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Wrocław is a city offering many opportunities for development, both on professional, social and cultural grounds. However, in order to take full advantage of them, your stay in Poland must be legalised. Check what to do to get a residence permit and where to get help with the necessary formalities.

In this chapter of our guide you will find out:

  • how to legalise your stay in Poland;
  • how to obtain a visa, temporary and permanent residence permit, Pole’s Card or the status of a long-term resident of the EU;
  • who can control the legality of your stay;- where can I settle the matters in Lower Silesian Provincial Office;
  • what is registered residence and PESEL number.

Legalisation of your stay

Legalisation of the stay concerns citizens of the so-called third countries, i.e. inhabitants of countries which are not members of the European Union. If you are in such situation, you need a special residence permit both to enter and stay in Poland. A visa allows you to enter the country for the indicated period . That is why if you are planning to stay in Poland longer than indicated in your visa, during your legal stay you should apply for a residence permit. In order to work in Poland, you must obtain a work permit. European Union citizens do not need a visa to enter the country, but they should register their stay upon arrival in Poland (see subchapter Citizens of the European Union). Matters related to the legalisation of residence or employment are settled in the Lower Silesian Provincial Office (Dolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki).

Dolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki we Wrocławiu Wydział Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemcówpl. Powstańców Warszawy 150-153 Wrocław

Visa

In order to enter Poland, you must, as a rule, obtain a visa. Citizens of EU Member States can stay in Poland without visas on the basis of the visa-free movement of people as part of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA). Citizens of states that are not members of the European Union/European Economic Area (EU/EEA), but have concluded an agreement with Poland on visa-free movement can stay in Poland without visas for a period of 90 days. List of countries who have concluded an agreement with Poland in this regard is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More information on visa requirements can be found here: udsc.gov.pl/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przyjechac-do-polski/czy-potrzebuje-wizy (PL/EN/RU).

Schengen visa (C-type visa) is a short-term visa that allows you to enter Poland (as part of a single entry or multiple entries) for 90 days in any 180-day period calculated from the date of first entry. The date of entry is considered as the first day of stay in the Schengen territory. Schengen Area comprises the following countries (2020): Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, as well as non-EU countries: Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland.

The following countries are not a part of the Schengen Area: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Ireland, Romania, the United Kingdom and Croatia.

A national visa (D-type visa) is a long-term visa required in order to stay in Poland for a period exceeding 90 days in any 180-day period. A national visa entitles the holder to enter the territory of the Republic of Poland and to stay continuously or for several successive times in this territory for a total duration of more than 90 days during the period of validity of the visa, but not longer than one year.

How to calculate the allowed time of stay in Poland

Here you will find a special calculator for calculating short-term stays on the basis of the so-called C-type Schengen visas:

ec.europa.eu/home-affairs/content/visa-calculator_en (EN/FR/ES/TR/RU)

Where can I get a visa

Applications for Polish visas are submitted to Polish consulates and embassies abroad (not necessarily in the country of origin). The procedure for granting visas may also take place abroad. It is worth to start by arranging an appointment at a selected consulate. This can be done using the following virtual platform: www.e-konsulat.gov.pl.

For more detailed information on the visa procedure, it is best to contact the Polish embassy or consulate in the country you are located in . The full list of Polish representative offices across the world can be found here: www.gov.pl/web/dyplomacja/polskie-przedstawicielstwa-na-swiecie (PL/EN).

The rules of entering to Poland were also discussed in detail (PL/EN/RU) in the information materials of the Border Guard: www.strazgraniczna.pl/pl/cudzoziemcy/warunki-pobytu-cudzozie/3914,Warunki-pobytu-cudzoziemcow-w-RP.

Temporary residence permit

The key to the process of legalising your stay is to submit an application for a residence permit in the period when you are legally staying on the territory of Poland, i.e. within 90 days of the so-called visa-free traffic or within the period of validity of your visa. The application must be submitted, at the latest, on the last day of legal residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland. Time limit is also considered observed, if one submits the application on the last day of their legal stay at the Poczta Polska facility.

