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Documents for work permit in Poland...."promise of work"..... apostilled?

vickey 1 | 3
21 Sep 2013 #1
Hi, I am a new member to this forum, and I will keep my details to the point. I am an Indian in the US working as a software lead developer. Recently I got a offer in a company in Poland who would take care of my relocation and work permit etc. I did some R&D on the process and figured out that they first need to file a "promise of work", which needs to be approved. I would then take that to the Polish embassy and get the work visa. Once I get that, I would be able to go into Poland and then I need to get the work permit. The company is still figuring out the details, but I wanted to get an idea if this is how it works.

Also, I would need to know, if I need to get the documents apostilled (I know they need it for countries like Belgium/Netherlands). I searched for this extensively on the net but couldn't find a clear answer if this is a necessity for Poland. Would someone please clarify. Since I am in the US, being an Indian this could be a roadblock for me at the moment. So I would be grateful if someone could clarify.

Also, the general process as a whole, as I described in the 1st paragraph (getting the promise of work, followed by work visa, followed by work permit), is that the right procedure. Any suggestions/advice are highly appreciated
4 Jun 2014 #2
It is exactly how it works.

You don't need any apostille - a copy is enough.

(getting the promise of work, followed by work visa, followed by work permit), is that the right procedure.

Yes, everything seems right. Just wait for the promise of work - oh probably you got it already, share your experience with us.
OP vickey 1 | 3
8 Jun 2014 #3
Thanks for the reply. Although its weird that at least someone cared to respond after 9 months!! Thanks to looker for that. Anyway, you were right. I am in Poland right now and it did work out for me. The only downside with the Polish Embassy in US was that they only process visa for US citizen/GC holders/students. Hence I had to fly back to India to the Polish Embassy in New Delhi and get my visa from there. Its kind of weird but thats how they operate.

However they were very cooperative and approved my visa immediately after a 10 mins interview and I was able to pick up my passport the same day after 2 hours. Prior to this, the company had done all the paper work for the work permit and I had that when I went for the visa. I am in Poland now for 5 months and its a new experience. I also got my karta pobytu in less than 2 months of applying after I got here. Its valid for the same period as your work permit and can be renewed if the work permit is renewed.

On the above topic, I didnt need to apostille any documents. Copies were enough.
8 Jun 2014 #4
Thanks for sharing your experience with us!
msp4pol 2 | 3
10 Jul 2014 #5

How long it took for getting the "promise of work" from Polish Government for you?

I am also waiting for the approval for last 3 weeks. Please tell me how long it takes normally and is there any difficulty for getting it.

OP vickey 1 | 3
23 Jul 2014 #6
My employer got the work permit within 3 weeks of applying. It was pretty easy for them, and then they sent it to me, which I used along with my passport and other docs to get the national visa. At that time they would give it for max 2 years, but now rules have changed and you should get it for 3 years.
15 May 2015 #7

Do we need the documents to be apostilled to apply for a Work Visa ? My prospective employer in Poland has sent me the work permit document to apply for a Visa in India. Do I also need to get my educational/work experience documents apostilled for applying the National Visa.

Thanks for your help.
15 May 2015 #8
Do I also need to get my educational/work experience documents apostilled for applying the National Visa.

You should contact the Polish consulate where you plan to get the visa and ask them. Polish consulates can (and do) often interpret the same rule in completely different ways. My expectation would be that you do not need to have those documents apostilled (I was never asked by either of the two consulates I went to for visas), as the consulate don't actually care about your qualifications, they only care that the Labour Office consider your qualifications to be good enough for the position for which you have been granted a work permit. Now that I think about it, I know American citizens who have used forged education certificates to get work permits, so I'm assuming their documents were not apostilled.
20 Sep 2015 #9
i am raj from india. Now i am staying in armenia. I got workpermit in poland. But, where i want to apply for visa in india or armenia?. I have armenia resident permit. What are the document require for the visa? I am very fear to apply the visa. Please give me idea to get visa. What are the queistion will ask the embassy to me. Please help me.
16 Jul 2016 #10
My name is TUSHAR from India and I want to do masters from Poland. So do I need to get my documents n marksheet apostille and any suggestions (do's and don'ts).
Waiting man
5 Feb 2018 #11

How does it take to get 'promise of work' in Poland?

Hi guys, I recently got an offer from Poland. My new company is in the process getting some documents in Poland so that I can apply for working visa in my country. I heard everthing is getting ready except for a document. My company is waiting for an original document of 'promise of work' from Polish Ministry of Labor, which I should take and then submit to Polish Embassy. And we are still waiting for it for 2 months.

I have been in Russia, Indonesia, and Malaysia as an expat so far. But it's first time to take long time until I get a particular document, even before applying for working permit. Is it normal in Polish goverment, or just things go bad for my procedure? Are there any expats who had waited for it like me before? I'm really worried if my offer is suddenly canceled by it. Any experiences or advices will be much appreciated. Thanks!

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