Updated : 13/09/2017
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:
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:
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.