Polish offices issued 9,532 negative decisions regarding temporary residence permits in 2016. Could they have been foreseen?Read More
The first months after moving to Poland are probably the hardest… You’ve just arrived, no one speaks your language (not that many people speak English well either), but everyone expects that you do something for them: your new employer, clerks, your flat’s owner, etc. You have two options: you can pay some company for help, or read my articles from this section and deal with the problems on your own.
Articles in the section:
This article contains the full list of things that you should think about just after you move to Poland. It’s a starting point for your research – it outlines the most important things to do and provides you with links to official info sources with extra details.
After moving to Poland you should register your place of residence in the municipality office (a city hall). I remember that when I published this article many readers on expat Facebook groups were surprised to learn about this particular requirement. That’s why I think that you should definitely check it out.
This is one of the best articles that I’ve ever published. It explains how to apply for a tax identification number that you will need if you’re going to work here and you cannot obtain a PESEL number. Ideally you should apply for it within a few months after moving to Poland.
The rules of PESEL changed in 2015. EU citizens get a PESEL automatically. Non-EU citizens also get a PESEL automatically when they have permanent residency, long-term EU residency, a “Pole’s card”, after marrying an EU citizen, if they’re refugees, or they have special status due to humanitarian reasons. The fact is: non-EU citizens with most types of temporary residence permits and visas cannot obtain a PESEL automatically. If that applies to you, you need to submit the special form with the legal basis for a PESEL in order to be able to use ePUAP.
I was asked if you can drive a car in Poland on the basis of a foreign driving licence. Then I found that English websites didn’t go into much detail and a new article was needed. That’s how this post was born. It explains in which cases your national driving licence is valid in Poland, what the procedure of the exchange looks like, and how to go through the process step-by-step. Similarly to my previous articles, I’ve also translated some parts of the form that you will need to fill out.
The last article in the Just After Moving to Poland section explains how to choose the best personal bank account on the basis of your income, needs and habits. Make sure to check it out if you don’t want to overpay for banking services.
Work in progress
That’s it for now but I haven’t said my last word yet. JustAsk Poland began in November 2016 and this is just the beginning of what I’m going to publish. This section will grow month after month. Please join the JAP community and help me build the biggest info center for expats in Poland.
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This article explains in which cases your national driving licence is valid in Poland, what the procedure of the exchange looks like, and how to go through the process step-by-step. Similarly to my previous articles, I’ve also translated the form that you will need to fill out.Read More
ePUAP is a platform that will enable you to get some administrative things done online. Unfortunately it’s all in Polish and you must have a PESEL to use it. Non-EU foreigners with visas and most people with temporary residence permits cannot obtain a PESEL ex officio, automatically. They need to prove that they need a PESEL for some reason.Read More
If you want to find the best personal bank account, it will be easiest to use comparison websites in order to compare offers from all of the banks in Poland. In this article I will provide you with all the necessary Polish banking vocabulary to enable you to find the best bank offers.Read More
I’ve got no official statistics on this, but I would guess that out of all the duties and registrations foreign residents forget about the zameldowanie most frequently. Let’s go through the application process in Kraków step-by-step.Read More
NIP is often used as an identification number for people who work in Poland and are not included in the PESEL register i.e. most non-EU foreigners. You need to be registered with the system to enable your employer to pay your PIT (personal income tax) for you.Read More
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