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POLISH COMMUNITY FOR GLOBAL POLES AND MISSIONARIES VISITING POLAND.


Background:
Poland is an ancient nation that was conceived near the middle of the 10th century. Its golden age occurred in the 16th century. During the following century, the strengthening of the gentry and internal disorders weakened the nation. In a series of agreements between 1772 and 1795, Russia, Prussia, and Austria partitioned Poland amongst themselves. Poland regained its independence in 1918 only to be overrun by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. It became a Soviet satellite state following the war, but its government was comparatively tolerant and progressive. Labor turmoil in 1980 led to the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity" that over time became a political force and by 1990 had swept parliamentary elections and the presidency. A "shock therapy" program during the early 1990s enabled the country to transform its economy into one of the most robust in Central Europe but Solidarity suffered a major defeat in the 2001 parliamentary elections when it failed to elect a single deputy to the lower house of Parliament, and the new leaders of the Solidarity Trade Union subsequently pledged to reduce the Trade Union's political role. Poland joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. With its transformation to a democratic, market-oriented country largely completed, Poland is an increasingly active member of Euro-Atlantic organizations.
Poland is also a member of the Schengen States within the European Union.(Schengen is a system in which travellers arriving at one of the EU`S outer borders are checked only once, thereafter can travel freely inside nearly all the the Nations of schengen States. Britain and Ireland are EU members but has so far declined to join the full schengen system. However Norway and Iceland are not EU but schengen).
Geography Poland Top of Page
Location:
Central Europe, east of Germany
Geographic coordinates:
52 00 N, 20 00 E
Map references:
Europe
Area:
total: 312,679 sq km
land: 304,459 sq km
water: 8,220 sq km
Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than New Mexico
Land boundaries:
total: 3,071 km

