Poland is a less famous European country but it is all set to break the old norms and eager to welcome immigrants, especially the Non-EU ones. The country enjoys the status of being a well developed country. It has the sixth largest economy in the European Union (EU) yet it has very low immigration rate.
As per some reports, the country has closer to 10,000 foreign nationals living in the country and this includes the non-EU nationals, EU nationals, plus the non-EU foreign students. To make country immigrant friendly, the Polish Government has taken strong stand and it has passed a new law making it smooth and easy for those who wish to immigrate to Poland.
According to the new law, certain restrictions have been removed. And immigration process has been eased for those who wish to obtain the much sought after Permanent Residency (PR) or Work Permit. Now aliens will be able to apply for Polish PR and Work Permit using a single procedure.
Earlier, the major reason why many immigrants resisted working in the country was once their job got terminated their resident permit expired immediately. But now upon the termination of their job, their residence permit will not expire immediately, but they will be granted a grace period of one month and during this period they can explore for a new opportunity.
There is more to new reforms. Temporary Residence Permit (TRP) will be granted for three years instead of two years, and the application to extend the duration will no longer have to be submitted 45 days in advance from the date of permit expiry. As per the new rules, applicants may apply for extension even on the last date of the expiry of their permit.
The Polish Government has given further relaxation to foreign students studying in the country. Post completion of their graduation, they may stay back in the country for one year and search for the job. This is good news for those who are mainly enrolled in various educational institutions, mainly in Krakow.
While on the one hand, it has become bit easy to immigrate to Poland, on the other hand certain restrictions stays firm before Polish employers. For example, the Polish employers who wish to hire non EU employer will have to prove that the local market lacks sufficient talent, and the selected candidate meets the set criteria, and is educationally qualified to perform the required task.
Aspirants have to provide character and health certificate along with detailed information about their job in Poland and show financial resources, just to ensure they have enough funds to cover their expenses in the country.
If you wish to stay in the country for a short period, you may apply for Temporary Residence Card. It will allow you to live in the country for up to three years, and if your dreams are high, you may apply for PR. It will give you the liberty to live and work in the nation indefinitely, but you will not be considered as a Polish Citizen.