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Work Permits

Work Permits

The information below is for the polish work permits however procedure for different countries differs from each other according to the existing rules of the respective countries.

Work Permit
A work permit is a document issued by the government authority of Poland from respective Voivodeship that authorizes a foreigner to work legally in Poland. The permit indicates the company that entrusts the execution of work to the foreigner and the position or the type of work that the foreigner is to perform. The work is therefore regarded as illegal if the foreigner’s work does not match the work specified in the permit. Therefore, if the foreigner wants to change jobs (i.e. change employer and/or position and/or industry) in which he is employed, he has to obtain a new permit.

Who Need Work Permit?
A foreigner who is not a national of an EU Member State requires a work permit from the employer to work within the territory of Poland.
(Exception: Student, PR holders, EU citizens do not need a work permit)
Some foreigners mistakenly believe that obtaining a visa is sufficient for legal employment in Poland. This is a big mistake! Visa — permits entry to carry out activities in accordance with which it is issued. A work visa is one of the reasons for obtaining a Polish Work Permit (zezwolenie na prace od wojewody), but not its replacement!

What Are the Requirements to Get a Work Permit in Poland?
The employer must provide several documents to obtain a work permit on behalf of a foreign employee. These documents include:

  • A completed application form
  • Evidence of payment of application fees
  • Confirmation of the legal status of the employer from the National Court Register
  • Current records of the employer’s economic activity
  • Copies of the applicant’s passport pages with relevant travel information
  • Evidence that the applicant has health insurance
  • A deed for the company
  • A copy of a statement regarding profits or losses sustained by the employer
  • A copy of a contract in accordance with the service being provided in Poland

Application Process to Obtain a Polish Working Permit
Individuals planning to work in Poland will need a Polish employer to apply for a work permit on their behalf. There are several steps in the application process that are to be followed according to Polish laws.

  1. Labor Market Test
    The employer of the foreigner must conduct a labor market test before applying a work permit for a foreign worker. The purpose of this test is to determine whether there are any Polish citizens or other EU nationals qualified to fill the position as these nationals have priority over foreign nationals. If there are no eligible job seekers in the market, the employer can apply for a work permit on behalf of a foreigner.
  1. The Application Process
    The employer is responsible for the work permit application. With the application, the employer will need to include documentation proving that the following conditions are satisfied:
  • The conditions of employment are favorable under all applicable employment regulations, including provisions of the Labor Code.
  • Remuneration is no more than than 30% lower than the average monthly wage, according to the Voivodeship Office.

The employer will also need to include the required documents listed above. It’s the employee’s responsibility to provide the employer with the necessary personal documents, such as passport pages.

  1. Issuing the Work Permit
    Polish work permits are issued by the local government head of the land, the Voivode. Once the work permit application is approved, three copies of the permit will be made: one for the Voivodeship Office, one for the employer, and one for the employee. It is the employer’s responsibility to provide the work permit to the employee.

The validity of  Work Permit
Employees should be aware that their work permit is only valid for the time they stay with the company that applied for it on their behalf. Should they want to switch careers, their new employer will need to apply for an entirely new permit.
We provide complete assistance in applying for the Work Permit.