Over 50,000 foreigners seek Polish residence cards

Over 50,000 foreigners applied for a residence permit in Poland in the first quarter of 2018, 11 percent more than in the same period in 2017, the Office for Foreigners announced on Monday. Most of the applications were filed by citizens of Ukraine.

Almost 30,500 foreigners received such permits. Of the applications, 89 percent concerned temporary residence permits (the majority were linked with plans to take up employment in Poland), 9 percent concerned permanent residence permits and 2 percent involved long-term EU resident permits. Ukrainian citizens filed 63 percent of all the requests, followed by citizens of Belarus, India, Vietnam and Georgia.

The Office for Foreigners also said that over 1,000 foreigners applied for international protection, 37 percent fewer year on year. Citizens from the Russian Federation filed 68 percent of those petitions, while 10 percent were filed by Ukrainians. Only 123 foreigners met all the criteria to achieve such status, mostly citizens of Ukraine.