You can fill in the application form online (in order to do this you have to register first in the “Przybysz” information system, see next subchapter) or download the application form from the website (przybysz.duw.pl/dokumenty-do-pobrania). After you fill in the application form, you can submit it:

  • in person in the Lower Silesian Provincial Office in Wrocław (in order to do this you have to register first in the “Przybysz” IT system and schedule an appointment: duw.pl/system-rezerwacji-wizyt). A stamp in your passport made by the office worker shall serve as a confirmation of a correctly submitted and filled in application.
  • by registered mail at the post office – in this variant the proof of sending the registered mail will also serve you as a proof of your legal stay in Poland, hence it is necessary to keep it. As practice shows, when sending an application form by post, make sure that you request for “receipt acknowledgement”. By requesting for receipt acknowledgment you have a confirmation of sending the letter as well as an information that the letter reached its destination. Please send your application form to the following address:

Wojewoda DolnośląskiDolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki we Wrocławiu Wydział Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemcówpl. Powstańców Warszawy 150-153 Wrocław

Should you have questions please call the following hotlines:
Foreigners: +48 801 43 00 86
For people calling from abroad: +48 717 261 585
E-mail address: info@duw.pl (EN/PL/RU/UA)

Remember:

Please provide a legible signature on every document. It is worthwhile to sign documents legibly with your name and surname, as an illegible signature may be the basis for a request to supplement the documents.

If you submit your application for temporary residence permit within the time limit and there are no omissions (or the requested information is provided on time), the Governor will put a stamp in your passport confirming that you submitted the application. Submitting the application correctly guarantees you a legal stay until a final decision on your case is made.

It is worthwhile to be active even after submitting an application. Proceedings in recent years have been significantly prolonged due to a high number of applications submitted in the last few years. It would not hurt to remind the office about your case, including in writing.

It is also worth remembering that submitting an application properly in itself (obtaining a stamp in the passport that confirms submitting of application), although guarantees legal stay on the territory of Poland, it does not allow free movement within the Schengen area or outside of it. This requires additional documents: a valid visa or residence card.

Detailed information about the application, procedures, fees, card exchange or frequently asked questions can be found on the “Przybysz” web portal: przybysz.duw.pl/cudzoziemcy-pobyt (PL/UA/EN/RU).

“Przybysz” (“Newcomer”), an Integrated Foreigners Service System

The Lower Silesia Province Office has prepared the Integrated System for Foreigners – “Przybysz” (“Newcomer”) (przybysz.duw.pl), created in four languages: English, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.

“Przybysz” portal works similarly to online banking. Every person registering in the portal receives a login and a password, so that they can control their affairs.

The information part of the web portal contains a collection of useful information for migrants, such as information on what regulations apply to foreigners in Poland, how to settle an issue in the office. The operational part of “Przybysz” is intended for registered persons.

Registration of an account on the Information Portal przybysz.duw.pl, filling in the application form online, then printing it out and submitting it to the office may speed up the processing of your application and will allow you to track the status of your case.

Permanent residence permit

In Poland, foreigners may also apply for a permanent residence permit.

A permanent residence permit is granted to a foreigner for an indefinite period of time at the foreigner’s request. As a rule, the basis for applying for this type of residence permit will be having Polish roots or other forms of family ties with a Polish citizen. For example:

  • person of Polish origin who intends to settle on the territory of the Republic of Poland permanently;
  • holder of a Pole’s Card, who intends to settle on the territory of the Republic of Poland on a permanent basis;
  • is currently a spouse of a Polish citizen, as recognised by the Polish law, who got married and stayed married for at least 3 years before submitting an application for permanent residence permit – as well as has stayed on the territory of Poland uninterruptedly for not less than 2 years directly before applying, on a basis of a temporary residence permit granted in connection with being married to a Polish citizen.

