Every year, hundreds of foreigners apply for a work visa for Poland and relocate to the country.
It is no surprise that the number of foreign workers registered in Poland has exceeded the one million mark.
Poland has a large and diversified domestic economy, with a low unemployment rate and growing salaries.
This makes its labor market extremely attractive to foreigners, particularly to non-EU nationals.
However, in accordance with Polish immigration laws, citizens of certain countries must hold a valid work visa and permit.
Keep reading to find out how to apply for a work visa for Poland.
Understanding the Application Process
If you want to work in Poland, you must first find a job abroad and sign a work contract.
If you are from outside the EU, you must also apply for a work visa for Poland. This can be either a National visa or a Schengen visa.
You can do this through the closest Embassy or Consulate of Poland.
Depending on your country of residence, you may also be able to submit your application through VFS Poland Visa Application Centers.
This applies in cases where Poland has outsourced the visa submission to VFS Global.
VFS Global is a leading global outsourcing company for diplomatic consular services.
You can check the list of Poland’s missions abroad here.
Work Visa for Poland: Supporting Documents
The supporting documents for a work visa for Poland may vary based on the Embassy’s requirements and your personal circumstances.
However, in most cases, you will need to submit:
- Poland National visa application form fully completed and signed
- At least two 3.5 X 4.5 photographs not older than 6 months
- Valid passport with at least two black pages. The passport must be valid for at least three months beyond the expected return date.
- Passport copy, including all pages that show stamps and visas
- ID document to confirm residence in the country you are applying from
- Adequate medical insurance with a minimum coverage of 30.000 EUR
- Documents proving sufficient means of subsistence, such as bank statements for the last 3-6 months
- Proof of accommodation and flight reservation
- The original and a copy of the work permit. This is a document your employer must apply for in Poland.
- Proof of paid visa fee (€80)
After collecting all the required documents, you can submit your application and wait for the diplomatic mission to process it.
Typically, it can take up to 6 weeks to get an answer on your application.
However, the duration may vary based on factors such as the urgency and complexity of the application.
This can result in either shorter or longer processing periods.