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What is a work permit?

A work permit is a document that authorizes a foreigner to work legally in Poland.

The permit indicates the company that entrusts the execution of work to the foreigner and the position or the type of work which the foreigner is to perform. The work is therefore regarded as legal only if the foreigner performs the work identified in the permit.

This means that if the foreigner wants to change jobs (i.e. change employer and / or position and / or industry) in which he is employed, he has to obtain a new permit. However, there are some circumstances in which the permit remains valid despite a change in the circumstances for which it has been issued.

The permit is valid for the period for which it was issued. The term of validity of the permit is indicated on the document.
A work permit is required both for taking up employment on the basis of an employment contract as well as civil law contracts.

The permit is issued by the Voivode competent for the seat / place of residence of the employer.

If a person wants to legally reside and work in the Republic of Poland, he needs a special employment visa. One of such documents is a national employment annual visa belonging to the category D 07 with a voivodeship invitation.

A voivodeship invitation to work means that the owner has an officially confirmed invitation for employment within the territory of the Republic of Poland. 

The place of exact registration of the person is indicated in the invitation. Basically, it is the address of the hosted person, registration address of the employer.


The voivodeship invitation gives the owner the following advantages as listed below:

  1. A person has the legal right to live and work for a whole calendar year (360) in Poland;
  2. 90 days in half a year the owner of this visa has the legal right to stay in the Schengen zone countries (the control of stay in these countries is almost not real, since there are no clear boundaries);
  3. In connection with the subordination of the consul to voivode, a person will not receive a refusal to provide a visa document.

Note! The owner of the voivodeship invitation is exempt from the consular fee. Visa D 07 cancels previously issued Schengen and Polish visas. For this purpose, when submitting documents, a special dissolving statement should be written.

Who can invite for work?

An invitation from a voivode to work in Poland has the right to issue the following subjects:

  • Organization, firm, enterprise that need the services of foreign citizens;
  • Citizens from the territory of the European Union, Poland, who live in the territory of the state;
  • Foreigners living in the territory of the Republic of Poland for more than 5 years



The inviting party must formally provide evidence that it will be able to provide the foreign worker with a corresponding minimum wage, decent accommodation with all amenities, insurance.


Validity periods of work permits

A work permit is issued for a fixed period of time, however, for not longer than 3 years. In the case of foreigners who perform work as members of boards of companies employing more than 25 people at the time of application for a permit, the Voivode may issue a permit for a period not longer than 5 years.


A permit should be issued within 1 month.

In particularly complicated cases it should be issued not later than 2 months from the commencement of the procedure. 

Our company will be glad to help you in obtaining a work permit in Poland.

What do we offer?

  1. An original work permit issued by a special government agency in Poland;
  2. Contract with defined working conditions.
  3. A letter of guarantee from the employer on guaranteeing you a home and work;
  4. Confirmation by the employer your employment in company.

How do I get started?

  1. You must send all the documents to our e-mail address
  2. You enter the first part of the payment and send a confirmation letter.
  3. We send your documents for the employment permit.
  4. We send you a scan copy of your authorization.
  5. We send you a copy of your employment permit.
  6. You send the second part of the payment for the work permit.
  7. We form an application for an interview at the Embassy.
  8. You receive a visa and we are waiting for your arrival in Warsaw.
  9. Meeting at the airport.

What payment methods do we accept?

Currently, you can pay using online Visa, MasterCard,  and point-to-point cash transfer services such as Western Union or MoneyGram.



Legal basis

  1. Act of  April 20, 2004 on promotion of employment and labour market institutions (OJ L 2008 No. 69 item. 415, with amendments)
  2. Regulation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of  January 29, 2009 on issuing a work permit for a foreigner (OJ L 2009, No. 16, item. 84);
  3. Regulation of the Minister of Labour and Social Policy of August 20, 2011 on cases where foreigners’ work in Poland is permitted without the necessity of obtaining a work permit (OJ L 2011, No 155, item 919)

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