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Taking into account, the increasing number of people that are immigrating to Poland every year is something that makes evident the fact that Poland is proving to be an attractive job market in Europe. Now, for someone to pursue a professional career in Poland, a work permit is needed, so here we are talking about various aspects of getting a work permit for Poland and most importantly how much time it takes.

If you want to work in Poland, you will be required to get a work permit. And once you do get it, you will be legally obliged to use it only for performing tasks that have been indicated in your application form. Apart from this, you also need to understand that if you decide to change jobs then you will have to apply for a new work permit and also that the permit is only valid for a fixed period of time which cannot be longer than three years.

There are gently five kinds of work permit for Poland which are:

  • Type A – If you are employed either on the basis of the employment contract or civil law contract by an employer with an office registered in Poland. This is the most popular work permit.
  • Type B – If you are performing a board member function and residing in Poland for a total period that exceeds 6 months within a period of 12 subsequent months.
  • Type C – If you are delegated to Poland by a foreign employer for a period that exceeds 30 days in a calendar year to work for the foreign employer’s subsidiary or branch.
  • Type D – If you are delegated by a foreign employer to work in export services in an occasional and temporary manner. It is important that the foreign employer does not have a branch or subsidiary of its own in Poland.
  • Type E – If you are undertaking work-related tasks which do not fall into any of the four categories above. This is, as you presume, the rarest type of a work permit.

Now, one thing that you might actually be relieved to hear is that generally, you as an individual do not need to apply for a Poland work permit yourself, it is mostly your employer’s duty to get the procedure started. In this case, the voivode’s office is responsible for issuing all work permits as well as visas  and your employer will have to deliver all the necessary documents depending upon the kind of permit that is being applied for. Generally, it ends up taking 8 to 10 weeks to get a work permit and they can also be extended – the fees for which is PLN 50 for a permit valid up to 3 months; PLN 100 for a longer period of time; PLN 200 if it is a type D work permit.

So if you are planning to get a job in Poland, get started with the aforementioned things, by asking your employer to fast track it and make it a priority.

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