5 difficulties you may encounter while applying for a residence card in Poland

Poland is one of the most attractive countries to move to and obtain a residence card in Europe. It has now become the new home for many refugees from Ukraine, Belarus and other countries from which people are forced to leave. Poland offers many opportunities to live and do business, as well as affordable real estate.

Absolutely every foreigner will sooner or later face the question of legalizing their stay. However, although there are clear lists of documents and deadlines, there may be some difficulties in obtaining a residence card that you should be aware of.

Of course, these difficulties do not apply to you if you plan to choose M&M Biuro as your guide in legalizing your stay in Poland. We have been applying for residence cards, permanent migrant cards and other documents authorizing residence in Poland for many years. 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  Need to have documents

In order to obtain a visitor’s card in Poland, you must have a certain set of documents. These may include your passport, proof of funds, health insurance and other important documents. Make sure all documents are in order, as even the smallest mistake can result in your application being rejected.

2 Incorrectly completed application form

You can be rejected if you make a mistake when applying for a residence permit. Even if you make a mistake in the “Signature” field and sign instead of writing your name in Roman letters. These are small things you may not think about, but the true professionals at M&M Office are fully aware of all the nuances.

3 Limitations on the number of residence cards issued

In Poland, there is a limit on the number of guest cards you can hold per year. For this reason, people often encounter delays or complete rejection of their application. It is therefore advisable to apply for a Residence Card as early as possible.

4 Difficulties in obtaining a guest card for certain categories of people

Certain categories of people may find it difficult to obtain a visitor’s card. For example, they may be citizens of certain countries that have complicated relations with Poland, or people who have problems with the law in their home country. These are complicated cases and submitting the documents without professional assistance can sometimes cause many problems.

5 Duration of the process of obtaining a residence card

The process of obtaining a visitor’s card can take anywhere from a few months to a year. This can be a real problem because without a Residence Card you can leave Poland but not enter. It can also make it more difficult to get a job, study, etc. Therefore, this factor should be taken into account when planning your application.


Obtaining a residence card in Poland can be a complicated and time-consuming 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 life and business opportunities. The most important thing is to contact a trusted and reliable company, M&M Office, who will solve all the issues for you.

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How can a refugee from Ukraine obtain refugee status in Poland in 2023? Key information and principles

It is the second year of the war in Ukraine and the second year that refugees are in limbo under Polish law. The special law on assistance to Ukrainians in Poland was recently amended to regulate the issue of obtaining a residence card for refugees from Ukraine. Polish officials explain that according to these changes, any Ukrainian who arrives after 24.02.2022 can obtain a residence card in Poland.

Our M&M Office team also helps Ukrainians with UKR PESEL status to obtain a Residence Card. All you need to do is call one of our contact numbers:

+48 735 460 057

+48 532 317 831 (all communicators) and we will consider the best way to legalize your stay in Poland.


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

Just follow 3 steps:

-Go to mos.cudzoziemcy.gov.pl/ua
-complete the online form and submit it.
-print the form, sign it and submit it during a personal visit to the Provincial Office.


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

In addition, the MOS provides access to procedural checklists to ensure that our actions are correct when submitting an application. There are also plans to make the application form available online in the future.


From 1 April 2023, refugees from Ukraine can already apply for a residence card on the basis of:

-official employment

-conducting official economic activity

-possession of a blue card

However, for those refugees who are not employed or do not wish to obtain a Residence Card, the extension of temporary protection will allow them to remain in the territory of Poland. The possibility to apply for a residence permit is optional.

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


In our opinion, obtaining a residence card for refugees from Ukraine is a very good solution and a basis for further legalization of their stay in Poland. Unfortunately, the geopolitical situation is still very unstable and no one can predict when Ukrainian refugees will be able to return home. For the time being, obtaining a Residence Card is optional, but it is possible that a law will come into force obliging all refugees to obtain a residence permit in Poland.

Need advice on your situation?

Contact us on one of our numbers:

+48 735 460 057

+48 532 317 831


Business card: everything about the most important

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

You can contact us by phone +48 735 460 057, but for now let’s look at the subject of residence cards!

What is a card?

A residence card is a document that allows a foreigner to legally stay, work or study in Poland for a certain period of time. In simple terms, it is a residence permit or a permanent residence permit – a temporary residence permit or a permanent residence permit in Poland. This card is issued by a public authority – the Provincial Office for Foreigners.

With this document, together with a foreign passport, a foreigner may repeatedly cross the borders of Poland and all of Europe without the need to obtain a visa.

How to obtain a residence card?

Ukrainians, Belarusians and citizens of other CIS countries and not only can obtain a residence card. The basis for obtaining a residence card in Poland may be:

Work (permanent and seasonal)


Business (own company, individual entrepreneurship)

Family reunification (if the spouse/child/parent has a residence permit or citizenship)

Diploma from a Polish university

Blue Card (document issued to a foreigner performing a highly qualified profession)

Other (religion, voluntary work, etc.)

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

What documents do you need for a residence card?

Application for a residence card.

A copy of your foreign passport.

Lease agreement for a flat.

A statement about the availability of means of subsistence and proof of the origin of these means (for example salary, pension, rental income, etc.).

Two passport-sized colour photographs.

Compulsory health insurance for the duration of the residence card.

PESEL number (if available).

Proof of payment of stamp duty.

For each reason, different documents may be required to obtain a residence card, but there is nothing to worry about as our specialists will help you with all the documents from A to Z.

Deadlines for obtaining a residence card

The conditions for issuing a residence card in Poland may vary depending on the type of application and local conditions. The usual deadline for processing an application for a residence card is 45 days from the date of application. However, in some cases this period may be extended up to 6 months. Therefore, it is better to plan in advance to obtain a residence card and apply as soon as possible, so that you do not get into a difficult situation and remain without status in Poland.

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

A residence card and a provincial invitation are two different documents that serve different purposes.

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

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

Thus, it can be said that a residence card and a provincial invitation are different documents that serve different purposes and have different requirements for obtaining them.

For a specific consultation on your case, just contact our manager on +48 735 460 057 and together we will choose the best and fastest legalization scheme in Poland for you!