Economic dynamism, a high quality of life, security, cultural richness, diversity and beautiful landscapes, affordable cost of living, etc. Although Poland is not necessarily a well-known tourist destination, it definitely has many positive aspects, attracting foreigners from all over the world who take up permanent residence in the country. You will notice this immediately when you first visit Poland.
If you are a national of a member country of the European Union (EU), you also benefit from administrative facilities to come and live in Poland: travel, relocating, working and doing business, just like in the other 26 member countries. This is a significant advantage for those who decide to move to Poland.
If not, you will have to go through a few additional formalities to settle in Poland.
You can move, reside and work in Poland with a valid identity card or passport. The formalities are kept to a minimum. All you need to do is register with the local town hall (urząd gminy) within 3 months of your arrival in order to obtain a PESEL number, ensuring you access to administrative and medical procedures.
Depending on your country of origin, you may need a visa to travel to Poland and you will need to register as a resident in Poland within 30 days of relocation. To determine which formalities are currently required for you to relocate to Poland, consult the Polish consulate in your country of origin or current residence.
Warsaw, the capital of the country, is obviously the foremost location, but other major Polish cities such as Krakow, Wroclaw, Poznan, Gdansk or Katowice offer foreigners professional opportunities in international companies or local companies with operations abroad. Although learning to speak Polish is recommended for speedy integration, many Poles have solid knowledge of foreign languages. English (which is compulsory at school), German and French are among the most popular foreign languages, and to a lesser extent Russian and Spanish, and Poles are happy to practice their linguistic skills with “natives”.
Whatever your country of origin, it is important to entrust your move to Poland to a professional moving company with solid knowledge of the formalities, procedures and Poland itself, as well as your country of origin.
With more than 20 years of experience in moving to and from Poland, the English-speaking team of Indygo Moving Solutions is at your disposal to answer your questions and organise your move to or from Poland.Want to know more about living conditions in Poland? Discover what it really means to live in Warsaw or Krakow with our articles, which are full of helpful advice.