Karta Pobytu

Hi everyone,

I have posted here before about the same topic, but I was wondering if anyone has any information about the waiting time for the Karta Pobytu after the employer has received the work permit? Online it says that once the employer has received the work permit then the temporary residence card is processed immediately but I feel like I can't trust what's online anymore. If anyone has a similar situation or any information, I would gladly appreciate it.

Hi Sar3,

Which location are you asking about?

Dolnoslaski

Ok. Wroclaw area. It is not that popular nor it is a first or second choice of foreigners to come so thankfully you will wait less. But then much depends on the people in the Foreigners' Affairs Dept. at the Voivode Office. I don't have very up-to-date feedback from there unfortunately, but after you get the work permit you're working legally and the stay had been leegal since the moment of applying so the only hassle is to get the decision (i.e. residence card afterwards the decision is issued AND picked up) in order to enable you to travel freely. But that's the only obstalce.
Has your visa expired?

Yes, it has been a crazy time so far. We've been waiting since May 2017. My visa expired in August so I've been stuck for a while. I'm happy that I'm able to work legally now but I really need the card, just for security and to feel safe and to travel wherever I like. So you say that I must wait for the decision and then going to pick it up, are you thinking a month or two?

Thanks for your help so far

Thats what I heard. I just had a friend get his decision on an renewal application that was submitted about the time as yours in Gorzow Wielkopolski. I had thpugjt that because I too am in a less desirable area and from the US that I would  see sooner news but its been since October and no news with the exception of the Police visit. My wife contacted a friend who works there and told her that its taking 6 to 9 months to process the temporary resident cards. It not good news.

Wow this is crazy. It used to be only 2-3 months so I never thought it would be like this. Definitely learning patience here in Poland that's forsure! Goodluck with everything, I hope you hear news soon.

We have had Christmas and New Year holidays, so that could be the reason why things slowed down?

Unfortunately my situation is same as yours :( my employee got my work permit 2 months ago but I am still waiting residence card and and as expats you,me and more we are waiting also because of Ukrainian immigrations after the joined Ukraine to eu,Poland engaged many Ukrainian for working so it is also why we are waiting long time for processing :(

Since I arrived here in Dolnośląskie I can see that this place is crowded and the office is taking longer than ever to start any foreign process.
The average time I heard is from 8 to 12 months, but a friend of mine (Russian, holds an Italian PhD and some other post doc) got his positive Bluecard decision in 4 months, so I would think there's something about degree level on that line of who's next to get evaluated.

I think the easiest way to get any paperwork fast is to move to Warszawa. That is a place where things work zip fast.

Good look with that (to us)!

Hi.
Warsaw has been clogged up for a few years now, with the most messy system there, but it didn't take as long as 8 months or more as you write it is in Wroclaw.
That means the officers there or the whole department at Urzad Wojewodzki in Wroclaw is extremely inefficient. This area doesn't recieve that much applications as this isn't the first or even third choice to be for foreigners. I can compare this with Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Silesia area, and even the Silesian district office in Katowice (being the most inefficient) has managed to work it through a bit better.
That means either your friend has applied long time ago or that isn't true or he missed some details. Also that is a different procedure, so don't compare like that.

Hello Mundis,

It's not only my friend's application that is taking longer than 8 months, you just need to ask around. Even here in this forum you'll find plenty of people that waited more than 8 months for an application response or are still waiting for it after a year.

About Warszawa being a place that works, I speak by experience with the work permit, which, of course, I know that it's a different document, but I used logic here to think that if the WP was quick, the rest could follow the same way. Mine took only 2 weeks, while in Dolnośląskie area is taking up to 4 months (again, if you ask around, you'll get a lot of responses than you can do your own math to get an average). I work for a big company, so I already got these numbers with some colleagues and put the brain to work it.

About Wrocław not being a common destination for immigration, I think that changed last year. When I was applying for the Bluecard, the officer taking care of my case was explaining that in the last 6 months the whole Dolnośląskie office has received more than 50 thousands applications, and that he never saw anything like this in his entire career (more than 30 years working for the government, if I'm not mistaken). He was terrified showing an application number from 6 months ago and then my number, something like that number + 50.000.

I'm here just trying to exchange information in a sense that helps everyone interested on it. I have no reasons to lie or create fallacies here. I would prefer to better invest my time than typing a long text in a small smartphone keyboard in a language that is not my mother tongue.

I'm sorry if my previous message offended you in some way. That was definitely not the intention.

My best regards,
Lucas

lucasestevao :

Hello Mundis,

About Wrocław not being a common destination for immigration, I think that changed last year. When I was applying for the Bluecard, the officer taking care of my case was explaining that in the last 6 months the whole Dolnośląskie office has received more than 50 thousands applications, and that he never saw anything like this in his entire career (more than 30 years working for the government, if I'm not mistaken). He was terrified showing an application number from 6 months ago and then my number, something like that number + 50.000.


I'm sorry if my previous message offended you in some way. That was definitely not the intention.

My best regards,
Lucas

Hi!
No offence taken whatsoever! I did not suggest that you are lying, I meant all the stories that some people say, like "I got my card in a month" etc. I've done and managed a few hundreds of those procedures so I don't feel like asking around how much it takes.
Your quote above about the officer shows that they are not prepared and not efficient to process that many applications. That is what I meant.

