Polish Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of Poland in New Delhi and the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Mumbai
Territorial competence of the Embassy
India, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives
There are three main Visa categories for Poland.
Type C is a tourist/visit visa allowing Indian nationals to enter Poland and other Schengen members for a maximum period of 90 days every 180 days.
Type D is a national visa allowing a stay for up to 1 year on the basis of work, study, dependant(s)
Type A airport transit visa for those in the transit area of a Polish airport.
Once your Type D visa is nearing its expiration you'll need to apply for Temporary Residence Card or Zezwolenie na pobyt czasowy/Karta Pobytu, which allows you to stay for an additional 1-3 years before needing to renew. It is important to inform the respective Voivodeship Office [Urząd Wojewódzki ] whenever your change employers, places of residency and personal information.
Afer 5 years of continuous stay in Poland, you may qualify for a Permanent residence card [Zezwolenie na pobyt rezydenta długoterminowego UE]
If you are a holder of a valid Indian driver's permit and you wish to exchange it for a Polish one, you must reside in Poland for a minimum of 185 days first in order to qualify. This driver's permit will require sworn translation into Polish and candidates most likely need to pass a theory exam (also available in English). For more information contact DokuPol.
Registering your stay/ PESEL
Once you arrive in Poland you should register your stay [Zameldowanie na pobyt czasowy]. This document is issued by your respective City Hall [Urząd Miasta/Gminy] for a period that corresponds to your basis of legal stay (e.g. visa, housing contract). The certificate is issued for a cost of PLN 17 and is useful when filing for a TRC or exchanging a driver's permit. Non-Polish citizens automatically receive a PESEL number when registering their stay. PESEL numbers are similar to an Indian PAN, this number helps with banking and other government applications.
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