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Work Permit in Poland

Updated on Friday 08th December 2017

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Poland is a member of the European Union and therefore it allows other members of EU as well as members of EEA countries, meaning Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland to work freely in Poland, without requesting them to apply for a work permit. If you are a resident of a non EU or EEA country and you plan to move to Poland for work related matters, you must obtain a permit to be allowed to perform any activity that results in an income in Poland.


Steps for obtaining a work permit in Poland

The first step in obtaining a work permit in Poland is to have an agreement with an employer, as the request cannot be filled in by yourself, but by the future employer. Therefore, the employer must submit specific documentation in order to obtain the work permit. Application for a work permit for a foreign employee and copy of his travel documents are among the requested documents. In addition, the employer must also submit copies of documents confirming that the foreigner has graduated from a Polish, European or Swiss school or college, no later than 3 years prior to requesting the application. Moreover, the employer must also prove that the foreigner has been legally living in Poland for at least 3 years.

Contact our Polish company formation specialists for a full detailed presentation of the documents needed in order to obtain a work permit in Poland. We can provide you with complete information regarding the work permit process or anything related to opening a Polish company.


Types of work permits in Poland

There are multiple types of work permits available in Poland, and they are separated into 5 classes. These are:

  • Type A permit, that refers to foreigners working in Poland for an employer that has its registered office, branch or facility located in Poland.
  • Type B is given to a foreigner that stays in Poland for a period of 6 to 12 months and has a management board function within a legal entity.
  • Type C and Type D refer to foreigners working for companies not located in Poland, but that need to work in Poland as delegates.
  • The last type of work permit is Type E, given to a foreigner working for a non-Polish employer that works as a delegate in Poland for more than 3 months within the next 6 months.


Validity of a work permit in Poland

Work permits in Poland are issued for a fixed period of time, but they cannot be valid for more than 3 years. Special cases may arise when a work permit can be granted for a time period of maximum 5 years. 


In order to obtain a resident permit in Poland, one must obtain the promise of an employment permit, run a business under the Polish law or study at a Polish university. Do not hesitate to contact our Polish consultants to benefit from accurate information regarding the work permit in Poland. We can provide our clients with correct information regarding the procedures of applying for a Polish resident permit, opening a bank account or tax related issues.




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