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Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Chicago
1530 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, IL
Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Chicago serves legal residents of:
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
If you reside in other US State or country, please contact a proper Polish Consulate (states are marked blue on the map above).
The Polish outposts in th U.S. are also lacated in:
Washington - The Embassy of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked green on the map above;
New York - The Consulate General of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked orange on the map above;
Los Angeles - The Consulate General of Poland - consular territorial jurisdiction is marked yellow on the map above.
Front desk opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
FOR visa enquiries e-mail:
Before your visit, please check - List of countries whose citizens may travel to Poland without visa and stay there up to 90 days
THERE ARE TWO VISA TYPES you can apply for:
- SHORT-TERM VISA FOR UP TO 90 DAYS OF STAY IN POLAND OR OTHER SCHENGEN COUNTRIES - SCHENGEN VISA C and A
- LONG-TERM VISA FOR STAYS OVER 90 DAYS FOR UP TO 365 DAYS - NATIONAL VISA D
IMPORTANT FOR THE US CITIZENS: Based on an exchange of diplomatic notes between Poland and the USA, since April 15th, 1991 the US citizens are allowed to enter Poland for any 90 days period without visa. The common rule 90 days of stay in 180-day period does not apply in this case. Please note that the common rule is applicable for other Schengen States, and if its a consecutive trip to Poland you must cross the Polish border directly from the third country (non-Schengen State) e.g. direct flights from Chicago, New York, London, Moscow, Kiev etc. Longer stays require Polish National Visa, provide by the Polish Consulates in the USA, or a temporary residence permit, a petition shall be filed in Poland in an appropriate Voivodship Office (Urząd Wojewódzki).
REMEMBER the visa application (hard copy) MUST be submited in person to the Consular Office. The visa processing time is up to 15 days but in some cases it may be extended. It is applicant's responsibility to take all necessary measures to submit visa documents on time.
Since May 1st, 2014 every visa applicant must apply for visa in person, according to the new Polish Act on Foreigners.
Since May 15th, 2014 the Polish Consulates in the U.S. must collect digital scans of 10 fingers in order to process Schengen visa applications.
GENERAL VISA REQUIREMENTS
1. VISA APPLICATION FORM, choose Schengen Visa for short stay in Poland for up to 90 days (business, tourist, visit) or National Visa for long stay in Poland from 91 days for up to 365 days (study, work):
Each applicant shall submit ELECTRONICALLY REGISTERED, COMPLETED, DATED and SIGNED application go to Visa Registration.
IF THERE ARE TECHNICAL ISSUES WITH THE SYSTEM, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Persons included in the applicant's travel document shall submit a separate application form. Minors shall submit an application form signed by a person exercising permanent or temporary parental authority or legal guardianship along with confirming documents e.g. birth certificate, parents ID's, court's judgement and please also note that parent's letter of consent for travelling abroad is required.
2. PASSPORT/Travel Document satisfying the following criteria:
-its validity shall extend at least three months after the intended date of departure from the territory of Poland or other Schengen Member States;
-it shall contain at least two blank pages;
-it shall have been issued within the previous 10 years.
3. PROOF OF LEGAL RESIDENCE in the USA and valid re-entry document:
-original document of the US Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or notarized copy,
-or valid US resident visa type A, E, F (with endorsed I-20), G, H, I, J plus J1 documents, L, O, R; Tourists and visitors with US visa type B1/B2 and J1 Summer Work Travel visas must apply in their country of residence.
The US residence permit or visa should be valid at least three months beyond the intended departure from the territory of Poland or other Member States (Schengen).
-one passport size biometric photograph;
5. VISA FEE is $65:
-forms of payment accepted: cash, money order or cashier's check issued to "Polish Consulate in Chicago". Personal checks are not accepted. Please also note, that visa fee is not refundable;
6. TRAVEL MEDICAL INSURANCE
-A declaration page/document from health insurance company stating coverage with a minimum of 30.000 EURO or equivalent in USD for trips outside the U.S. valid for Poland and other Schengen Countries, copy of healthcare card is not sufficient. If you do not have insurance or your insurance company cannot provide such specific letter, you must purchase insurance for the entire duration of your trip and present a proof of purchase;
We recommend to extend the validity of your travel medical insurance policy for additional 14 days in case of any unexpected travel delays, and in that case the visa could also be extended and will give you more flexibility during your trip.
7. PROOF OF SUFFICIENT FINANCIAL MEANS e.g.
-last three bank account statements with name and address of owner(s),
-or proof of regular income e.g. pay slips of last 3 months,
-or student loan agreement;
A minimum of $35 per day is required to cover travel expences while in Poland.
8. DRIVER LICENSE
or UTILITY BILLS with applicant's name as a proof of residence in consular territorial jurisdiction of Polish Consulate in Chicago.
9. ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTS confirming purpose of your visit, see specific lists of requirements for Schegen Visa or National Visa.
IMPORTANT: Your visa does not automatically entitle you to enter the Schengen area. During border controls you may have to provide information on your means of support, length of stay, and purpose of your visit. In some cases, such checks may result in a refusal for the visa holder to enter Poland and/or the Schengen area. It is therefore recommended that you possess copies of the documents which you presented when you applied for the visa (e.g. letters of invitation, travel confirmations, other documents stating the purpose of your stay). This will help make the border control procedure easier and avoid delays at the border.
Please apply for visa at the appropriate Polish Consulate in accordance with consular territorial jurisdiction.
- Regulation No 810/2009 of the European Parliament and of the Council of July 13th, 2009 establishing a Community Code on Visas (Visa Code)
- Commission Implementing Decision of 26.3.2013 establishing the list of supporting documents to be presented by visa applicants in the United States of America
- Ustawa z dnia 12 grudnia 2013 r o cudzoziemcach/ACT of December 12th, 2013 on foreigners, Journal of Laws of the Republic of PolandSEE MORE