Ways of legalizing your stay in the Republic of Poland:
Citizens of the European Union, Switzerland or other countries which belong to the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) may enter Poland without a visa and remain on Polish territory without legalising their stay for 3 months. If a stay in Poland is longer than a 3 month period, EU citizens are obliged to register their stay. In order to obtain the residence permit, documents have to be submitted by the student in person by the first day of the 4th month from their entering the Republic of Poland.
Citizens of non-EU/EFTA countries should obtain a visa from a Polish diplomatic post in their country before coming to Poland. If they wish to prolong their stay in the Republic of Poland, an application for a residence permit for a fixed period should be submitted to a voivode competent for the place of the student’s planned stay at least 45 days before the end of the residence period based on the visa or before the end of the period for which the previous residence permit for a fixed period was granted.
Detailed information about coming to the Republic of Poland can be found at www.msz.gov.pl
The list of Polish Diplomatic Missions Abroad can be found at http://bazateleadresowa.poland.gov.pl/?document=21
Łódzki Urząd Wojewódzki
Wydział Spraw Obywatelskich i Cudzoziemców
ul. Piotrkowska 103, 90-425 Łódź
tel.: +48 (42) 664-17-04, 664-17-01, 664-17-02
fax: +48 (42) 664-17-03
Instructions of applying for residence permit are on the webpage (in different foreign languages):