Border Countries: Belarus 418 km, Czech Republic 796 km, Germany 467 km, Lithuania 104 km, Russia (Kaliningrad Oblast) 210 km, Slovakia 541 km, Ukraine 535 km
Coastline:440 km
Maritime claims:
territorial sea: 12 nm
exclusive economic zone: defined by international treaties
Climate:
temperate with cold, cloudy, moderately severe winters with frequent precipitation; mild summers with frequent showers and thundershowers
Terrain:
mostly flat plain; mountains along southern border
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: near Raczki Elblaskie -2 m
highest point: Rysy 2,499 m
Natural resources:
coal, sulfur, copper, natural gas, silver, lead, salt, amber, arable land
Land use:
arable land: 40.25%
permanent crops: 1%
other: 58.75% (2005)
Irrigated land:
1,000 sq km (2003)
Total renewable water resources:
63.1 cu km (2005)
Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
total: 11.73 cu km/yr (13%/79%/8%)
per capita: 304 cu m/yr (2002)
Natural hazards:
flooding
Environment - current issues:
situation has improved since 1989 due to decline in heavy industry and increased environmental concern by post-Communist governments; air pollution nonetheless remains serious because of sulfur dioxide emissions from coal-fired power plants, and the resulting acid rain has caused forest damage; water pollution from industrial and municipal sources is also a problem, as is disposal of hazardous wastes; pollution levels should continue to decrease as industrial establishments bring their facilities up to EU code, but at substantial cost to business and the government
Environment - international agreements:
party to: Air Pollution, Antarctic-Environmental Protocol, Antarctic-Marine Living Resources, Antarctic Seals, Antarctic Treaty, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Kyoto Protocol, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: Air Pollution-Nitrogen Oxides, Air Pollution-Persistent Organic Pollutants, Air Pollution-Sulfur 94
Geography - note:
historically, an area of conflict because of flat terrain and the lack of natural barriers on the North European Plain
People Poland Top of Page
Population:
38,500,696 (July 2008 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 15.2% (male 3,013,109/female 2,849,977)
15-64 years: 71.4% (male 13,681,481/female 13,808,412)
65 years and over: 13.4% (male 1,964,477/female 3,183,240) (2008 est.)
Median age:
total: 37.6 years
male: 35.8 years
female: 39.5 years (2008 est.)
Population growth rate:
-0.045% (2008 est.)
Birth rate:
10.01 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Death rate:
9.99 deaths/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Net migration rate:
-0.46 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.62 male(s)/female
total population: 0.94 male(s)/female (2008 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 6.93 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 7.66 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 6.17 deaths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)
Life expectancy at birth:
total population: 75.41 years
male: 71.42 years
female: 79.65 years (2008 est.)
Total fertility rate:
1.27 children born/woman (2008 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
0.1%; note - no country specific models provided (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
14,000 (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
100 (2001 est.)
Major infectious diseases:
degree of risk: intermediate
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial diarrhea
vectorborne disease: tickborne encephalitis
note: highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza has been identified in this country; it poses a negligible risk with extremely rare cases possible among US citizens who have close contact with birds (2008)
Nationality:
noun: Pole(s)
adjective: Polish
Ethnic groups:
Polish 96.7%, German 0.4%, Belarusian 0.1%, Ukrainian 0.1%, other and unspecified 2.7% (2002 census)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 89.8% (about 75% practicing), Eastern Orthodox 1.3%, Protestant 0.3%, other 0.3%, unspecified 8.3% (2002)
Languages:
Polish 97.8%, other and unspecified 2.2% (2002 census)
Literacy:
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.8%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.7% (2003 est.)
Government Poland Top of Page
Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Poland
conventional short form: Poland
local long form: Rzeczpospolita Polska
local short form: Polska
Government type:
republic
Capital:
name: Warsaw
geographic coordinates: 52 15 N, 21 00 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
Administrative divisions:
16 provinces (wojewodztwa, singular - wojewodztwo); Dolnoslaskie (Lower Silesia), Kujawsko-Pomorskie (Kuyavia-Pomerania), Lodzkie, Lubelskie (Lublin), Lubuskie (Lubusz), Malopolskie (Lesser Poland), Mazowieckie (Masovia), Opolskie, Podkarpackie (Subcarpathia), Podlaskie, Pomorskie (Pomerania), Slaskie (Silesia), Swietokrzyskie, Warminsko-Mazurskie (Warmia-Masuria), Wielkopolskie (Greater Poland), Zachodniopomorskie (West Pomerania)
Independence:
11 November 1918 (republic proclaimed)
National holiday:
Constitution Day, 3 May (1791)
Constitution:
adopted by the National Assembly 2 April 1997; passed by national referendum 25 May 1997; effective 17 October 1997
Legal system:
based on a mixture of Continental (Napoleonic) civil law and holdover Communist legal theory; changes being gradually introduced as part of broader democratization process; limited judicial review of legislative acts, but rulings of the Constitutional Tribunal are final; court decisions can be appealed to the European Court of Justice in Strasbourg; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations
Suffrage:
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President Lech KACZYNSKI (since 23 December 2005)
head of government: Prime Minister Donald TUSK (since 16 November 2007); Deputy Prime Ministers Waldemar PAWLAK (since 16 November 2007) and Grzegorz SCHETYNA (since 16 November 2007)
cabinet: Council of Ministers responsible to the prime minister and the Sejm; the prime minister proposes, the president appoints, and the Sejm approves the Council of Ministers
elections: president elected by popular vote for a five-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held 9 and 23 October 2005 (next to be held in the fall 2010); prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the president and confirmed by the Sejm
election results: Lech KACZYNSKI elected president; percent of popular vote - Lech KACZYNSKI 54%, Donald Tusk 46%
Legislative branch:
bicameral National Assembly or Zgromadzenie Narodowe consists of the Senate or Senat (upper house) (100 seats; members are elected by a majority vote on a provincial basis to serve four-year terms), and the Sejm (lower house) (460 seats; members are elected under a complex system of proportional representation to serve four-year terms); the designation of National Assembly is only used on those rare occasions when the two houses meet jointly
elections: Senate - last held 21 October 2007 (next to be held by October 2011); Sejm elections last held 21 October 2007 (next to be held by October 2011)
election results: Senate - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - PO 60, PiS 39, independents 1; Sejm - percent of vote by party - PO 41.5%, PiS 32.1%, LiD 13.2%, PSL 8.9%, other 4.3%; seats by party - PO 209, PiS 166, LiD 53, PSL 31, German minorities 1; note - seats by party as of February 2008 - PO 209, PiS 159, LiD 53, PSL 31, German minorities 1, nonaffiliated 7
note: one seat is assigned to ethnic minority parties in the Sejm only
Judicial branch:
Supreme Court (judges are appointed by the president on the recommendation of the National Council of the Judiciary for an indefinite period); Constitutional Tribunal (judges are chosen by the Sejm for nine-year terms)
Political parties and leaders:
Civic Platform or PO [Donald TUSK]; Democratic Left Alliance or SLD [Grzegorz NAPIERALSKI]; Democratic Party or PD [Janusz ONYSZKIEWICZ]; German Minority of Lower Silesia or MNSO [Henryk KROLL]; Law and Justice or PiS [Jaroslaw KACZYNSKI]; League of Polish Families or LPR [Sylwester CHRUSZCZ]; Left and Democrats or LiD [Wojciech OLEJNICZAK] (a coalition formed by the SLD, PD, SDPL, and UP); Polish People's Party or PSL [Waldemar PAWLAK]; Samoobrona or SO [Andrzej LEPPER]; Social Democratic Party of Poland or SDPL [Marek BOROWSKI]; Union of Labor or UP [Andrzej SPYCHALSKI]
Political pressure groups and leaders:
All Poland Trade Union Alliance or OPZZ (trade union) [Jan GUZ]; Roman Catholic Church [Cardinal Stanislaw DZIWISZ, Archbishop Jozef MICHALIK]; Solidarity Trade Union [Janusz SNIADEK]
International organization participation:
Arctic Council (observer), Australia Group, BIS, BSEC (observer), CBSS, CE, CEI, CERN, EAPC, EBRD, EIB, ESA (cooperating state), EU, FAO, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC, ICCt, ICRM, IDA, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MINURSO, NAM (guest), NATO, NSG, OAS (observer), OECD, OIF (observer), OPCW, OSCE, PCA, Schengen Convention, SECI (observer), UN, UNCTAD, UNDOF, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNIFIL, UNMEE, UNMIL, UNMIS, UNOCI, UNOMIG, UNWTO, UPU, WCL, WCO, WEU (associate), WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO, ZC
Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Robert KUPIECKI
chancery: 2640 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
telephone: [1] (202) 234-3800 through 3802
FAX: [1] (202) 328-6271
consulate(s) general: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York
Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Victor ASHE
embassy: Aleje Ujazdowskie 29/31 00-540 Warsaw
mailing address: American Embassy Warsaw, US Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-5010 (pouch)
telephone: [48] (22) 504-2000
FAX: [48] (22) 504-2688
consulate(s) general: Krakow
Flag description:
two equal horizontal bands of white (top) and red; similar to the flags of Indonesia and Monaco which are red (top) and white
Economy Poland Top of Page
Economy - overview:
Poland has pursued a policy of economic liberalization since 1990 and today stands out as a success story among transition economies. In 2007, GDP grew an estimated 6.5%, based on rising private consumption, a jump in corporate investment, and EU funds inflows. GDP per capita is still much below the EU average, but is similar to that of the three Baltic states. Since 2004, EU membership and access to EU structural funds have provided a major boost to the economy. Unemployment is falling rapidly, though at roughly 12.8% in 2007, it remains well above the EU average. Tightening labor markets, and rising global energy and food prices, pose a risk to consumer price stability. In December 2007 inflation reached 4.1% on a year-over-year basis, or higher than the upper limit of the National Bank of Poland's target range. Poland's economic performance could improve further if the country addresses some of the remaining deficiencies in its business environment. An inefficient commercial court system, a rigid labor code, bureaucratic red tape, and persistent low-level corruption keep the private sector from performing up to its full potential. Rising demands to fund health care, education, and the state pension system present a challenge to the Polish government's effort to hold the consolidated public sector budget deficit under 3.0% of GDP, a target which was achieved in 2007. The PO/PSL coalition government which came to power in November 2007 plans to further reduce the budget deficit with the aim of eventually adopting the euro. The new government has also announced its intention to enact business-friendly reforms, reduce public sector spending growth, lower taxes, and accelerate privatization. However, the government does not have the necessary two-thirds majority needed to override a presidential veto, and thus may have to water down initiatives in order to garner enough support to pass its pro-business policies.
GDP (purchasing power parity):
$620.9 billion (2007 est.)
GDP (official exchange rate):
$420.3 billion (2007 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
6.5% (2007 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):
$16,300 (2007 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 4.1%
industry: 31.6%
services: 64.4% (2007 est.)
Labor force:
16.86 million (2007 est.)
Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture: 16.1%
industry: 29%
services: 54.9% (2002)
Unemployment rate:
12.8% (2007 est.)
Population below poverty line:
17% (2003 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: 3.1%
highest 10%: 27% (2002)
Distribution of family income - Gini index:
36 (2005)
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
2.5% (2007 est.)
Investment (gross fixed):
22.1% of GDP (2007 est.)
Budget:
revenues: $85.25 billion
expenditures: $91.37 billion (2007 est.)
Public debt:
43.1% of GDP (2007 est.)
Agriculture - products:
potatoes, fruits, vegetables, wheat; poultry, eggs, pork, dairy
Industries:
machine building, iron and steel, coal mining, chemicals, shipbuilding, food processing, glass, beverages, textiles
Industrial production growth rate:
8.9% (2007 est.)
Electricity - production:
146.2 billion kWh (2005)
Electricity - consumption:
120.4 billion kWh (2005)
Electricity - exports:
16.19 billion kWh (2005)
Electricity - imports:
5.002 billion kWh (2005)
Oil - production:
32,800 bbl/day (2005 est.)
Oil - consumption:
462,700 bbl/day (2005 est.)
Oil - exports:
51,780 bbl/day (2004)
Oil - imports:
480,300 bbl/day (2004)
Oil - proved reserves:
96.38 million bbl (1 January 2006 est.)
Natural gas - production:
5.828 billion cu m (2005)
Natural gas - consumption:
15.58 billion cu m (2005 est.)
Natural gas - exports:
42.2 million cu m (2005 est.)
Natural gas - imports:
10.01 billion cu m (2005)
Natural gas - proved reserves:
158.1 billion cu m (1 January 2006 est.)
Current account balance:
-$15.48 billion (2007 est.)
Exports:
$144.6 billion f.o.b. (2007 est.)
Exports - commodities:
machinery and transport equipment 37.8%, intermediate manufactured goods 23.7%, miscellaneous manufactured goods 17.1%, food and live animals 7.6% (2003)
Exports - partners:
Germany 25.9%, Italy 6.8%, France 6%, UK 5.9%, Czech Republic 5.5%, Russia 4.7%, Ukraine 4% (2006)
Imports:
$160.2 billion f.o.b. (2007 est.)
Imports - commodities:
machinery and transport equipment 38%, intermediate manufactured goods 21%, chemicals 14.8%, minerals, fuels, lubricants, and related materials 9.1% (2003)
Imports - partners:
Germany 28.9%, Russia 8.8%, Italy 6.5%, Netherlands 5.6%, France 5.1%, China 4.2% (2006)
Economic aid - recipient:
$1.524 billion in available EU structural adjustment and cohesion funds (2004)
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$65.75 billion (31 December 2007 est.)
Debt - external:
$169.5 billion (31 December 2007)
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:
$142.1 billion (2007 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:
$19.64 billion (2007 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares:
$149.1 billion (2006)
Currency (code):
zloty (PLN)
Exchange rates:
zlotych per US dollar - 2.81 (2007), 3.1032 (2006), 3.2355 (2005), 3.6576 (2004), 3.8891 (2003)
note: zlotych is the plural form of zloty
Fiscal year:
calendar year
Communications Poland Top of Page
Telephones - main lines in use:
11.475 million (2006)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
36.746 million (2006)
Telephone system:
general assessment: modernization of the telecommunications network has accelerated with market based competition finalized in 2003; fixed-line service, dominated by the former state-owned company, is dwarfed by the growth in wireless telephony
domestic: mobile-cellular service available since 1993 and provided by three nation-wide networks with a fourth provider beginning operations in late 2006; cellular coverage is generally good with some gaps in the east; fixed-line service is growing slowly and still lags in rural areas
international: country code - 48; international direct dialing with automated exchanges; satellite earth station - 1 with access to Intelsat, Eutelsat, Inmarsat, and Intersputnik
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 14, FM 777, shortwave 1 (1998)
Television broadcast stations:
40 (2006)
Internet country code:
.pl
Internet hosts:
5.681 million (2007)
Internet users:
11 million (2006)
Transportation Poland Top of Page
Airports:
123 (2007)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 83
over 3,047 m: 4
2,438 to 3,047 m: 30
1,524 to 2,437 m: 39
914 to 1,523 m: 7
under 914 m: 3 (2007)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 40
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 22 (2007)
Heliports:
7 (2007)
Pipelines:
gas 13,552 km; oil 1,384 km; refined products 777 km (2007)
Railways:
total: 23,072 km
broad gauge: 629 km 1.524-m gauge
standard gauge: 22,443 km 1.435-m gauge (20,555 km operational; 11,910 km electrified) (2006)
Roadways:
total: 423,997 km
paved: 295,356 km (includes 662 km of expressways)
unpaved: 128,641 km (2006)
Waterways:
3,997 km (navigable rivers and canals) (2006)
Merchant marine:
total: 11 ships (1000 GRT or over) 55,701 GRT/45,082 DWT
by type: cargo 6, chemical tanker 2, passenger/cargo 1, roll on/roll off 1, vehicle carrier 1
foreign-owned: 1 (Nigeria 1)
registered in other countries: 102 (Antigua and Barbuda 2, Bahamas 15, Cyprus 18, Liberia 14, Malta 25, Norway 3, Panama 15, Slovakia 2, St Vincent and The Grenadines 1, Vanuatu 7) (2007)
Ports and terminals:
Gdansk, Gdynia, Swinoujscie, Szczecin
Military Poland Top of Page
Military branches:
Polish Armed Forces: Land Forces (includes Navy (Marynarka Wojenna, MW)), Polish Air Force (Sily Powietrzne Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej, SPRP) (2008)
Military service age and obligation:
17 years of age for male compulsory military service after January 1st of the year of 18th birthday; 17 years of age for voluntary military service; conscript service obligation shortened from 12 to 9 months in 2005; by 2008, plans call for at least 60% of military personnel to be volunteers; only soldiers who have completed their conscript service are allowed to volunteer for professional service; as of April 2004, women are only allowed to serve as officers and noncommissioned officers (2006)
Manpower available for military service:
males age 16-49: 9,741,508
females age 16-49: 9,514,843 (2008 est.)
Manpower fit for military service:
males age 16-49: 7,937,840
females age 16-49: 7,949,677 (2008 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually:
males age 16-49: 257,605
females age 16-49: 245,832 (2008 est.)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
1.71% (2005 est.)
Transnational Issues Poland Top of Page
Disputes - international:
as a member state that forms part of the EU's external border, Poland has implemented the strict Schengen border rules to restrict illegal immigration and trade along its eastern borders with Belarus and Ukraine
Illicit drugs:
despite diligent counternarcotics measures and international information sharing on cross-border crimes, a major illicit producer of synthetic drugs for the international market; minor transshipment point for Southwest Asian heroin and Latin American cocaine to Western Europe
This page was last updated on 24 July 2008



