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Acquisition: 36 months

Capital required: €100,000

Acquisition: 36 months

Capital required: $100,000

About Poland Citizenship and Residency

Poland does not prescribe a straightforward system that can lead to Citizenship and Residency by investment in this country. The only way to obtain citizenship here is by applying for a residence permit and then for a permanent residence permit and living in this country for the required period that can allow a person to be qualified for the procedures applicable to Polish citizenship.

Investment options available to acquire the citizenship and passport of Poland. 

  • Business Investor Visa

The Business Investor Visa for investors who want to invest in the country, program doesn’t require the investor to place a large upfront capital sum. A foreign businessman who wants to relocate to this country and apply for Polish citizenship can do so under specific conditions. First, they need to invest at least EUR 100,000 in a business that will then be evaluated as being profitable. The annual profit the company is expected to generate must be at least EUR 15,000, these financial aspects being the basic legal requirements for applying for Polish citizenship. Other aspects foreign businessmen should take into consideration are the following:

– the legislation for Poland immigration regarding citizenship stipulates that the foreign investor must have lived in this country for at least 3 years based on a permanent residence permit before applying for citizenship.

– the person must be the holder of a residence card and must have a profitable business in Poland (and pay taxes accordingly).

– the investor must have lived in Poland continuously, with the mention that breaks are allowed, as long as the overall period of not living here is less than 10 months.

– the applicant for citizenship in Poland must have a stable source of income, which can refer to income from dividends, income from work contracts, and other types of sources.

– proof of having a stable place to live, such as a long-term rental contract or proof of property ownership in Poland

– the command of the Polish language is also necessary.

A foreign investor who wants to relocate to Poland through investment can do that by registering one of the types of legal available under the local legislation. Among these, the following are eligible:

– Joint Stock Companies

– Limited Joint Stock Partnerships

– Limited Liability Companies

– Limited Partnerships

Must take note that in some cases, the minimum amount of money required to invest in the business is higher than the one requested under the investor visa in Poland.

  • Start-Up Visa

The Start-Up Visa is another way of relocating to Poland through investment. This is a recent program that has been enabled in other countries around the world, but mainly in Europe. To obtain citizenship in Poland through a start-up visa, an entrepreneur must set up a business under specific conditions.

– The applicant must apply to the creation of a new enterprise in which he or she is a member of the board of directors.

– The business idea must be based on a tangible business plan and an innovative idea.

– The minimum amount of money required for the Start-Up Visa program is EUR 1,200.

– The new company must contribute to the Polish economy through the creation of new jobs.

– The applicant must have health insurance.

The applicant must have obtained the consent of the competent authority to work in a certain position or in a specific profession if the obligation to obtain such consent is required by law.

– The applicant must have a guaranteed place in Poland.

  • Polish Citizenship

Poland offers many opportunities when it comes to obtaining citizenship as a foreigner. Amongst the many options, you can get Polish citizenship:

– By Naturalization. If you live in Poland consecutively for at least three years with a permanent residence permit, you can apply for citizenship via naturalization.

– By Investment. If you are a businessman who invests in Poland, you are entitled to obtain a residence permit and then Polish citizenship.

You can obtain Polish citizenship by naturalization if you fulfill any of the following criteria:

  • you have lived in Poland continuously for at least three years with a permanent residence permit.
  • you have a stable income in Poland.
  • you have been married to your Polish spouse for at least three years.
  • you are under 18 years old.
  • you have a parent who has Polish citizenship.
  • you hold a Poles Card (Karta Polaka).

The process for getting Investment Polish citizenship is more complicated. If you want to start a business in Poland, you will initially get a temporary residence permit. You must prove that your business has an income of at least EUR 15,000 per year. If you hold the temporary residence permit for three years, you can apply for the permanent residence permit. After an additional three years of living in Poland with a permanent residence, you can apply for Polish citizenship by naturalization.

