Do You Need Visa to Visit Poland?

Do You Need Visa to Visit Poland? Check It Out!

Visa Types

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Poland

Visa Types & Categories to Apply for Poland

There are three different types of visas to Poland:

  1. Schengen Visa - Short Stay Visa
  2. Airport Transit Visa
  3. National Visa – Long Stay Visa

As Poland belongs to the list of Schengen countries, you should apply to Poland Schengen visa to make your temporary trip. Reasons to apply for this type of visa can be tourism, visiting family or friends, business trip, medical examination or treatment, short-term education, exchange programs and many other non-permanent nuances.

If you want to study in Poland for more than 90 days (such as bachelor's, master's, doctoral, etc.) or work permanently in an institution located here, you can also apply for a Poland national visa, if you have official invitations or letters of acceptance from those educational and business institutions.

Poland Schengen Visa

The Schengen visa entitles the holder to visits of up to 90 days in every 6 months in the entire Schengen area.

Which Countries Are in the Schengen Area?

The Schengen area is an area comprised of 26 European states that have abolished passport control at their shared borders and have adopted a common visa policy.

List of Schengen Countries:

Austria

Liechtenstein

Belgium

Lithuania

Czech Republic

Luxembourg

Denmark

Malta

Estonia

The Netherlands

Finland

Norway

France

Poland

Germany

Portugal

Greece

Slovakia

Hungary

Slovenia

Iceland

Spain

Italy

Sweden

Latvia

Switzerland

If your citizenship country does not have a visa exemption agreement with Poland and you want to come to Poland for a short stay, for a business trip, holiday, family or friends visit, you will be required to apply for a Schengen visa beforehand. This short-stay visa is valid only for up to 90 days stay within a 180-day period in Poland and all other Schengen area member states. The start date of the 180-day period is the day you enter Poland or another Schengen country.

The main purposes of the visit for Schengen visa are tourism, business, family visit, participating at cultural (scientific, sporting) events, study (up to 90 days), work (up to 90 days).

 


 

Poland Tourist Visa

If you intend to visit Poland with the purpose of tourism for a period shorter than 90 days, depending on your nationality, you might be required to obtain a Poland Tourist visa first.

The Poland Tourist visa permits you to stay in Poland and realize your tourist activities for a maximum period of 90 days at most per 180 days.

 

Required Documents for Poland Tourist Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Polish or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Tourist Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Tourist visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Tourist Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Tourist Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Tourist visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Business/Congress/Trade Fair Visit Visa

A Poland Business visa gives you the authorization to enter Poland and stay here for a maximum period of up to 90 days within six months, as permitted. It permits its holder to engage in business-related activities such as attending meetings or conferences, conducting or attending the training, conducting internal audits, installing equipment, or performing other temporary services for a client, local affiliate, or branch office.

Under the Business visa category, other following cases would be applicable:

  • Business matters/meetings/ negotiation/trainings
  • Conference/Congress/Exhibition
  • Scientific/Research events
  • Journalists
  • Official delegations

 

Required Documents for Poland Business Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in Polish or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

11. For Minors:

  • Copy and Polish or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

12. Documents Reflecting the Nature of the Business Trip and the Existence of Business Relations

  • Invitation letter from company/authority in Poland with full address, stating the purpose and duration of the business trip and/or
  • Information on event/congress/trade fair being visited in Poland with details of organizer/host, with full address in Poland, duration of the event, and reason to take part (e.g., visitor ticket for trade fair).
    • If applicable, including information about who covers the expenses of the business trip in Poland
  • Only applicable if fair exhibitor: Information on trade fair by submitting exhibitor ticket/exhibitor invoice/confirmation letter reflecting status as trade fair exhibitor.
  • Information reflecting the existence of trade relations or relations for work purposes stating details of Parties.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Business Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Business visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Business Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Business Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Business visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Cultural, Scientific, Sports Events Visa

The Poland Cultural/Scientific/Sports Visa enables you to enter Poland for cultural, scientific or, sports purposes, such as attending cultural events.

