Student mobility

Holders of the residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of the Council Regulation (EC) No 1030/2002 of 13 June 2002 laying down a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals (OJ EU L 157 of 15.06.2002, p. 1, as amended) or a long-stay visas, with the annotation “student,” issued by another European Union Member State applying Directive (EU) 2016/801 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 11 May 2016 on the conditions of entry and residence of third-country nationals for the purposes of research, studies, training, voluntary service, pupil exchange schemes or educational projects and au pairing (recast) (OJ EU L 132 of 21.05.2016, p. 21) (therefore, this does not apply to residence permits issued by Great Britain, Ireland and Denmark), including a state which does not belong to the Schengen Area, can benefit from the mobility of the student on the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period not exceeding validity of this residence permit or long-stay visa, which means the right to enter, stay in order to continue or complete studies taken up in the territory of another European Union Member State for up to 360 days, regardless of the possibility of benefiting from this mobility in other EU Member States applying Directive 2016/801/EU, under certain conditions.

A foreign national who is a student or doctoral candidate can benefit from the student mobility, if the following conditions are met cumulatively:

1) the purpose of the stay on the territory of Poland is to continue or complete studies taken up in the territory of another European Union Member State;

 2) the foreign national is covered by an EU programme or a multilateral programme including mobility measures or an agreement between at least two higher education institutions providing for intra-EU mobility;

 3) the residence permit, referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002, or the long-stay visa issued by another Member State of the European Union held by the foreign national has the annotation “student;”

 4) the period of stay in Poland does not exceed 360 days.

The condition for a foreign national to make use of the student mobility on the territory of Poland is that the Head of the Office for Foreigners:

  • receives a notice of intention of the foreign national to benefit from this mobility from the unit conducting the studies established in Poland, approved by the minister competent for internal affairs, unless this unit is not subject to the approval requirement, or from the unit conducting the studies which is not subject to the approval requirement in relation to which a decision on the prohibition to admit foreign nationals has not been issued,
  •  does not issue a decision on objection within 30 days.

The notice should be made in Polish, submitted in a written form, in paper form or in an electronic form sent to the electronic mailbox of the Head of the Office for Foreigners and include data and information on the foreign national:

1) first name(s) and last name;

2) date and place of birth;

3) sex;

4) citizenship;

5) series, number and date of expiry of the travel document held by the foreign national;

 6) planned period or periods of continuation or completion of studies;

 7) name of the European Union Member State which issued the residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002 or the long-stay visa with the annotation “student” to the foreign national;

 8) the validity of the residence permit or the validity and permissible period of stay indicated in the long-stay visa referred to in point 7;

 9) the name of the EU programme or multilateral programme including mobility measures or an agreement between at least two higher education institutions providing for intra-EU mobility;

 10) the name and address of the unit conducting studies established on the territory of a  European Union Member State, referred to in point 7, in which the foreign national has been studying so far;

 11) the name and address of the unit conducting studies established in the Republic of Poland in which the foreign national intends to continue or complete the studies taken up in the territory of another European Union Member State;

 12) name, surname, official position and signature of the person or persons authorised to represent the unit conducting studies established in the territory of the Republic of Poland.

The notice should be accompanied by:

 1) evidence that the foreign national has the residence permit, referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002, or the long-stay visa issued by another European Union Member State with the annotation “student;”

 2) evidence that the foreign national has health insurance within the meaning of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds or a confirmation that the insurer covers costs of treatment on the territory of the Republic of Poland;

 3) evidence  that the foreign national has sufficient funds to cover the cost of living and return travel to the European Union Member State which issued the residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002 or the long-stay visa, with the annotation “student,” to the foreign national in the amount required for foreigners applying for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of studies https://udsc.gov.pl/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-panstw-trzecich/chce-przedluzyc-swoj-pobyt-w-polsce/zezwolenie-na-pobyt-czasowy/studia-i-nauka/studia/;

 4) payment of the tuition fees by the foreign national, if the continuation or completion of the studies taken up in the territory of another European Union Member State is paid;

Documents prepared in a foreign language shall have a certified translation into Polish attached.

The Head of the Office shall issue a decision on objection if:

 1) the validity of the residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002 or the long-stay visa issued by another European Union Member State with the annotation “student” held by the foreign national does not cover the period of the planned mobility of the student, or

 2) the foreign national does not have health insurance, or

 3) the foreign national does not have sufficient funds to cover the cost of living and return travel to the European Union Member State which issued the residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002 or the long-stay visa with the annotation “student” to the foreign national in an appropriate amount, or

 4) the foreign national did not pay the tuition fee, or

 5) the unit conducting studies operates mainly to facilitate students or doctoral candidates illegal entry or stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland, or

 6) the unit conducting studies does not carry out actual activity consisting in conducting studies or is liquidated, or

 7) the notice includes false personal data or information, or documents attached include such data or information, or have been forged or modified, or

 8) data of the foreign national is entered into the list of foreigners whose stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland is undesirable, or

 9) data of the foreign national is included in the Schengen Information System for the purposes of refusing entry, or

 10) it is required for reasons of national defence or security or for the protection of public safety and order.

The decision of the Head of the Office for Foreigners on the objection is final in the administrative course of the instance.

After receiving the notice, the Head of the Office for Foreigners requests the Commander-in-Chief of the Border Guard, the Chief Police Officer, the Head of the Internal Security Agency, and if necessary also other bodies, for information on the circumstances to issue a decision on the objection referred to in points 5 or 10. The above-mentioned authorities provide information within 20 days from the receipt of the request.

A foreign national entering the territory of the Republic of Poland in order to benefit from the student mobility in connection with the possession of a residence permit referred to in Article 1(2)(a) of Regulation No 1030/2002 or a long-term visa with the annotation “student” issued by another European Union Member State which is not a state of the Schengen Area provides a copy of the aforementioned notice.

The remaining entry conditions, as defined in the Schengen acquis, also apply.

If the foreign national having a national visa for first-cycle studies, second-cycle studies or long-cycle masters studies, or studies in a doctoral school, with the annotation “student,” or a temporary residence permit for the purpose of studying intends to benefit from the student mobility in another EU Member State, the unit conducting studies in which the foreign national is studying, established in Poland, or the unit conducting studies in which the foreign national intends to study, established in a European Union Member State where the foreign national intends to use this mobility, or the foreign national who intends to benefit from this mobility, shall notify the competent authority of that Member State and the Head of the Office for Foreigners of this intention, if the provisions in force in that Member State provide for such notification.