Business Harbor Program expanded

23 Jul 21



The Polish government recently announced that the Business Harbor Program would be open to more nationalities. The program provides simplified visa procedures and the ability to work without a work permit for applicants from certain countries.

Key Points:

  • Citizens from Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine can now apply for a visa under the Business Harbor Program.
  • To qualify for the program applicants must have the following documents:
    • A completed and signed national visa application.
    • A current biometric photo and a passport that was issued within 10 years and will be valid for three months from the intended return date.
    • Medical insurance for the duration of the visa.
    • A document confirming sponsorship by a Polish company (if the applicant is a freelancer). Belarusian nationals can substitute this document with proof of technical education or at least one year of experience in the IT industry.
    • A document confirming qualifications for the Poland Prize program (for individuals who are setting up a startup).
    • A document confirming qualifications for the Polish Investment and Trade Agency program (for individuals running an established business).

Additional Information: The Business Harbor Program was established to help freelancers, startups, subject matter experts and large companies move to Poland through a simplified visa process. More information on the Business Harbor Program can be found here.

BAL Analysis: The expanded Business Harbor Program gives approved nationalities access to a simplified visa application process and allows them to work in Poland without a valid work permit.

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