ACT of 14 July 2006


On the entry into, residence in and exit from the Republic of Poland of nationals of the European Union Member States and their family members [1]), [2])

(Journal of Laws No. 144, item 1043)

Chapter 1 General Article 1

The Act lays down the rules and conditions governing the entry, residence and exit of the territory of the Republic of Poland of following persons:

(1) nationals of the European Union Member States,

(2) nationals of the non-EU European Economic Area states,

(3) nationals of States, which are not parties to the agreement on European Economic Area, who may exercise their right to move and reside freely within the territory on the grounds of the agreements concluded by these States with the European Community and its Member States,

(4) family members of the nationals referred to in (1)-(3) above, who join or associate them,

as well as the procedure and bodies competent for these matters.


Article 2

Whenever in this Act the reference is made to:

(1) border – it shall signify the state border of the Republic of Poland within the meaning of the Act of 12 October 1990 on the protection of the state border (Dz.U. of 2005 No 226 item 1944);

(2) travel document – it shall signify a travel document within the meaning of the Act of 13 June 2003 on foreign nationals (Dz. U. of 2003, No 128, item 1175 as amended[3])

(3) Union citizen – it shall mean a foreign national:

(a) national of the European Union Member States,

(b) national of the non-EU European Economic Area states,

(c) national of States, which are not parties to the agreement on European Economic Area, who may exercise their right to move and reside freely within the territory on the grounds of the agreements concluded by these States with the European Community and its Member States;

(4) the family member – it shall signify:

(a) the spouse,

(b) the descendants of the Union citizen who are under the age of 21 or are dependants and those of the spouse or living in the common household with the Union citizen,

(c) dependent direct relatives of the Union citizen in the ascending line and those of the spouse or living in the common household with the Union citizen;

(5) self-employed person – it shall signify a natural person who is an entrepreneur within the meaning of the Act of 2 July 2004 on the freedom of economic activity (Dz.U. No 173 item 1807 as amended[4]) and any other natural person undertaking gainful employment in their own name and on their own behalf, even if other acts do not deem such activity an economic activity or a person undertaking such activity for entrepreneurs;

(6) Member State – it shall signify a Member State of the European Union, State of the European Economic Area, which is not a member of the EU or State, which is not a party to the agreement on European Economic Area, whose nationals may exercise their right to move and reside freely within the territory of the Republic of Poland on the grounds of the agreements concluded by these States with the European Community and its Member States;

(7) employee - it shall signify a person remaining in employment relation, as well as a person employed on the grounds of a civil law contract;

(8) visa - it shall signify a visa within the meaning of the Act of 13 June 2003 on foreign nationals.



Article 3

1. The proceedings in cases governed by the present act shall be subject to the provisions of the Act of 14 June 1960 - Code of Administrative Procedure (Dz.U. of 2000 No 98, item 1071 as amended[5]), unless otherwise specified in the Act.

2. The proceedings in cases governed by the present act and lying within the competence of consuls shall be subject to the provisions of the Act of 13 February 1984 on functions of the consuls of the Republic of Poland (Dz.U. of 2002 No 215, item 1823 and of 2004 no. 173 item 1808), unless otherwise specified in the Act.

3. Cases lying within the competence of Voivods, and governed by the present Act, the provisions of Article 33 of the Act of 5 June 1998 on government administration in Voivodships (Dz.U. of 2001 No 80 item 872 as amended[6]).

Article 4

The President of the Office of Repatriation and Foreign Nationals is a higher level authority within the meaning of the Act of 14 June 1960 - Code of Administrative Procedure against the Voivod within the framework of matters specified in the Act.

Article 5

The authority competent for matters governed by the Act may decide not to justify its decision or resolution issued in those cases, in whole or in part, if the State security so requires.

Article 6

Authorities competent for matters governed by the present act are obliged to instruct Union citizens and their family members in the language they understand, of the following:

(1) rules and procedures in such cases;

(2) their rights and duties;

(3) contents of decisions on the grounds of which they are refused the registration of residence or grounds for the annulment of such registration;

(4) contents of decisions resulting in the refusal to issue documents referred to in the Act or on the grounds of which such documents are annulled;

(5) contents of the decision on expulsion;

(6) procedure and deadline for appeals.



Article 7

1. Applications in cases governed by the Act shall be drawn up in Polish and submitted using respective forms.

2. Documents drawn up in a foreign language and appended to applications in cases governed by the Act shall be submitted together with their certified translations into the Polish language.

Article 8

In proceedings and registers maintained on the grounds of the Act, the following data may be processed:

(1) First name(s) and family name;

(2) Previous name;

(3) Gender;

(4) Father’s name;

(5) Mother’s name;

(6) Date of birth;

(7) place and country of birth;

(8) physical description:

(a) height in centimetres,

(b) colour of eyes,

(c) distinguishing marks;

(9) fingerprints;

(10) citizenship;

(11) marital status;

(12) place of residence;

(13) personal number of Public Electronic System of Population Evidence (PESEL Number);

(14) image.



Chapter 2

Entry into the territory of the Republic of Poland and exit from that territory



Article 9

1. Union citizen may enter the territory of the Republic of Poland on the grounds of a valid travel document or other valid documents confirming their identity and citizenship.

2. Family member who is not a Union citizen may enter the territory of the Republic of Poland on the grounds of a valid travel document and visa.

3. The obligation to have a visa, referred to in (2) above does not apply to a national of the state, against whom the visa obligation was lifted partially or in whole, pursuant to Council Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001 of 15 March 2001 listing the third countries whose nationals must be in possession of visas when crossing the external borders and those whose nationals are exempt from that requirement (OJ EC L 81 of 21.03.2001, p.1) amended by Council Regulation (EC) No. 2414/2001 of 7 December 2001 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 (OJ EC L 327 of 12.12.2001, p.1) and Council Regulation (EC) No 453/2003 of 6 March 2003 amending Regulation (EC) No 539/2001 (OJ L 69 of 13.03.2003, p.10).



Article 10

1. Family member who is not a Union citizen shall be issued an entry visa for stay or to join a national of the Member State.

2. Family member who is not a Union citizen shall be refused a visa if his personal data is listed in the register of foreign nationals, whose stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland is not welcome, maintained on the grounds of Article 124 (4) of the Act of 13 June 2003 on foreign nationals, hereinafter referred to as “the list”.

3. Visa shall be issued or refused by the consul or a commander of Border Guards immediately after the receipt of the application.



Article 11

1. Union citizens or their family members who is not a Union citizen may be refused entry into the territory of the Republic of Poland in the case, where:

(1) his personal data has been entered onto the list, or

(2) he/she does not have a document referred to respectively in Article 9 (1) or Article 9 (2), unless he/she proves unquestionably that he/she is authorised to exercise the right to free movement.

2. The provisions of paragraph 1 (1) shall not apply for the entry in the territory of the Republic of Poland to take part in proceedings before administrative court in the case regarding the expulsion from that territory and when the residence of the Union citizen or his/her family member who is not a Union citizen in that territory causes no significant threat to public order or public security.



Article 12

The Commander of a Border Guard Unit shall enable a Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen to take steps aimed at obtaining documents referred to in Article 9 (1) or Article 9 (2) respectively in a period not longer than 72 hours before issuing a decision to refuse entry into the territory of the Republic of Poland or to prove unquestionably that these persons are authorised to exercise their right to free movement.



Article 13

1. Decisions to refuse entry into the territory of the Republic of Poland shall be issued by the Commander of the Border Guard Unit.

2. The decision of the Commander of the Border Guard Unit may be appealed against.



Article 14

1. Union citizen may enter into the territory of the Republic of Poland on the grounds of a valid travel document or another document confirming his identity and citizenship.

2. Family member who is not a Union citizen may enter the territory of the Republic of Poland on the grounds of a valid travel document.