To find out more about granting permanent residence permits, please visit: przybysz.duw.pl/cudzoziemcy-pobyt/zezwolenia-na-pobyt-staly

Pole’s Card

If you have or have had close relatives of Polish descent and you intend to come to Poland or try to legalise your stay for a longer period of time, you can apply for Pole’s Card.

There are certain entitlements for the Pole’s Card holder. These entitlements are as follows: exemption from consular fees for admission and consideration of an application for national visas, granting of Polish citizenship and permanent residence stay. Pole’s Card also allows you to study in Poland (including doctoral studies) and participate in other forms of education based on the principles that apply to Polish citizens (which entails the right to free education in public education facilities and to apply for all types of financial assistance benefits provided for students and doctoral students with Polish citizenship). Moreover, the holder of Pole’s card does not need any additional work permits to work in Poland and start a business in Poland.

Having a Pole’s Card does not mean that:

  • you were granted Polish citizenship;
  • you have the right of temporary/permanent residence in Poland;
  • the right to cross the Polish border without a visa.

When can you apply for the Pole’s Card

You may apply for the Pole’s Card only if you do not have Polish citizenship or a permanent residence permit. In accordance with Polish law provisions, citizens of all countries may apply for Pole’s card, even when they have the status of a stateless person.

Who can obtain the Pole’s Card

In order to receive the Pole’s Card, you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • have at least a basic knowledge of the Polish language and Polish traditions and customs;
  • declare belonging to the Polish nation;
  • demonstrate that you were a Polish citizen or you are of Polish descent or that one of your parents or grandparents or two great-grandparents were of Polish descent or present a certificate from a Polish community organisation confirming your active engagement to promote Polish language, culture or Polish minority during at least last 3 years.

You apply for granting or extending the validity of the Pole’s Card at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland in your country of origin. Submitting an application is free of charge.

More information about the rules of granting the Pole’s Card and the scope of rights that it provides can be found on the following website: przybysz.duw.pl/cudzoziemcy-pobyt/pobyt-staly-karta-polaka.

You must know that after obtaining a residence card issued on the basis of a valid Pole’s Card, you are obliged to return the Pole’s Card immediately upon receipt of the residence card.

Long-term resident of the European Union

If you have been in Poland for a longer time on the basis of a temporary residence permit and you meet the requirements specified by law, you may apply for the status of a long-term resident of the European Union.

The long-term residence permit is a type of long-term permit that is issued for an indefinite period of time. The title of long-term resident of the EU itself is granted for an indefinite period of time, however, the card document needs to be renewed once every 5 years.

A long-term EU residence permit is similar to permanent residence permit. The fundamental difference is that the permanent residence permit is issued to foreigners who have family ties with Poland (Polish origin, Polish spouse, Pole’s Card). However, the long-term residence permit is issued to foreigners who can prove a stable employment in Poland. .

Who can apply for the long-term resident of the EU status

You have the right to apply for a residence of a long-term resident of the EU, if:

  • you have been on the territory of the Republic of Poland for at least 5 years continuingly before applying;
  • you have a stable and regular source of income for the last 3 years (2 years for Blue Card holders);
  • you have health insurance;
  • you have a proven knowledge of the Polish language.

Please note that all those conditions need to be fulfilled.

Detailed information on how to obtain such permit and which exceptions to those rule apply  can be found on the “Przybysz” web portal: przybysz.duw.pl/cudzoziemcy-pobyt/zezwolenie-na-pobyt-rezydenta-dlugoterminowego-ue (PL/EN/UA/RU).

An uninterrupted stay within 5 years does not mean that you cannot leave Poland for the whole period, but it highlights the fact that you must have an uninterrupted right to stay in Poland. Successive visas (e.g. one expired on 1 March 2019 and the other is valid from 2 March 2019) or stamps in the passport, certifying the application, are eligible for uninterrupted stay. It is important that in this 5-year period, a single trip outside Poland cannot be longer than 6 months. At the same time, all your absences from the territory of the Republic of Poland cannot exceed 10 months in the same 5-year period.