 

Required documents for Poland Cultural Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

11. Documents Reflecting the Nature /Purpose of the Journey and Stay of Artist/Member Of Cultural / Sports Association in Poland: Artist/Athlete Member of Cultural/Sports Association in Your Country Travels to A Cultural/Sports Event Organized in Cooperation with A Poland Cultural/Sports Association

  • Letter of Local Cultural Association / Sports Association stating timeframe and schedule of cultural event/sports camp with details of organizer/host with full address in Poland, as well as the purpose of cultural camp/event and information who covers costs (accommodation, travel expenses).
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18, signed “letter of no objection” of school/university confirming participation in cultural / sports event.
  • Letter of Local Poland Cultural / Sports Association with full address, stating partner of cooperation, timeframe, and schedule of camp/event

12. For Minors:

  • Copy and Polish or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Cultural Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Cultural visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Tourist Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Cultural Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Cultural visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Visiting Family and Friends Visa

A short stay family/friend visit visa allows you to travel to Poland to visit family or friends for up to a maximum of 90 days within 180 days.

 

Required Documents for Poland Family Visit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Valid (existing) hotel/accommodation booking/reservation with the full address (name, street, city, zip code, contact information, booking ref.)

8. Letter From Local Employer/sponsor (Proof of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

9. Proof of Financial Means

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

10. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

11. Proof of Visit / Accommodation:

      If visiting: close relatives - spouse, children, parents (including guardians), grandparents:

  • Letter of invitation
    • Formal invitation letter called "ZAPROSZENIE" (in original), issued by the local authorities in Poland (Urząd Wojewódzki) on the request of inviting person.
  • Original and copy of the document (NADRA Family Registration Certificate) showing family relationships between the applicant and the sponsor (in English) a document confirming the status of the inviting person in the Schengen area
  • If the invitee stays at the inviting person’s home, documents about the house (contract, payment for utilities, etc.)

12. Original and Photocopy of Family Registration Certificate issued by NADRA

13. For Minors:

  • Copy and Polish or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Family Visit  Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Family Visit visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Family Visit Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Family Visit Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Family Visit visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Study (up to 90 days) Visa

A Poland study visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Poland for study or educational training, which requires staying in Poland up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for Poland Study (up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in Polish or English and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Personalized invitation letter from the inviting institution in Poland.

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

     In case of scholarship:

  • Confirmation of receipt of a grant or scholarship from the relevant fund of Poland or the EU

     In case of self-Funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

     In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Schengen (Study up to 90 days)  visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Schengen (Study up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Schengen (Study up to 90 days) visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Work (up to 90 days) Visa

A Poland Work visa is granted to you to undertake trips to Poland for short-term work activities, which requires staying in Poland up to 90 days per half a year.

 

Required Documents for Poland Work (up to 90 days) Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

7. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservation
  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

8. Proof of Visit

  • Invitation from your business partner in Poland

9. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof of Occupation), if any

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

10. Proof of Financial Means

      In case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
    • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
    • Credit card
    • Cash
    • Traveler’s cheques
    • Payslips
    • Proof of employment
    • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
    • Proof of prepaid accommodation
    • Document about accommodation in private
    • Proof of prepaid transport
    • Other

      In case of sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

11. Depending on the Type of Works the Applicant Should Provide the Following Documents:

     To construct and assemble machines, systems, and software which have been ordered from the employer and to provide instruction         in their operation, service, or repair:

  • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, and software delivered to Poland
  • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment

     To accept machines, systems, or other objects acquired for the local employer and/or receive instructions in their operation:

  • Supply contract and import/export certificate for the machines, systems, or other objects acquired in Poland

     To dismantle acquired, used systems for the purpose of reconstructing them in your country

  • Sales contract and proof of financing of the acquired, used systems
  • Confirmation of notification of the Federal Employment Agency about the employment

     To construct, dismantle, and manage the company's own trade fair stands or the trade fair stands of a foreign company which is               resident in your country (do not need an invitation):

  • Proof of trade fair taking place, lease contract for trade fair stand

     To participate in training as part of export delivery and licensing agreements:

  • Detailed training plan;
  • Proof of existing export delivery and/or license agreement.