Chapter 3

Right of Residence



Article 15

1. Union citizen and family member who is not a Union citizen may reside in the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period of 3 months without the need to meet the residence requirements set forth in this chapter.

2. in the period referred to in paragraph 1 above, the following shall apply:

(1) Union citizen shall be obliged to be in the possession of a valid travel document or another document confirming his/her identity and citizenship.

(2) Family member who is not a Union citizen shall be obliged to be in the possession of a valid travel document.



Article 16

1. Union citizen shall have the right to reside for a period longer than 3 months if he/she meets one of the following conditions:

(1) he/she is an employee or a self-employed person in the territory of the Republic of Poland;

(2) he/she is covered by the general health insurance or is a person entitled to health insurance or is a person entitled to health insurance benefits on the grounds of the provisions on coordination within the meaning of Article 5 (23) of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health insurance benefits finances from public funds (Dz.U. No. 210 item 2135, as amended[7]) and is in possession of enough funds to provide for himself/herself and his/her family members in the territory of the Republic of Poland without the need to make use of social insurance benefits;

(3) he/she studies or undergoes vocational training in the Republic of Poland and is covered by general health insurance or is a person entitled to health insurance or is a person entitled to health insurance benefits on the grounds of the provisions on coordination within the meaning of Article 5 (23) of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health insurance benefits finances from public funds and is in possession of enough funds to provide for himself/herself and his/her family members in the territory of the Republic of Poland without the need to make use of social insurance benefits;

(4) he/she is married to a Polish national.

2. If the purpose of residence in the Republic of Poland is to undertake gainful employment, a Union citizen against whom the limitations in the access to labour market apply pursuant to international agreements shall be granted the right to reside for a period longer than three months after obtaining a promise of employment permit in that territory.



Article 17

1. Union citizen who is no longer employed or does not undertake self-employment any more shall keep the rights of employees and self-employed persons in following cases

(1) where he/she does not undertake employment or any other gainful activity in his/her own name and on his/her own behalf because he/she is temporarily unable to work as the result of an illness or accident;

(2) where he/she is in duly recorded involuntary unemployment in accordance with the unemployment register kept by the Poviat Employment Office;

(3) where he/she embarks on education or vocational training.

2. If the period of employment or other gainful activity in their own name and on their own behalf in the territory of the Republic of Poland preceding unemployment referred to in paragraph 1 (2) above amounted to less than one year, the Union citizens shall retain the right to reside granted to an employee or self-employed person for a period of 6 months of the registration in Poviat Employment Office.



Article 18

The right of residence of the Union citizen, as referred to in:

(1) Article 16 (1) and (2) and in Article 17 shall cover also a family member accompanying him/her in the territory of the Republic of Poland;

(2) Article 16 (3) shall also cover the spouse and dependent children accompanying him/her in the territory of the Republic of Poland.



Article 19

1. In the event of divorce, annulment of marriage, death or exit from the territory of the Republic of Poland of the Union citizen referred to in Articles 16 and 17, the family member who is a Union citizen shall retain the rights of residence.

2. Family member, who is not a Union citizen shall retain the right of residence in following cases:

(1) death of the Union citizen referred to in Articles 16 and 17 if he/she accompanied the Union citizen in the territory of the Republic of Poland for a period longer than one year preceding the date of death of the Union citizen.

(2) divorce, annulment of marriage with the Union citizen referred to in Articles 16 and 17, if:

(a) the marriage lasted for at least 3 years before prior to initiation of the divorce or annulment proceedings, including one year of residence of Union citizen in the territory of the Republic of Poland, or

(b) by agreement between the spouses or by court order, as former spouse of the Union citizen he/she has custody of the Union citizen's children, or

(c) this is warranted by particularly difficult circumstances, such as having been a victim of domestic violence while the marriage or registered partnership was subsisting, or

(d) by agreement between the spouses or by court order, the former spouse has the right of access to a minor child, provided that the court has ruled that such access must be in the Republic of Poland, and for as long as is required.

3. 3. The Union citizen's referred to in Articles 16 and 17 departure from the Republic of Poland or his/her death shall not entail loss of the right of residence of his/her children or of the parent who has actual custody of the children, irrespective of nationality, if the children reside in the Republic of Poland and are enrolled at an educational establishment, for the purpose of studying there, until the completion of their studies.



Article 20

If the residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland lasts for more than 3 months, the Union citizen shall be obliged to register his/her residence and the family member who is not a Union citizen shall be obliged to obtain the Union citizen family member residence card.



Article 21

1. The residence shall be registered at the request of the Union citizen and the residence card of a member of the Union citizen’s family shall be issued at the request of the family member who is not a Union citizen.
2. The request shall be submitted in person, not later than on the following day after the expiry of 3 months from the date of entry to the territory of the Republic of Poland. The requirement to submit the request in person shall not refer to minors.
3. The request shall be accompanied by documents or written statements confirming the fulfilment of residence requirements laid down in this chapter, and in the case of the request to issue a residence card of a member of the Union citizen’s family it shall be accompanied also by photographs.
4. A valid travel document shall be presented upon submission of the request to register the residence or to issue a residence card of a member of the Union citizen’s family. A Union citizen may present other valid document which confirms his/her identity and citizenship.
5. The certificate confirming the submission of the request shall be issued immediately to the family member who is not a Union citizen.



Article 22

The residence shall be registered and the certificate on the registration of the residence of a Union citizen shall be issued immediately, and the residence card of a member of a Union citizen’s family shall be issued not later than within 6 months from the date of the submission of the request for its issue, or the registration of the residence or the issue of the card shall be denied within that time.



Article 23

1. The authority which conducts proceedings concerning the registration of the residence or the issue of the residence card of a member of a Union citizen’s family shall submit the copies of the requests referred to in Article 21 (1) to the Border Guard unit Commander, the Voivodship Police Commander and the head of the Internal Security Agency.
2. The Border Guard unit Commander, the Voivodship Police Commander and the head of the Internal Security Agency shall immediately provide the authority which conducts proceedings concerning the registration of the residence or the issue of the residence card of a member of a Union citizen’s family with the information whether the residence of the Union citizen or the family member who is not a Union citizen constitutes a threat to the country’s defences or security or for the protection of public safety and order.



Article 24

The authority which conducts the proceedings concerning the registration of residence shall establish whether the obligation to possess sufficient financial resources referred to in Article 16 (1) (2) or (3) has been fulfilled.



Article 25

If during the proceedings concerning the issue of a residence card of a member of a Union citizen’s family, the circumstances point to the fact that:

(1) one of the spouses accepted a financial benefit in return for the consent for contracting a marriage, unless it results from a custom established in a given state or a social group;

(2) the spouses do not fulfil the legal responsibilities arising from the marriage;

(3) matrimonial cohabitation is not maintained;

(4) the spouses have never met before their marriage;

(5) the spouses do not speak a language understood by both;

(6) the spouses are inconsistent about their respective personal details and about other important circumstances concerning them;

(7) one or both of the spouses had contracted a marriage of convenience in the past;

the authority which conducts the proceedings shall establish whether the marriage with the Union citizen is not a marriage of convenience.



Article 26

The authorities conducting administrative proceedings on registration of residence or of issuing residence card of the Union citizen family member may apply, in special well founded cases, through the chief commander of police, to the relevant authority of the Member State to provide information on the person under proceeding that are registered in the police data bases.



Article 27

1. The registration of the residence is made in the register of residence of a Union citizen.
2. Union citizen whose residence was registered is issued a certificate of registration of Union citizen residence.



Article 28

1. The following information are placed in the certificate of registration of Union citizen residence or residence card of Union citizen family member:

(1) First name(s) and Family name;

(2) Date and place of birth;

(3) Citizenship

(4) Gender

(5) Registered address of the place of permanent residence within the territory of the Republic of Poland, and in case there is none – registered address of temporary residence for period exceeding 3 months; in case there is not any registered address of the place of permanent or temporary residence exceeding 3 months these data shall not be included;

(6) Public Electronic System of Population Evidence (PESEL) number – if assigned;

(7) The date of issue and the name of the authority.

2. The certificate of registration of the Union citizen residence shall also include the date of the residence registration, and the residence card of the Union citizen family member – the expiry date, photograph and signature of the holder.
3. The residence card of the Union citizen family member may include encoded record of personal data as described in paragraph (1) (1) to (1) (3) above.



Article 29

1. While collecting certificate of registration of residence of Union citizen or residence card of the Union citizen family member, a valid travel document shall be produced together with confirmation of the payment of the fee due as described in Article 40 below. If the documents are collected by plenipotentiary – also the document confirming power of attorney to collect documents or card. Union citizen may produce other valid document proving identity and citizenship.
2. Collection of document confirming right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is proven by signature on the application form submitted.



Article 30

1. Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen is obliged to be in possession of a residence card of the Union citizen family member who confirms this person’s right to permanent residence within territory of Republic of Poland and enables, together with relevant travel document, to cross the border of Republic of Poland without a visa.
2. The residence card of the Union citizen family member is valid for 5 years. In case the intended residence of the Union citizen that the family member joins or accompanies, within the territory of Republic of Poland does not exceed 5 years, the residence card is valid within the period of Union citizen intended residence.



