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How long does it take to get a Polish Resident card and Work Permit?

secanix79 1 | 7  
8 Apr 2008 /  #1
Hi everybody,
Am getting marry a polish woman, and i will apply for polish resident card
somebody have any idea how long time i'll wait, how much it cost............

PS : Am Algerian
User 1 | 3  
8 Apr 2008 /  #2

I have a residence card but it is not about the marriage. So for me bureaucracy took nearly 3 months. In my opinion this kind of things work slowly...
OP secanix79 1 | 7  
8 Apr 2008 /  #3
ok, i think with marriage is faster right?
in the office they told me about 45 days, but i think less
chromium - | 15  
12 Oct 2008 /  #4
It took about 3 months for me 3 different times
sobieski 107 | 2,128  
12 Oct 2008 /  #5
It depends if are EU or non-EU.
If you are EU, it all should go automatically and in high-speed.
If not, prepare for several "entertaining visits" here in Warsaw to DÅ‚uga 5.
D_anderson 3 | 12  
19 Sep 2009 /  #6
[Moved from]: Work permit & Resident card

Hi all,

My work visa and resident card will expire in 50days

So, am wondering if I should prolong my work visa first or I can apply new work visa and new resident card at the same time? What are the procedures to get this done?

Do you know where i can download the form for Resident Card application?


Alicjav - | 16  
22 Sep 2009 /  #7

with pleasure i would like to help you. There is a long story about these things, but if you want we can contact on skype, I will explain to you everything, step by step.

skype: alicjav1

Best regards,
krakuskabanos 4 | 43  
27 Sep 2009 /  #8
It took about 3 months for me 3 different times

what about for this year? does it still take 3 months to get it?
olito 6 | 53  
27 Sep 2009 /  #9
1. You have to register in one address in Poland as a temporary visitor (max. 3 months), your fiancee's address will do the work

2. You get marry, fill up the applications, collect all necessary documents and submit your file to the imm. office. It will cost you 340zl.

3. They will make a background check on you and this will take no less than 1 month

4. After this check, they will call you to settle down an interview, which the date is usually 1 month in the future.

5. You and your wife will attend this interview where separated you are going to be asked details about your relationship, to check if your marriage is true

6. Then, you have to wait for a so called "decision", this might take 1-2 weeks after the interview.

7. You get the decision (a paper) and with it, you go again to the Urzad Miasto to register again in one address but now for a longer period (usually 1 year). This takes you 1 day.

8. You go back to the imm. office, give a copy of your zameldowanie, 1 picture and 50zl more to get your ID issued (karta pobytu).

9. You will get this ID after 2-3 weeks, if you want to get a job afterwards, you will need to have a PESEL and a NIP which will take you a couple more of weeks to get them.

So adding everything up it will take you around 3 months from the date you get married.

Total of money: 340zl (application) + 50zl (id) + 20zl (photos) = 410zl

* Next year, you will have to do the same until you complete 3 years of temporary residence (and fill out applications and pay again of course)... then you are eligible for permanent residence which will cost no less than 600zl (don't remember the exact amount).

** Be prepared because no one will speak to you in English

This was my experience in Lublin, I have heard that in Warsaw may be more painful, but also heard that now you can make appointments and avoid to make a big line outside of the imm. office everytime you need something to be done.

Good luck.
krakuskabanos 4 | 43  
27 Sep 2009 /  #10
So adding everything up it will take you around 3 months from the date you get married.

dziekuje bardzo olito. this is good information =)
30 Sep 2009 /  #11
first of all i wants to know that about their jobs in poland
krysia 23 | 3,058  
30 Sep 2009 /  #12
Alicjav - | 16  
1 Oct 2009 /  #13
Krysia, this is for US ;) not for Poland ;)

Best regards,
Alicja V.

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