Work in Poland
WORK PERMIT WHILE STUDYING
All full time students who hold valid visas or residence permits are allowed to legally work in Poland. So far, there are no limitations applied to part time jobs - you can work inside and outside the campus as much as you wish. Of course, you need to keep up with your studies. If you fail to attend classes and exams, your TRC decision may be affected and you can lose the right to stay, study and work in Poland.
It is very important to find the balance between studying and working, but you can be sure that Poland offers many opportunities to working students. Culture of part time work during studies is very common here in Poland. We work even while studying free of charge in order to gain experience and save some money for traveling and other expenses.
Remote work opportunities make it much easier for students to work while studying, as well as learn languages, attend extra courses and deal with different kinds of formalities.
JOB MARKET IN POLAND
As described by the European Commission: Poland is a perfect place to invest and develop businesses. International reports emphasize Poland’s economic and political stability, well-educated and competent staff and a large internal market.
Almost 40 million sales market is one of the largest in the European Union. Convenient location in the center of Europe and at the crossroads of its main communication routes makes it possible to export goods from Poland to all European countries, thus reaching over half a billion consumers. Poland’s main trading partners include: Germany, Russia, China, France, United Kingdom, Italy, Hungary, Ukraine, and Spain.
Poland offers foreign companies a range of investment incentives. One of the many options is to locate investments in a Special Economic Zone (SEZ). There are 14 such zones in Poland. These are separate areas where business activities may be conducted on special, preferential terms. SEZs offer attractive tax relief, employment opportunities and well-prepared investment areas to new investors.
According to Eurostat data, in May 2021 Poland still had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU (for the 15–74 age group), after Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Germany, and Malta, with its rate standing at 3.8% compared with 7.3% in the EU-27 and 7.9% in the euro area.
AFTER YOU GRADUATE
Congratulations! You have now graduated from a Polish university. All the years of hard work have paid off and you are now a proud holder of an EU university degree. So what happens once you graduate?
You may wonder whether you should leave or stay behind. Poland is a country with multiple opportunities for fresh alumni.
A foreigner is legally obliged to leave Poland before the expiry of their visa or residence permit.
Luckily, if you graduate from a university in Poland, there are a few options for you.You can apply for an unlimited work permit or for one more residence permit designed specifically for new graduates. It allows you to extend your stay for approximately 9 more months, when you can look for a job, research Master and PhD studies opportunities or simply decide if you prefer to stay in Poland or move somewhere else within the EU.
WORK PERMIT AFTER GRADUATION
It is very often hard to leave the country after graduation, when you can finally fully explore the professional opportunities. Students from member countries of the European Union may work in Poland without restriction after they graduate.
As a graduate of a Polish higher education institution full-time program, you don’t need an extra permit to work here.
You just need to make sure that your residence permit is in order, when you find yourself an employer.