WORK PERMITS FOR FOREIGNERS ON THE TERRITORY OF POLAND

Performing work in Poland means:

  • employment,
  • carrying out other types of paid work, or
  • performing a function in a board office of legal persons that are entered into the Register of Enterprises, or that are
  • capital company in organization.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Illegal work by a foreigner means:

  • work without a work permit,
  • work without a work permit if you are not exempt from the obligation to possess a work permit according to other regulations,
  • work if you are not entitled to work according to your residence permit,
  • you perform work on a different post or different conditions that those indicated in your work permit.

NOTE: It is legal to work if you salary is higher that indicated in your work permit.

To work legally in Poland you have to:

  • possess a residence title allowing to perform work,
  • obtain a work permit, unless you are exempt from the obligation to possess a work permit.

due to an employer’s application

A work permit defines:

  • the particular foreigner,
  • the employer,
  • the position or the type of a foreigner’s work,
  • the minimum remuneration for work,
  • working hours,
  • a validity date.

Work permits are issued for a maximum period of 3 years and may be prolonged.

A work permit is required if the foreigner:

  • performs work on the territory of the Republic of Poland on the basis of a contract with an entity whose registered office or place of residence or a branch, plant or other form of organized activity is located on the territory of the Republic of Poland;
  • in connection with the management board of a legal person entered into the Register of Entrepreneurs or a limited company in the organization or in connection with running a partnership or limited joint-stock partnership as a general partner, or in relation to granting him a proxy, he stays on the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period exceeding 6 months in the next 12 months;
  • performs work with a foreign employer and is delegated to the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period exceeding 30 days in a calendar year to a branch or plant of a foreign entity or entity related with a foreign employer within the meaning of the Act of 26 July 1991 on personal income tax;
  • performs work with a foreign employer who does not have a branch, plant or other form of organized activity in the territory of the Republic of Poland and is delegated to the territory of the Republic of Poland to provide temporary and occasional services (export service);
  • performs work with a foreign employer and is delegated to the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period exceeding 30 days in the next 6 months for a purpose other than the ones indicated above.