Consul of the Republic of Poland may refuse to issue a national visa to a foreigner in the following cases:
- when s/he does not have sufficient means of subsistence for the duration of intended stay in Poland and for his/her return to the country of origin (residence);
- when the foreigner does not have an adequate health insurance;
- when the foreigner’s data appears on the list of foreigners whose stay in Poland is undesirable;
- when issuing a visa to the foreigner would result in a threat to national defence or national security, to the protection of security and public order or would undermine the interests of Poland;
- when the foreigner does not justify the planned stay in Poland; does not submit the appropriate travel document or when it is proved that in the course of visa application s/he presented false information, has testified untruthfully or has concealed the truth.
When the consul issues a decision that denies Schengen or national visa to the foreigner, the latter is entitled to request a reconsideration by the same authority, namely by the Polish consul. Such a request must be made within 7 days from the date when the foreigner was served with the decision to deny the issuance of a visa.
Thus, if the refusal to issue a Polish visa is obtained with the requirement of an additional interview or information, then it is logical to fulfil these requirements. If after that the refusal is confirmed then you should choose one of the following options:
- Re-registration of a national visa. If there were errors in previous documents, which made the basis for refusal, it makes sense to apply for a visa again. Of course, errors must be corrected and missing documents must be provided. Also, it will be necessary to pay the cost of a working visa once again.
- Appeal. All individuals whose visa applications have been denied or whose visas have been withdrawn have the right to obtain a written explanation of the decision. They may appeal the decision within seven days upon receipt of the written decision. They must submit the appeal to the authority which issued the negative decision.
- Help of lawyers intermediaries. Legal assistance in case of denial of a visa is most effective. Experts will analyse all the documents, point out the shortcomings, and will assume the mediating role in dealing with the consulate.
Contents of the appeal letter
- Name, surname, date and place of birth;
- Date of negative decision.
- Actual residence address, email address.
- Detailed purpose of the trip.
- Detailed opinion of the applicant about unlawfulness of refusal.
- A set of documents confirming the applicant’s argumentation that were not previously submitted.
- Signature of the applicant.
How to appeal to the Embassy?
The appeal letter goes to the Embassy where the case is being examined. New, additional documents submitted by the applicant should be considered in conjunction with those sent previously. The visa department of the Polish Embassy can contact the applicant to clarify the data and / or request for new ones.
In case of a positive decision, the applicant is invited to an interview with the Embassy. If the decision is negative, the applicant is notified about this letter indicating both the reasons for refusing to review the case and the general reasons for refusing to issue a visa.
If there is a refusal, there are several ways to influence the situation. You can choose the most suitable one, but remember that the number of failed attempts affects decisions in the future. If errors or incompleteness of data become the main reasons for the refusal, it will be more appropriate to turn to professional intermediaries. Specialists will help to resolve issues more quickly and, most importantly, reduce significantly the number of failed attempts.