Remote work is no longer an option only for people in the IT sector who could work from anywhere in the world, as the pandemic has forced companies to find alternatives to calling people to the office by enabling them to work from home which enabled many persons to become digital nomads.
Digital nomads are people who can offer services or work for employers from other places than the ones established by contract, which makes their situation uncertain in terms of residency and taxation. This is why many European countries have come up with digital nomad visa programs.
At the moment, there is no special Poland digital nomad visa, however, foreigners who want to work from here can do that by applying for various types of visas. Below, our immigration lawyers in Poland explain how foreign citizens can live and work remotely from here.
A Poland digital nomad visa scheme is not in place yet
Foreign citizens who want to live in Poland but work for companies in other countries can apply for digital nomad visas, which are special visas issued by more and more European states. However, this is not the case of Poland yet, which is why those choosing it must consider traditional visas that enable them to move here.
While citizens of EU member states and Schengen countries do not need to comply with too many formalities, non-EU, non-EEA, and non-Schengen citizens must apply for Polish residence permits.
As there is no special program, obtaining a digital nomad visa for Poland can be easier and less demanding.
Our immigration law firm in Poland is at the service of foreign citizens who want to move here and work as freelancers or entrepreneurs with their own businesses.
What does it mean to obtain a digital nomad visa in Poland?
Digital nomad visas have been enabled to keep remote workers out of the grey area of taxation, or better said tax residency. However, at the moment there is no Poland digital nomad visa which means that people who choose this country to work from must apply for temporary residence permits and register for taxation here if they exceed a certain number of days of stay here.
In order to make a comparison with other countries Poland could follow lead upon the creation of a digital nomad visa program, here are the main aspects to pay attention to:
- digital nomad visas are usually issued to people who live in a country but work for employers in other countries;
- such visas are also available for freelancers who have clients exclusively in other countries than the one they live in;
- digital nomads must have a specific income they must prove upon moving to another country (each state has minimum requirements related to such income);
- remote workers will live in their country of choice for a limited period of time (usually, digital nomad visas are issued for one year).
So, if you are interested in a Poland digital nomad visa and need guidance on how to move here and work remotely, our immigration lawyer can help you choose a suitable visa.
Why choose Poland as a digital nomad
Poland is considered the most appealing country to live in Southeastern Europe. With many co-working spaces in cities like Warsaw, the capital, but also Krakow and Gdansk, foreign remote workers and freelancers have plenty of reasons to choose it. Moreover, the living costs are quite lower compared to other European countries, such as Austria and Germany.
Here are the main types of visas that can qualify as a digital nomad visa in Poland:
- the Type C visa which enables a foreign citizen to live in Poland for 3 months within a period of 6 months;
- the Type D visa which is a long-term residence permit which enables a foreigner to live here for more than 3 months and has a validity of maximum one year;
- the Schengen visa obtained in another country and based on which a non-EU citizen can relocate to Poland.
Our immigration lawyers in Poland can help third-country citizens who want to live and work from here to apply for such visas.
How many people live in Poland based on work permits?
The number of foreigners who moved to Poland for work reasons has been constantly growing in the past few years, according to the Migration Department. According to recent data:
- 183,718 people moved to Poland based on temporary residence permits in 2018;
- in 2019, the largest quota of work permits was issued to Ukrainian citizens – 49,636 permits;
- in 2020, 64,251 residence permits were issued for foreign citizens, most of them relocating to the region of Mazovia.
If you want to apply for a Poland digital nomad visa and need assistance, do not hesitate to contact our immigration law firm.