Article 31

1. Union citizen may be refused registration of residence and Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen may not be issued a residence card in following circumstances:

(1) If the conditions of the residence as described in this chapter are not fulfilled, or

(2) If the residence of a Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen within the territory of Republic of Poland constitutes a threat for defence or State security or protection of public security or public order.

2. The family member who is not a Union citizen may also be refused residence card of the Union citizen family member in the case of marriage of convenience.



Article 32.

1. The certificate on registration of Union citizen residence or the residence card of the family member shall be replaced in the case if:

(1) The data in the documents needs to be amended

(2) The document is destroyed

2. The residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be replaced also in case if:

(1) Appearance of the person changes in a way that makes the establishment of the person’s identity difficult

(2) Expires

3. In case the certificate of registration of Union citizen residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is lost, a new certification or the card is issued.



Article 33.

1. The replacement or issue of new document certifying the registration of Union citizen residence shall take place immediately upon the application of the Union citizen, and the replacement or issue of new document of residence card of the Union citizen family member – immediately upon the application of Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen.
2. The application shall be submitted in person. The requirement of personal submission does not apply to minors.
3. The application for:

(1) Replacement of residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be accompanied by residence card of the Union citizen family member in possession and photographs;

(2) The issue of new document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be accompanied by photographs.

4. While submitting application for replacement or issue of a new certificate of registration of Union citizen residence, a valid travel or other valid document confirming person’s identity and citizenship shall be produced.
5. While submitting the application for replacement or issue of new residence card for Union citizen family member a valid travel document shall be produced.



Article 34.

The provisions of Article 29 are applicable in the case of collection of new document certifying the registration of Union citizen residence or new residence card of a Union citizen family member.



Article 35.

The registration of residence shall be cancelled in following circumstances:

(1) The document was issued on the basis of forged or processed documents or false information, or

(2) The residence of the Union citizen within the territory of Republic of Poland constitutes serious danger for State defence or security, or protection of public security and public order.



Article 36.

Residence card of the Union citizen family member is cancelled in following circumstances:

(1) The residence of a Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen within the territory of Republic of Poland constitutes serious danger for State defence or security, or protection of public security and public order, or

(2) The card was issued on the basis of forged or processed documents or false information, or

(3) The marriage of Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen was of convenience, or

(4) The Union citizen family member does not fulfil the conditions as described in this chapter.



Article 37.

1. The residence card of the Union citizen family member, in the case of annulment or death of the family member shall be returned immediately to the authority that issued the card.
2. The person obliged to return the residence card of the Union citizen family member is:

(1) In the case of annulment – the family member who is not a Union citizen

(2) In the case of death of Union citizen or family member who is not a Union citizen – the persons responsible for reporting death, in accordance with the provisions of the Act of 26 September 1986 – Registry Office Records Act (Dz.U. of 2004, No 161, item 1688).

Article 38.

Refusal or annulment of the registration of residence, refusal to replace the residence certificate of the Union citizen, refusal to issue or replace, and annul the residence card of a family member of the Union citizen are made by way of decision.



Article 39.

1. The Voivod competent for the place of residence of the Union citizen shall be responsible for the registration of residence or annulment of the registration of residence, for replacement or issuing of a new certificate of registration of residence of Union citizen, issuing, replacement or annulment of the residence card of the Union citizen family member.
2. The Voivod relevant to the place of residence of a family member shall be responsible for issuing, replacement or annulment of the residence card of the family member of Union citizen in cases described in Article 19 (2) and Article 19 (3).



Article 40.

1. The certificate of the registration of the Union citizen residence, or residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be issued or replaced after the fee is paid.
2. The fee shall be considered income of the state budget.
3. The minister competent for internal affairs working together with the minister competent for public finance shall decide, by way of ordinance, on the amount and the way the fee for issuing or replacement of certificates of Union citizen residence or residence card of Union citizen family member is paid, taking into consideration unit cost of production and issuing or replacement of the documents, although the cost of the abovementioned fees cannot exceed the fee charged for issuing of ID for Polish nationals.



Article 41.

1. The Minister competent for internal affairs shall decide, by way of ordinance, on:



(1) The templates of applications used for:

(a) registry of residence,

(b) replacement or issuing new certificate of registration of residence of Union citizen,

(c) issuing or replacement of the residence card of Union citizen family member;

(2) Documents that shall be attached to application on the registration of residence or issuing residence card for Union citizen family member, taking into consideration the EU provisions on this subject;

(3) Number of photographs and requirements concerning the photographs attached to the application on issuing or replacement of the residence card for Union citizen family member;

(4) Templates of the certificates of registration of residence of Union citizen and residence card of Union citizen family member.

2. The ordinance described in point 1 above shall include:

(1) Data referred to in Article 8 within the scope as necessary to register the residence, to replace or issue new certificate of registration of residence of Union citizen, and issuing or replacement of residence card for Union citizen family member;

(2) Data referred to in Article 28 (1) and Article 28 (2).



Chapter 4

Right of permanent residence



Article 42.

The Union citizen shall obtain right of permanent residence after five years of continuous residence within the territory of Republic of Poland, if all the conditions of residence referred to in Chapter 3 were fulfilled within this period.



Article 43.

The family member who is not a Union citizen shall obtain right of permanent residence after five years of continuous residence within the territory of Republic of Poland with Union citizen, if all the conditions of residence referred to in Chapter 3 were fulfilled within this period.



Article 44.

1. The family member who is a Union citizen, and that resided within the territory of Republic of Poland continuously for the period of five years and that retained the right of residence on the basis of Article 19 (1), shall be granted right of permanent residence if:

(1) Fulfils at least one of the conditions referred to in Article 16, (1) (1) to Article 16, (1) (3), or

(2) Became a family member of Union citizen who fulfils at least one of the conditions referred to in Article 16, (1) (1) to Article 16, (1) (3).



2. The family member who is not a Union citizen, and who resided within the territory of Republic of Poland continuously for the period of five years, and who retained the right of residence on the basis of Article 19 (2) or Article 19 (3), shall be granted the right of permanent residence if:

(1) Fulfils at least one of the conditions referred to in Article 16, (1) (1) and Article 16 (1) (2), or

(2) During the residence within the territory of Republic of Poland became a member of the family of a person who fulfils at least one of the conditions referred to in Article 16, (1) (1) and Article 16 (1) (2).



Article 45.

1. The right of permanent residence can be granted before the 5 year period expires to persons who:

(1) Are employed or self-employed and who in the moment this person finished working on their own behalf or finished other economic activity on their own behalf, reached the retirement age referred to in Polish legislation concerning retirement insurance or the person who finished working to exploit the possibilities connected with early retirement in case such person worked or conducted other economic activities on own behalf within the territory of Republic of Poland and resided within the territory of Republic of Poland continuously for the period of more than three years;

(2) Employee or a self-employed person who ceased to work or to conduct economic activities on own behalf within the territory for the reason of permanent inability to perform work, in case this person resided within the territory of Republic of Poland continuously for more than two years;

(3) Employee or a self-employed person, who, after working continuously for the period of three years within the territory of Republic of Poland, performs work or other economic activity in other Member State, residing at the same time within the territory Republic of Poland or visiting territory of Republic of Poland at least once a week.



2. Performance of job or performance of other form of economic activity on own behalf in other Member States is also considered to be performance of job or performance of other form of economic activity on own behalf within the territory of Republic of Poland, referred to in paragraph (1) (1) and (1) (2) above.
3. The provisions of (1) (2) above apply also in case of the employee or person working on own behalf who, while retaining residence within the territory of Republic of Poland, performs job or other form of economic activity in other Member State and ceased the performance for the reason of permanent inability to perform work.
4. The requirements concerning the length of continuous residence and performance of work or other form of economic activity on own behalf referred to in (1) (1) above as well as the requirement concerning the length of continuous residence referred to in (1) (2) above do not apply to the spouse of Polish national.
5. The requirement concerning the length of continuous residence referred to in (1) (2) does not apply in case the cessation of work or other form of economic activity on own behalf is caused by permanent inability to perform work resulting from accident or occupational disease.
6. The periods of job performance or performance of other form of economic activity on own behalf include:

(1) The periods of unintentional unemployment as registered in Poviat employment office registers;

(2) Periods of cessation of employment or performance of other form of economic activities on own behalf that do not depend on the will of the person referred to in (1) above;

(3) Periods when the work was not performed or other form of economic activities were not performed as result of illness or accidents.



Article 46.

1. The right of permanent residence as obtained by the employee or person working on own behalf on the basis of Art 45 above extends to the family member who resides with such person within the territory of Republic of Poland, without regard to this person citizenship.
2. In case the employee or person working on own behalf dies during the period of employment or performance of other form of economic activity before obtaining the right of permanent residence on the basis of Article 45 above the family member who resided with such person within the territory of Republic of Poland in the day of this person death, shall be granted the right of permanent residence without regard to this person citizenship, if:

(1) The employee or person working on own behalf resided within the territory of Republic of Poland at least for two years before death or

(2) The death of the employee or person working on own behalf was caused by accident or occupational disease.



