Karta stałego pobytu członka rodziny obywatela UE

Where and when to submit an application

The application is made in person before the expiry of the residence card of a family member of an EU citizen to voivode competent for the EU citizen’s place of residence.

Required documents:

  1. A completed application form for a issuance of permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen;
  2. 5 photographs;
  3. A valid travel document (original available for inspection);
    Note: In the case of lack of any of the above listed documents an alien will be asked to supplement it within 7 days of receipt of the call under pain of leaving the application without consideration.
  4. Documents confirming the 5-year continuous residence in Polish territory with an EU citizen;
  5. Documents stating the reasons for breaks in residence, if there were any.

Note: In case of the need for explanation or clarification of the evidence in the case, which are in possession by the governmental body during the proceedings, the alien may be requested to provide additional documents or to give evidence of the circumstances referred to in the application.

Required Fees

There is no fee for an issuance of permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen.

Stamp duty for filing the power of attorney – PLN 17.00.

Processing time

Permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen is issued not later than 6 months from the date of submission of an application for its issuance.

Information about the issued document

A family member who is not an EU citizen is obliged to have a permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen, which confirms his/her right to stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland and entitling – together with a valid travel document – to multiple crossings of border without a visa.

In the course of receipt of a permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen, there is a requirement of presenting valid travel document confirming the identity. If the document will be received by the applicant’s attorney there is also a need to present the power of attorney to receive thereof.

Permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen is valid for ten years. In case of expiry of its validity this document is to be replaced.

Penalties for failure to obtain a residence card of a family member of an EU citizen

Evasion of the obligation to have a permanent residence card of a family member of a citizen is subject to a fine.

Application form