     For holiday jobs:

  • Placement letter of the ZAV (original and photocopy)
  • In the case of the internship must be provided an appropriate contract.

12. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or a separate confirmation letter

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa Fee

Since 02 February 2020, the fee for Schengen visas has been 80 EUR, to be paid upon submission of the application. Additionally, you may also need to pay other Administrative fees such as the Visa Application center fee, courier service fee, etc., depending on the country and location of your documents' submission.

 

Reduced Visa Fees for Certain Nationalities

According to the agreement signed between The EU and Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, and Ukraine, visa fee reduced to 35 EUR for the citizens of these countries.

Visa fees are waived by all Schengen states for the following categories of persons, regardless of their nationality:

  • Children under six years
  • School pupils, undergraduates, postgraduates, and accompanying teaching staff who undertake trips for the purpose of study or training
  • Representatives of non-profit organizations aged 25 years or less participating in seminars, conferences, sports, cultural or educational events organized by non-profit organizations
  • Researchers from third countries traveling within the European Community for the purpose of carrying out scientific research as defined in Recommendation 2005/761/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 September 2005
  • For the “replacement” of an old, valid visa in a “full” travel document (one that has no empty pages) with a new visa valid for the same period in the applicant’s new travel document
  • For the spouses, same-sex partners in a civil union, and minor single children of Poland citizens
  • Parents of minor Poland citizens
  • Family members of EU/EEA nationals

 

Where to Apply for Poland Schengen (Work up to 90 days) Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Schengen (Work up to 90 days) visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Poland Transit Visa

Poland Transit Visa

What is An Airport Transit Visa?

An airport transit visa allows you to change planes at a Polish airport for onward travel to a destination outside the Schengen Area. The visa (also referred to as an 'A' visa) does not allow you to enter Poland or another Schengen country. This means you cannot leave the airport, nor the international zone of the airport.

In Poland (A) Transit Visa is not required if you remain in the transit zone of the airport in order to catch an onward or connecting flight within 24 hours of arrival. Transit visas are normally valid for a maximum of 3 days if traveling by air and 10 if traveling by train.

Changing Planes for Onward Travel within the Schengen Area: Short-stay Visa

If you are traveling to another Schengen country via Poland, you will need a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

Changing Planes Two Times within the Schengen Area for Onward Travel Outside Schengen: Short-stay Visa

If you are transiting through two different Schengen airports for onward travel to a country outside Schengen and the first transit airport is in Poland, you need to apply for a short-stay Schengen visa. Airport transit visas are not valid for this purpose.

Regardless of whether or not you need an airport transit visa, it is the airline that decides to allow you onto the flight or not even if you have the necessary documents for your journey.

You can Apply for an A-Type Visa Only if:
  • You are planning to stay only in the airport's transit area and are not planning to leave it.  The A-Type visa does not authorize you to stay in the Schengen area.
  • You are a citizen of one of the countries below: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Democratic Republic of Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Sri Lanka.
You do not need to Apply For an A-Type Visa if You:
  • Hold a diplomatic passport,
  • Are a member of an EU citizen's closest family,
  • Hold a C-Type or D-Type visa or a residence permit issued by one of the EU Member States
  • Hold any of the residence permits listed in Annex V of the Community Code on Visas, issued by Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino, or the United States of America,
  • Hold a valid visa of a European Economic Area country or Canada, Japan, or the United States of America, or you are returning from these countries after using such a visa.
Exemptions

Under certain circumstances, you do not require an airport transit visa. For example, if you:

  • Have a visa or residence permit for a country in the Schengen Area, the EU or the EEA
  • Have a visa for Canada, Japan, or the United States
  • Have a residence permit guaranteeing an unlimited return for Andorra, San Marino, Canada, Japan, and the United States
  • Are a family member of a citizen of the EU, EEA, or Poland (you need to be able to prove this)
  • Hold a diplomatic passport
  • Hold a service or official passport. Please note: this only applies to nationals of certain countries
  • Are on-duty aircrew and a national of a country that is a member of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

As of February 2, 2020, you do not need an airport transit visa if you have a valid visa or a residence permit for Aruba, Curaçao, Sint-Maarten, Bonaire, Sint-Eustatius, or Saba.

