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  • Poland implements changes to immigration laws, including updates to national law in response to Schengen Information System changes and more


The government of Poland introduced changes to its immigration law on April 7, 2023. These changes include:

  • Creating a new system for sharing information among Member States on the stay of third-country nationals and monitoring all departures
  • Transferring specific humanitarian and entry responsibilities and oversight to the Polish Border Guard office on April 7, 2023
  • Reducing the required period for voluntary departure for foreigners to return from 15 days to 8 days
  • Introducing new language skills assessment options beginning June 24, 2023:
    • Through these new measures, the long-term resident’s European Union (EU) residence permit now requires confirmed knowledge of Polish at B1 level or greater. Foreign nationals will be permitted to use other certificates of proficiency in Polish at the B1 level for confirmation, as listed in a regulation issued by the minister responsible for internal affairs
  • Introducing new fee exemptions for the issuance of Polish travel documents beginning April 24, 2023
    • Introducing alternative measures for issuing Polish travel documents to foreign nationals in order to ensure faster and simplified options beginning June 1, 2023

For further information on these changes, check here.

What are the Changes?

Poland introduced several changes to its immigration laws that will enter into force over the next few months. The new regulations include updates in response to changes within the EU’s Schengen Information System and modifications to the responsibilities of the Head of the Office for Foreigners, among other changes.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Poland’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Office for Foreigners, Website of the Republic of Poland

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