Poland, as part of the EU, allows the citizens of EEA countries (EU + Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland and Switzerland) to work in Poland without any special work permit. So if you are the lucky citizen of one of those countries you can finish reading here and start looking for a job or establishing your own business. Unfortunately, if you are not a citizen of any of EEA countries you need to apply for a work permit to legally perform any activity that gives you an income in Poland. Although in a few cases the permit is not required:

1. When you have a refugee status granted in Poland, or
2. When you have been granted subsidiary protection in Poland, or
3. When you have a permit to settle in Poland, or
4. When you are holding a permit for a long-term resident of the European Communities, or
5. When you are holding a permit for tolerated stay in Poland, or
6. When you are benefiting from temporary protection in Poland, or
7. When you have a permit for temporary residence in Polish territory granted in connection with taking or continuing studies here, or
8. When you have a permit for temporary residence in Polish territory granted in relation to the conduct of research here, on the basis of an agreement with the Polish scientific institution, or
9. When you are the spouse or a former spouse of a Polish citizen, provided that they have a residence permit for Polish territory.

Work permit in Poland

The most important thing you need to know is that you can’t apply for a work permit yourself. It needs to be requested by your future employer. Therefore there is not much you can do except making sure that your employer did everything right. The information below is just for your consideration

Work permits are issue by a local “voivode” and it is issued for the time of the stay required to undertake the work which is specified in the work permit of the declaration of the employer, but for no longer than a year. The work permit given for seasonal work can’t be longer than 6 months in a 12-month period of time dated from the first day of the arrival.

Types of work permits for foreigners

1. Type A – a foreigner works in Poland for an employer whose registered office, place of residence, branch, facility or other form of business is located in Poland.
2. Type B – a foreigner stays in Poland between 6 to 12 months and is performing a function in the management board of a legal person who has established own business.
3. Type C – a foreigner is working for non polish employer but is delegated for more than 30 days to a branch or facility located in Poland.
4. Type D – a foreigner is working for non polish employer and is delegated to Poland for the purpose of execution of a service of a temporary and/or casual nature (export service).
5. Type E – a foreigner is working for non polish employer and is delegated to Poland for a time longer than 3 months within the next 6 months for a purpose other than those previously stated.

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