5 Difficulties you may encounter when applying for a residence card in Poland

Poland is one of the most attractive countries for moving and obtaining a visitor’s card in Europe. Now it has become a new home for many refugees from Ukraine, Belarus and other countries where people are forced to leave. Poland offers many opportunities for life and business, as well as affordable real estate.

Absolutely every foreigner sooner or later will face the issue of legalization. However, although there are clear lists of documents and deadlines, there may be some difficulties in obtaining a residence card, which should be taken into account.

Of course, these difficulties do not concern you if you plan to choose M&M Biuro as your guide in legalization in Poland. For many years we have been applying for residence cards, stalego stay cards and other documents for staying in Poland. During this time, we have found the best and fastest way to obtain legal documents.

What are the difficulties in obtaining a residence card in Poland?

1. Necessity to have documents

To obtain a visitor’s card in Poland you must have a certain set of documents. These may include your passport, proof of financial means, health insurance and other important papers. Make sure that all the documents are in order and in compliance with the requirements, as the slightest mistake in them may lead to rejection.

2. incorrectly filled questionnaire

If you make a mistake filling out the entry form for the Migration Card, you may receive a refusal. Even if you make a mistake in the column “Podpis” and sign, but not write your name and surname in Roman letters. Such details the average person can not take into account, but the real professionals from M & M Biuro know every detail.

Restrictions on the number of Pobytu cards issued

Poland has a limit on the number of frequent flyer cards that can be issued per year. This is why people often encounter delays or rejections altogether. Therefore it is advisable to apply for a pobytu card as early as possible.

4. Difficulties with obtaining a visitor’s card for certain categories of citizens

Some categories of citizens may have difficulty obtaining a visitor’s card. For example, these may be citizens of certain countries who have complicated relations with Poland, or people who have problems with the law in their country. These are complicated cases and sometimes submitting documents without the help of a professional can make yourself a lot of trouble.

5. Duration of the process of obtaining a Pobytu Card

The process of obtaining a residence card can take anywhere from a few months to a year. This can be a real problem, as you can leave Poland without a visitor’s card, but not enter. Or there may be difficulties with starting a job, studies, etc. Therefore, you need to take this factor into account when planning to apply for documents.


Obtaining a residence card in Poland can be a complicated and lengthy process that requires careful preparation and consideration of all possible difficulties. However, this should not discourage you from moving to this beautiful country, which offers many opportunities for life and business. The most important thing is to contact a proven and reliable firm M&M Biuro, which will solve all issues for you.

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How can a refugee from Ukraine legalize in Poland in 2023? Main news and rules

It is the second year of the war in Ukraine and the second year that refugees have been in a “state of limbo” under Polish law. Recently amendments were made to the Special Law on Assistance to Ukrainians in Poland, which regulates the issue of obtaining a residence card for refugees from Ukraine. Polish officials explain that according to the amendments every Ukrainian citizen who arrives after February 24, 2022 can obtain a residence card in Poland.

Our M&M Biuro team also helps Ukrainians, who have PESEL UKR status, to receive Pobytu card. All you need to do is to call one of our contact phones:
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+48 532 317 831 (all messengers) and we will consider your best way of legalization in Poland.


It is now possible to apply for a residence card for refugees online! All you need to do is use the Case Service Module (MOS), which is available in 7 languages, including Ukrainian.

There are only 3 steps required:

1.Go to the website at mos.cudzoziemcy.gov.pl/ua

2. Complete the online form and submit it.

3. print out this form, sign it and submit it during personal visit to the Voivodeship Office.


Additional functions of the MOS include the possibility to check whether the applicant has the right to stay in Poland, to receive information about the procedures for entry, exit and stay of foreigners in Poland, as well as information about errors that may occur when submitting documents.

In addition, the MOS provides access to procedure checklists to make sure one is doing the right thing when applying. In the future, it is planned that the application form (wniosku) will also be available online.


