Temporary residence permit for Ukrainian citizens and their family members in a special procedure

Starting from November 24, 2022, citizens of Ukraine and their family members who received a PESEL UKR number can obtain a temporary residence permit in Poland in a special procedure.

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You won’t be at home for a few days during ongoing resident permit case? You should take care of something first!

Resident permit cases can take a long time (see here). While you wait for a decision, you may need to leave home for a few days. Whether it’s because of holidays, family visit or any other reason, you definitely should take precautions to ensure that you won’t miss any requests from Urząd Wojewódzki. Otherwise, it is possible that during your absence, Urząd will send you a letter and you won’t be at home to pick it up. And this may result in negative consequences (you can learn more here).

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What is Polish “awizo” and why you should bother while staying in Poland?

As I mentioned in one of the latest articles, in Poland any important letters are being sent only by registered mail (list polecony). This guarantees more certainty that the letter will reach the addressee and allows the sender to monitor the delivery status (on the page https://emonitoring.poczta-polska.pl/?lang=en).

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10 advices that may make your life easier when dealing with Polish offices.

Polish bureaucracy is not the best in the world, but not the worst either. Depending on where you are from, you may find it quite tolerable or completely disorganized.

Still, there are some advices we can share with you, that may help you get through administrative process.

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Long waiting time at Urząd Wojewódzki may be a result of not only mismanagement, but also corruption – says latest NIK report

As we mentioned in our earlier article, Polish Supreme Audit Office (Najwyższa Izba Kontroli or NIK), in one of it’s latest reports confirmed that Urząd Wojewódzki is unable to handle residence permit cases in required time.

However, from what the auditors learned during their examinations, this bad situation at Urząd Wojewódzki in Wrocław may not only be a case of only bad management.

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How long does it take to get Residence Permit in each Polish Voivodeship Office?

Polish Supreme Audit Office (Najwyższa Izba Kontroli or NIK) in one it’s latest reports confirmed what is already well known by all foreigners who want to get residence permit in Poland: Voivodeship Offices (Urząd Wojewódzki) are unable to handle residence permit cases in required time. The audit titled “Przygotowanie administracji publicznej do obsługi cudzoziemców”, provided … Read more

8 Practical differences between Permanent Residence and Long Term EU Residence

As you may know, Permanent Residence permit and Long Term EU Residence have different lists of requirements. But are there any other differences in acquiring and using from each of these permits? Today we list 8 practical differences between Permanent Residence and Long Term EU Residence: Permanent Residence Long Term EU Residence May be granted … Read more

Permanent Residence vs Long Term EU Residence. An up to date list of requirements – comparison and recent changes.

Below I present you an up-to-date (on 26.10.2019), full list of requirements for permanent residence and long term EU residence. Any recent changes, that are often missing in other articles on the Internet are indicated in green (added) and red (removed).

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Judgements of Polish courts leave no doubt: long residence permit proceedings are a violation of Polish law. Foreigners are entitled to a compensation.

Each month brings more and more resolved cases for inactivity or a lengthy residence permit proceedings. As many of you know from official statistics (see previous articles) or your own experience, it usually takes around 12 months (in many cases more then 2 years) to receive residence permit decision. Some of you have already decided … Read more