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Legalization of Stay

EU/EEA citizens

Students who are citizens of the European Union or European Economic Area do not need a visa when entering Poland. However, for stays longer than 3 months, students should obtain a temporary residence permit at the Silesian Voivodeship Office.

Silesian Voivodeship Office
Department for Citizenship and Foreigners
Address: Katowice, ul. Jagiellońska 25
Phone: +48 32 207 7327, +48 32 207 7777
E-mail: wsoim@katowice.uw.gov.pl

office hours:
7:30 - 15:30

Further information (in Polish only):
http://www.katowice.uw.gov.pl/usluga/cudzoziemcy/obywatele-ue 

Students must also register their place of stay at the City Hall in the city they are staying in. 

Note: If the address of stay changes, the new address has to be reported to the Silesian Voivodeship Office and the City Hall as soon as possible.


non-EU/EEA-citizens

All non-EU/EEA citizens are required to obtain a visa from the Polish Consulate or Embassy in their country of residence before coming to Poland.  A short-term visa entitles students to stay in Poland for up to 3 months; a long-term visa - up to 1 year.

Students must also register their place of stay at the City Hall in the city they are staying in. 

Note: If the address of stay changes, the new address has to be reported to the Silesian Voivodeship Office and the City Hall as soon as possible.


Useful links:

EU Immigration Portal: http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/
Office for Foreigners: https://udsc.gov.pl/en/

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