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Your Guide to living in Poland. Poland visa, citizenship and more.
Why live in Poland?
Poland Visas and Permits
Citizens who are not from the European Economic Area need a work permit to work and live in Poland. Your future employer must support your application, making the permit employer and position-specific and in most cases switching jobs means you have to apply for a new permit. There are five types of work permits. You can find details on all of these and the application procedures here.
Youth Mobility Visa
- If you are an Australian, Japanese, South Korean, New Zealand or Taiwanese citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.
- If you are a Canadian citizen between the ages of 18-35, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.
To find out if you need a tourist visa to visit Poland, please use the VisaHQ tool below.
If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Poland, you are probably eligible for residency. If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after 3 years of marriage and 2 years of residency in Poland. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
Citizenship by Descent
If one or both of your parents were citizens of Poland when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
Citizenship by Naturalisation
You can apply for Polish citizenship if you know the Polish language, and meet one of the following criteria:
- If you have lived in Poland for the last 3 years as a permanent residency, you have a stable and regular source of income, and own or rent an apartment or house.
- If your spouse is a citizen of Poland , you can apply for citizenship after 3 years of marriage and 2 years of residency in Poland. Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.
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