The end of the transition period for UK citizens in Poland – 31st December 2021
Are you a UK national that is living, working, studying or doing business in Poland? Do not forget to renew you residence permit in Poland before the end of the transition period!
Take in mind that according to Brexit the transition period will end on the 31st December 2021.
WHAT DOES “THE END OF TRANSITION PERIOD” MEAN?
The end of transition period means that all British citizens who reside on the basis of a residence card and wish to remain in Poland legally with the previous rights for entry and stay in Poland after the end of the transition period are required to apply to the Voivodeship Office personally to renew their residence cards from 1 January 2021 to 31 December 2021.
Also, it is important to mention that residence permits in Poland issued to citizens of the United Kingdom and their family members are still valid for the period for which they were issued, BUT no longer than until 31 December 2021 – until the end of the transition period.
WHY DO I NEED TO RENEW MY RESIDENCE PERMIT IN POLAND?
Renewed polish documents will confirm the use of rights of the beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement when crossing the borders and during the stay in Poland.
It means that for British citizens who have not updated their Polish documents, in other words, citizens who are not beneficiaries of the Withdrawal Agreement, the general rules of entry and stay in Poland for third-country nationals will be applied.
However, take into account that not all UK citizens can renew their polish residence cards and get these rights. There are several rules that you have to fulfil.
For example, continuous of your stay in Poland is one of the most important conditions for renewing your residence permit and acquisition of rights of the beneficiary of the Withdrawal Agreement.
WHAT IF I’M NOT SURE IN MY ABILITY TO RENEW MY DOCUMENTS?
If you are not sure of your ability to renew your residence card in Poland, or if you are not sure whether your situation fulfils certain conditions of the Government, then you can always contact us for legal assistance.
Our experienced Polish immigration lawyer Patryk Przeździecki will analyze your case in detail together with all the documents you have and based on this analysis he will advise you and tell you what risks and opportunities you have, how it is better to proceed further in your case in order to renew your residence card in Poland in the shortest possible time before the deadline and comply with all Polish laws regarding the legalization of the stay and activity of foreigners as well as with Brexit regulations.