As of April 1, 2023, Ukrainian refugees can already apply for a pesel card on the basis of:

-official employment

-The presence of official entrepreneurial activity

-The possession of a Blue Card

But for those refugees who are not employed or do not wish to receive a residence card, the extension of temporary protection will allow them to remain on Polish territory. The possibility of applying for a residence permit is optional.

Given the European Commission’s decision to extend temporary protection, there is a good chance that temporary protection, which expires on August 24, will be extended until at least March 4, 2024.


In our opinion, getting a residence card for Ukrainian refugees is a very good solution and a foundation for further legalization in Poland. Unfortunately, the geopolitical situation is still very unstable and no one can predict when Ukrainian refugees will be able to return home. So far, obtaining a residence card is only optional, but it is possible that a law will come into force that obliges all refugees to obtain a residence permit in Poland.

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The Pobytu Card: all about the essentials

If you are interested in this article, it means you have the intention to live, study or work in Poland. But do you know how to make your stay fully legal in a short period of time? M&M Biuro is ready to help you with these questions. We provide assistance for foreigners in Poland and have a wide range of services for both individuals and businesses.

You can contact us at +48 735 460 057. In the meantime, let’s talk about the Pobytu Card!

What is this card?

The residence card is a document that allows a foreigner to legally stay, work or study on the territory of Poland for a certain amount of time. In simple words, it is a residence permit or a Permit to Stay – a temporary residence permit or a Permanent Residence Permit in Poland. This card is issued by a state body – Urząd Wojewódzki do Spraw Cudzoziemców.

With this document in conjunction with a passport, a foreigner can repeatedly cross the Polish and all European borders without having to obtain a visa.

How to Get a Pobytu Card?

Ukrainians, Belarusians and citizens of other CIS countries may receive Pobytu Card, but not only. Grounds for receiving residence permit in Poland may be the following:

  • Work (permanent and seasonal)
  • Study
  • Business (own firm, sole proprietorship)
  • Family reunification (if the spouse/children/parents have a residence permit or citizenship)
  • Diploma of Polish higher education
  • Blue Card (a document issued to a foreigner working in a profession requiring high qualifications)
  • Other (religion, volunteering, etc.

If at least one point suits you, you can quickly and legally obtain a residence card for further stay in Poland.

What documents do I need for a visitor’s card?

  1. Application for a residence card.
  2. Copy of passport.
  3. Contract of lease.
  4. Statement of funds and proof of source of funds (e.g. salary, pension, rental income, etc.).
  5. Two color passport-size photos.
  6. Mandatory health insurance for the period of validity of the visitor’s card.
  7. PESEL number (if available)
  8. Stamp duty payment receipt.

For each reason you may need different documents, but you do not need to worry, because our specialists will help you with all the documents from A to Z.

Timeframes for obtaining a visitor’s card

Timing of obtaining a visitor’s card in Poland may vary depending on the type of application and local conditions. Usually it takes at least 45 days to process the application for a visitor’s card from the time the application is submitted. However, in some cases, this period may extend up to 6 months. Therefore, it is better to plan to receive a residence card in advance and apply for it as early as possible, so as not to get into a difficult situation and remain without status in Poland.

What is the difference between a residence card and a provincial invitation?

The residence card and the provincial invitation are two different documents that are used for different purposes.

The residence card is issued to a foreigner who plans to stay in Poland for a longer period. The residence card allows its holder to officially stay in Poland for a long period of time and to have access to various services, such as work, education, medical care, etc.

The provincial invitation, on the other hand, is issued to a foreigner who plans to visit Poland for a short period for a specific purpose, such as work, tourism, business meetings, visiting relatives, etc.

Thus, we can say that the residence card and the provincial invitation are different documents, which are used for different purposes and have different requirements for obtaining them.

To get advice specific to your case just need to contact our manager on the phone number +48 735 460 057 and together we will find you the best and fastest scheme of legalization in Poland!