 

Required Documents for Poland Transit Visa

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa
  • Copy of visa for the final destination (if any)

6. Travel Itinerary 

  • Flight reservations for the entire trip

7. Letter from Local Employer/Sponsor (Proof Of Occupation)

  • The letter must include:
    • Name, postal address, and telephone number of sponsor/company
    • Details regarding the applicant’s working position, starting date of the employment, and salary
    • The timeframe of work leave (expected date to resume duties) and purpose of travel
  • Valid trade license copy and company ownership documents (if a person is an owner of the company).
  • Letter from University (if student)
  • Copy of sponsor’s valid passport and residence visa (if any) to be attached to letter from sponsor (if an applicant is a dependent)

8. Overseas Medical Insurance

  • Valid for the entire duration of the requested visa and for all Schengen countries.
  • Minimum coverage 30,000 € and repatriation. (Medical insurances of credit cards are not accepted)
  • Conditions must be stated either on the insurance document or on a separate confirmation letter

9. For Minors:

  • Copy and Polish or English translation of either birth certificate/proof of adoption/custody decree if parents are divorced/death certificate of parent
  • “Letter of consent” from parents, including passport copies of both parents/legal guardian

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Transit Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Transit visa is 5-20 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Transit Visa Fee

Poland Transit (A) visa fee is 60 EUR for foreign nationals.

 

Where to Apply for Poland Transit Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Transit Visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

Poland National Visa

Even if your country is exempt from visa requirements if you intend to stay longer than 90 days you will need to apply for a long-stay visa from your home country before coming to Poland.

The National Visa grants entry to Poland on the basis that you will be applying for a residence permit. It enables you to enter Poland as a potential resident and stay while you apply for residency. You will need to convert your visa into a residence permit within three months of arriving in Poland.

 


 

Poland Employment (National) Visa & EU Blue Card

This visa is designed for applicants wishing to take up employment in Poland, as well as for high skilled persons who are candidates for a Blue Card of the European Union.

The EU Blue Card allows third-country nationals with a university degree to take up employment in Poland commensurate with their qualifications. Please note that potential Blue-Card holders need to earn a gross salary of 52.000 € or MINT profession (Mathematics / Informatics / Natural Sciences / Technology) require at least 40.560€ and shall have found a position in their field of study.

 

Required Documents for Poland Employment (National) Visa & Blue Card

 

1. Application Form 

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Poland resident permit

7. Original Employment Letter from the Applicant's Employer in Poland

  • On the official company paper with stamp and signature, date and clearly mentioning: full address and contact details of the company, the name, and position of the countersigning officer, details regarding the employment of the applicant (e.g., position, salary, estimated duration), details regarding additional conditions of employment (e.g., accommodation, transport, living expenses).

8. Formal "Work Permit" Issued by Urząd Wojewódzki in Poland on the Request of An Employer

9. Proof of Registration Oo the Employing Company

10. In Case of International Transfer of the Employee:

  • A letter from the current employer confirming the transfer and approving the leave/absence of the applicant

11. Proof of Qualification

      a) General employment:

  • All University degrees required and vocational Training certificate

      b) EU Blue-Card Candidate:

  • Polish university degree or
  • Recognized foreign university and foreign degree comparable to a Polish degree.

12. Curriculum Vitae (CV) of Professional Career, Specifying the Certificates, Diplomas, and Qualifications You Have Obtained

13. Work Experience Certificate

  • Copies and originals

14. Family Registration Certificate (issued by NADRA office)

15. Applicant's Covering Letter

  • Mentioning the purpose and duration of travel, list of attached documents and other useful information

16. Proof of Accommodation

  • Accommodation (if not indicated in the invitation or contract) - Confirmed accommodation (hotel, hostel, apartment) reservation mentioning applicant’s name, dates, and accommodation address details.

