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Updated : 06/07/2016

Registering your non-EU family members in another EU country – Poland

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Immediate family members (spouses, children, parents) who are not EU citizens must apply for a residence card for non-EU family members. They must do so no later than the day after the end of the 3-month period following arrival. Applications must be lodged in person (not applicable to minors).

The following documents are needed to obtain a residence permit for non-EU family members:

  • a valid travel document
  • 5 photographs
  • a certificate of registration of residence of an EU citizen issued to the EU citizen with whom the family member is staying
  • spouses: document confirming marriage
  • children: document confirming the existence of family ties (birth certificate) and document confirming age or attesting that the applicant is dependent on the EU citizen or their spouse
  • parents: document confirming the existence of family ties and document attesting to dependence on the EU citizen or their spouse

Residence cards for family members of EU citizens are valid for 5 years.. If the EU citizen intends to reside in the country for a shorter period of time, residence cards will be issued for the envisaged period of residence of the EU citizen.

A residence card must be replaced if the data entered on it are no longer correct, or if it is destroyed or so defaced that it is no longer possible to identify the holder.

Other family members legalise their residence on the basis of national immigration rules. Non-EU citizens who are members of the extended family of an EU citizen (grandparents, grandchildren, aunts and uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins etc.) should obtain a temporary residence permit. Persons who have obtained a temporary residence permit are issued with a residence card. A temporary residence permit will be issued if the family member's stay in Poland is justified on the grounds that he/she is residing with an EU citizen for at least 3 months.

In order to obtain a temporary residence permit, foreign nationals must lodge an application with the provincial authorities of their place of residence. The application must be lodged in person by the foreign national while he/she is legally resident in Poland. When the foreign national lodges his/her application, he/she should present a valid travel document, attaching 4 recent photographs which comply with the relevant criteria, and supporting documents:

  • confirming the existence of family ties with an EU citizen and certifying financial dependence on the EU citizen or confirming that they resided in a household with the EU citizen in the country from which they came, or documents confirming the existence of serious health grounds necessitating personal care by the EU citizen.
  • registered and non-registered partners: documents confirming the existence of a family life (within the meaning of Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, signed in Rome on 4 November 1950) with the EU citizen resident in Poland
  • confirming that they have health insurance
  • confirming that they have a stable and regular source of income sufficient to support themselves and dependent family members

Residence cards issued to members of the extended family and registered or non-registered partners of EU citizens are valid for the envisaged period of residence of the EU citizen, and for no more than 3 years.

Find out more from Foreign Nationals Departments of Provincial Authorities

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