Am I Required to Provide Fingerprints When Applying for a Temporary Residence Permit?

Are you applying for a temporary residence permit in Poland? You are wondering if you are required to provide fingerprints as part of the procedure? Read the next part of the guide Legalisation of Stay and Employment of Foreigners in Poland to learn more.

FAQ#6
Am I Required to Provide Fingerprints When Applying for a Temporary Residence Permit?


As a rule, in order to issue a residence card, foreigners should submit fingerprints – usually when submitting an application for a temporary residence permit, or if the application is submitted by post, within the deadline set by the voivode.


Failure to submit fingerprints when submitting an application for a temporary residence permit or within the deadline set by the voivode results in a refusal to initiate the procedure for granting this permit.


The data in the form of fingerprints taken for the purposes of issuing a residence card (Karta Pobytu) are kept in the relevant registers until an acknowledgement of receipt of the residence card by the authority issuing the residence card has been entered in those registers and the data are erased once the residence card has been issued.


If a decision is issued refusing to grant a temporary residence permit to a foreigner, data in the form of fingerprints are kept in the relevant registers until information on the issue of such decisions has been entered in the registers once the decisions have become final.


The obligation to provide fingerprints does not apply to foreigners:

  • who are under 6 years of age on the date of application, or
  • who are physically unable to give fingerprints or
  • who are the subject of an application for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of family reunification and who were staying outside the Republic of Poland on the date of submission of the application for this permit, or
  • applying for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of the intra-company transfer or a temporary residence permit for the purpose of long-term mobility of a managerial staff member, specialist, or trainee worker within an intra-company transfer.

More questions about how to legalise your stay in Poland?


Issues related to the legalisation of employment and stay of foreigners in Poland still raise many doubts – both among employers and their foreign employees. In order to make it easier to navigate among statutory regulations, the Invest in Pomerania team in cooperation with specialists from the Pomeranian Voivodeship Office have created a publication containing a list of the most frequently asked questions regarding the procedure of applying for a residence and work permit in Poland. We sincerely hope that the publication will make the process of legalising the stay and employment of foreigners in our region more efficient. We invite you to read the entire guide. If you want to learn more about the full range of support provided by Invest in Pomerania visit the website: investinpomerania.pl .

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