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Emigrating to Poland - residency options advice needed


SEQ 3 | 9
15 Dec 2021 #1
Hi,
I am planning to live in Poland when I retire soon. I plan to live there for at least three years and possibly longer. I have been visiting Poland for the occasional week for almost 30 years- so I have a reasonable understanding of the place. I also own an apartment in Poland and will have a healthy retirement income.

I am looking at the visa/passport options for UK citizens (of non Polish descent) looking for 3 year+ stay. My reading of the Pol Gov website is that I can get a 1 year visa and renew each year. It would prefer not to have to renew each year.

My question is- what are my options for visa/residency that enables me to stay for e.g. 3 or 5 years?

It would be great if I can get input from any UK citizen who has gone through this 🙂
Miloslaw 13 | 4,090
15 Dec 2021 #2
I am planning to live in Poland when I retire soon

Why?
Alien 7 | 1,047
16 Dec 2021 #3
Why not?
OP SEQ 3 | 9
16 Dec 2021 #4
Yes, I like Poland and both me and my Polish wife will live there.
I am more looking for what types of visa / permit are available and what feedback ppl have.
I think that an alternative to the National visa may be a temp Residency Permit- with the possibility to move to a perm Residency Permit after some time?

Be great to see what residency path ppl have used - and any tips 🙂
Alien 7 | 1,047
19 Dec 2021 #5
@SEQ
Do you speak at least a little Polish? If not it could be a "little" complicated.
Atch 17 | 4,003
19 Dec 2021 #6
My reading of the Pol Gov website i

One thing you'll find about Poland when you live there, as opposed to visit for holidays, is that obtaining clear, concise information about 'official' matters is much more difficult than in the UK. Having said that ............. you're right that as the spouse of a Polish citizen you can get a temporary residence permit. After living in Poland for two years you can then apply for a permanent residence permit.

migrant.info.pl/the-legal-status-of-children.html
OP SEQ 3 | 9
19 Dec 2021 #7
Many thanks for the replies 🙂 I do speak a very basic Polish so am hoping to improve on that so I can function with at least the basic necessities.

I think I will apply for a temporary residence permit after I arrive in Poland.
A couple of questions remain.
1. Which visa do I use to enter Poland - either the standard 3 month visa or a 1 year National visa. This depends on the risk that it takes more than 3 months to get a temporary residence permit.

2. I wonder if there is any Polish language proficiency requirement at all for the temporary residence permit?
Miloslaw 13 | 4,090
19 Dec 2021 #8
@SEQ

I did think long and hard about retiring to Poland.
It made economic sense.
But overall, it is not the best choice of a.country to live in in Europe.
Atch 17 | 4,003
20 Dec 2021 #9
I wonder if there is any Polish language proficiency requirement at all for the temporary residence permit?

No, there isn't.

Which visa do I use to enter Poland - either the standard 3 month visa or a 1 year National visa.

As a UK citizen, even now, post-Brexit, you don't actually need a visa to enter Poland for a stay of up to 90 days so there's no point in applying for a three month visa. I wouldn't bother with the visa at all. If you make your application asap after arrival you should be fine and if your overrun the three months during the processing period they won't deport you :)
OP SEQ 3 | 9
20 Dec 2021 #10
@Miloslaw @Atch
Yes, many Euro countries gave a lot to offer as well. I plan to initially use Poland as a base- and to have regular trips to other countries. Hopefully this will prove a good way - at least for a few years- and possibly more


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