Frequently asked questions – FAQ
We are now in a state of an epidemic, and my temporary residence permit will expire soon. I wish to remain in Poland, but I heard that voivodeship offices currently do not provide services and thus it is not possible to lodge an application. What can I do in this situation?
Before the outbreak of the epidemic I had worked in Poland based on a temporary residence and work permit. The permit will soon expire. I heard that the temporary residence permits that expire during a state of an emergency or an epidemic will be extended. Can I work as usual during the extension period, or do I need to obtain another permission or a permit?
My residence card is expiring now. I am afraid of coronavirus infection. Can I extend the card without having to leave home?
My student visa expires. I wish to avoid having to return for a visa due to the issues at the border. Can I extend my visa without leaving Poland?
My fiancé entered Poland just before the crisis based on a Schengen Visa issued by a consul of the Republic of Poland. The flights have been cancelled and it is temporarily impossibly to return to the country and his visa is about to expire. What should he do to avoid the consequences of an illegal stay?
My friends from Algeria have arrived in Europe as tourists, they came to Italy to Lombardy based on an Italian Schengen visa, and later flew to Poland to for a visit. The crisis occurred while they were staying in Poland, the were unable to return to either Lombardy or Algeria. They do not know what to do and their Italian visa is about to expire. Can they extend or obtain a new visa in Poland? How?
My mother has a French residence card. I study in Poland. When my mother came to visit, the state of an epidemic was introduced, and she was unable to return to France. She is however afraid of the consequences of her further stay in Poland, as the period of her permitted stay will soon run out. What she can do in this situation?
My sister lives in Austria based on an Austrian long-stay visa. She came to help me prepare for my wedding, but the introduction of a state of an epidemic made it difficult for her to return to Austria and she should leave Poland in just a few days. We do not know what to do. Can she obtain temporary visa in Poland?
I have just received a voivode’s negative decision on granting a temporary residence permit. I do not want to exercise my right of appeal, because I do in fact agree with the voivode’s decision. Moreover, I wish to return to my country. However, because most flights have been suspended, it is not possible for me to leave the country within 30 days. Please advise what should I do to extend that period a little more. Is it possible?
Do I need to submit an appeal in person? Can I send an appeal by post?
I am an elderly person at risk. I try not to leave home in fear of a coronavirus infection. I have just received a negative decision on granting a temporary residence permit. Can I lodge an appeal after the threat has passed or is the 14-day period binding?
A few days ago, I have received a temporary residence permit by post. I do not know how to proceed now due to the epidemic. The offices are closed. I would like to know when and how can I collect my residence card?
I had lodged an application for temporary residence permit prior to the epidemic, but the voivode did not put a stamp in my passport, and now al customer services are suspended. How does that impact my stay in Poland?
Due to the crisis, my employer had to reduce my current salary as well my working hours. I have a temporary residence and work permit, which defines the conditions of employment. Should I notify the voivode about the changes in employment? What formalities should I meet?
Recently I had to find another employer. I hold a permanent residence permit. Should I notify the voivode or the Office for Foreigners?
Before the epidemic I had lodged an application for temporary residence and work permit and have been working based on a declaration of assignment, however I lost that job recently. I have found a new employer who is ready to hire me. What should I do in this situation? Can I continue to work while waiting for the voivode’s decision?
I would like to know if there is a way to avoid leaving Poland due to the travel difficulties caused by Covid-19. I have been staying in Poland for almost 90 days based on visa-free travel, however my allowed length of stay will expire in a few days.
I had entered Poland based on a residence card issued by one of the Schengen countries before the restrictions related to the coronavirus were introduced. I want to remain in Poland and apply for a residence card here, but lodging an application is particularly difficult now, and my legal stay will run out in a few days. Should I leave Poland?
I meet the requirements for granting a residence permit for a long-term resident and I wish to apply for the permit, but it is now not possible to submit an application in person due to the fact that the voivode has cancelled customer services due to the epidemic. My temporary residence permit is about to expire Should I leave Poland for a visa and wait until customer assistance resumes?
I have received a return decision. The deadline for return set out in this decision will expire soon, but due to transport difficulties, I have no way of returning to my country. Is it possible to extend my deadline?
I hold a valid visa and have been working based on a work permit, but the validity of this permit has expired. What do I need to do to continue to work in Poland?
My fiancé went to Ukraine on March 10th of 2020 to apply for a work visa. Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to obtain a visa there, because all administrative offices are closed. He returned to Poland on 30 March 2020. When his period of legal stay lapses, will his stay continue to be legal, as part of the legal solutions adopted due to the coronavirus?
I am a German citizen, I have been living in Poland for 10 years, I have a document confirming the right of permanent residence, which expired on April 24th, 2020. Due to the suspension of customer services rendered at voivodeship offices, I am unable to request the replacement of the document. What should I do?
I am the wife of a French citizen; we live together in Poland based on a residence card of an EU citizen’s family member. My card expired on 30 April 2020. What should I do?