The Polish Card
The Polish Card is a document confirming membership of the Polish Nation. You can get it if you: ·
have at least basic knowledge of the Polish language and cultivate Polish traditions and customs; ·
submit to the Polish consul a written declaration of membership in the Polish Nation; ·
demonstrate that at least one of your parents or grandparents or two great-grandparents were of Polish nationality or held Polish citizenship, or ·
present a certificate of a Polish community organisation confirming your active involvement in activities for the benefit of the Polish language and culture or Polish national minority for at least the last three years.
The Polish Card does not mean that you have Polish citizenship, nor is it a document entitling you to cross the border or settle in Poland. The Polish Card cannot be granted to a person who has Polish citizenship or a permanent residence permit in Poland.
The holder of the Polish Card has, among other things, the right to: ·
work and pursue economic activity on the same basis as Polish citizens (work permits are not needed); ·
study and participate in scientific research and development work in Poland; ·
benefit from health care services in emergencies; ·
be exempted from consular fees for: - processing and acceptance of an application for a national visa in order to benefit from the rights resulting from the Polish Card; - processing and acceptance of an application for granting Polish citizenship; ·
receive a financial benefit to cover part of the cost of living in Poland when submitting an application for permanent residence (the cash benefit is granted for up to nine months).
Generally, the Polish Card is valid for 10 years from the date it is granted. The validity of the Card may be extended for another 10 years if the holder submits an application no later than three months before the expiry of the Card.
You may submit your application for the Polish Card to a consular post or to the Voivodeship Marshal's Office in Białystok
. For more information about the procedure, required documents, and costs, please visit this website