17. Police Record

  • A document which is no older than six months that shows that you have committed no criminal activity in the last 5 years.

18. Medical Certificate

  • A document issued by a legally known physician which states that you are not suffering from any disease or that you may have a serious public health impact.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy

 

Processing Time for Poland Employment (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Employment (National) Visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Employment (National) Visa Fee

The Polish Employment (National) Visa fee is 80 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 
Where to Apply for Poland Employment (National) Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Employment (National) visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Study (National) Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Poland for a longer period. This visa applies to those who are admitted to the state college or state university in Poland.

 

Required Documents for Poland Study (National) Visa 

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Poland resident permit

7. Details from Your University in Poland:

     a) Confirmed University Admission

  • Admission letter issued by an educational institution (school/college/university) accredited in Poland
  • Must state language of instruction
  • Must contain the start and end dates of the course

     b) Confirmed Language Course with Conditional University Admission

  • Receipt/confirmation of language course payment in advance
  • Proof of conditional university admission or confirmation of admission as an applicant or detailed communication with the University for a concrete subject of study

8. Documents Attesting Previous Education (Originals Should Be Presented at the Counter):

  • Higher secondary certificate - if the applicant applies for a visa on the basis of a university certificate on admission to the first year of studies
  • Preparatory course, one must submit the higher secondary certificate legalized/attested/apostilled by the MEA/MFA.
  • Higher studies certificates/diplomas of graduation - if the applicant applies for a visa on the basis of a university certificate on admission to the second and third cycle studies, he/she must provide the higher studies certificate/diploma of graduation legalized/attested/apostilled by the MEA/MFA.

     In case of student exchange:

  • The original certificate from the university confirming that the applicant is a student.
  • Copy of the agreement/official information from the universities regarding the student exchange.
  • Invitation from the Polish university.

9. Knowledge of Language, for Cases of Confirmed University Admission and Confirmed Admission to a Preparation Course for University

  • Proof of language proficiency in English (TOEFL/IELTS), if the course is taught in English
  • Proof of language proficiency in Polish, by a recognized institute, if the course is taught (partially) in Polish.

10. Proof of Accommodation in Poland

  •  Document confirming the availability in Poland of appropriate accommodation for the intended period of stay (documents shall contain information about the cost of living; the costs for a full period or monthly payment must be indicated):
    • Certificate of registration (zameldowanie), lease agreement, the decision on the provision of the dormitory, other types of accommodation proof.

11. Original and Photocopy of Family Registration Certificate Issued by NADRA

12. Proof of Economic Solvency

      The applicant applying for a national visa for study must provide a document confirming that he has sufficient financial resources to        cover:

  • The cost of returning to the country of origin in the amount of 2500 PLN (minimum) to cover returning to the country of origin (other than a country neighboring Poland or an EU/EFTA members),
  • Living expenses covering the planned stay: the required minimum for each month of the planned stay is 701 PLN/person, or 528 PLN/each person in the family (if the applicant will stay in Poland with family members).
  • Cost of accommodation (documents must be submitted in a way the consul will be able to estimate the cost of living, e.g., lease agreement, a decision on the provision of a dormitory, etc.).

E.g., Applicant for a 365-day visa must have at least 10912 PLN (701 PLN x 12 months + 2500 PLN) to cover the cost of return and living expenses and additional funds to cover the cost of accommodation. If the monthly payment for a dormitory or renting an apartment is 1000 PLN, then the cost of accommodation will be: 1000 PLN x 12 months = 12000 PLN per year. In total, the applicant needs at least 22912 PLN.

