In 2016, 95% of issued work permits in Poland were Type A work permit. This work permit is required when a foreigner has a contract with an employer whose registered office, place of residence, branch, facility or other form of business is located in Poland. Basically, if you want to work for a Polish company or employer, you will most likely get this type of work permit. You can find more information on the visa requirements and their types here.
Application and documents
You cannot apply for your work permit on your own, your future employer needs to do it for you. The competent Voivodship Office is responsible for issuing the work permit.
In Tricity, the legalisation office is located in Gdynia:
Oddzial‚ ds. Legalizacji Zatrudnienia Cudzoziemcow w Gdyni
ul. Legionow 130
1st Floor, room 109
The authorities may require various documents throughout the process, the basic requirements are:
– application form,
– ID or travel document copy,
– the employer will need to confirm that there are no Polish nationals who are willing to occupy the offered position and that they could not recruit Polish citizens for this position,
– a copy of documents confirming that the foreigner meets the requirements for a given position,
– confirmation of payment of an administrative fee.
Documents in foreign languages will need to be translated by a sworn translator. If the originals cannot be provided, the documents will need to be officially certified for compliance with the originals.