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Moving to Poland

The Republic of Poland is a country in Central Europe that borders the Baltic Sea to the north. It has a population of 38 million, making it one of the most populous members of the EU. Its capital is Warsaw and its official language is Polish. Russian used to be the second language, but is being replaced by English and German. Its formation as an entity traces back to 966, with the adoption of Christianity. It is still a very religious country, and you will find pictures and statues of the pope and Jesus everywhere. It has a mainly temperate climate. Poland used to be very ethnically and culturally diverse, but now is mostly Polish by ethnicity.

Visa

Work Visa

A work permit/work visa allows you to enter and stay in Poland and earn money. There are no specific qualifications that one must possess to obtain a Polish work permit. However, factors that do increase your chances are school, substantial work experience, and language knowledge. You should submit all appropriate certificates to prove these qualifications.

To apply for a work visa, you must submit an application to your nearest Polish embassy or consulate.

You are required to submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Valid passport
  3. One passport photo
  4. Evidence of immigration status in country of residence, if necessary
  5. Fees
  6. Letter from your company and an original of a “Work Promise”

The consulate may also ask for information about the company’s history, like statistical and tax information. They may also want you to have these documents translated into Polish.

Once you actually arrive in Poland, you are required to register your address with the Department of Registration.

Student Visa

To apply for a student visa and stay in Poland for over 90 days, you must first be accepted by an accredited educational institution. You must submit the following documents:

  1. Completed application form
  2. Valid passport
  3. One passport photo
  4. Evidence of immigration status in country of residence, if necessary
  5. Fees
  6. Official letter from college or university

Click here for information on study abroad in Poland.

Moving Pets

In order to move your pet to Poland, you are required to have it microchipped. Cats and dogs must be vaccinated against rabies, along with other appropriate diseases. You must also present an EU Vet Health Certificate and and International Health Certificate. There may also be additional requirements, depending on your country of origin.

Other Information

Click here for a directory of Polish embassies.

Click here for information about real estate in Poland.

Click here for a map of Poland.

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