A new immigration law has come into force in Poland which will affect employers, non-EU and non-EEA nationals who apply for work permits in Poland. The key changes include:

  • New documentation requirements for employers, who will now be required to provide copies of diplomas and reference letters during the labour market testing for work permit applications;  
  • A requirement for employers to provide a declaration that their employees do not have a criminal record;  
  • Seasonal ‘Type S’ work permits will be introduced.  This will exempt nationals of Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine from labour market testing if they are working in seasonal industries for up to 9 months in a calendar year;  
  • The Type B work permit will be expanded to include general partners and proxies who intend to work for more than six months in a 12-month period; and  
  • Annual quotas on the number of work permits issued.