Article 47.

4. The residence within the territory of Republic of Poland is considered to be continuous if the intervals in the residence do not exceed total of 6 months in a year.
5. The residence within the territory of Republic of Poland is not interrupted by intervals longer than referred to in (1) above for the purpose of:

(1) Compulsory military service or

(2) Crucial individual situation, especially pregnancy, childbirth, illness, periods of studies, vocational training, delegations that requires the residence outside territory of Republic of Poland if the interval does not exceeds the period of 12 consecutive months.

6. The residence within the territory of Republic of Poland is interrupted by execution of the decision to expel the Union citizen or family member who is not a Union citizen.



Article 48.

1. Union citizen who obtained the right of permanent residence according to conditions referred to in this chapter is given a document certifying the permanent residence right.
2. The family member who is not a Union citizen, and that obtained the right of permanent residence according to conditions referred to in this chapter, is obliged to obtain the residence card of the family member of Union citizen.



Article 49.

1. The issuing of the document certifying the right of permanent residence is based on the application of Union citizen, while residence card for family member of Union citizen - on the application of the family member who is not a Union citizen.
2. The application shall be submitted in person. This requirement does not apply to minors.
3. The family member who is not a Union citizen shall submit application for issuing residence card for Union citizen family member before the term of validity of residence card of family member of Union citizen expires.
4. The application shall be accompanied with photographs.
5. While submitting application for issuing the document certifying the right of permanent residence or residence card for family member of Union citizen, the person is obliged to produce a valid travelling document. The Union citizen may produce other valid document certifying identity and citizenship.



Article 50.

The document certifying the right of permanent residence shall be issued immediately after the application is submitted and the residence card of Union citizen family member – not later than within 6 months from the date the application is submitted. The abovementioned deadlines also apply to rejection of issuing of the documents.



Article 51.

1. The provisions of Article 23 are applicable in case on proceedings on issuing of document certifying permanent residence right.
2. The provisions of Article 23 and Article 25 are applicable in case on proceedings on issuing of residence card for family member of Union citizen.



Article 52.

1. The document certifying permanent residence of Union citizen of residence card of family member of Union citizen shall include the following data:

(1) Name (names) and surname;

(2) Date and place of birth;

(3) Citizenship

(4) Gender

(5) Registered address of the place of permanent residence within the territory of the Republic of Poland, and in case there is none – registered address of temporary residence for period exceeding 3 months; in case there is not any registered address of the place of permanent or temporary residence exceeding 3 months these data shall not be included;

(6) Public Electronic System of Population Evidence (PESEL) number – in case it was assigned;

(7) The name of the authority issuing, including the date of issue and expiry date;

(8) Photograph and signature of the holder.



2. The document certifying the right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member may include encoded record of personal data referred to in paragraph (1) (1) to (1) (3) above.



Article 53.

1. While collecting document certifying right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member the documents certifying identity of the person collecting documents together with the documents certifying payment of the fee, referred to in Article 64 shall be produced. In case the documents are collected by plenipotentiary – also the document certifying power of attorney to collect documents or card.
2. Collection of document certifying the right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is proven by signature on the application form submitted.



Article 54.

Union citizen family member is obliged to have in possession a residence card of the Union citizen family member who confirms this person right to permanent residence within territory of Republic of Poland and enables, together with relevant travelling document, to cross the boarder of Republic of Poland without a visa.



Article 55.

The document certifying the right for permanent residence and residence card of the Union citizen family member are valid for ten years from the date of issue.



Article 56.

1. The document certifying right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member shall not be issued in following circumstances:

(1) If the conditions regarding permanent residence referred to in this chapter were not fulfilled, or

(2) The residence of Union citizen or Union citizen family member within the territory of Republic of Poland threatens the defence or public security of the State or protection of public security and public order.

2. Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen shall be refused residence card of the Union citizen family member also in case of marriage of convenience.



Article 57.

1. Document certifying the right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be replaced in case if:

(1) The data included in the document is not longer valid;

(2) The document is lost or there are other circumstances that make establishment of a person identity difficult;

(3) The validity period of the document expires.

2. In case the document certifying the right of permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is lost, a new document or card shall be issued.



Article 58.

1. The replacement or issue of new document certifying the right of permanent residence shall take place immediately on the application of the Union citizen, and the replacement or issue of new document of residence card of the Union citizen family member – immediately on the application of Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen.
2. The application shall be submitted in person. The requirement of personal submission does not apply to minors.
3. The application for:

(1) Replacement of the document certifying the right for permanent residence shall be accompanied by the document certifying the right for permanent residence and photographs;

(2) Replacement of residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be accompanied by residence card of the Union citizen family member in possession and photographs;

(3) The issue of new document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member shall be accompanied by photographs.



Article 59.

The provisions of Article 53 are applicable in cases of collection of new document certifying the right for permanent residence or new residence card of the Union citizen family member.



Article 60.

1. The document certifying the right for permanent residence is cancelled in following circumstances:

(3) The document was issues on the basis of forged or processed documents or false information, or

(4) The residence of the Union citizen within the territory of Republic of Poland constitutes serious threat for State defence or security, or protection of public security and public order.



2. Residence card of the Union citizen family member is cancelled in following circumstances:

(1) The card was issued on the basis of forged or processed documents or false information, or

(2) The residence of a Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen within the territory of Republic of Poland constitutes serious threat for State defence or security, or protection of public security and public order.

(3) The marriage of Union citizen family member who is not a Union citizen was of convenience.

3. Residence card of the Union citizen family member may be cancelled in case if the family member who is not a Union citizen left the territory of Republic of Poland pro the period longer than two consecutive years.



Article 61.

1. The document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member in cases of cancelling or in case of person’s death shall be returned to the authority that issued such documents.
2. The return of the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is compulsory if:

(1) In case of cancelling:

(a) the document certifying the right for permanent residence – Union citizen

(b) residence card of the Union citizen family member - family member who is not a Union citizen;

(2) In case of death of Union citizen or family member who is not a Union citizen – the persons responsible for reporting death, in accordance with the provisions of the Act of 26 September 1986 – Registry Office Records Act.



Article 62.

The refusal to issue or replace the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is made by way of decision.





Article 63.

1. The authority competent to issue, replace or cancel the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is the Voivod relevant to the place of residence of the Union citizen.
2. The authority competent to issue, replace or cancel residence card of the Union citizen family member in case referred to in Article 44 and Article 46 (2) is the Voivod relevant to the place of residence of the family member.



Article 64.

1. The document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member is issued or replaced after the fee is paid
2. The fee is considered to be an income of the state budget.
3. The minister competent for internal affairs working together with the minister competent for public finance shall decide, by way of ordinance, on the amount and the way the fee for issuing or replacement of certification of Union citizen residence or residence card of Union citizen family member is paid, taking into consideration unit cost of production and issuing or replacement of the documents, although the cost of the abovementioned fees cannot exceed the fee charged for issuing of ID for Polish nationals.



Article 65.

1. The Minister competent for internal affairs shall decide, by way of ordinance, on:

(1) The templates of applications used for:

(a) issue or replacement of the document certifying the right for permanent residence,

(b) issue or replacement of residence card of the Union citizen family member;

(2) Number of photographs and requirements concerning photographs attached to applications for issuing or replacement of the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member;

(3) Template of the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member.

2. The ordinance as mentioned in (1) above shall include:

(1) Data referred to in Article 8 within the scope as necessary to issue or replace the document certifying the right for permanent residence or residence card of the Union citizen family member.

(2) Data referred to in Article 52 (1).



Chapter 5

Expulsion from the territory of the Republic of Poland



Article 66

1. Union citizens or their family members without Union citizenship, who do not enjoy the right of permanent residence, may receive an expulsion decision in the case when their residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland constitutes a threat for defence policy or national security, as well as for public safety, public order or public health.
2. Diseases occurring after a three-month period from the date of arrival of a Union citizen or family member without Union citizenship on the territory of the Republic of Poland shall not constitute grounds for expulsion from the territory on grounds of public health.
3. Minister competent for public health shall define, by way of ordinance, a list of diseases that would justify taking an expulsion decision against Union citizens or their family members without Union citizenship on grounds of public health.
4. The only diseases taken into account in the Ordinance referred to in (3) shall be the diseases with epidemic potential as defined by the relevant instruments of the World Health Organisation and other infectious diseases or contagious parasitic diseases if they are the subject of protection provisions applying to nationals of the host Member State in accordance with the Act of 6 September 2001 on contagious diseases and infections (Dz. U. No 126, item 1384, as amended[8]).



Article 67

Union citizens or their family members without Union citizenship, who enjoy the right of permanent residence, may receive an expulsion decision in the case when their residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland constitutes a threat for defence policy or national security, as well as for public safety or public order.



Article 68

An expulsion decision may not be taken against Union citizens, if they have resided in the Republic of Poland for the period exceeding ten years, except if the decision is based on imperative grounds of national defence, national or public security by means of constituting a threat for peace, humanity, independence or defence of the Republic of Poland, or due to terrorist activity.



