GFT provides full support to international applicants looking for a fresh start, so we will help you with your visa, your residence permit and your work permit, not only when you join us, but also when you apply for an extension after 6 months.

  • All EU citizens are eligible to work in Poland without an additional work permit.
  • Non-EU citizens are required to apply for a visa and work permit. Thanks to bilateral agreements, citizens of Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Armenia, Moldova and Serbia only need to follow a simplified procedure. All the necessary information can be found here: Getting started.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Once your stay has been approved by the authorities, you will be granted full entitlement to state-funded and state-subsidized services and your job is protected by the Polish Labour Code, which also recognises your past employment record. You then have entitlements under the Polish health care and education system.

Poland has a progressive tax system with two thresholds of 18% and 32%.


Statutory forms of employment

  • Employment contract for a specified task
  • Fixed-term contract with a notice period of 2 weeks
  • Employment contract for an indefinite period – notice period of 1 month for the first 3 years of employment, and 3 months thereafter
  • Self-employment/sub-contracting

Paid leave:

  • 20 working days per year during the first 10 years of employment
  • 26 working days thereafter (studies included in both cases)
  • Plus 13 days of public holidays – all major Christian holidays and Nov 11th. There are also sometimes long weekends at the beginning of May to coincide with the May 1st and May 3rd Bank Holidays.