsaw.

Record number of foreigners

The newest figures show that there are over 300,000 foreigners living in Poland on the basis of residence permit. This data does not include visa holders. The biggest number of foreigners has been registered by the Mazowieckie Voivodeship Office (over 100,000) – the region represented by Warsaw, where the most numerous foreign national groups are Ukrainians, followed by the Vietnamese, Chinese, Belarussian, Indian, Russian, French, British, German and Turkish nationals.

The new act is still being processed. If you want to stay up to date with the latest changes, please visit our website regularly for more recent information. 

See also

How to become a temporary resident in Poland

How to become a temporary resident in Poland

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Gaining permanent residence permit in Poland

Gaining permanent residence permit in Poland

Have you spent several years in Poland without any interruptions? Read how to apply for a permanent residence permit.
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Poland in 2050 - how many foreigners?

Foreigners in Poland in 2050

In 2050 foreigners will constitute 12 per cent of Polish society. This is not a sci-fi scenario, but a forecast by Warsaw University researchers.
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Ewelina Nurczyk

Ewelina Nurczyk


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Editor at CareersinPoland.com. A graduate of English studies and Polish language and literature at Warsaw University, specialising in teaching Polish to foreigners. 

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