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Dear Sir, I am working and living with my Polish Wife in UK. If I want to apply for a residence permit in Poland - what can I do? I have asked the embassy and they told me to translate the marriage certificate into polish and register it in Poland and they will give me 1 year Visa. Does this 1 year Visa act like temporary residence permit for fixed time? I have been to Poland many times and wish to know what I can do you have this residence permit because I want to have the Polish Nationality in future. Hope to hear from you soon. Many thanks


The visa you were offered is not the same as the residence permit.

Yet, being based in UK you are not entitled to a residence permit, even temporaryone, in Poland.

According to the Polish act on foreigners, one needs to permanently reside in Poland to obtain a temporary residence. After three-year stay in Poland based on temporary residence you would become eligible for permanent residence. Then, after having resided in Poland two years based on permanent residence, you would be eligible to apply for Polish Citizenship.

In short, in this standard procedure, one needs to be settled in Poland to apply for residence and to apply for citizenship.

There is also a so called "presidential way" to citizenship. According to the Polish law anyone, even not meeting the above criteria, and not necessarily residing in Poland, can apply for the Polish Citizenship directly to the President of Poland. What one needs to do is to convince the Presidence of his-her links to Poland. It takes two-three years to receive the Presidential decision.

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2013-03-20 14:57:09


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