An exception to this rule is for Blue Card holders when they are on the territory of another Member State of the European Union. If you have a Blue Card, a single break in your stay may not exceed 12 months and all breaks taken together may not exceed 18 months over a five-year period.

The Blue Card is a document permitting a foreigner to stay temporarily in order to perform work in a highly qualified profession. This means a work that requires a university degree or professional experience of at least five years at a level comparable to the level of qualifications obtained by completing higher education studies necessary for the pursuit of that activity.

One of the conditions to obtain a long-term EU residence permit is to confirm a stable and regular source of income, current contract (employment contract, contract of mandate, specific task contract) and PIT tax return form of your income for the last 3 years before submitting the application (in case of holders of a temporary residence permit for the purpose of highly qualified employment – for the last 2 years before submitting the application).

A permanent residence permit and a long-term EU residence permit give you the right to stay for life on the territory of the Republic of Poland, and at the same time you have a wider range of rights, which is actually comparable to the rights of Polish citizens.

Obtaining residence permits for an indefinite period of time is a necessary condition to become a Polish citizen.

Residence card

A residence card is a document which, together with a valid passport, entitles you to legally stay in Poland and cross the border several times without the need to obtain a visa.

A residence card is issued when you have been granted one of the following:

  • temporary residence permit or a temporary residence and work permit,
  • permanent residence permit,
  • long-term EU residence permit,
  • refugee status,
  • subsidiary protection,
  • a humanitarian residence permit.

Residence card serves only as a confirmation of what is already in your stay permit. Its validity is therefore dependent on temporary stay permit. In case of other stay permits, the residence card validity is as follows:

  • permanent stay permit – for 10 years from the issue date;
  • long-term EU residence permit – for 5 years from the issue date;
  • humanitarian residence permit – for 2 years from the issue date.

The waiting time for the residence card after the decision on the residence permit has been granted is about 2–4 months (although you have to take into account that it may take much longer due to a high number of applications submitted in the last few years).

Citizens of the European Union (EU)

EU citizens and their family members (whether or not they are EU citizens) may stay in Poland for up to 3 months without meeting any residence conditions other than holding a valid travel document.

If the stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland lasts for more than 3 months, the EU citizen and his/her family member holding EU citizenship are obliged to register their stay. If the family member is a non-EU citizen, he or she must obtain a residence card for EU citizen’s family member.

The obligation to register a stay does not apply to EU citizens who have the right to go and look for work in another EU country.

For more information please visit:

www.duw.pl/pl/obsluga-klienta/obywatele-ue.

Control of the stay’s legality

If you are staying in Poland on the basis of a residence permit, you must know that the documents confirming your status may be controlled – not necessarily in the announced manner. Hence, you must be prepared for this eventuality. However, not everyone can perform such check.

Control of the legality of foreigners’ stay on the territory of Poland consists in requesting you to present documents and permits entitling you to stay on the territory of Poland, as well as financial resources necessary to cover the costs of such stay and documents entitling you to work or conduct business activity.

The following bodies are authorised to carry out such checks:

  • officers of the Customs and Revenue Service;
  • Border Guard officers;
  • police officers;
  • authorised staff of the Office for Foreigners;
  • authorised employees of the Province Office. 

Authorised authorities, when checking the legality of your stay in Poland, may demand you to present the following:

  • documents and permits entitling you to stay in Poland;
  • documents entitling you to work or conduct business activity, in particular documents confirming means of subsistence for the duration of the planned stay in Poland and return to the country of origin or transit, in Polish currency or foreign currencies, or documents which may confirm the possibility of obtaining means of subsistence in Poland in accordance with the law;
  • a document confirming that the insurer covers the costs of treatment in Poland.

