I am a British citizen. I’ve heard that I have until 31st December 2021 to benefit from the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and EU. Do I qualify? How can I benefit?
In order to qualify you need to satisfy the following requirements:
– you were in Poland legally on the 31st December 2020
– or your absence on the 31st December 2020 is justified and your legal stay before that date is documented
– since the 31st December 2020 you have lived in Poland and your absence was no longer than 6 months. If it was longer but justified it may still be accepted.
If you are a beneficiary of the withdrawal agreement you are obliged to apply for new documents – permanent stay permit or registration of stay of the UK citizen or family member – in 2021. The new documents are going to be valid for 10 years, give you unrestricted access to the labour market and there is no application fee. You can apply in person during a booked visit in Lower Silesian Voivodeship Office or by post (choosing a registered letter with confirmation of receipt).
It is absolutely crucial that you apply no later than 31st December 2021.
I’m a British citizen and a beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement. I’ve heard that I need to exchange my stay document until 31st December 2021. Which document should I apply for?
If you already have a document confirming the permanent stay right of an EU citizen → You need to apply for a new document confirming your right to permanent stay
If you have lived in Poland at least 5 years → You need to apply for a permanent stay permit of the UK citizen
If you have lived in Poland at least 3 years and you are married to a Polish citizen → You need to apply for a permanent stay permit of the UK citizen
If you have lived in Poland shorter than 5 years (or 3 years if are a spouse of a Polish citizen) and you have registered before → You need to renew your registration.
If you have lived in Poland shorter than 5 years (or shorter than 3 years if you are a spouse of a Polish citizen) and you have not registered yet → You need to register
It is essential to apply no later than 31st December 2021.