Polish President signed the act on foreigners

Foreigners who are highly qualified will have  the way for obtaining residence and employment in Poland facilitated – this  change is provided by the amendment (from 27 April 2012) to the Foreigners Act and the Act on employment promotion and labor market institutions,  signed on Tuesday by President Bronislaw Komorowski.

The amendment to the Polish legal solutions  implements regulations  provided in the EU (eg Council Directive of 25 May 2009 – 2009/50/EC). The new regulations are primarily to provide facilities for foreigners wishing to work in Poland, but only those with high professional qualifications.

According to the amendment, the formalities for skilled foreign workers will be limited to a single administrative procedure. During the conference, voivode  will have to check whether the alien meets the requirements for granting him permission to stay and work in Poland.

Verification in such cases will include  include whether the entity wishing to employ a foreigner can meet their staffing needs in the local market. In addition, earnings received by a foreigner would have to exceed the amount established by the Minister of Internal Affairs  (150% of annual gross salary).

Working foreigner will have the right to stay in Polish, even in casehe lost his job if the period of unemployment does not exceed 3 months. The condition for using this option will be a notification – authorizing an alien to reside and work in Poland – to the voivode within 7 days after the loss of employment.

The amendment also applies to expulsions, with emphasis on the voluntary return of illegally staying third-country nationals to their countries of origin. The Act provides that the decision on expulsion shall specify the period for voluntary departure from Polish territory, which ranges from 7 to 30 days (currently no longer than 14 days). Moreover, the decision on expulsion from Poland, and the decision on obligation to leavethe territory of Poland will also define the ban for entering Polish territory again (or also the Schengen area) and the period of this prohibition.

Source: Gazeta Prawna, podatki.biz