Though there were times when many young Polish would leave the country to find employment elsewhere, times are clearly changing for this European country. Poland is home to 39 million people and many of them choose to stay for all the great things that can be found within its borders.

According to The Telegraph, Warsaw was one of the most improved cities in the world in 2016. Unemployment numbers used to be sky high but have dropped dramatically over the past decade and are currently even lower than they were before the financial crisis. Pollution is decreasing, the average wage is rising and the income per household is also increasing. 

Polish love their beer and are one of the six largest beer consumers in the world; they drink about 99 liters a year. Having a beer together is part of Polish culture and builds a relationship of trust. But Poland is also the most religious country in Europe, with 86% of the people saying they’re religious.

Accommodation in Poland is generally cheap and the cost of living is low compared to a lot of other places in Europe. Health care and education meet European expectations, public transport is modern and well structured and most people have at least a functional grasp of English. 

Non-EU nationals and people from countries that are not part of the Schengen agreement need a work permit to work and live in Poland. Your future employer must support your application, making the permit employer and position specific and in most cases switching jobs means you have to apply for a new permit. 

There are five types of work permits and the official government website of Poland gives more info on which one is most suitable. The work permit is valid for a fixed amount of time, which is never longer than three years, but it can be extended. 

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Here are some of the ways to live in Poland:

Through your Family:

  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Poland, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after 3 years of marriage and 2 years of residency in Poland.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

Youth Mobility Visa:

  • If you are an Australian, Japanese, South Korean, New Zealand or Taiwanese citizen between the ages of 18-30, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.
  • If you are a Canadian citizen between the ages of 18-35, you may be eligible under the Working and Holiday Visa programme. Note: you may need a letter of government support to undertake this type of visa.

Here are some of the ways to get citizenship in Poland:

  • If one or both of your parents were citizens when you were born, you are probably also a citizen.
  • If your spouse is a citizen or permanent resident of Poland, you are probably eligible for residency.  If your spouse is a citizen, you can apply for citizenship after 3 years of marriage and 2 years of residency in Poland.  Please note that your status of spouse needs to be legally recognised in this country.

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The passport for Poland allows you to travel to 154 countries without a visa.

Its global rank is 30.

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