13. Documents Confirming the Sufficient Financial Resources (of Applicant or Sponsor)

  • Traveler’s cheque
  • Certificate of the amount of the credit card limit issued by the bank (any bank located in Poland or another country is allowed)
  • A certificate of availability of money in a bank or a cooperative savings and loan association located on the territory of the Republic of Poland (it cannot be a bank located in your country)
  • A document confirming granting of a national or foreign scholarship
  • A certificate of employment with a monthly salary statement

14. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Poland with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

15. Applicant's Covering Letter

  • Mentioning the purpose and duration of travel, list of attached documents and other useful information

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Study (National) Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Study (National) visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Study (National) Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Poland Study (National) Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Polish National (long-term) Visa fee is 80 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Poland Study (National) Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Study (National) visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Family Reunion Visa

This visa is intended to permit foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Poland for a longer period. This visa applies to family members of Poland nationals and wishing to obtain a permit for long-term residence in Poland.

 

Required Documents for Poland Family Reunion Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Poland resident permit

7. Details of Spouse

  • Passport copy
  • For spouses of foreign nationals have to submit a copy of their partner's residence permit for Poland.
  • Certificate of residence of the spouse living in Poland, not older than 6 months

8. Marriage Certificate

     a) Poland Marriage Certificate:

  • Poland certificate of marriage or extract from the Family Register, along with certified copies.

     b) Foreign Marriage Certificate:

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure.

9. Temporary Residence Permit Issued by the Voivodeship Office for Family Reunification Purpose

10. Divorce Decree of Previous Marriages or Death Certificate of Former Spouse (if the applicant has been previously married)

  • Foreign documents or certificates are often only recognized by the authorities of a state if their authenticity and evidentiary value has been determined by a special procedure

11. Proof of Accommodation in Poland

  • Copy of lease certificate of an apartment in Poland or title deed of owned property, if the partner is already residing in Poland.
  • If the host provides accommodation – document indicating the right of ownership/right to use (e.g., rental agreement) clearly allowing to lodge guests at this location.

12. Proof of Sufficient Means of Substance

  • Copy of employment certificate of the foreign spouse who intends to live in Poland
  • Salary slips from the past three months if the partner is living in Poland.

     In the case of self-funding:

  • Personal bank statements of the last 6 months before application, personal property, assets, etc.
  • Generally, there are several recognized ways to prove your financial sufficiency:
  • A personal bank statement indicating your financial movements (for at least 3 last months)
  • Credit card
  • Cash
  • Traveler’s cheques
  • Payslips
  • Proof of employment
  • Supporting document to attest sponsor’s readiness to cover your expenses during your stay
  • Proof of prepaid accommodation
  • Document about accommodation in private
  • Proof of prepaid transport
  • Other

     In case of Sponsorship:

  • Latest 6 months current account bank statement of a sponsor (showing sponsor’s name, an end balance, and date of issue).
  • Sponsorship letter, copy of the first page of the sponsor’s passport with the data.

13. Health Insurance Will Only Be Requested Where Applicable

     Requirements:

  • Proof of health insurance for the stay in Poland.
  • Offer letter from a Polish Health Insurance company, stating the expected month fees.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Family Reunion Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Family Reunion National visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Family Reunion Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Poland Family Reunion National Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Polish National (long-term) Visa fee is 80 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission. Spouses and children of Polish and EU/EFTA nationals; CERN and UN personnel (official trips only); students who study in Poland are free of charge.

 

Where to Apply for Poland Family Reunion Visa?

You will apply for a Poland Family Reunion visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Self-Employment Visa

Poland Self-Employment (Entrepreneurial) visa can be granted to third-country nationals investing in the national economy of Poland, whose who are or intend to become stockholders or shareholders, with management or administration powers in companies that are Poland legal entities.

