How Can a UK Citizen Get a Temporary Residence Permit in Poland?

Following Brexit, the rules for UK citizens staying in EU countries have changed. Here is a guide to getting a temporary residence permit as a UK citizen in Poland.

Who Needs a Temporary Residence Permit?

UK citizens planning to stay in Poland for over 3 months need to obtain a temporary residence permit. This includes those who want to:

  • Work or run a business in Poland
  • Study at a Polish university
  • Join family members living in Poland
  • Retire in Poland

UK citizens who intend to stay for less than 3 months do not need a permit.

Application Process

Applications must be submitted in person at a provincial office (urząd wojewódzki) in Poland. The required documents are:

  • Completed application form
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Documents confirming purpose of stay (e.g. work contract, letter of acceptance from Polish university)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means
  • Paid application fee
  • Photos and fingerprints will also be taken at the office.

Permit Validity

Temporary residence permits are usually valid for up to 3 years. The exact validity period will depend on the purpose of stay.

Permits for work and business are valid for up to 3 years. Student permits match the length of the study program. Permits for family reasons are valid for up to 3 years.


To continue staying in Poland after the permit expires, UK citizens need to renew their temporary residence permit. Applications for renewal should be submitted at least 30 days before the expiry date.

Right to Work

A temporary residence permit allows UK citizens to live and work legally in Poland during its validity. Separate work authorization is not needed.

Bringing Family Members

Non-EU family members of UK citizens can apply for temporary residence permits to join them in Poland, if conditions such as financial means are met.

UK citizens planning stays over 3 months in Poland need to get a temporary residence permit. The application is made at a provincial office by submitting the required documents. The permit enables legal temporary residence and work.

Planning a move to Poland from the UK can seem daunting with new post-Brexit regulations. If you need assistance with obtaining temporary or permanent residence permits, housing, healthcare, or any other aspect of relocating to Poland, contact the experts at Our experienced team can provide tailored guidance and support for British citizens immigrating to Poland.

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