• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland




    According to the Directive 2004/38/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 29 April 2004, third-country nationals who are family members of the citizens of European Union (and Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein) are eligible for certain visa facilitations.


    Who is eligible?


    Accelerated procedure of applying for a visa applies to a foreigner who moves with his/her EU/EEA family member to a Member State other than that of which said family member is a national. It does not apply to a third-country national, travelling with his spouse or parent, who has a citizenship of Poland, to Poland for vacation or a visit. In this case the standard procedure applies.


    Example 1: simplified procedure will apply to a case of a citizen of India, who moves to Poland with his spouse, who is a citizen of Germany.


    Example 2: simplified procedure will not apply to a case of a citizen of China, who travels to Poland with his spouse, who is a citizen of Poland.



    Who is a family member according to the Directive?


    • the spouse of EU/EEA citizen (marriage must be recognized by Polish law)
    • the direct descendants of EU/EEA citizen or spouse who are under the age of 21 or are dependant living in the common household of the EU citizen,
    • the dependant direct relatives in the ascending line of EU/EEA citizen or spouse living in the common household of the EU citizen.


    What documents need to be presented in the simplified procedure?


    The list of required documents:


    • Visa application form completed and registered at,
    • One biometric photograph,
    • Passport/Travel document valid for at least 3 months after returning from Schengen area, passport must have at least two empty pages for visas and must not be older than 10 years.
    • Passport of your EU/EEA spouse for verification purpose only,
    • Original document proving the relation to the EU/EEA family member (e.g. marriage certificate),
    • Proof of traveling together with the EU/EEA family member or joining him/her in Poland (e.g. a letter from the EU/EEA family member, signed personally at the Consulate or notarized)

    Please note: stays in Poland for more than three months require registration at Voivode Office (Urząd Wojewódzki) in Poland.


    Refusal of a visa


    A visa shall be refused if the applicant is considered to be a threat to public policy, internal security or public health as defined in Article 2(19) of the Schengen Borders Code or to the international relations of any of the Member States, in particular where an alert has been issued in Polish national databases for the purpose of refusing entry on the same grounds.


    Legal basis:


    • Polish Act on the entry of EU/EEA citizens and their family members to the territory of the Republic of Poland of July 14, 2006 (Ustawa z dnia 14 lipca 2006 r. o wjeździe na terytorium Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, pobycie oraz wyjeździe z tego terytorium obywateli państw członkowskich Unii Europejskiej i członków ich rodzin (Dz. U. z dnia 11 sierpnia 2006 r. poz. 1525) implementing the Directive 2004/38/EC.
    • Polish Act on Foreigners of December 12, 2013 (Ustawa o cudzoziemcach z 12 grudnia 2013 r.)
    • Polish Consular Law of June 25, 2015 (Ustawa Prawo konsularne z 25 czerwca 2015 r.)

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