This is a new form of legalization introduced by the new law on foreigners on 1 May 2014. Instead of two separate permits (one for work, until now filed by the employer, and one for residence, filed by the worker), a unified procedure was introduced - for stay and work. This solution is available for those migrants, who already reside in Poland.
For persons who are not in the Polish territory - it is the employer who applies for work permit, as it was before. Based on this permit the foreigner can receive a visa, and can apply for a residence permit in Poland after arrival to Poland.
Information was prepared as part of "Information Center for Foreigners 2" project, co-run by the Polish Migration Forum, the Mazovian Governor and the Association for Legal Intervention.
It quotes documents and fees necessary to file an application. Attached are the Polish, English, Russian, Vietnamese and Arabic language versions of the publication.
The project is co-financed by the European Fund for Integration of Third Country Nationals and the state budget.