About your case: If you get a case number (starts with WO.V......) then you can inquire about updates more successfully, because 8 months is off-the-scale even for the current situation. And the officers need to close their cases too, as they have to follow kodeks postępowania administracyjnego, which has deadlines...

Lucas,

Thanks for the information; I applied for my temporary resodent card in September through a small village called Gorzow. I too have yet to hear anything regarding my application process so it is a problem that must felt all over Poland. I believe that your information is correct wnd that 50K applications is insane and hard to handle. I also think that no matter where you have applied your wait will be long because Warsaw vets and reviews all the applications that are sent. I just hppe I hear soon, i cant leave until i get approved even though I am from the US  and donr need a visa to return.

Hi befranklin,

I am just about to embark on the same process as you. I will be married shortly and will then immediately apply for a temporary residency card.

Can you explain why you are not able to leave Poland while you wait for the decision? I don't understand this at all. If you don't need a visa to visit Poland, why would you not be allowed to return to Poland after leaving?

-Hayden

Hi Hayden,

I don't really know if I can't leave the county.  I"m from the USA and applied for my TRC in September  and we don't require a visa for most of the EU so I really shouldn't have a problem returning.  The problem is though since I have been here beyond the 90 days that I am allow to stay in the Schengen area and since I have gone through EU-Schengen immigration and had my passport scanned when I come in they have a record of when I came in so they may be able to see that I was here longer than 90 days.  But then again they might not because ordinarily you don't go through customs to leave the Schengen area so they wouldn't know when I left but I also have a stamp in my passport saying that I have filed for TRC in Poland so I don't really know what would happen if I left and came back to Poland.  I usually don't fly directly into Poland when I fly out internationally but through Oslo or Reykjavik, Iceland when I come in through customs.  So I really haven't found any information that says that I can't leave but everything that I have read on the internet says not to leave so I really don't know what to do.  I was planning to go back to the US in May but have given up the idea for now.   By the time I really know anything tickets will be expensive and not very reasonable.  And besides that we will be spending most of our summer in Greece so I have spent most of our money on that. I hope that you have better luck than we have had thus far in our journey here in Poland.

Bernie

Hi Mundis,

How is the fact that having not received any numbers of letters that the application is acknowledged by an officer within 5 months by now, do you think we still by chance have any opportunity to track or speed up our process?

Hi!

It's tough. Do you at least have some confirmation of submitting? A copy of the form with a stamp from the Voivode Office (date stamp usually) or a special confirmation they sometimes hand out? Anything to proove you submitted the application 5 months ago?

I only have a stamp on my passport with the application date on it.

Ok, that's enough - you can go with it to information desk at your Voivode Office and inquire. It's been 5 months, they definitely should have started the procedure and you should get a letter from the office. Have you moved/changed flats in the meantime maybe? The letter would be sent to the address in Poland that you gave in the form...

Thanks, let me go and inquiry the status then. I haven't changed the flat and checking mail box everyday :)

Mundis :

Hi.
Warsaw has been clogged up for a few years now, with the most messy system there, but it didn't take as long as 8 months or more as you write it is in Wroclaw.
That means the officers there or the whole department at Urzad Wojewodzki in Wroclaw is extremely inefficient. This area doesn't recieve that much applications as this isn't the first or even third choice to be for foreigners. I can compare this with Krakow, Warsaw, Gdansk and Silesia area, and even the Silesian district office in Katowice (being the most inefficient) has managed to work it through a bit better.
That means either your friend has applied long time ago or that isn't true or he missed some details. Also that is a different procedure, so don't compare like that.

About Wroclaw. I've got married to a Polish girl in another country and we came to wroclaw.
In Sep2017 I applied my doc for getting the karta pobytu and now its June2018 and I didn't got even an answer about my case, they're ignoring my emails, they don't give a number to call and talk with them, and when i go none knows anything they will tell you just some general infos!
All that time living in Poland I couldn't even work or earn for my living! While i'm legally married and all my documents are correct didn't missed anything.
Now i'm planning to travel away this month i will not wait for the card anymore i just got enough of living afraid -__-

Hey

That sucks big time.
The only way is to inquire there, do you have a proof of submitting the application??

Yes, I've a paper with the stamp and date when I submited docs. The most ridiculous, that police which was supposed to come for an interview, never came. When my wife started to call, they said that they had some request from Governatory, but they sent back. Noone knows what they sent. The only kind person, an inspector of the police dep in Wroclaw told her that mostly its the language issue, they don't speak Eng and it makes a barrier to them. Started to feel, that cases are its results are based on nationality, which would be so sad.

I don't think it's a matter of nationality. But in any case do inquire - the Voivode Office has to follow the administrative code, which obliges it to conclude a procedure in a designated time - of course thery have ways to prolongi it, but in your case, if they haven't notified you, then you can even file a formal complaint. You can bases it on article 36 paragraph 1 of the administrative code and art. 37 par. 1, and art. 35 par. 3.

Cheers
M

Hello, Mundis. Thank you so much for your tips. I was searching for administrative code online, can't find the source to read, all I found are interpretations, do you have any link to the source?

Hi, if you still haven't found it, here it is link to English translation of Code of Administrative Procedure.

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dr_Wojcik, a link got deleted by moderator, but thank you anyway.

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