To find out more about your security, as well as about crossing borders and related rights and obligations, install the “Border Guard Assistant” mobile application. It is prepared in several language versions, and more information can be found on the following website:

granica.gov.pl/aplikacja-asystent-granica.php?v=pl.

There is also a 24/7 hotline to report sudden events to the Border Guard that have a direct impact on safety or concern unusual situations at the border.

Hotline phone number: + 48 800 422 322

Where can I settle the matters in Lower Silesian Provincial Office

Matters related to the legalisation of stay or employment are settled in the Department for Civil Affairs and Foreigners of the Lower Silesian Provincial Office (Dolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki).

In case you need help in submitting applications for residence or work permits the employees of Support Office for Third Country Nationals, which is also located in the Lower Silesian Voivodship Office, will surely be able to help you.

Please remember that you can also obtain free help in the information points for migrants run by the city and non-government organisations. Full list of information points can be found in the chapter entitled “Information Points for Migrants

Governor of Lower Silesia – Department of Civil Affairs and Foreigners in Lower Silesia Provincial Office

It is the office which, among other things, handles the following matters:

  • legalisation of stay and employment of foreigners,
  • granting Polish citizenship,
  • granting the right to a passport document,
  • registration of residence of citizens of the European Union.

Due to the fact that the legalisation of stay takes place in the form of a written administrative procedure, you can contact the Governor of Lower Silesia – Department of Civil Affairs and Foreigners mainly by post, by sending letters to the office (registered mail).

Official address for correspondence with the Governor of Lower Silesia:

Wojewoda Dolnośląski

Dolnośląski Urząd Wojewódzki we Wrocławiu
Powstańców Warszawy 1
50-153 Wrocław

hotline: +48 801 43 00 86 (foreigners), +48 717 261 585 (for people calling from abroad)
e-mail: info@duw.pl (EN/PL/RU/UA)

Office hours:
Monday ­to Friday from 8:00 to 16:00
Saturday: closed

Support Office for Third Country Nationals in the Lower Silesia Province Office

A) Information point for foreigners with the help of specialists, where you can:

  • receive basic information on the correct submission of an application for legalisation of stay in Poland;
  • schedule a consultation with a legal advisor with or without interpretation;
  • meet with a specialist for direct support and get help with completing applications for legalisation and work permits;
  • be referred to the service of certified or ordinary translation of documents (translations: include regular and certified translation of documents from Russian/Ukrainian/English into Polish and interpreting of meetings with the legal advisor operating within the project).

Where is the point located

The Information Point is located in the building of the Lower Silesian Provincial Office, on the ground floor in the Customer Service Room and is marked with a rollup of the Support Office for Third Country Nationals.

How to use the service

In order to use the information point, you need to take a ticket from a ticket machine located in the same place on the ground floor. The “queuing” system will give you a ticket from the “Information for foreigners” queue with the letter Z.

When is the point open

  • Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 to 14:00;
  • Wednesdays from 12:30 to 17:30.

B) Legal Advice Point, where there is a possibility to obtain free legal assistance in the area of immigration law, family law, guardianship law, labour law and social insurance, health insurance, education, social assistance and housing law.

Where is the point located

The point is located in the room next to the Customer Service Room on the ground floor. Ask for its location at the information point and you will be directed there.

How to use the service

In order to obtain advice, you should fill in the participant’s questionnaire and consent to the processing of personal data and go to the information point, where you will be able to make an appointment with a legal advisor for a specific date and time.

When is the point open

Legal advice is provided on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8:00 to 12:00.

C) Interpreting and translation – you can get help with interpreting and/or translation.

Qualification for the translation service shall be performed by an employee of the information desk in the seat of the Lower Silesia Province Office in Wrocław. Translations will cover the following languages: Ukrainian, Russian, English and Polish.