Benefits Of Poland Residency By Investment Program

  • Path to citizenship
  • The whole family (spouse and children) has the right to move to permanent residence and acquire property.
  • All family members have the right to apply for registration of Polish citizenship.
  • European Education, Healthcare, and standard of living.
  • Access to the European market and the ability to export products to another country.
  • Low taxes
  • Low housing prices
  • A perfect place to live in when it comes to affordable living conditions.
  • You can pass the Polish borders for free.
  • You can get help from the Consul in case of required at-risk situations.
  • You can undertake legal work in Poland without applying for a work permit.
  • You can conduct any type of business activity in Polish territory.
  • You can use the free education system and the right to apply for scholarships.
  • You can use free healthcare in case of emergencies.
  • You can use a 37% discount on rail travel in Poland.
  • You can visit museums in Poland for free.
  • You can apply for funds from the Polish State Budget.

Poland Residency Requirements And Qualifications

The requirements for a Poland visa will depend on the visa type that you are applying for. These are the requirements for a Poland visa application:

  • Your passport – the passport must be valid and it must have two blank pages for the visa stamp.
  • Poland visa application form – the application form can be found online or physically at the Polish embassy or consulate.
  • Two photos of yourself – the photos should be 35x40mm and should be taken with white background.
  • Proof of travel health insurance – health insurance must be valid in all Schengen countries and it should cover EUR 30,000.
  • Cover letter – the cover letter should state your visit purpose.
  • Proof of sufficient funds
  • Paid visa fee
  • Letter of invitation – the invitation letter can either be written by a friend or family member as long as they are a Polish citizen currently residing in Poland.
  • Employment status documents – a work contract can be used as proof of your financial stability.

Steps And Timeline

Step 1: Find the Nearest Polish Embassy or Consulate – depending on where you live, you can apply for a Poland visa at one of the following:

  • The Polish embassy or consulate in your country.
  • The Polish embassy or consulate in a neighboring country.
  • The embassy or consulate of another Schengen country, to which Poland has outsourced visa submissions.
  • A private visa application center or agency that the Polish embassy has outsourced visa submission services.

Step 2: Set Up a Visa Appointment – it is essential to set up a visa appointment at the embassy. You must apply for the Poland visa appointment at least two weeks before your planned visit to Poland.

Step 3: Collect the Required Documents – (requirements are listed above)

Step 4: Personally Submit the Visa Application – on the date of your appointment, submit the visa application and all the required documents to your nearest Polish embassy or consulate. Make sure you do not forget any of the requirements, as your application may be denied immediately.

Step 5: Enter a Visa Interview – the interview section of a Schengen visa application is often required. The interview process is a possibility for the interviewers to know the reasons for your visit and other personal information. You must answer the questions truthfully.

Step 6: Wait for the Poland Visa to Process – the standard processing time for a Poland visa application is between 10 and 14 days. This timeframe may be extended for 45-60 days in some occurrences.

Our Services

Privacy World offers its services to anyone, not only looking to obtain residency and/or citizenship processes but our experts figure out legal ways to:

  • Find the best solution for your needs.
  • Identify and deploy a strategy to help you accomplish your goals.
  • Activate our network of people in the country where you need help without having you search for the best solution or lawyer. We only work with licensed people in every country whom we carefully vet and pass the guidelines and principles of privacy we stand for.
  • Focus on cutting through the red tape and expedite your process.
  • Provide proper communication with you about your case.
    …. and above all: Offer you legal strategies to provide additional layers of privacy for your identity, while obtaining your residency or citizenship!

Privacy World can also help you with incorporating your company in Poland, assisting in getting you settled in the country, and coordinating with you so that this experience will be less of a hassle.

Want Privacy World to handle your case? Have any questions? Contact us!

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Polish law does not explicitly allow dual citizenship, but possession of another citizenship is tolerated since there are no penalties for its possession  alone.

During the period required to apply for a permanent residence permit, you may stay outside Poland for a maximum of 6 months at a time, and all your stay outside Poland may not exceed 10 months.

Yes, the whole family (spouse and children) also have the right to move to permanent residence and acquire property.

Yes, you need to personally submit your visa application.

Yes an interview is required.

Yes, candidates passing the examinations would obtain a certificate indicating the level of their proficiency in Polish.

You must have resided in Poland for a continuous period of at least 3 years on the bases of a permanent residence permit and has a stable and regular source of income in Poland.

As a Polish tax residents pay PIT on their worldwide income.

Non-residents are subject to Polish PIT on their Polish-sourced income only.

There is no net worth/wealth tax in Poland.

Yes, there is an inheritance tax in Poland, it is levied on the value of assets and property rights located in Poland that are transferred on death to an heir and on lifetime gifts.