what does this mean? that you are an EU citizen?
Yes. Since Poland joined the EU the procedure has changed for citizens of EU countries. My only experience of this was pre-2004 and my experience mirrors yours. But the rules have changed for e. They even call the card something different, apparently. But thanks for your kind reply.
The reason I'm panicking is this. I hope to leave Poland in late May for a short contract in a foreign country which has very strict visa rules. If I want to arrange the visa here in Poland, I must regulate my stay here. I haven't needed a Karta Pobytu (or it's EU specific equivalent) for some time, but now do. I have two options, either to get the card as quickly as possible or to go to London for a couple of weeks which would be very inconvenient for me. Hence the question.
If I can't fix the paperwork, I can't take up the job offer. This isn't a tragedy (though a shame because it pays silly money) since I'd probably start a year's contract with the same firm in October, but frankly I'd like to get this out of the way now for a lot of reasons.
Another problem is that the department on ul. Dluga are very inconsistent about what they require. They are closed today, and the online information is vague and conflicting.
I'm interested if anyone British, Irish, etc. has done the formalities recently, and if so, what was required, how much it cost and how long it took.edit
Yes they do and it has to be a temporary one (you can't get one for more than 90 days without the Karta). One thing to remember, when they ask you "when did you come to Poland?" the correct answer is "Last week
That information is like gold dust, rocking-horse **** or a virgin in Fantom. You wouldn't happen to know what they'll require in terms of other paperwork? eaning work, insurance etc. Since I've only arrived last week that is. And would a month zameldowanie satisfy them? And how long should I expect to wait?
Sorry to ask so many questions, but there's a bit of a race against time here.