Temporary residence permit for the purpose of studies

Legal basis – Act of 12 December 2013 on foreigners – Article 144 of the Act – with implementing acts.
Eligible foreigners and period of granting
– The foreigners, purpose of stay in Poland of whose is undertaking or continuation of studies in the higher education institution approved by the minister of interior, unless this institution is not subject to mandatory approval or in the higher education institution, which is not subject to mandatory approval, for which no decision on the prohibition of accept the foreigners, provided that the circumstance justify the residence of the foreigner at the territory of the Republic of Poland for the period exceeding 3 months.
– The temporary residence permit for studies is granted to the foreigner also when the studies being the continuation or complementation of studies taken up at the territory of the other EU Member State are covered with no EU program or multilateral program covering the mobility measures or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions providing for the intra-EU mobility and the foreigner meets the abovementioned conditions for granting the temporary residence permit.
– The temporary residence permit for studies shall be granted also when the purpose of stay at the territory of the Republic of Poland is completing the preparatory course to take up full-time Master degree studies and the doctoral course, provided that the foreigner holds the citizenship of one of the states specified by the ordinance of the Council of Minister. At the moment, such ordinance has not been issued yet.
– The first temporary resident permit for studies for the foreigner taking-up the studies at the territory of the Republic of Poland during the first year of education is granted for the period of 15 months, and in the case when the studies are covered with an EU programme or multilateral programme covering the mobility measures or an agreement between two or more higher education institutions providing for the intra-EU mobility, the first permit is granted for the period of 2 years.
When the studies justify the residence of the foreigner at the territory of the Republic of Poland for the period not exceeding 1 year, the first permit is granted for the period of academic year or of the studies, extended by 3 months.
The subsequent temporary residence permit for studies is granted for the period of studies, extended by 3 months however in any case not exceeding 3 years.
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