 

Required Documents for Poland Self-Employment Visa:

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3. Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Poland resident permit

7. Company Profile

     a) Head Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Subsidiaries abroad in the following countries/ cities
  • Shareholders
  • Executive Board/ Board of Directors
  • Equity capital – Registered and Paid Up
  • Annual turnover worldwide Last Year, This Year, Within EU)
  • Number of Staff (Worldwide and in Head Office)
  • Bank Connections (House Bank, Banks in other Countries)
  • Summary of the company history (year of foundation, activities, products, main markets…)

     b) New Office

  • Name, Address, Phone, Fax, E-mail, Website
  • Registered shareholders
  • Managing Director
  • Planned start of business
  • Business activities
  • Capital
  • Annual turnover in Poland planned for the first and second year
  • Business references in Poland or Europe (Customers, Suppliers, along with their contact details)
  • Contacts in Poland (e.g. business partner, lawyer, tax advisor, bank…)
  • Number of planned staff (without the managing director) for first-year and after three years

8. Business Plan

  • Description of the project
  • Liquidity Planning

9. Concept

  • Business concept, products/services
  • Legal form, partners, founder members (including CVs), management, staff
  • Location, office space
  • Industry, market, competence
  • Client target group
  • Marketing-/sales strategy, co-operation partner
  • Forecast, trends, risks

10. Capital Budget

  • Liquid funds
  • Tangible assets /Goods on their own accounts
  • Affiliated loans/Third-party funds
  • Venture Capital

11. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Polish or English.

12. Personal details

  • Language knowledge
  • Intended function
  • CV

13. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Poland with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Self-Employment Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Entrepreneur visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Self-Employment Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Poland Entrepreneur Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Polish National (long-term) Visa fee is 80 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

Additionally, the visa fee for strategic investors, pursuant to Article 16, Act 4251/2014, is 0 EUR.

 

Where to Apply for Poland Self-employment Visa?

You will apply for Poland National Entrepreneur Visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 


 

Poland Au Pair Visa

This visa is intended to allow foreign nationals to obtain a long-term visa, allowing them to stay in Poland for a longer period. This visa applies for young people welcomed temporarily into a family, where he/she is lodged and fed in return for light everyday family tasks, to perfect his linguistic knowledge and increase his general culture through an improved familiarity with the country while participating in the life of the host family.

 

Required Documents for Poland Au Pair Visa

 

1. Application Form

  • Fully completed in English or Polish and signed and dated by the applicant himself (signed by both parents in case of minors, below the age of 18)

2. Passport

  • Valid for at least 3 months beyond return date – are required.
  • Signed by bearer
  • Passport not older than 10 years (issued in the last 10 years)
  • At least two free “visa pages”
  • Undamaged pictures securely affixed with/to passport

3.  Two Photos

  • NEW! Should not be older than 6 months.
  • A frontal view of the face-covering 70-80% (32-26mm) of the photo.
  • A uniform and white background.
  • Clear facial features and eyes – not covered by hair or glasses frame.

4. ID Card

  • Validity minimum of three months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

5. Residence Permit/Visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)

  • Validity minimum of six months beyond the date of your transiting through Poland.

6. Photocopies

  • Copy of the main page of your passport
  • 1 copy of residence permit/visa (if your country of residence and citizenship are different)
  • Copies of previous Schengen visa/ Poland resident permit

7. Invitation Letter from Host Family Clarifying the Following:

  • At least one under-age child (minor) in the host family
  • No kinship between the au pair and the host parents.
  • That least one of the host parents speaks Polish (or other) as a mother language

8. Agreement with the Host Family

  • This document must include the duration of the agreement, which must be no longer than a year. It should also state the work conditions – working hours, days off, pocket money, obligations, etc. -and give the address of the host family and other details about them

9. Au Pair / Host Family Questionnaire

10. Motivation letter (why do you wish to go to Poland?) in Polish or English

11. Documents Reflecting Your Previous Education and Skills

  • School certificates
  • University degree certificates
  • Internships
  • Training
  • University and/or employment confirmation

12. A Certificate of Criminal Record

  • Issued in the country where you have resided in the last five years. This document too, must not be older than 90 days, must be duly apostilled, with translation into Polish or English.

13. Medical Insurance

  • You must purchase health insurance arranged with an insurance company authorized to operate in Poland with a validity of one year. Travel insurance is not accepted.

