Basic information about the residence card you need to know!

What is the residence card?

The residence card (within its validity period) is a document that confirms your identity during your stay in Poland. Residence permit in Poland is granted to your application.

The residence card along with a valid passport confirms your right to legally stay in Poland when your opportunity to stay here based on the biometric passport ended or your visa is expired. The residence card together with a valid passport gives you the right to cross the border many times.

What are the types of residence cards?

  • Temporary residence permit;
  • Permanent residence permit;
  • Long-term EU-resident permit;
  • International Protection (refugee status or subsidiary protection);
  • Residence permit for humanitarian reasons.

What information can be found on the residence card?

  • me(s) and surname of the holder and parents’ names
  • date, place and country of birth of the foreigner
  • address of registered permanent or temporary residence
  • information about citizenship
  • information about sex
  • information about height and eye color
  • PESEL number
  • information about the type of permit granted
  • annotation “access to labor market” – in the case of a permit granted to a foreigner who is entitled to perform work in Poland or is exempt from the obligation to have a work permit
  • annotation “seasonal work”, if the temporary residence permit was issued for the purpose of seasonal work
  • fingerprints
  • name of the authority issuing the card
  • date of issue
  • date of expiry
  • photograph of the foreigner
  • annotation “international protection

In addition, the residence card entitles you to travel in the territories of other Schengen Member States for a period not exceeding 90 days during each 180-day period if you:

  • have a valid travel document,
  • can justify the purpose and conditions of the planned stay,
  • have sufficient means of subsistence or the possibility of obtaining them in accordance with the law,
  • are not considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security, public health or international relations of any of the Member States, and in particular no alert has been placed on it for the purposes of refusing entry in the national databases of the Member States

In just weeks we will discuss in detail the temporary permit for residence and work based on the Foreigners Act!
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Legal source:
The Foreigners Act of 12 December 2013 (Journal of Laws 2013,item 1650).