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US citizen to stay in Poland for over 9 months. Do I need a Polish visa?


kotik 4 | 9  
9 May 2008 /  #1
I am a US citizen and I'm staying in Poland for at least 9 months starting August. Do I need a visa? I read somewhere on here that citizens of the US don't need visas? I'm not really sure. If I do need one, could someone tell me how I would go about obtaining one or what I would need paperwork wise? thanks(:

-Kotik
dtaylor 9 | 823  
9 May 2008 /  #2
Yes you do by law, but most americans, or any other people from outside the E.U dont bother. My flat mate has been here working for 2 years, without any visa.
Ranj 21 | 948  
9 May 2008 /  #3
What if an American wants to be there legally and work.....what kind of visa would they need and how would they apply for it?
Piorun - | 658  
9 May 2008 /  #4
U.S. citizens do not need a visa for tourist or business travel to Poland. Any U.S. citizen who wishes to travel to Poland for any purpose other than tourism or business negotiations (e.g. work, study, adoption, immigration, or stays longer than stipulated in the entry requirements) should contact directly, the embassy or nearest consulate.

A Schengen visa issued by an Embassy or Consulate of Schengen states allows the holder to travel freely in all of these countries.The period of stay for US citizens visiting the Schengen states is a total of three months cumulative stay in the combined member states during any six months period.

Since you are going to stay at least 9 months in Poland you do have to contact the nearest consulate. If you are US born but your parents or one of your parents is Polish citizen you are Polish citizen and you can apply for Polish passport.

What if an American wants to be there legally and work.....what kind of visa would they need and how would they apply for it?

You will need a work and residence visas.
Work and residence visas for U.S. citizens are free of embassy charge.
contact the embassy or nearest consulate.
BubbaWoo 33 | 3,510  
9 May 2008 /  #5
my understanding is that the uk is not in the schengen zone - its not included on the list of members

could you spend 90 days in poland and then 90 days in the uk and then return to poland for a further 90 days?
Piorun - | 658  
9 May 2008 /  #6
could you spend 90 days in poland and then 90 days in the uk and then return to poland for a further 90 days?

Yes you can. UK nationals with a passport endorsed British Citizen do not require a visa. If passport endorsed British National (Overseas), British Overseas Territories Citizen or British Subject with the right of abode in the UK a visa is not required for a stay of up to 90 days. Other passport holders Traveling from UK to Poland require a visa.

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