The Main Reformations Of The Polish Immigration Policy

As it is said again and again in other articles, there are several reasons why someone should relocate to Poland, and the truth is that the immigration wave has become bigger and bigger, proving that we are right. However, we haven’t seen yet the immigration policy existing in Poland nowadays, and that’s what we are going to talk about in this article.

Immigration policy due to the European Union

But let’s start from the first reformation of the polish immigration policy, which happened due to the integration of Poland into the European Union in 2004. It was the first step to open the borders for European citizens to visit the country either as tourists or as newcomers in the country. Along with the entrance in the eurozone, Poland had to change a lot in the state law and of course, the immigration policy was included. However, the country at that time was trying to reconstitute from the beginning after chronic internal conflicts, so the immigration inflow wasn’t big enough to change drastically their legislation.

Immigration policy due to the Schengen Area

The second migration wave caused by various political disputes in the European Union and led to new changes in the immigration policy of the country. These political conflicts created the Schengen area in 2007, where several countries belong to and can travel to each other without any restrictions.

Immigration policy due to the socio-economic crisis and other parameters

The third and bigger immigration inflow in Poland was after 2010, when many factors contributed to the massive migration to Poland, and therefore to the drastic changes in the immigration policy. The socio-economic crisis of Europe led many European citizens to travel to Poland, which wasn’t affected by the crisis, to create their life there. Moreover, people from other continents, choose Poland to start a career because of the low cost of living and the ever-growing companies existing in the country. Finally, the fights taking place in the middle east is one more factor of the big immigration wave of last years which led Poland to take draconian measures regarding the immigration policy.

The Current Immigration Policy In Poland

After all the above, the polish state decided to amend the immigration policy in 2013 with more advantageous rules for foreigners who plan to move to Poland, fewer restrictions, and better procedure while applying for work-residence permit and visas. The new legislation predicts cases for students who want to stay in the country after their studies, for foreigners who plan to create a life and a career there, as well as for people who are moving with their company etc.

In general terms, you can legally relocate to Poland if you have a job in the country, or you set up a company, or you study in a Polish university. In the first situation, your employer is the one who is going to apply for your work permit. Having the work permit you can apply for a temporary and later for a permanent residence permit. In the second situation, you can apply directly for the permanent residence permit because it is supposed that you invest in the country. Students accepted in the public polish universities can apply for the residence permit with an education certificate and if they want to stay longer after their studies they can apply for prolongation with more flexible criteria.

There are more parameters which take part in the immigration policy such as the language,  if you apply for a permanent residence permit you obligatory need a document that proves the intermediate level of the polish language. On the other hand, there are also predictions for cases such as the avoidance of double taxation of foreigners living in Poland.

To conclude, even if the immigration policy in Poland has changed a lot in the last years, it still remains a complex procedure for someone and surely you will need help and guidance in this new beginning. Eurasia Placement is the right mediator who can undertake the role of your guide in your first steps in Poland and facilitate all these bureaucracy processes.

For more information, call us at +48 795 458 406 or visit Eurasia Placement webpage.