Coming with family members - non-EU citizens

Living in Europe, Working in Europe | Entry conditions/visas | Poland

According to the Polish law, a family member means a spouse (lawfully married) or a child, including those adopted.

In order to enter Poland, non-EU citizens need to have a valid travel document (e.g. passport) and either:

- a visa (Polish national visa or Schengen visa); visas are issued by Polish embassies or consulates abroad,

- a residence card of another EU country or,

- in some cases, they can enter on the basis of the visa-free movement (valid for up to 90 days) applicable to several countries.

General entry conditions require that each foreigner can justify the purpose and conditions of stay and that he/she has sufficient financial resources to reside in Poland, health insurance and accommodation. As for the financial resources, foreigners coming to Poland to take up or continue education (including higher education and doctoral programmes), to conduct scientific research or participate in training courses have to have PLN 1270 for the first 2 months of stay.

For the rest of the stay and in case of family members to whom the above situations do not apply, the minimum sufficient financial resources amount to PLN 528 monthly per each family member.

In addition to the abovementioned amounts each foreigner needs to prove having resources for return travel to the country of origin or residence:

  • PLN 200 in case of countries neighbouring to Poland, OR
  • PLN 500 in case of countries members of the European Union not neighbouring to Poland or in case of European Economic Area countries or Switzerland, OR
  • PLN 2500 in case of other countries.

All the mentioned amounts can also be in other currencies. It is important to note that the required minimum amounts have to be at foreigners' disposal after deducting fixed costs of accomodation such as monthly rent and maintenance bills (electricity, water, gas, waste etc.).

When applying for the visa to enter Poland, in addition to the documents supporting the above mentioned requirements, it will be necessary to prove family ties by presenting marriage and child birth certificates and submitting other documents such as photographs.

In order to receive an up-to-date list of required documents, one should contact the relevant Polish embassy/consulate in the country of origin or stay.

 

COMING WITH PARTNERS (NOT CONSIDERED FAMILY MEMBERS BY THE POLISH LAW)

If you plan to come to Poland with someone who is not considered "a family member" by the Polish law (for example your life partner or fiancée), this accompanying person will be treated as an individual case in the immigration procedures (when applying for visa or residence permit later on). This means that this person will have to prove sufficient financial resources for the stay and this cannot be based on the income earned by the foreigner whom this person accompynies. The accompanying person (e.g. fiancée) will have to have his/her individual budget in the amount of PLN 701 monthly (an amount for a person residing alone in Poland) plus the abovementioned amount for the return travel, having in mind the costs of accommodation.