What Is a Single Permit?

What Is a Single Permit?

The single permit is a simultaneous temporary residence and work permit in Poland. This is a type of temporary residence permit. The advantage of applying for such a permit is that all formalities with regard to legalising the foreigner’s stay and employment are dealt with under one administrative procedure.

Since the single permit combines a temporary residence permit and work permit, the voivode
verifies both the conditions
for issuing a residence permit and the statutory conditions
related to the issue of a work permit.

A foreigner may apply for the single permit if they have not applied for a temporary residence permit at the same time and they intend to take up or continue working in the territory of Poland provided that these circumstances justify the foreigner’s stay in the territory of the Republic of Poland for more than 3 months.

The foreigner should also meet the conditions with regard to having:

  • health insurance,
  • a source of stable and regular income sufficient to cover the costs of living of the foreigner and their dependent family members
  • and a place of residence secured in the territory of Poland.


Only the foreigner is a party to the proceedings for issuing a residence and work permit. The employer has no right to submit applications or appeal against the decisions!

The employer acts in the proceedings as the entity entrusting the performance of work to a foreigner
– for this reason, it is obliged, among other things, to apply for information from the starost, and after obtaining it, to hand over the document to the foreigner, who should submit it to the voivodeship office in order to add it to the file in the proceedings for granting the single permit.

Foreigners cannot apply for this permit if:

  • they are employees delegated by an employer based outside of Poland,
  • they are staying in the territory of Poland on the basis of commitments set out in international agreements facilitating the entry and temporary stay of certain categories of natural persons engaged in the trade or investment activity who conduct business activity in Poland,
  • they are performing seasonal work in Poland,
  • they are staying in the territory of Poland on the basis of a visa issued by a Polish authority for tourist purposes or for visiting family or friends,
  • they are staying in the territory of Poland for tourist purposes or for visiting family or friends on the basis of a visa issued by another Schengen state.

The decision on granting a temporary residence and work permit to a foreigner should indicate, apart from the period of validity of the permit:

  • the entity entrusting the performance of work, and if the foreigner will be a temporary employee – also the user’s employer,
  • the position in which the foreigner is to perform work,
  • the lowest remuneration that the foreigner may receive in the given position,
  • working hours,
  • type of contract under which the foreigner is to perform work.

This rule is waived if the foreigner meets the conditions for exemption from the obligation to
hold a work permit, specified in separate regulations.

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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