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Updated : 19/05/2014

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

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Residence card for non-EU family members

Non-EU family members of 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.

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 and document confirming age or attesting to dependence 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

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 foreign national applying for a temporary residence permit should present a valid travel document, attaching a recent photograph and 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.
  • in the case of 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

The residence card for family members of EU citizens is valid for 5 years. The residence card issued to members of the extended family and registered or non-registered partners of EU citizens is valid for 3 years.

Find out more from the Foreign Nationals Departments of Provincial Authorities .

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