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Do I need to confirm my knowledge of the Polish language for a long-term resident of the EU?

I am applying for a residence permit for a long-term resident of the EU. Do I need to confirm my knowledge of the Polish language?

Yes, documents that can confirm the knowledge of the Polish language are:

  • a state certificate of knowledge of the Polish language at the level of at least B1, issued by the State Commission for the Certification of Proficiency in Polish;
  • school leaving certificate in Poland or abroad with the Polish language of instruction (primary, secondary, postsecondary, artistic);
  • diploma of higher education (undergraduate, engineering, master’s and equivalent; postgraduate studies; doctoral studies (or doctoral school) or post-secondary school (szkoła policealna)  with the Polish language of instruction.

To obtain a state certificate, you must pass an exam at one of the examination centers on specified dates. The list of examination centers, exam dates, and all other necessary information about the certified exam can be found on the website certyfikatpolski.pl.

IMPORTANT: State exams are usually held 4 times a year in different centers. The requirement to have confirmed knowledge of the Polish language does not apply to minors who are under 16 by the date of applying.

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