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Are you a non-EU citizen living in Poland and would you like to bring your non-EU family members to live with you there? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights your family members can enjoy during their stay.


You are entitled to bring your family members to Poland if you hold:

-         permit to settle;

-         EU long-term residence permit;

-         residence permit for a fixed period for the purposes of highly qualified employment (Blue Card);

-         residence permit for a fixed period for the purposes of carrying out research issued by Poland or other Member State;

-         residence permit for a fixed period and have resided in Poland for at least two years.

It is you who has to submit an application for family reunification.

Your family members include:

  • your spouse (under condition that your marriage is recognised by Polish law);
  • your minor dependent children including adopted children and those of your spouse.

If you do not comply with the aforementioned conditions and you hold other types of residence titles, your family members can come to Poland based on general rules (see: list of reasons for granting residence permit).

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Where to apply You may submit the reunification request in Poland to a voivode competent to the place of your residence. If the voivod grants the residence, an adequate visa for your family members will be issued by the Polish consul.

Documents required

To obtain a visa, your family members must provide the following documents:

-         completed and signed visa application form;

-         valid travel document;

-         photo;

-         adequate travel and health insurance;

-         sufficient means to support themselves;

-         decision on granting a residence permit for a fixed period;

-         other supporting documents, if required (different consular offices may require different supporting documents; for this reason you should contact the right consular office when gathering information about those documents).

They must also pay visa fee (if applies).

To obtain residence permit for your family members, you must provide:

-         completed application forms;

-         valid travel document;

-         photos;

-         health insurance;

-         stable and regular financial means to support yourself and your dependent family members;

-         legal title to residential premises where your family members intend to reside in Poland;

-         documents confirming a degree of kinship recognised by the Polish law (copy of a certificate of marriage, birth certificate - for persons who apply for a residence permit for the first time);

-         consent of persons who exercise parental authority over a minor foreigner applying for a residence permit;

-         confirmation of payment of stamp duty,

-         other supporting documents, if required.

Duration of validity of permits A residence permit for a family member is granted for a maximum period of two years and is aligned with the duration of your residence permit.
Appeals It is possible to submit a request for reconsideration of visa application to a consul or to appeal a negative decision on granting a residence permit before the Head of the Office for Foreigners. A further appeal can be brought before the administrative courts.

 


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Access to employment A non-EU family member who holds a residence permit on the basis of family reunification can work without a work permit.
Access to education A non-EU family member who holds a residence permit on the basis of family reunification has equal access to all levels of education.

Autonomous status

An autonomous status may be granted to your spouse or adult child after five years of their stay in Poland on the basis of residence permit for the purpose of family reunification.

Long-term residence

Polish law makes a distinction between a permit to settle and the EU long-term residence permit.

Permit to settle

Permit to settle is granted upon application inter alia if you have been married to a Polish citizen for at least three years before submitting the application and directly before submitting the application you have been continuously staying in Poland for at least two years on the basis of residence permit for a fixed period.

You must submit your application to a voivode that is competent for the place of your residence (list of voivodeship offices).

Your application may be rejected inter alia for reasons of national security, public order or state interests.

Permit to settle is valid indefinitely, but it is required to replace the residence card every 10 years.

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EU long-term residence permit

To obtain an EU long-term residence status, the family member must have:

  • resided lawfully and continuously in Poland for at least five years (the residence period in Poland on the basis of the residence permit for the purpose of family reunification is not included);
  • stable and regular source of income to support himself;
  • legal title to the residential premises where you reside or intend to reside in Poland;
  • accommodation; and
  • health insurance.

Your family members must submit their application, together with all necessary supporting documents, to a voivode that is competent for the place of your residence (list of voivodeship offices).

Long-term residence permits are valid indefinitely, but it is required to replace the residence card every 5 years.

Your family members’ application may be rejected inter alia if it is required for reasons of national security, public order or state interests.

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