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Permission for settlement in Poland
Tuesday, 15 May 2007 15:53
I. A foreigner submits an application for permission for settlement to the province governor, in the province in which the foreigner wishes to settle. If a foreigner is residing abroad, the application should be submitted by the agency of the consul.
II. The province governor makes the decision about granting permission for settlement.
III. Permission for settlement is given to a foreigner who:
1) is an underage child of a foreigner, who has permission for settlement and was born in Poland,
2) has been married to a Polish citizen at least 3 years before submitting an application and directly before submitting an application has stayed continuously on Polish territory for at least 2 years on the basis of a temporary residency permit,
3) Directly before submitting an application has stayed continuously on Polish territory no shorter than 10 years on the basis of a tolerated residence permit or for 5 years in relation to obtaining refugee status,
4) Is a child of Polish citizen and stays under his parental power.
IV. A foreigner who stays on Polish territory in relation to obtaining refugee status or a tolerated residence permit granted in relation to obtaining refugee status can count to the continuous time period, mentioned above also the time period of the proceeding on obtaining refugee status, even if the foreigner was placed in protected resort or custody in order to be deported at that time.
V. Continuous stay – a stay on Polish territory is considered continuous when no break lasted no longer than 6 months and did not cumulatively exceed 10 months in the periods of time mentioned above except if the break was caused by:
1)  Executing professional duties or working outside Polish territory on the basis of an agreement made with an employer whose domicile is in Poland.
2)  Accompanying a spouse executing professional duties or works under the conditions mentioned in no. 1
3) Necessity of obtaining a travel document.
4) Medical treatment of a foreigner.
VI. Permission for settlement is given for an indeterminate period of time.
VII. An application for permission for settlement should be submitted within the time of a legal stay on Polish territory.
In the event the final decision about settlement has not been made before the lapse of the foreigner’s legal stay on Polish territory, the province governor gives a foreigner visa for the stay until decision is made.
VIII. A foreigner has to collect the residency card in person. In case of a minor, under the age of 13, the card may be collected by the parents or guardians.
IX. A foreigner has to replace the held residency card in the following cases:
1. a change of data included on the card
2. changes his/her appearance in way that it makes difficult to establish his/her identity,
3. damages the card in a way making it difficult to use,
4. a lost or destroyed card
Venue of servicing:
Wielkopolski Urząd Wojewódzki w Poznaniu
Oddział ds. Cudzoziemców
Pl. Wolności 17, 4th floor, tel. 061 854 16 07, 061 854 15 77