Article 69

A minor Union citizen cannot receive an expulsion decision, except if:

(1) circumstances referred to in Article 68 occur, or

(2) the expulsion is necessary for the best interests of the child, as provided for in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child of 20 November 1989 (Dz. U. of 1991, No 120, item 526, and of 2000, No 2, item 11).



Article 70

In the proceedings related to expulsion of a Union citizen or his/her family member without Union citizenship, the following shall be taken into account:

(1) how long the individual concerned has resided on the territory of the Republic of Poland;

(2) his/her age and state of health;

(3) family and economic situation;

(4) social and cultural integration into the Republic of Poland; and

(5) the extent of his/her links with the country of origin.



Article 71

1. Expulsion decision shall oblige a Union citizen or his/her family member without Union citizenship to leave the territory of the Republic of Poland within the period no longer than 31 days.
2. Should the national defence, national security or public security and order so require, expulsion decision may ordain that a Union citizen or his/her family member without Union citizenship be transported under escort to the border of the Republic of Poland, or to the border of the country to which he/she is expelled, or to the airport or marine port of such country.
3. Enforcement of expulsion decision shall be also ordained if a Union citizen or his/her family member without Union citizenship fails to leave the territory of the Republic of Poland within the period specified in the expulsion decision.



Article 72

1. Should a claim be filed to administrative court with respect to expulsion decision, together with an application for the superseding of its execution, the execution period shall be prolonged until the day when the court decision enters into force.
2. Provisions of (1) shall not apply if the expulsion decision is based on imperative grounds of national defence, national or public security by means of a threat for peace, humanity, independence or defence of the Republic of Poland, or due to terrorist activity.



Article 73

The decision to expel the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen, ex officio or on the request of the Minister of National Defence, Head of the Internal Security Agency, Head of the Foreign Intelligence Agency, Commander in Chief of the Border Guard, Commander in Chief of the Polish Police, voivode competent for the place of stay of the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen or a place of disclosure of the fact or incident which is the basis of submission of the application to expel the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen.



Article 74

1. Mandatory execution of the decision to expel from the territory of the Republic of Poland shall be performed by:



(1) Chief Commander of the Regional Police competent for the place of stay of the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen – in the scope of assisting to the border;

(2) Commander in Chief of the Border Guard or the Border Guard Unit Commander competent for the place in which the border is crossed - in the scope of assisting to the border of the state to which the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen is expelled, or to the airport or seaport of that state.



2. The body referred to in Paragraph 1 (2) shall immediately notify the voivod who issued the decision to expel, on leaving the territory of the Republic of Poland by the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen.



3. The voivod who issued the decision to expel shall notify the municipal authority competent for the place of registry for permanent or temporary residence for more than 3 months of the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen on their leaving the territory of the Republic of Poland in relation to the execution of the decision to expel.



Article 75

The bodies set about mandatory executing the decision to expel, 2 years after its issuing, shall notify the voivod who issued the decision thereof and withhold its execution until the proceedings referred to in Article 76 are terminated.



Article 76

1. The voivod who issued the decision to expel, in the case referred to in Article 75, shall initiate proceedings ex officio to determine the existence of circumstances which justify the revoking of the decision.



2. Should:



(1) the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen no longer pose threat to country’s defences or safety, or protection of public safety and order, or

(2) the circumstances which influenced its issuing be subject to significant modification



- the voivod shall revoke the decision to expel.



Article 77

1. Data regarding the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen, who left the territory of the Republic of Poland as a result of execution of the decision to expel issued due to the threat to country’s defences or safety, or protection of public safety and order, shall be stored in the register for the period of 5 years.



2. Once the period referred to in Paragraph 1 expires, data on the Union citizen or a family member who is not a Union citizen shall be deleted from the register.



Article 78

1. Entry to the register, extension of the period of application of the entry and deletion of the entry shall be made by the President of the Office for Repatriation and Foreign Nationals ex officio.



2. Deletion of the entry may be made on the request of the person whose data have been entered to the register if the circumstances, which influenced issuing the decision to expel, have changed significantly.



3. In the case referred to in Paragraph 2, the President of the Office for Repatriation and Foreign Nationals shall issue a decision to delete the entry to the register within 2 months from the day of submission of the application.



Chapter 6

Records concerning Union citizens and family member who are not Union citizens



Article 79

The voivod shall keep records in the IT system concerning Union citizens and family members who are not Union citizens, including:



(1) the stay of the Union citizen;



(2) residence cards of a family member of a Union citizen;



(3) documents certifying the right of permanent residence;



(4) cards of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen.



Article 80

The records shall include data referred to in Article 8, concerning Union citizens and family member who are not Union citizens, against whom proceedings are conducted in cases stipulated by the Act and in addition:



(1) the records referred to in Article 79 (1) shall include:



(a) information concerning applications for registration of stay and exchange of lessons learned about the registration of stay of the Union citizen,



(b) information concerning the registration of stay,



(c) first name and surname, official post of the employee who made entry to the records,



(d) information concerning issuing and change of the certificate of registration of residence of the Union citizen,



(e) information concerning administrative decisions, rulings and judgements of the court concerning refusal and invalidation of the registered stay;



(2) the records referred to in Article 79 (2) shall include information concerning:



(a) applications to issue and change the residence card of a family member of a Union citizen,



(b) date of issuance, number, series and the date of validity of the document certifying the right of permanent residence,



(c) administrative decisions, rulings and judgements of the court concerning the change and invalidation of the residence card of a family member of a Union citizen;



(3) the records referred to in Article 79 (3) shall include information concerning:



(a) applications to issue and change the document certifying the right of permanent residence,



(b) date of issuance, number, series and the date of validity of the document certifying the right of permanent residence,



(c) administrative decisions, rulings and judgements of the court concerning the change and invalidation of the document certifying the right of permanent residence;



(4) the records referred to in Article 79 (4) shall include information concerning:



(a) applications to issue and change the card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen,



(b) date of issuance, number, series and the date of validity of the card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen,



(c) administrative decisions, rulings and judgements of the court concerning the change and invalidation of the card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen.



Chapter 7

Penal provisions



Article 81

Persons who:



(1) fail to fulfil the obligation to register stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland,



(2) evade the obligation to hold or change the residence card of a family member of a Union citizen or a card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen,



(3) contrary to the obligation, fail to return the residence card of a family member of a Union citizen, the document certifying the right of permanent residence or the card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen



- shall be punishable by a fine.



Article 82

Cases concerning acts referred to in Article 81 shall be adjudicated within a course set out in the Act of 24 August 2001 - Code of petty offences' proceedings (Dz.U. of 2001 No 106, item 1148, as amended[9]).



Chapter 8

Amendments to the provisions in force



Article 83

The Act of 15 February 1962 on Polish citizenship (Dz.U. of 2000 No 28, item 353, as amended[10]) shall be amended as follows:



(1) Article 8 (1) shall read as follows:



“1. A foreign national may be granted Polish citizenship on his/her request if he/she has been living in the territory of the Republic of Poland for at least 5 years pursuant to the permit to settle, long-term resident's EC residence permit or having right of permanent residence.“;



(2) Article 10 (1) and Article (1a) shall read as follows:



“1. A foreign national who has been married to a Polish citizen for at least 3 years, who has been living in the territory of the Republic of Poland pursuant to the permit to settle, long-term resident's EC residence permit or having right of permanent residence, may be granted Polish citizenship if he/she submits appropriate declaration by the date set out in Paragraph 1a to the competent body and that body issues a decision to approve the declaration.



1a. The deadline for submission of the declaration of intention to acquire Polish citizenship shall be 3 years and 6 months from the day of entering into marriage with a Polish citizen or 6 months from the day of obtaining by the foreign national of the permit to settle, long-term resident's EC residence permit or acquiring right of permanent residence.”;



(3) Article 18f shall be repealed.



Article 84

The Act of 10 April 1974 on registration of population and identity cards (Dz.U. of 2001 No 87, item 960, as amended[11]) shall be amended as follows:



(1) Article 1 (3) (3) shall read as follows:



“(3) authorising Polish citizens to cross borders of European Union Member States, states of the European Economic Area which are not European Union Member States and states which are not parties to the agreements on European Economic Area, the citizens of which may use the freedom of movement of persons pursuant to agreements concluded by those states with the European Community and its Member States which recognise the document as sufficient to cross their borders.”;



(2) Article 12 (3) shall read as follows:



“3. Children up to 7 years of age shall be released from the obligation of registration for temporary residence for the period not exceeding 3 months.”;



(3) Article 15 (3) shall read as follows:



“3. Person leaving abroad for a period longer than 3 months shall report his/her departure and return to the body competent for place of permanent residence specified in Paragraph 1. The departure shall be reported no later than on the day of departure from a current place of residence, and the return - no later than on the fourth day from the day of return.”;



(4) Article 16 shall read as follows:



“Article 16.1. Should the period of temporary residence of up to 3 months correspond to the period reported during registration, the person leaving the place of stay shall be released from the obligation to register his/her departure.



