Poland: Immigration Bulletin – Blue Cards Available For Highly Skilled Non-EU Applicants
Blue card provisions come into force in Poland
Effective 12 June, 2012 Polish authorities are ready to accept EU blue card applications from highly qualified third country nationals who have an employment contract in place with a company in Poland, and possess the required qualifications (i.e. relevant higher education certificates and documents proving professional experience).
Eligible blue card applicants will benefit from a shorter immigration process, with their blue cards processed within 90 days. A blue card is valid throughout the duration of the employment contract or for a maximum of two years.
The availability of the new procedure is yet to be confirmed as authorities fully adjust to the new requirements, similar to the situation in other EU countries which have implemented this procedure. Move One is closely monitoring the implementation process in Poland and will provide updates as the first blue cards are issued.
Provisions for the blue card are part of amendments to the Aliens Act and to the “Act on employment promotion and labor market institutions”, signed by President Bronislaw Komorowski on 16 May, 2012. The aim of the acts is to adjust Polish law to EU regulations by simplifying procedures for the legalization of stay for highly skilled foreigners.
The amendment also describes deportation conditions. A decision on deportation is given to illegal residents with the option of voluntary departure within 7 to 30 days.
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