The EU Blue Card in Poland: The Blue Card (Polish: zezwolenie na pobyt rezydenta długoterminowego Unii Europejskiej) is an initiative in Poland aimed at attracting highly skilled professionals from outside the European Union. It provides the right to both live and work in Poland, specifically targeting individuals with high qualifications. While the Blue Card can be obtained in any EU country, its validity is limited to the country where it was issued. Poland has embraced this directive to enhance its competitiveness in attracting talented individuals.

Requirements for obtaining a BLUE CARD in Poland as a foreigner:

  • Hold a higher education degree or have at least 5 years of professional experience

  • Earn a gross salary equal to or higher than 150% of the average salary in Poland

  • Have a contract with a Polish employer for a minimum duration of 1 year

  • Possess health insurance

  • Have a registered residence in Poland.

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the Polish language.

A BLUE CARD is not issued in Poland if:

  • The applicant does not meet the required qualifications or work experience criteria.

  • For a foreigner with secondary vocational education

  • The salary offered by the employer is below the minimum threshold

  • The applicant does not have a valid employment contract with a Polish employer

Benefits of the Blue Card in Poland:

  • Free access to the labor market after 2 years of Blue Card employment (Allows job changes at a lower cost compared to a regular card)

  • No need to change your card or notify the agency every time (unlike a regular card)

  • Simplified family reunification and residence permits for all family members

  • After 18 months of work, the right to move to another country within the European Union.

  • After 5 years of residing in the European Union on the basis of the blue card, you can apply for a permanent residence permit.

  • It is possible to stay in the country without employment for up to 3 months

  • Family members can obtain residence cards with access to the labor market (residence permit for family members can be applied for even without their presence in Poland).

The period for obtaining the BLUE CARD: 1-2 months, but in particularly complex cases, the process may take up to 6 months.

The maximum period for which the BLUE CARD is issued is 3 years.
Recommendation: The card is granted based on the dates specified in the employment contract. It is advisable to sign an employment contract for a duration of three years or an indefinite period, as in such cases, the card will be issued for a longer duration.

A negative response regarding the issuance of a BLUE CARD in Poland may occur if a foreigner:

  • Resides in Poland illegally

  • Provides inaccurate information in the application

  • Has their personal information included in the list of undesirable foreigners

  • The foreigner’s employer has received warnings or has violated the employment or labor rights of foreigners

The BLUE CARD has many advantages compared to other permits in Poland, so if you have a valid reason to obtain it, we recommend taking advantage of that opportunity!

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