2. Person leaving the place of temporary residence of up to 3 months before the time reported during registration shall register his/her departure no later than on the day of leaving that place.”;



(5) Article 24 (1) shall read as follows:



“1. A foreign national staying outside the hotel centre, centre providing living quarters with relation to work, education, treatment or leisure shall register for temporary residence no later than on the fourth day, counting from the moment of crossing the border of the Republic of Poland.”;



(6) Article 26:



(a) Paragraph 2 shall read as follows:



“2. The national of the European Union Member State and a family member who is not a national of the European Union Member State, performing registration for permanent residence, shall provide data required for registration, and at the same time the national of the European Union Member State shall present a valid travel document or other valid document certifying the right of permanent residence, and the family member who is not a national of the European Union Member State - a valid travel document and a valid card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen.”,



(b) Paragraphs 4 and 5 shall read as follows:



“4. The national of the European Union Member State and a family member who is not a national of the European Union Member State, who perform registration for temporary residence of over 3 months, shall provide data required for registration, and at the same time the national of the European Union Member State shall present a valid travel document or other valid document certifying his/her identity and citizenship as well as a certificate of registration of residence of the Union citizen or, in case of lack of the certificate, shall provide a declaration of registration of residence in the territory of the Republic of Poland, and the family member who is not a national of the European Union Member State - a valid travel document and a valid residence card of a family member of a Union citizen.



5. Provisions of Paragraphs 2 and 4 shall apply to citizens of states of the European Economic Area outside the European Union or states which are not parties to the agreements on European Economic Area, who may use the freedom of movement of persons pursuant to agreements concluded by those states with the European Community and its Member States, as well as to their family members.”;



(7) Article 44a:



(a) Paragraph 1 (1) (c) and Paragraph 1 (1) (d) shall read as follows:



“(c) collection of data concerning Polish citizens and foreign nationals registered for temporary residence of over 3 months,



(d) collection of data concerning Polish citizens and foreign nationals registered for temporary residence of up to 3 months,”,



(b) Paragraph 2 (20) and Paragraph 2 (21) shall read as follows:



“(20) series and number of the document certifying the right of permanent residence, the date of its issuance, the date of its validity and indication of the issuing authority,



(21) series and number of the card of permanent residence of a family member of a Union citizen, the date of its issuance, the date of its validity and indication of the issuing authority.”,



(c) Paragraph 4 (3) and Paragraph 4 (4) shall read as follows:



“(3) the date of issuance, series and number of the certificate of registration of residence of the Union citizen, and indication of the issuing authority,



(4) series and number of the residence card of a family member of a Union citizen, the date of its issuance, the date of its validity and indication of the issuing authority,”,



(d) Paragraph 6 shall read as follows:



“6. The registration file referred to in Paragraph 1 (1) (d) shall also contain a date of crossing the border, reported by the foreign national when fulfilling the registration obligation.”;



(8) wording, such as “of over 2 months” or “of over two months”, used in Article 8 (1) and Article 8 (3), Article 9 (2a), Article 14 (1), Article 15 (1), Article 15 (1a), Article 15 (2) and Article 15 (4), Article 26 (3), Article 29 (1), Article 31a (3) (1) and Article 31a (3) (2), Article 37 (1) (3), Article 44a (2) (15) and Article 44e (3) (10) in singular or plural, in various cases shall be replaced with the wording “of over 3 months”, used in singular or plural, in an appropriate case.



Article 85

The following Paragraphs 3 and 4 shall be added to Article 21 of the Act of 6 April 1990 on the Police (Dz.U. of 2002 No 7, item 58, as amended[12]):



“3. The prohibition laid down in Paragraph 1 shall not apply either if the competent authority of a European Union Member State applies to the Police Commander in Chief for information about the person applying in that state for registration of stay or issuing a residence card of a family member of a Union citizen, which information is stored in the Police databases.



4. The Police Commander in Chief shall provide information referred to in Paragraph 3 within 2 months from the day of receiving the application.”.



Article 86

In the Act of 7 September 1991 on education system (Dz.U. of 2004 No 256, item 2572, as amended[13]), Article 94a (2a) shall read as follows:



“2a. Family members referred to in Paragraph 2 (1) shall mean persons specified in Article 2 Subparagraph 4 of the Act of 24 May 2006 on the entry into, residence in and exit from the Republic of Poland of nationals of the European Union Member States and their family members (Dz.U. No ..., item ...).”.



Article 87

In the Act of 19 November 1999 – business activity law (Dz.U. No 101, item 1178, as amended[14]), Article 7a (1a) shall read as follows:



“1a. With respect to persons maintaining their place of permanent residence outside the territory of the Republic of Poland:



(1) Polish citizens,



(2) citizens of states referred to in Article 13 (1) of the Act of 2 July 2004 on freedom of conducting business activity (Dz.U. No 173, item 1807, as amended[15]), hereinafter referred to as the “Act”,



(3) citizens of states with which the Republic of Poland has concluded international agreements referred to in Article 13 (3) of the Act



- taking business activity in the territory of the Republic of Poland, competent municipal authorities for record purposes shall be determined according to the location of conducting such activity in the territory of the Republic of Poland.”.



Article 88

The Act of 9 September 2000 on the stamp duty (Dz.U. of 2004 No 253, item 2532, as amended[16]) shall be amended as follows:



(1) Article 2 (1) (1) (l) shall read as follows:



“(1) citizens of states of the European Economic Area outside the European Union or states which are not parties to the agreements on European Economic Area, who may use the freedom of movement of persons pursuant to agreements concluded by those states with the European Community and its Member States, as well as their family members,”;



(2) in Annex to the Act, Part IV Permits, Section 5, Column 4 shall read as follows:



“entry visa to stay or to join a national of the European Union Member State, state of the European Economic Area outside the European Union or state which is not party to the agreement on European Economic Area, who may use the freedom of movement of persons pursuant to agreements concluded by that state with the European Community and its Member States”.



Article 89

The Act of 13 June 2003 on foreign nationals (Dz.U. No 128, item 1175, as amended[17]) shall be amended as follows:



(1) Article 3 (2) shall have the following wording:

“(2) nationals of Member States of the European Union, nationals of the states of the European Economic Area which are not Member States of the European Union or states that are not parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area who may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by these countries with the European Community and its Member States, and members of their families, with the exception of:

(a) Articles 93, 94, 96, 100, Chapters 9 and 10, Article 124 (1) (g), Article 124 (2), Article 124 (4), Article 125 (1) (2) within the scope concerning Article 124 (1) (g), Article 126 (1) (4), Article 126 (1) (7), Article 126 (2), Article 127, Article 128 (2), Articles 131-134, which apply to the nationals of the Member States of the EU, states of the European Economic Area which are not Member States of the European Union and states that are not parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area, who may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by these countries with the European Community and its Member States, and members of their families,

(b) Article 25, Article 26 (3) (d), Article 29 (3), Article 45 (1), Article 45 (1a), Article 45 (2), Article 48 (1) (1), Article 48 (3), Article 48 (5)-(7), Articles 49, 52, 84a, Chapter 8a, Article 124 (1) (a), Article 125 (1) (1), Article 126 (1) (1) (a), which apply to members of families of the nationals of the Member States of the EU, states of the European Economic Area which are not Member States of the European Union and states that are not parties to the agreement on the European Economic Area, who may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by these countries with the European Community and its Member States, not being nationals of these states;”;



(2) Article 16 (1) (1)-(2) shall have the following wording:

“(1) a Polish national residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland, as well as a national of a Member State of the EU, a state of the European Economic Area which is not Member State of the European Union and a state that is not party to the agreement on the European Economic Area, who may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by this country with the European Community and its Member States and a member of his/her family, residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland with the right of residence or right of permanent residence in this territory;

(2) a foreign national legally residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland immediately prior to the issue of the invitation for a period of at least five years, or having the permit to settle or long-term resident’s EC residence permit;”;



(3) In Article 26 (3) (c), a semicolon shall be replaced by a comma and letter (d) shall be added in the following wording:

“(d) for the purpose of residing or joining a national of a Member State of the EU, a state of the European Economic Area which is not Member State of the European Union or a state that is not party to the agreement on the European Economic Area whose the nationals may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by these countries with the European Community and its Member States;”;



(4) In Article 29, after paragraph 2, the following paragraph 3 shall be added:

“3. The entry visa referred to in Article 26 (3) (d) shall give right to unlimited number of entries, and its validity period shall be 3 months.”;



(5) Article 47 shall have the following wording:

“Article 47. 1. A foreign national who demonstrates that because of exceptional and urgent circumstances, in particular humanitarian grounds, reasons of professional nature or a vital interest of the Republic of Poland, his/her entry into, residence on or transit through the territory of the Republic of Poland is necessary and due to unforeseeable and imperative reasons he/she has not been able to obtain a visa issued by a consul, may be issued with a transit visa or residence visa by the commandant officer of the Border Guard checkpoint for the purpose referred to in Article 26 (4) (b)-(f) and Article 26 (4) (i).

2. A foreign national who proves that he/she is bound by family bonds with a national of a Member State of the EU, a state of the European Economic Area which is not Member State of the European Union or a state that is not party to the agreement on the European Economic Area who may enjoy free movement of persons on the basis of agreements signed by these countries with the European Community and its Member States, residing in the territory of the Republic of Poland, may be issued with an entry visa by the




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