Migration Helpline

IMPORTANT! Changes in the Law of Foreigners since 1st of May 2014!
This answer is ARCHIVE, needs to be verified if it is compliant with current law


My wife is a none EU citizen but she works in Poland and has 2year resident card.Im here by visa for the 6th time. I applied for Karta pobetu but they want many documents which its difficult or impossible to prepare them.im jobless here. my wife is pregnant and has noone here and needs me to take care of her. I have insurance and a normal bank account.all these are not enough to have Karta pobetu to stay with my wife in poland?


No, unfortunately, the bank account and insurance are not enough to obtain a residence card in Poland.

To apply for a temporary residence card you need to justify a reason for that: this may be employment, education, or family links. Your wife's residence in Poland can be a ground to receive a Polish residence card, but this depends on how long she has been in Poland.

In Poland there are a number of organizations that help foreigners providing free legal advice. You can use such help to prepare your application for a residence cards - the lawyers can help you fill the application and will help you understand what documents are needed in your case (also - what kind of application you should file).

The legal organizations we suggest are Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and Association for Legal Intervention. Both are based in Warsaw. Foundation for Rule of Law in Lublin can be also recommended, and Halina Niec Human Rights Center in Kraków.

We give the coordinates of the NGOs providing free legal aid on our website - please see the link below.

See also


Answer date:

2013-10-30 11:24:22


Your comment
E-mail Password to remove

Back to all questions in this category

Our answers are only informative - please DO NOT treat it as a legal advice!

We regret to suspend Infolinia service. For over a year, we give advice on a voluntary basis - but the scale of questions is far beyond our ability possibilities to help for free. We will unlock the service as soon as we find funds to continue. We still provide information by telephone and by e-mail.
Internauts opinions about infoline Rate us


Migration Helpline (Infolinia Migracyjna) is now run thanks to voluntary work of PFM staff. Before, it was maintained (2012-2014) thanks to co-financing of the project Information Center for Foreigners 2, run by PFM in partnership with the Association for Legal Intervention and the Mazovian Governor. It is co-financed by the European Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals and by the state budget.


In the years 2009-2011 the project was run as part of Information Center for Foreigners run by the same partnership, also co-financed by the European Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals and by the state budget.