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Working in Poland

In order to be able to work on the Polish territory, each foreigner must generally possess a work permit. The citizens of some European countries are exempt from this requirement (more on this issue see chapter Foreigners exempt from the requirement to obtain a work permit).

A work permit is required in the following cases:

  1. when the foreigner performs work on the Polish territory under a contract with an entity whose registered office or place of residence or the branch is located on the Polish territory;
  2. when the foreigner in connection with the performance of duties on the board of the Polish limited liability company or joint stock company is present on the Polish territory for a period exceeding six months in total over the consecutive 12 months;
  3. when the foreigner performs work for a foreign employer and is delegated to Poland for a period exceeding 30 days per calendar year to a branch or a facility of a foreign entity or an entity related under long-term cooperation agreement with the foreign employer;
  4. when the foreigner performs work for a foreign employer who does not have a branch or facility on the Polish territory and is delegated to the Polish territory in order to provide service on a temporary and occasional basis (i.e. export service);
  5. when the foreigner performs work for a foreign employer and is delegated to the Polish territory for a period exceeding three months within the consecutive six months for purposes other than those stated in paragraphs 2-4.

A foreigner who illegally performs work on Polish territory, is subject to a fine of not less than 1,000 PLN. It is also punishable to illegally employ foreigners: the one who illegally entrusts a foreigner with performing work is subject to a fine of not less than 3,000 PLN.

 
 
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