Applying for a visa to Poland is probably one of the most stressful moments during the relocation process. I know stories of people whose applications were rejected. I also know from my own experience that sometimes it’s hard to contact consulates in order to ask them for some extra details. In this section I will be publishing all the articles about visas to Poland. I hope this will help you.

Do you even need a visa to Poland?

There are several countries that have the privilege of visa-free traffic to Poland. Check if you can find your country is on the list.

Which visa to Poland should you choose – Schengen or National?

You can choose either a Schengen visa (type C), or National visa (type D).

The names of these two types are actually quite confusing. In fact, both the Schengen, and National type will entitle you to travel within the Schengen area. In both cases you’re allowed to do that for up to 90 days per 180 days.

The difference is that the Schengen type is for short-term visits, up to 90 days. The National type will enable you to stay in Poland for up to a year, and during this period for 90 days out of each 180 days you can travel to other Schengen countries.

To sum it up: a Schengen visa is not better than a National visa. The first one is for short trips, the other one is for long-term visits (for example for work or studies).

Find a Polish consulate

The website of your consulate should be your ultimate source of information, as the rules may significantly differ from country to country.

Find the website of a Polish consulate for your region or country. All of them should have this kind of layout:

Look for information about visas to Poland on official websites

Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago

Then find a “Visa information” tab and carefully read all the details given there.

Example of visa information tab

Visa information tab

If you come from India you definitely should read a tutorial that I wrote a few months ago: Visa From India To Poland In 10 Steps.

I think that you should  also be interested in this article dedicated to readers from India: Work Visa To Poland. How Much Does It Cost?

Start collecting your documents and money

As I wrote before, rules often depend on the country you come from. All the consulates I’ve checked with have made their own lists of required documents. Unfortunately some consulates don’t explain their procedures very clearly. I believe that in these cases you can start your research from the lists prepared by consulates in New Delhi, Cairo and Instanbul. When you know which requirements are common and which differences are possible, you will be able to ask precise questions in your consulate and get complete responses.

Requirements in Cairo

Schengen visa requirements in New Delhi

Schengen visa in Instanbul

National visa in New Delhi

National visa in Instanbul

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