The Permanent Residence Card (the card for permanent residence) is one of the varieties of the residence card, which gives the right to permanent residence in Poland.
In terms of the number of opportunities and rights, the permanent residence card (hereinafter is referred to as PRC) provides extended opportunities and is the last stage before obtaining full citizenship.
In this material, obtaining of the permanent residence card will be considered on the grounds of the Pole’s card: let’s clarify how to get this document on the basis of the Pole’s Card and what to do if it is not available.
Conditions for obtaining a Permanent Residence Card in Poland
Further, we will consider opportunities of how to obtain the Permanent Residence Card.
On the basis of the origin (without the Pole‘s card)
In order to obtain a PRC without having a Pole’s Card, you need to provide documents confirming the Polish origin. These are the same reasons that we described in detail in our other articles.
The procedures are very similar in many respects: it is also necessary to pass an interview, where similar questions are asked by the consul. We would like to remind that you can check your level of preparation for the interview with our special test.
The general package of documents without a Pole’s Card includes:
- Application in two copies (in Polish language). Before starting the application form, please read our instructions carefully.
- Photos – 4 pieces made according to general rules.
- Foreign passport – the original and two copies of all pages.
- Confirmation of Polish origin. In cases where the basis is written in a language other than Polish, you must provide it with a sworn translation.
The Permanent Residence Card according to the Pole‘s card
Having this document, the Permanent Residence Card is much easier to get on the grounds of the Polish origin. The grounds have already been presented earlier and re-announcement is not required.
The package will differ from the previous one with only one thing: instead of confirming the origin you must provide the original and a copy of the Pole’s Card.
The current law declares that the permanent residence card is issued on the basis of the Pole Card free of charge. However, some voivodeships may request from the applicant the cost of manufacturing of the card. It may also be necessary to make additional copies of documents and photos directly in the Voivodeship – all these services are paid.
Terms of consideration and manufacturing
The law allows you to consider the applicant’s requests for up to 8 months (in particularly difficult cases), but in fact everything happens much faster: the first call after filing an application can be expected within two weeks.
Taking into account the collection of documents, the interview and the examination, the general term is usually 3-4 months.
If a person has the Pole’s Card (when there is no need for expertise), the term can be reduced by 2 times. Manufacturing takes about 10-14 days.
When accepting the documents for examination, a special stamp is placed into the applicant’s passport giving him or her all the rights of the owner of the Permanent Residence Card for the whole period of consideration of the request. However, the validity of permits applies only to Polish territories.
The Poles‘ card vs. the Permanent Residence Card
The Permanent Residence Card is issued on the basis of the origin, both with the existing Pole‘s Card and without it. In the first case, the process will be facilitated because the origin had been already proved when the document was received. However, this stage is not necessary at all – the Polish origin can be used when obtaining the PRC directly.
First of all, how does the Pole’s Card differ from the permanent residence card, each of which is issued for a period of 10 years and can be prolonged without any problems for the next decade?
The PRC expands the rights significantly and provides additional opportunities such as follows:
- to stay permanently in Poland;
- to apply for citizenship of Poland;
- to obtain visas to the United States and Great Britain from Poland on preferential terms;
- to apply for financial assistance in the first nine months of stay in the country;
- to register cars or real estate in the RP.
The other rights are in many respects similar: multivisa to Poland, free medical care, studies, etc.
Terms of obtaining citizenship with permanent residence
The Foreigner’s Act provides for the possibility of obtaining Polish citizenship to persons who have PRC after 3 years of residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland.
It has already been mentioned that the new interpretation of the law provides for an opportunity to receive the Card for free on the basis of the Pole’s Card. In addition, financial assistance is provided both to the owners of the document and to those who has just submitted a request for PRC (with the Pole’s Card), as well as to their family members:
The owners of the Permanent Residence Card and their spouses have the right to obtain:
- 925 PLN per person within 1-3 months;
- 555 PLN per person within 4-9 months.
- 462,5 PLN per child within 1-3 months;
- 277,5 PLN per child within 4-9 months.
The maximum payment period is 9 months. The grounds for termination of payments can also be obtaining of Polish citizenship or refusal to grant permanent residence, as well as lack of funds for such payments in the budget of Poland.
The Permanent Residence Card is a tool that provides maximum benefits. Those who wish to relate their future with the Republic of Poland need to obtain it. The Pole’s Card is a convenient factor, but not mandatory at all. If the basis for the Permanent Residence Card is the origin, then it is possible to prove this fact in the process of obtaining the PRC.