The Newest Amendment to the Act on Foreigners. Part III

The amendment which came into force on January 29, 2022 changes also the law on visa and Pole’s Card proceedings.

13. Shorter waiting period for the issuance of a student visa

How it was so far: A foreigner applying for a Polish student visa had to wait for the decision in the matter for up to 60 days from the day s/he submitted the form with all required documents.

How it’s about to be: Consul will now have to issue a decision on the visa in 30 days from the day the form with all documents required was submitted.

14. Facilitations in the proceedings on issuance of Pole’s Card

How it was so far: A foreigner who wanted to have a Pole’s Card had to submit to a Polish Consul (or Podlaski Voivode – if s/he was a Belarus citizen) documents proving his/hers belonging to the Polish nation, the relation with Poland, knowledge of Polish language, etc. The documents usually submitted were baptism certificates, military record books, school diplomas, own and ascendants’ marital status certificates.

How it’s about to be: Among the accepted documents, we will now find grandparents’ and parents’ Pole’s Card, which will make it easier to prove foreigner’s belonging to the Polish nation.

Source: The Act of December 17, 2021 amending the Act on Foreigners and certain other acts

2 responses to “The Newest Amendment to the Act on Foreigners. Part III”

  1. Hi
    I have a work permit by partner agency. Still March 2023. But it close work permit. Now I want to change to open so I want to take a admission in college and convert into student if I take a admission in university and submit documents in immigration office that day I will access to work anywhere.

    1. If you are full time student, you have free access to labour market in Poland. Once graduated from Polish university, you have lifelong access to labour market in Poland and while submitting to work TRC application diploma, can be granted open work TRC.

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