About 137 thousand foreigners applied for residence permits in Poland between January and September of 2017. It is 77% more than in the same period in 2015.
RakaTravel is a travel and accommodations company run by two founders: Karolina and Retha. Karolina is Polish and Retha is originally from South Africa but moved to Zakopane in 2014. RakaTravel offers a range of holiday apartments in Zakopane and surrounding areas....
Polish offices issued 9,532 negative decisions regarding temporary residence permits in 2016. Could they have been foreseen?
Experts from SOVA Accounting agreed to answer several questions from expats in Poland regarding tax residence. Check to see if you should pay your taxes in Poland.
From time to time you send me questions regarding business in Poland. We usually talk about sole proprietorship or KRS companies, but sometimes we end up discussing the third possibility – business incubators and their pre-incubation scheme.
Chido-Fajny is a blog run by Jose David Huerta Beltran, a Warsaw expat born in Mexico City. During his studies at the Universidad Panamericana Campus in Mexico he went away for an exchange programme to Paris. Once he got to Europe, he started thinking about visiting...
Some time ago Janis Lorena Morales Bernal completely won my heart when she offered to contribute to JustAsk Poland and translate an article to Spanish. And here it is.
The Polish Border Guard published exhaustive answers for the 23 most frequently asked questions from people who cross the Polish border. Read their answers in English.
Do you know how much your work costs? Old-age pensions cost the most. In this article I explain what ZUS is and how the Polish pension system works.
Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is a non-profit international student organisation. Their mission is to represent international students, thus provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students. ESN...
There are quite a lot foreigners in Poland and this number is growing year after year. Can you guess where Polish expats come from and which Polish cities they choose to live in?
In many cases foreigners can also apply for a Polish child benefit called ‘Rodzina 500 plus’. This is a good time to describe how it works and to explain when you can apply for it.
The system of waste management in Poland has changed as of July 2017. Learn how to sort your trash and what to do with hazardous waste like electronic devices and medications, or bulky waste like old furniture.
This time I’ve decided to describe cost of living in Poland… and I am really proud, because I believe that I have published the most detailed article describing average income and expenditures in Poland on the English Internet.
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.
This time I would like to help those of you who are considering studying in Krakow. The first weeks are going to be tough, so let me give you 5 tips on what to do after you get into a university in Krakow.
In this article we’ll explain to you what preparatory classes are, how Mr. Stolarek is preparing his school to give your child the best education, and why you no longer need to pay for education.
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.
You’ve made a bold decision to study far from home. The first problem that you need to face is finding the best university in a country where people probably don’t even speak your language. This guide will help you to find and enroll in the top universities in Poland.
This text describes how to use the pre-filled tax return system in order to submit the PIT-37. All you need to do now is check if everything has been copied correctly and fill out a few extra fields.
There are plenty of Polish programs for tax returns for free on the Internet. We will use e-Deklaracje: a free application provided and published officially by the Ministry of Finance.
Waiters, cooks, medical students, barkeepers, shop assistants – in Poland all of these professionals are required to be checked for Salmonella, Schigella and other contagious diseases. Learn how to get a food service worker certificate in Poland step by step.
From time to time I’ll introduce you to my partners - websites led by expats or for expats that have something interesting to offer: valuable and reliable information, fresh news, special products, etc. One of the websites that you should know about is Odd Urban...
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.
When you want to come to Poland you must legalize your stay and your work separately. However, the temporary residence and work permit is a real game changer. It legalizes both your stay and work – two for one.
You register a sole proprietorship in the CEIDG register on the CEIDG-1 form. The good news is that the form has been translated into English. The bad news is that many entrepreneurs still find it difficult to fill out the form on their own.
It’s not easy to run a company in Poland, but still there are people who decide to start their company here. If you’re going to register a sole proprietorship, these instructions will help you to go through the registration process.
This year the Polish tax office introduced a new kind of service – they’re now filling out the PIT-37 forms for taxpayers. I got really excited by the idea, especially since according to the government it should now take the taxpayer only a few minutes to apply for the assistance and then to accept the version prepared by the tax office.
Once a year every taxpayer needs to fill out a tax return form and submit it to the tax office. Sometimes it’s possible to deal with a tax return without any assistance, for free. This is why I’ve described the process of submitting PIT in English.
To make your transition easier, Sofia Balderson decided to write a short guide about integrating into the very active Krakow community, finding friends and even a job.
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.
Sofia came to Poland in January 2017. To make the relocation easier for other expats, she decided to describe how the first weeks in Poland looked from their perspective.
You’ve just stepped off the plane. Now – what to do upon arrival in Poland? I would like to present you this short list of steps to follow.
This moment comes sooner or later – you start thinking about getting a job. In this article I’m going to share with you a few practical tips on how you can work as a student.
Some expats work in Poland or they are going to work here soon. Other expats prepare money and learn skills to start their own business or they already conduct a business activity. Both examples may have to deal with recruitment and employment agencies.
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.
Erasmus is a very popular exchange programme for universities within the European Union. It will enable you to study in two different countries and get extra money from the European Union in order to do so.
It’s never easy to move to another country, especially one so far from home. Formalities and papers are the worst – complicated and time-absorbing. This article will save you a lot of time.
How much will my salary be? This is one of the basic questions that needs to be answered before you move anywhere. There is a lot of valuable information concerning average salary in Poland, so today I’m going to give you some general statistics.
You will surely pay a 4 400 INR visa processing fee to the Polish consular post in India. You may also pay about 500 PLN of fees here in Poland if you decide to apply for a temporary residence permit.
Can you use free healthcare services in Poland when you’re unemployed? How does NFZ work? Matters of public insurance in Poland.