March 29, 2009

As of February 1, 2009, new legislation redefined work permit applications procedures.

The need to obtain a Promise for the Work Permit is now unnecessary. This is based on the visas that have already been issued. Instead, a Work Permit can be obtained simply by applying at the consulate in the employee’s home country. The process from start to finish takes approximately 60 days – beginning upon receipt of all documents. Note: to validate your Work Permit, you must first obtain a Work Visa or Residence Permit.

Intra-Company Transfer (ICT) Procedures Have Been Simplified

This two-step process has now been condensed to one as it is no longer necessary to have information on the local market’s work force. This means that as an employee you must remain on your homecountry payroll. Additionally, you may not sign an employment contract with the host entity (in Poland) and the transfer must be handled within the same capital group. This modification has reduced the process by 30 days!

All documentation must be signed by an authorized representative from the company that is sending the employee to work in Poland. The procedure also requires the home company to provide a notarized copy of the Articles of Incorporation or they must be originals.

The Validity of Work Permits Could Be Extended

Although the authorities plan to issue the permits for a 12-month period in 2009, it is possible this will be extended to a maximum of three years.

Thank you, PLG|KGNM Hungary for providing us with this invaluable information.