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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • VISAS

  • CONSULAR TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION:

    The Consular Section of the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC is competent to process visa applications from those only, who are legal residents of Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you reside in other US State or country, please contact a proper Polish Consulate (states are marked in green on the map above).

     

    The Polish Consulates in the U.S. are also located in:

    New York - The Consulate General of Poland  - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked in orange on the map above

    Chicago - The Consulate General of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked in blue on the map above

    Los Angeles - The Consulate General of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked in yellow on the map above

    Houston - The Consulate General of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked in purple on the map above

     

    Visa Application can be submitted to the consular office no more than three months before departure for Poland and must be processed by a competent consulate in terms of territorial jurisdiction.

     

    Visa Inquiries e-mail waszyngton.amb.wk@msz.gov.pl

    Please note that appointment times and dates available on-line are the only available ones therefore please do not ask for changing the scheduled interview date.

    THE LIST OF VISA FREE COUNTRIES

     

    THERE ARE TWO VISA TYPES you can apply for:

    - SHORT-TERM VISA FOR UP TO 90 DAYS OF STAY IN POLAND OR OTHER SCHENGEN COUNTRIES - SCHENGEN VISA C and A

     

    - LONG-TERM VISA FOR STAYS OVER 90 DAYS FOR UP TO 365 DAYS - NATIONAL VISA D

     

    IMPORTANT FOR THE US CITIZENS: Based on an exchange of diplomatic notes between Poland and the USA, since April 15th, 1991 the US citizens are allowed to enter Poland for any 90 days period without visa. The common rule 90 days of stay in 180-day period does not apply in this case. Longer stays require Polish National Visa, provided by the Polish Consulates abroad. In case of expected duration of stay exceeds 1 year, the applicants are to apply for a TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT in the Republic of Poland. Applications shall be submitted to the relevant Office of Wojewoda (Urząd Wojewódzki). For details, please check the Office of Foreigners

     

    The visa processing time takes up to 15 days but in some cases processing may be extended. It is applicant's responsibility to take all necessary measures to submit visa documents in due date. Please, note that visa application can be submitted up to 3 months prior to scheduled trip.

    REMEMBER the visa application (hard copy) MUST be submitted in person to the Consular Office. 

     

    To launch visa procedure you have to register your application and schedule date and time of your interview here: www.e-konsulat.gov.pl.

     

     

    GENERAL VISA REQUIREMENTS

     

    1. VISA APPLICATION FORM, choose Schengen Visa for short stay in Poland for up to 90 days (business, tourist, visit) or National Visa for long stay in Poland from 91 days for up to 365 days (study, work):

    Each applicant shall submit ELECTRONICALLY REGISTERED, COMPLETED, DATED and SIGNED application go to Visa Registration.

    IF THERE ARE TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH THE SYSTEM,  please contact e-konsulat@msz.gov.pl

    Note that COPY and PASTE function during completing online visa form is NOT ALLOWED! Incorrect entries are marked in RED.

    Persons included in the applicant's travel document shall submit a separate application form. Minors shall submit an application form signed by a person exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship along with confirming documents  e.g. birth certificate, parents ID's, court's judgment and please also note that parent's letter of consent for travelling abroad is required.

     

    2. PASSPORT/Travel Document satisfying the following criteria:

    -its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Poland or other Schengen Member States;

    -it shall contain at least two blank pages;

    -it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years. 

     

    3.  PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCE in the USA and valid re-entry document:

    -original document of the US Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or notarized copy,

    -or valid US resident visa type A, E, F (with endorsed I-20), G, H, I, J plus J1 documents, L, O, R; Tourists and visitors with US visa type B1/B2 and J1 Summer Work Travel visas must apply in their country of residence.

     

    4. PHOTO

    -two passport size biometric photos (photo requirements);

     

    5. VISA FEE is $72 (see exceptions): 

    - forms of payment accepted: cash, money order or cashier's check issued to "The Embassy of Poland". Personal checks are not accepted. Please also note, that visa fee is not refundable;

     

    6. TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE

    -A declaration page/document from health insurance company stating coverage with a minimum of 30.000 EURO or equivalent in USD for trips outside the U.S. valid for Poland and other Schengen Countries, copy of healthcare card is not sufficient. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company cannot provide such specific letter, you must purchase insurance for the entire duration of your trip;

    We recommend to extend the validity of your travel medical insurance policy for additional 14 days in case of any unexpected travel delays, and in that case the visa could also be extended and will give you more flexibility during your trip.

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    7. PROOF OF SUFFICIENT FINANCIAL MEANS e.g.

    -last three bank account statements with name and address of owner(s),

    -or proof of regular income e.g. pay slips of last 3 months,

    -or student loan agreement;

    A minimum of $35 per day is required to cover travel expences while in Poland (round trip ticket and accomodation paid in full).

     

    8. DRIVER LICENSE

    or UTILITY BILLS with applicant`s name as a proof of residence in consular territorial jurisdiction of the Consular Division of the Polish Embassy in Washington D.C.

     

    9. SHIPPING BACK YOUR PASSPORT - if you cannot pick up your document at the Consulate, please provide registered, postage-paid and addressed envelope for FedEx or UPS courier service.

     

    10. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS confirming purpose of your visit, see specific lists of requirements for Schegen Visa or National Visa.

     

    IMPORTANT: Your visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen country. During border controls you may have to provide information on your means of support, length of stay, and purpose of your visit. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Poland and the Schengen area. It is therefore recommended that you carry with you copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help to make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.

    Please keep in mind that you must apply for visa in accordance with consular territorial jurisdiction, see map above.

     

     

     

     

    ATTENTION: Students who have been awarded a scholarship in Poland from NAWA, are asked to directly contact our office in order to arrange a visa appointment. Consular Section's email is: waszyngton.amb.wk@msz.gov.pl

     

     

     

    Legal basis:

    - Regulation No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of July 13th, 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)

    - Commission Implementing Decision of 26.3.2013 establishing the list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants in the United States of America

    - Ustawa z dnia 12 grudnia 2013 r o cudzoziemcach/ACT of December 12th, 2013 on foreigners, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland

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