Remember: if you have an appointment for a consultation, come or inform us in advance that you will not be there. If you are absent, the access to advisory services will be limited for other persons.

Registration

Registration is an obligation to confirm your place of residence to the appropriate authority. If you came to Wrocław with the intention of staying longer, you should register. Remember that if:

  • you are coming from the EU: you should register yourself at the place of permanent or temporary residence within 30 days from the date of your arrival to this place;
  • you are coming from outside of the EU: you should register yourself at the place of permanent or temporary residence within 4 days from the date of your arrival to this place;

Registration of residence is a mandatory procedure, so make sure you take care of it when you arrive. Foreigners coming from outside of the EU, who will not register their residence may be fined. Registering residence is free of charge. We apply for registration at the Service Points for Citizens (Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca – COM) in the City Hall of Wrocław. Service Points for Citizens are located in the buildings of the City Hall of Wrocław:

Urząd Miejski Wrocławia – Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca I (COM I)
Gabrieli Zapolskiej 4
phone number: +48 71 777 77 77
WWW: bip.um.wroc.pl
Opening hours:Monday ­to Friday from 8:00 to 17:15

Urząd Miejski Wrocławia – Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca I (COM I)
Nowy Targ 1-8
phone number: +48 71 777 77 77
WWW:  www.bip.um.wroc.pl
Opening hours:Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 17:15

Urząd Miejski Wrocławia – Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca I (COM I)
Marcina Kromera 44
phone number: +48 71 777 77 77
WWW:  www.bip.um.wroc.pl
Opening hours:Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:15

The registration obligation is based on the following actions:

  • registering at the place of permanent or temporary residence;
  • de-registering from the place of permanent or temporary residence;
  • notifying about the departure outside of the borders of the Republic of Poland and returning from the departure (unless the departure is not connected with the intention of permanent residence and lasts less than 6 months).

Permanent residence means living in a specific place at a given address with the intention of permanent stay. Temporary residence means staying for more than 3 months (without the intention of changing the place of permanent stay) in another city at a given address or in the same city, but at a different address than the permanent residence.

To register residence, you must submit and present the following documents:

  • application for registration of residence “Notification of temporary stay” (Zgłoszenie pobytu czasowego) or “Notification of permanent stay” (Zgłoszenie pobytu stałego) (application forms are available in the office).
  • valid passport or identity card;
  • a document confirming the legal title to the premises (tenancy agreement, title deed)
  • non-EU citizens must additionally submit a document which confirms their legal stay on the territory of Poland (visa, the so-called passport stamp, residence card. You should submit a decision of the Governor on permanent or temporary stay until the moment of receipt of your residence card).

If your child came with you to Poland, or your child was born on the territory of Poland, you have to register your child’s residence as well. In order to register your child’s residence, please present the above-mentioned documents concerning your child.

For more information please visit:

You can register your temporary residence on the basis of a tenancy agreement concluded with the owner of the flat, that is why the owner does not have to be present at the office. By presenting a tenancy agreement, a foreigner may register his/her residential address and, therefore, confirm his/her place of residence. One should also inform the owner of the flat, that he or she registered the flat as his/her place of residence. If you would like to register your permanent place of residence, make sure that you obtain the signature of the owner of the flat on the application for registration of residence. Please remember to de-register from the place of permanent or temporary residence, on the last day of your tenancy, at the latest;

Important: when registering for permanent or temporary residence on the territory of Poland for the first time, each foreigner receives a PESEL number (except for those whose stay in Poland is of short-term or transit nature).

PESEL

It is best to apply for a PESEL when registering your stay. Having PESEL number is not obligatory, but it is very practical. They will ask you about it in many official forms, when you register with a doctor or at a bank. If you do not have your PESEL number yet, please remember that you can always provide the number of your proof of identity.

