8 November 2016

Residence Permits For Foreigners in The EU

For the third time in succession Poland occupies the two position in the European Union in terms of the quantity of issued long-stay visas and residence permits for foreigners from third-country. In 2015, they received nearly 542 thousand from Poland, which is about 21 percent of the total in Europe – according to Eurostat data. Most of the residence permits applications in Poland were issued in connection with work.

The data published by Eurostat refer to foreigners from non-EU countries and include residence permits (including long-term visas – longer than 3 months) issued for the first time. Poland is the European leader in the number of documents issued by immigrants who express willingness for work – 375 thousand, that is 53 percent of all work permits issued in the EU. The main origin country of persons who received permits in Europe, is Ukraine (500,000, 19% of all in Europe) – 86% of them (430 thousand) were issued in Poland. The second and third places in terms of number of permits granted in our country were Belarusians (75,000) and Moldavians (8,000).

Eurostat data show that Poland is open to migrants. This is also confirmed by our national statistics. The year 2016 will probably be another record since the citizens of Ukraine have already received nearly one million visas, and progressively more of them want to stay in Poland for longer. It is a legal and safe migration that is complementary to the needs of the labour market – summerizes Rafal Rogala, Head of the Office for Foreigners.


The greatest number of residence permits were issued in Great Britain (633 thousad), thus the next places (after Poland) are occupied by: France (227 thousand), Germany (195 thousand), Spain (193 thousand) and Italy (179 thousand). Tottaly all member states spent 2,6 million of permits, 12% more than in the 2014. Apart from Ukraine the other largest imigrants’ counstries are: the United States (262 thousand), China (167 thousand), India (136 thousand) and Syria (104 thousand).
Citizens of Ukraine dominate in relations to the number of issued permits for work (75% art for Ukraine). Tu permits concerning education are dominated the China nationals, thus the citizens of Marocco and India use in great permits within family reunification.

Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. A full report on the residence permits for foreigners from third-country issued in the EU can be found at: ec.europa.eu/eurostat/.