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  • VISA INFORMATION IN EN

  • VISA INFORMATION

     

     

    IMPORTANT NOTICE

    All visa applications has to be submitted online prior the appointment in the consulate:

    http://www.e-konsulat.gov.pl

     

     

    Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application

    The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a visa is the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s). If the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State competent for examining on an application is the state whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay. If no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Member States shall be competent for examining and an application.

     

    Consular territorial competence

    An application shall be examined and decided on by the consulate of the competent Member State in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides.

    A consulate of the competent Member State shall examine and decide on an application lodged by a third-country national legally present but not residing in its jurisdiction, if the applicant has provided in written exhaustive justification for lodging the application at that consulate.

     

    Uniform visa – type C

    A unitary visa entitles to stay in Poland and other Schengen states for a maximum of 90 days in a period of consecutive 180 days (starting from the first entry) during one or multiple stays. Unitary visas can be valid up to 5 years.

     

    National visas – type D

    A national visa entitles to stay in Poland for 91 to 365 days (during one or more stays) within its validity, which can be up to 365 days.

    A national visa enables also to enter other Schengen states for a stay up to 90 days in a period of consecutive 180 days.

     

    Airport transit visas

    An airport transit visa entitles to transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States of the EU. Transit visas shall be obtained by the following nationals: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Democratic Republic of Congo, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia and Sri Lanka.

     

    Documents to be provided when applying for a visa

    1. Travel document satisfying the following criteria:
    • its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States or, in the case of several visits, after the last intended date of departure from the territory of the Member States;
    • it shall contain at least two blank pages;
    • it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.
    1. A visa or residence permit, valid also for Germany.
    2. Visa application form, filled-in online ( e-konsulat.gov.pl ), printed and signed.
    3. Biometric photograph.
    4. Health insurance with a minimum coverage of 30,000 Euro (or equivalent), valid for the whole Schengen area. This requirement does not apply to foreigners applying for a labour visa (from the start of their employment) nor persons holding a Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka).
    5. Documents indicating that the applicant possesses sufficient means of subsistence both for the duration of the intended stay and for the return to his country of origin or residence, or for the transit to a third country, or that he is in a position to acquire such means lawfully. This requirement does not apply to foreigners applying for a labour visa, persons holding a Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka) nor holding an invitation (registered at the Voivode’s Office in Poland).
    6. Documents justifying the purpose and conditions of the intended stay, e.g.:
    • a letter of acceptance from university or school;
    • work permit or declaration of the employer (registered at a district employment agency) and the work contract;

     

    All documents must be provided in original. Documents in languages other than Polish, German or English have to be translated by a sworn-in translator.

     

    A visa application must be submitted no sooner than three months and no later than 15 days prior the intended arrival. The application must be lodged in person. In case of minors the application can be submitted by one of the parents (or legal guardian), a birth certificate should be submitted, too.

    Foreigners who already have a Polish visa but wish to extend their stay in Poland, must apply for a residence permit at the Voivode’s office in Poland. Starting from the day on which an application for a residence permit was submitted, a foreigner is allowed to stay in Poland until the decision becomes final.

    The deadline to decide on a visa application is 15 day, however it can be extended in certain cases.

     

    Visa fees

    The regular fee for submitting a visa application is 60,- Euro. It is to be paid in cash at the moment of submitting the application. In case the application will be rejected, the fee will not be refunded.

    Additional 6 Euro will be charged if the passport should be send back by mail (on request of the applicant only).

    Visas for relatives of EU-citizens are free of charge.

    Holders of the Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka) may be exempted from the visa fee on their written request.

    Certain nationalities and persons (e.g. minors or students) pay reduced fees or are exempted from them.

     

    Means of subsistence for the stay and for the return to the country of origin

    Foreigners applying for a labour visa or holding a Pole’s Card (Karta Polaka) or an invitation (registered at the Voivode’s Office in Poland) are exempted from the requirement of providing a proof of possessing financial means for the stay and return to country of origin.

     

    As a rule foreigners must have at least 75 PLN (or equivalent) for a day of the intended stay, however no less than 300 PLN.

    Students or researchers must have at least 1086 PLN for the first two months of the intended stay.

     

    A foreigner must possess means for the return to his/her country of origin in the amount of no less than:

    • 200 PLN if she/he arrived form a neighbor country of Poland;
    • 500 PLN if she/he arrived form an EU-country which is not a neighbor country of Poland;
    • 2500 PLN if she/he arrived form an another country.

     

    Documents which may prove that the foreigner possesses sufficient means are i.a. bank statements or letters on granting a scholarship. Those documents may be no older than a month.

     

    The Schengen-zone

    Foreigners who hold valid residence permits or visas issued by one of the Schengen-zone state may move freely for up to 90 days in a period of consecutive 180 days (starting from the first entry) within the territory of the Schengen-zone, provided that they are not on the national list of alerts.

     

     

     

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