WHY IMMIGRATE TO POLAND?
- Immigrate to Poland
- Gateway to Europe
- Poland is one of the fastest growing economies. It is the 6th largest economy in the EU and 21st in the world. Poland was the only EU member state that showed a positive GDP growth during the recent great economic crisis
- Poland is a safe country. We have one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. As in every place in the world, you need to use your common sense, yet you can be assured there are always municipal police and city guards to help you if need be.
- Poland is a dream country for those who love tourism. One day you can admire the sunrise on the coast of the Baltic Sea and another watch the sun hide behind the peaks of the mountains in the south of Poland.
1. Possibility of legalizing stay in Poland
The new Act on Foreigners changes the types of residence permits for foreigners. We present the
Types of residence permits that a foreigner can request in Poland (the provisions come into force on
May 1, 2014).
Temporary residence (TR)
Temporary residence permit and work permit(EU Blue card)
2. Permanent residence in Poland
Poland provides for two forms of indefinite duration residence permits for foreigners:
• Permanent residence permit
• Long-term EU residence
A foreigner may submit an application for these permits in the majority of cases only after several
Years of uninterrupted stay in Poland. The necessary duration of stay depends on the current legal
Status of the applicant.
A request for an undetermined duration residence in Poland must be filed with the Voivodeship
Office competent for the place of residence of a foreigner in Poland. The application is submitted
for consideration provided that the fingerprints of the alien are sampled. The application cannot be
Lodged via consulates.
Accommodation is affordable and generally easy to find.
Compared to other European capitals, accommodation in Warsaw is very affordable. Outside Warsaw, expats will find it even cheaper. Of course, this partially reflects the fact that salaries in Poland are much lower, but those with a good job with an international company will have no trouble finding a decent place to live for a relatively good price. Polish cities are fairly high density, so anyone can usually find a place to live which suits their taste and doesn’t involve a monster commute.
English-speaking realtors available
People can generally find an English-speaking real estate agent to help in the search, though this might be slightly more expensive.
Relatively inexpensive compared to other European countries
The costs of basics such as supermarket shopping, eating out, and public transport and, as mentioned above, rent, compare favourably with the costs in other European countries. Drinking beer in a bar or pub is also much cheaper than in Western Europe. Movie tickets in smaller cinemas tend to be cheaper, and in big multiplexes more expensive.
Typical European culture
Polish lifestyle and culture is close to that of other European nations, which makes it easy to build relationships and make friends.
Vibrant night life and entertainment in Polish cities
In Polish cities you can find a vibrant range of urban life – exhibitions, concerts, talks, slow food events, film and music festivals, and so forth. Museums and galleries are plentiful.
Summer in Poland is all about being outside and there are lots of great things to do outdoors such as windsurfing, kayaking, hiking in the mountains, camping, going to the seaside and bike riding.
Younger Poles frequently know other languages (most often English) and are informed about world events.
High standard of inexpensive private healthcare
First class healthcare is available in Poland; you can find medical staff and equipment of the highest calibre. Compared to other countries, private healthcare is relatively cheap, and when one works for an international company or a well-regarded Polish company, some sort of private health package is usually part of the deal. English-speaking doctors are also not hard to find.
High standard of education
There is no need to worry about getting an inferior education in Poland. A BBC article from June 2012 stated that Poland’s reading scores on an international education assessment test were better than those in the UK and the US, as well as France, Germany and Norway. Educational reforms mean that the Polish system is constantly improving.
For those who want their children to attend an international school, this option also exists in a number of major Polish cities. There are also a number of courses which allow students to study in English at university level.
Developed and affordable public transport system
Most Polish cities have well-developed and comprehensive public transport systems. Some of them, including Warsaw, also have city bikes which expats can pick up and drop off in various places.
Transport around the country is also affordable and well developed; even small villages usually have a functioning bus line, even if it only runs a couple of times a day. There is also a well-developed rail network and quick, reliable trains run between all major cities, as well as between Warsaw and other European capitals.
All flights from Warsaw currently fly through Okęcie Airport, which is very close to downtown Warsaw. This means it’s possible to avoid the budget airline curse of arriving at an airport which is nominally Warsaw but it actually in the middle of nowhere.
Essential Info for Poland
Population: Over 38 million
Capital city: Warsaw
Neighbouring countries: Poland shares borders with seven other countries – Germany to the west, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south, Ukraine and Belarus to the east and Lithuania and Russia to the northeast.
Political system: Parliamentary republic where the Prime Minister is the head of government of a multi-party system and the President is the head of state. Executive power is exercised by the President and the Government, which consists of a council of ministers led by the Prime Minister.
Main languages: Polish (official), English (main urban centres)
Major religions: Catholicism (80 percent)
Currency: The Polish Zloty (PLN), divided into 100 groszy (singular: grosz). ATMs are widely available in the country’s urban areas and credit cards are accepted at the majority of establishments.
Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the last Sunday in March to last Sunday in October)
Electricity: 220 volts, 50 Hz. European-style two-pin plugs are used.
International dialling code: +48. City/area codes are in use, e.g. (0)22 for Warsaw and (0)12 for Krakow.
Internet domain: .pl
Emergency numbers: 112, the general European emergency number, is most commonly used in Poland. People can also contact each individual emergency service on the follow numbers: 997 (police), 998 (fire), and 999 (ambulance).
Transport and Driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side of the road in Poland. Public transport infrastructure is very good. It is possible to reach most locations by bus or train. Low-cost flights also connect Polish cities to the rest of Europe. A car is only really necessary to reach more remote areas of the countryside.