*Additional documents can be required by the embassy.

 

Processing Time for Poland Au Pair Visa

The average processing time for a Poland Au Pair visa is 10-60 calendar days. It depends on your visa application country.

 

Poland Au Pair Visa Fee

When you submit your application for a Poland Au Pair Visa, you will also need to pay a certain fee. The fee is required in order to cover the expenses for the processing of your application. The Polish National (long-term) Visa fee is 80 EUR for foreign nationals. The fee may vary depending on your nationality or your country of submission.

 

Where to Apply for Poland Au Pair Visa?

You will apply for a Poland National Au Pair visa in Poland visa application centers, embassies, or consulates, whichever accepts visa applications in your country of residence. If there is none of them in your country, you need to apply to the nearest embassy or consulate to your location.

 

 

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FAQ

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Can I travel within the Schengen countries with a single-entry visa?

Yes. Once you have entered the Schengen territory, a single-entry visa allows the holder to circulate within the Schengen territory multiple times. However, if the holder of this visa leaves the Schengen territory, he/she cannot re-enter again without a new valid visa.

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I am from a country whose citizens do not need a visa to enter the Schengen area. Can I experience any problems at the border, while entering Poland?

You must meet certain requirements to enter Poland, even if you are not required a visa:

  • The purpose of your trip to Poland must be plausible and comprehensible.
  • Your passport should be valid for at least 6 months beyond your stay in Poland.
  • You must be able to finance your own living and travel costs.
  • You must hold a confirmed return flight, to prove that you are prepared to leave Poland before the visa expires.
  • You must have travel health insurance for the whole duration of your stay in Poland.
  • You must not pose a threat to security or public order.
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How long am I allowed to stay in Poland with a 1, 3, 5 years valid multiple-entry Schengen visa?

This visa gives permission to its holder to enter the Schengen Area (all 26 member States) as many times as they wish, within a period of 1, 3, 5 years. However, even in this case, the visa holder is limited to remaining in the Schengen Area no longer than 90 days within a 180-day period.

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How long is my Poland visa valid for?

  • Schengen visas are valid for a maximum of 90 days (within 180 days) from your arrival date. The Schengen visa is not valid before the arrival date you provide on your visa application.
  • An airport transit visa is valid for the period it takes you to transfer between flights in a Poland airport.
  • National visas are usually issued for three months but can be valid up to 12 months, depending on your reason for requesting a visa. The national visa will cover you while your residence permit application is processed.

 

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What happens if my Poland visa application is rejected?

If your Poland visa application is rejected, you will be notified by your mission that your application has been unsuccessful. You will be informed of the grounds on which it was rejected and have one month to appeal the decision by writing to the Polish mission. Your application will then be reconsidered. You can also apply for a visa again if your circumstances have changed.

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Can I submit my visa application through mail, a courier, or through another person?

All applicants must appear in person in the Embassy/Consulate of Visa Application Center for the submission of the documents since the identity needs to be verified and biometric data must be collected. Please contact local Poland representatives for more precise information.

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Will my fees be refunded if my visa is refused?

All fees are non-refundable and will not be refunded if your visa application is not successful.

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Can I study in Poland with a Schengen Visa?

Yes. You can study in Poland with a Schengen Visa, if your education program is less than 90 days, you do not need a national visa.

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Can I work in Poland with a Schengen Visa?

No. You generally cannot work in Poland with a Schengen Visa. If you come to Poland as a temporary foreign worker, you need to apply for a national visa in advance.

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Can I extend the validity of my Poland visa?

It is possible to extend the validity of visas only in exceptional cases, such as a natural disaster. This must be done at the Foreigners’ Office covering your area of residence.

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Can a Schengen visa be extended or transferred to a residence permit?

A Schengen visa is issued for a maximum period of stay of three months and cannot be extended. The visa must be applied for, by the traveler personally, at the Polish Foreign Mission abroad, which is responsible for the place of residence and cannot be extended in Poland, nor converted into a residence permit.

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