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GMI Legal Update: Non-Polish nationals holders of Poland Business Harbor visas can continue self-employed business activity after visa expiry, also after July 31, 2023


A list of support programmes for foreigners published today on the website of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister (link in Polish: here) makes it so that foreigners who have registered a business activity in Poland on the basis of a Poland Business Harbor visa, are authorized to continue this business activity (i.a. work as contractors on the basis of a B2B contract) even after expiry of the visa.

This includes visas whose validity periods were extended until July 31, 2023 under the regulations in force during the period of the covid-19 epidemic threat.

One prerequisite for maintaining the right to conduct business activity after expiry of the Poland Business Harbor visa is to submit an appropriate application for residence permit before visa expiry (e.g. application for a residence permit for the purpose of conducting business activity).

Please note – submitting an application for a residence permit before expiry of Poland Business Harbor visa will not extend a non-Polish national’s right to perform work on a legal basis different than a B2B contract.