PESEL is a unique, 11-digit identifier of each citizen. This number allows for easy identification of its owner. It is granted to all Polish citizens and foreigners registered for a permanent or temporary stay. The PESEL number includes the date of your birth, the serial number, your gender and the check number. Therefore, remember not to share it with third parties, and in case your data or documents are stolen, immediately report the incident to the Police.

PESEL will be required for, among others:

  • using medical care,
  • starting a new job,
  • changing civil status.

Granting PESEL is free of charge. It is important to know that if you are coming from outside of the European Union and you register for a stay longer than 30 days or you are coming from and EU member state and you will register your residence for a period exceeding three months in Poland, you will receive a PESEL number ex officio. You do not have to fill in any additional application for granting PESEL number. Such matters are handled by the City Hall of Wrocław – Service Points for Citizens (Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca – COM). The address of this office can be found in the subchapter “Registered residence”.

PESEL number may also be granted to a foreigner, who on the basis of separate regulations of law is obliged to have a PESEL number and has not registered his/her residence in Wrocław due to a short stay in Poland.

To be granted a PESEL number on individual request:

In case of lack of a place of residence for permanent or temporary stay in Poland, the application for granting PESEL number should be submitted to the municipal authority competent for the registered office of your employer. If you are employed by an employer whose registered office is in Wrocław, the application for a PESEL number on the basis of separate regulations should be submitted to the City Hall of Wrocław – Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca I (COM I):

Urząd Miejski Wrocławia – Centrum Obsługi Mieszkańca I (COM I)
Gabrieli Zapolskiej 4
counter no. 14
phone number: +48 71 777 77 77

WWW: bip.um.wroc.pl/sprawa-do-zalatwienia/17185/zameldowanie-na-pobyt-czasowy-cudzoziemcow-oraz-obywateli-panstw-czlonkowskich-unii-europejskiej-i-czlonkow-ich-rodzin

Opening hours:Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:15

If you do not have a permanent or temporary residence in Poland, you are not employed in Poland, and you are obliged under separate regulations to have a PESEL number, you should submit an application for granting PESEL to the commune authority competent for the Śródmieście district of the capital city of Warsaw.

The office worker will accept your application right away. If there is a basis for assigning a PESEL number, you will receive a notification of assigning a PESEL number.

*If your child is born, you must register him/her with the Civil Registry Office. The birth will be registered there and your child will be granted a PESEL number.

Glossary

Foreigner from a third-country – a person who does not have the citizenship of the State on whose territory he/she is staying and is not a citizen of the European Union, the European Economic Area or Switzerland.

Emigrant – person who leaves his/her country of origin.

Immigrant – person that comes to a country other than his/her country of origin.

Migrant – a person who moves from one place to another (especially in

order to find better living conditions).

Citizens of the European Union are all citizens of the European Union Member States. Every person holding the nationality of a Member State shall be a citizen of the European Union. Citizenship of the Union shall be additional to and not replace national citizenship.

Person of Polish origin – a person who declares his or her Polish nationality is considered to be of Polish origin. In addition, one of his/her parents, grandparents or grandparents was of Polish origin or this person confirms his/her connections to Polishness. A person of Polish origin could also be a person declaring Polish nationality, who had Polish citizenship in the past.

Person with registered residence – person, who is staying temporarily or permanently at the given address of residence (specified town, street, street number and, if necessary, also suite number) and has registered his/her stay as permanent or temporary with the locally competent commune office.

Tax resident – is a person who resides within the territory of Poland for tax purposes or resides on Polish territory for more than 183 days in a tax year. Polish tax residents are obliged to pay taxes in Poland. Tax residence is independent of nationality. A tax resident is subject to taxes on all his/her income. You have to pay tax in place where you are a tax resident.

Refugee – is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country of origin because of the fear of persecution based on skin colour, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political views, and stays outside of the borders of this country because he/she is unable or, owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.

The[1] Office operates within the framework of the project entitled: “Integration, adaptation, acceptance. Support for third country nationals living in Lower Silesia”, co-financed by the National Programme of the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund.

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