The residence status of UK citizens in Poland in case of no-deal Brexit

02/04/19

On March 28th, 2019 the President of Poland signed the act of law regulating inter alia the residence status of UK citizens and their family members in the territory of the Republic of Poland. It will come into force on the day of the official UK withdrawal from the EU.

Detailed information

In the case of no-deal Brexit, the UK citizens and their family members’ stay and work will be considered legal, provided that the day before the date of Brexit they will have the proven right to stay in Poland.

This condition shall be considered to have been met if:

  • UK citizen will have a certificate of registration of residence of an UE citizen;
  • UK citizen will have a document confirming the right of permanent residence of an UE citizen;
  • A family member will have a residence card of a family member of an EU citizen;
  • A family member will have a permanent residence card of a family member of an EU citizen;

The legal stay in Poland

The stay in Poland is considered legal from the date of no-deal Brexit to December 31st, 2020.

The UK citizens who would like to extend their legal stay in Poland will be obliged to apply in person for a special Polish temporary residence permit (under the simplified procedure) before December 31st, 2020. A residence permit shall be granted by the voivode competent with respect to the place of stay of the given individual.

Residence permit 

A residence permit for UK citizens and their family members shall be granted for up to 5 years (for holders of certificates of registration of residence of an UE citizen/ residence cards of a family member of an EU citizen) or for an indefinite period (for holders of documents confirming the right of permanent residence/permanent residence cards).

For the UK citizens and their family members who have been granted a temporary/permanent residence permit, the voivode shall grant a residence card with annotation “Brexit”.

It is important to know

Holders of these permits will be allowed to work in Poland without having a work permit as well as conduct a business activity under the same conditions as Polish citizens.

The UK citizens who intend to move to Poland after no-deal Brexit will be treated according to the same regulations like other non-EU citizens.

Contact us

Mariusz Ignatowicz

Partner

Tel: +48 22 746 4795

Agnieszka Kucharska

Immigration Manager

Tel: +48 (22) 746 4963

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