Registration of residence of an EU citizen


The procedures conducted for the registration of residence of an EU citizen are of a simplified nature, which means that an administrative decision on the right of residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland is issued only if the grounds for refusing to register stay are established.

This situation occurs when:

  • the EU citizen does not meet the conditions for registration of residence, e.g., does not have sufficient funds to cover the costs of maintaining themself and their dependent family members (* with the exceptions set out by law);

  • this is required for reasons of defence or security of the State or of the protection of security or public order;

  • in proceedings for registration of residence:

has submitted an application containing false personal data or false information or attached to it documents containing such data or information, or

has testified untruth or concealed the truth, or forged or altered a document for the purpose of its use as authentic or used such a document as authentic, or

  • applies for registration of residence in order to circumvent the legal Regulations in force in another Member State of the European Union, a Member State of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) - a party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area or the Swiss Confederation regulating the rules of entry into, stay and exit from the territory of the European Union.

The decision to refuse to register a stay is appealed to the Head of the Office for Foreigners (more in the stage: "Appeal").

An EU citizen who has confirmed the right of residence in Poland is issued with a certificate of registration of residence of an EU citizen (more in the tab: "Documents issued to EU citizens"). This certificate is issued for a period of 10 years.

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