Residence card


A foreigner is obliged to return the residence permit to the authority that issued it when:

  • acquired Polish citizenship;

  • a decision has been issued to cancel that document;

  • a decision was issued to withdraw their temporary residence permit, permanent residence permit, long-term EU resident's residence permit or residence permit for humanitarian reasons;

  • the decision to grant them a temporary residence permit, to grant them a permanent residence permit, or to grant them a residence permit for humanitarian reasons has expired by operation of law.

The document must be returned immediately, but no later than within 14 days from the date on which:

  • a document confirming the acquisition of Polish citizenship was delivered to the foreigner, or

  • the decision to cancel a document, to withdraw a temporary residence permit, a permanent residence permit, a long-term EU resident's residence permit or a residence permit for humanitarian reasons has become final or has expired.

Note: at the request of the holder of the document who returned it, the authority to which the document was returned shall issue a certificate of return free of charge, valid for a period of 30 days.

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