By Karolina Schiffter, Kinga Polewka    Firm: Raczkowski Paruch

The Polish Audit Office has indicated the Polish administration is struggling to cope with the rapid increase in new migrants arriving in Poland.

Results of the recent audit of the immigration offices in Poland run by the Polish Audit Office (NIK) show that the Polish public administration is unable to handle the rapidly growing number of foreign nationals migrating to Poland. Average processing times have increased more than threefold over the last four years, to 206 days. In extreme cases, some foreign nationals waited for more than three years for a residence permit decision. The government is now reviewing the audit report to propose actions aiming at improving immigration processes.