The Polish government has published a draft law to improve the application processes for temporary residence and work permits.

Under the draft law:

  • Authorities would no longer require foreign nationals to meet regular income requirements or have a confirmed place of residence to apply for a temporary residence or work permit.  
  • Foreign nationals would have access to a simplified system for changing residence and work permits in the event they change positions or employers.  
  • Eligible foreign nationals would be able to get a temporary residence or work permit through an expedited process if they would work for businesses essential to the Polish economy.  
  • Eligible individuals would be able to extend their special permits up to 24 months.  

Additional information: More information on the proposed changes to residence and work permit processes can be found here. The Polish government has yet to announce when the aforementioned changes would be implemented.

BAL Analysis: If the law is finalized, foreign nationals would be able to get temporary residence or work permits with less difficulty due to the streamlined processes. BAL will continue to monitor these proposed amendments to the residence and work permits and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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