Work Permit Types in Poland

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Relo Tip 8: Did you know? There are 5 types of work permits available for foreigners who want to work in Poland.

Work Permit Overview

A work permit is an official document that authorizes a foreigner to work legally in Poland. The future employer needs to apply for the work permit for a given employee which means that you cannot apply for the work permit by yourself. It is issued for a fixed period of time, however for no more than 3 years. It can be extended later on.

When do I need a work permit?

If you are a citizen of the European Union, NorwayLiechtenstein and Iceland or if you are holding a long-term EU residence permit in Poland, you do not need a work permit. The full list of the legal categories where no work permit is required is available here.

Citizens of Belarus, Moldova, the Russian Federation, Ukraine and the Republic of Armenia who have their Polish employer’s declaration of intention to entrust a job, have an option to work in Poland without obtaining a work permit for a period not exceeding 6 months within 12 consecutive months.

Types of Work Permits

Type A

This is the most popular work permit. It 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.

Type B

This type of work permit is required when a foreigner who performs a management board function of a company stays in Poland for a total period exceeding 6 months within a period of 12 consecutive months.

Type C and D

These permits are needed when foreigners are delegated to work in Poland by foreign companies not located in Poland.

Type E

The least common type which is applied when a foreigner is performing work in Poland for a foreign company for a period not exceeding 3 months within a consecutive 6-month period for purposes other than those indicated in the previous work permit types.


Learn more with Tricity News

In following weeks we are going to develop the subject of legalizing employment in Poland. So if you are interested in the subject, stay tuned!

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