How to get a visa?
If you have the necessary qualifications and would like to practise as a doctor, dental practitioner, nurse or paramedic but you do not have a valid visa to enter Poland and to apply to the Polish Minister of Health, you will need to do the following:
- Before you apply to a Polish consul for a visa, you must obtain a statement from a Polish health care provider (such as a hospital or an outpatient clinic) with the statement that the provider wants to offer you employment (current job offers).
- You may apply for a visa in two ways:
- contact a Polish consulate in your country of residence or
- contact a Visa Application Centre in your country of residence, if such a centre is available in your country. For details, please visit the website of the relevant consulate and click on Consular Information => Visas => D-Type national visa.
- Depending on the option you choose, you may submit your application in person to a Polish consulate or a Visa Application Centre. Please note that applications sent by fax, post or email to a consulate will not be reviewed.
- You can book a visa application appointment at a Polish consulate via the online service e-konsulat.gov.pl. To apply for a visa to a Visa Application Centre, you need to book an appointment via a call centre or online. For details, please visit the website of the relevant consulate and click on Consular Information => Visas => D-Type national visa.
- To apply for a visa, you must submit:
1) a visa application form completed via the e-konsulat online service, printed and signed;
2) a 3.5 x 4.5 cm colour photo. The photo must be:
- sharp, taken against a white background and printed on quality paper;
- not older than 6 months;
- taken en face, clearly showing the eyes and face on both sides from the top of the head to the top of the shoulders with the face covering 70-80% of the photo. The photo must be taken without any headwear.
3) your passport issued within last ten years, valid for at least three months from the expected return date, with at least two blank pages for visas;
4) a copy of the passport pages with your personal data and photograph of the passport holder;
5) a document confirming that you are covered by medical insurance valid across the European Union, for an amount not lower than EUR 30,000, or a copy of a document confirming that you are covered by health care insurance in Poland;
6) a copy of an identity document confirming legal residence in the consular district of the Polish consulate in which you apply for a visa
7) a certificate issued by a health care provider with details of the provider's departments and the planned period of your employment. This certificate should also specify the scope of medical work as part of your employment according to your medical specialty;
8) your higher education diploma in medicine or dentistry, and your medical specialty qualification diploma;
9) a document certifying that you have at least three years' professional experience as a doctor specialising in particular branch of medicine (please note that the three-year period of experience must have been completed within the five-year period immediately preceding the issue of the certificate by the health care provider);
10) proof that you have sufficient means of subsistence in the form decided by the relevant Polish consulate.
For additional information about general visa procedures, contact a Polish consulate. For a list of Polish consulates, see HERE . You can contact any consular office by phone or email.
- For details about the visa application filing and consideration fee, please visit the website of the relevant consulate and click on Consular Information => Visas => D-Type national visa => How much does it cost? The fee will not be refunded whether or not your visa application is accepted.
- The decision on the issue of a visa is normally made within 4 working days from the payment of the fee. In urgent and justified situations, the time taken to make the decision may be shorter.
- At the time of submitting your application, you will be told when you can expect the decision.
- If you disagree with the consul's decision, you have the right to request reconsideration of your application. You may submit your request directly to the relevant consulate or a Visa Application Centre in your country of residence, if such a centre is available in your country. Alternatively, you can send your request by post to the consulate that issued your decision within 14 days of your receipt of a notice of the decision. For details about the reconsideration fee, please visit the website of the relevant consulate and click on Consular Information => Visas => D-Type national visa => How to appeal?