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Acquisition of right of permanent residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland by a non-European Union citizen who is a family member of a European Union citizen.

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LEGAL BASIS:

• Act of 14 July 2006 on entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, stay and leaving this territory by citizens of the EU member states and their family members (Dz. U. No. 144, item 1043, as amended)
• Ordinance of the Ministry of the Interior and Administration of 24 August 2006 on application forms and documents regarding right of permanent residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland of citizens of the EU member states and their family members (Dz. U. No. 154, item 1106).

I. Documentation required:
List of documents required to obtain right of permanent residence by a family member who is a non-European Union citizen and to obtain a permanent residence card for an European Union citizen's family member:
1. Application for issue/replacement of a permanent residence card of an European Union citizen's family member, drafted on a form in Polish.
2. A document confirming the legal title to live temporarily in the dwelling for more than 3 months.
3. Documents confirming uninterrupted stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland with a European Union citizen for a period longer than 5 years (e.g. originals or copies of decisions and documents that confirm stay on the territory of RP).
4. 5 recent photographs of the applicant: undamaged, coloured, good quality (good focus and sharp) standard passport type photographs: sized 4.5 x 3.5 cm, taken within the 6 month preceding the application date, taken against a uniform plain light background, showing the applicant from the top of the head to the upper part of the shoulders, presenting clearly the applicant's face in a way that the face presents 70% to 80% of the picture; the face should be seen from the front and the person should look strait ahead with eyes open, not covered or hindered by hair, with a natural facial expression, mouth closed; the photograph should render the natural colour and hue of the skin and of the eyes, the eyes, especially the pupils, should be clearly visible, the line of the eyes parallel to the uuper side of the photograph.

Applicants with congenital or acquired vision defects may attach a photograph showing them wearing glasses with dark lenses. In such a case, the application must be accompanied by evidence of disability, or in its absence, the foreigner's statement of having a disability.
Applicants wearing a headdress in accordance with the principles of their religion may attach a photograph in the headdress, as long as the headdress does not cover or impede the full visibility the oval or of important parts of the face. In this case, the application must be accompanied by the foreigner's statement of belonging to a specified religious community.
5. A valid travel document (passport) - to be presented when the application is submitted.
6. Documents confirming the degree of relationship with the EU citizen.

ATTENTION:
A stay within the territory of the Republic of Poland is considered uninterrupted if the breaks in it were no longer than 6 months in a year.
The application should be submitted in person.
Documents drafted in a foreign language attached to the application form should be submitted together with their translation into Polish, drafted by a sworn translator.
Application must be submitted before the expiry date of the residence card of EU citizen's family member.
In case of marriage between an EU citizen and a non-EU citizen the agency will investigate whether the marriage with the EU citizen was not contracted for pretence.

II. Payments
No fees

III. Time limit for handling a case
Permanent residence card for a EU citizen's family member is issued no later than within the period of 6 months from the day of submitting the application for card issue.

IV. Responsible entity
Department of Civic Issues and Foreigners
Division for Foreigners' Issues
ul. Spokojna 4, 20-914 Lublin
phone: 81 74-24-559
Representation in Biała Podlaska - phone: 83 34-49-257
Representation in Chełm - phone: 82 56-27-614
Representation in Zamość - phone: 84 67-76-535

Opening hours:
Monday – 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday – 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday – 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday – 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday – 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

V. Appeal procedure
In case of rejection, the applicant can appeal to the Head of the Office for Foreigners, within the statutory period of 14 days from the day of delivering the decision.

VI. Comments
The authority competent for issue, replacement and invalidation of permanent residence card of an EU citizen's family member is the voivode competent for the EU citizen's place of residence.
In the case mentioned in items 44 and 46 of Act 2, the competent authority is the voivode competent for the EU citizen's family member place of residence.
Permanent residence card of an EU citizen's family member is valid for 10 years.

concerning citizens of the European Union