Foreigners need to obtain work permits in Poland
if they intent do work in Poland for more than three months and they have a work contract concluded with an employer registered in Poland. The future employer must apply for a work permit
for the employee. Residence permits
are also necessary if the individual wishes to stay more than three months in the country.
Types of work permits for foreigners in Poland
There are five types of work permits available in Poland for foreigners who want to work in the country. The employee must bear in mind that his or her employer is the one responsible for obtaining the work permit. Work permits are issued at a regional level and have a limited duration, according to the type of work that is to be performed by the employee (seasonal or permanent work).
The main types of work permits in Poland are:
- Type A: the foreign employee is employed by a business entity incorporated in Poland;
- Type B: the foreigner stays in Poland for a specific amount of time to perform a function in a management board;
- Type C: the foreign employee is employed by a foreign employer and has been delegated to work at a branch or subsidiary in Poland for a period exceeding 30 days;
- Type D: the foreign employee is employed by a foreign employer that does not have a subsidiary or branch in Poland but the employee has been delegated to perform a temporary service in the country (usually export services);
- Type E: the foreign employee is employed by a foreign employer and has been delegated to Poland for a period longer than 3 months in the next 6 months of the calendar year, to perform other tasks than those described above.
How to apply for a work permit in Poland
The employer who wants to hire a foreign employee needs to submit the application for a work permit, together with the following documents:
- copies of the ID card or passport of the employee;
- documents from the National Court Register if the employee is a legal person;
- document proving the economic activity of the employer;
- a company deed, if the employer is a limited liability company;
- documents that prove that the foreigner meets the requirements for working on a specific position;
- copy of the employment contract that defines the employers obligations.
Certain fees for the issue of a work permit apply in Poland according to the type of work permit and the period for which the permit is requested. Our Polish lawyers
can help you apply for a work permit in Poland