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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 residents of:
Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin.
Front desk opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
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U.S. Citizens may travel to Poland for up to 90 days without visa, for longer stay please apply for National visa type D
Visa Information System (VIS)
The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland hereby announces that as from 15 May 2014 all Schengen States' consulates in the United States of America will use the Visa Information System (VIS).
The VIS is a central database for the exchange of data on short-stay (up to three months) visas between Schengen States. The main objectives of the VIS are to facilitate visa application procedures and checks at external border as well as to enhance security.
For the purpose of the VIS, applicants will be required to provide their biometric data (fingerprints and a digital photograph) when applying for a Schengen visa. It is a simple and discreet procedure that only takes a few minutes. Biometric data, along with the data provided in the Schengen visa application form, will be recorded in the VIS central database. The recourse to biometric technology will protect visa applicants better against identity theft and prevent false identifications, which in certain cases lead to refuse a visa or entry to a person who is entitled to enter. It is used commonly in the EU to make travel documents more secure (e.g. for the issuance of passports to EU citizens including diplomatic passports holders).
Exemptions from the fingerprinting requirement are provided for:
- children under the age of twelve;
- persons for whom the collection of fingerprints is physically impossible;
- Heads of State and members of the national Governments, with accompanying spouses, and the members of their official delegation when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose;
- Sovereigns and other senior members of a royal family, when they are invited by Member States' governments or by international organisations for an official purpose.
I. General information
Since December 21st 2007, Poland has been a part of the Schengen area, the territory with no check points at internal borders, formed by 25 states.
Foreigners from outside of the Schengen area may cross the border of the Republic of Poland if they hold a valid passport (or another travel document recognized by the Polish authorities) and an appropriate visa.
The passport validity must exceed the required date of departure from Poland by at least 3 months.
Entering and departing Poland or any other EU country, a foreigner who carries the amount of money (cash, shares, bonds, traveler's checks, etc.) exceeding 10.000 EURO must declare them to the custom authorities.
In accordance with the provisions of law, the Polish border guard has the sole authority to admit an alien into the territory of the Republic of Poland at the port of entry. This rule pertains to both aliens traveling on passports only, when no visa is required on the basis of bilateral agreements and to those to whom a visa had been issued at a Polish consular post abroad.
II. Visas issued by Polish Consulates
SCHENGEN SHORT-STAY VISA (type C) valid for stays of not more than 90 days within the period of 180 days. Short-stay visas are issued for travelers going to Poland (and other Schengen countries) for purposes such as tourism, visit family or friends, business trips, economic or cultural activities, international conferences, sport events and TRANSIT.
NATIONAL LONG-STAY VISA (type D) over 90 days allows the holder to stay in Poland for a continuous or an aggregate (adding multiple entries together) stay on the territory of Poland for up to a year. Polish national long-stay visas entitle their holders to enter other Schengen countries and stay there for a period not exceeding 3 months within 6 months period.
AIRPORT TRANSIT VISA (type A) An airport transit visa shall be valid for transiting through the international transit areas of the airports situated on the territory of Member States. It does not entitle the holder to leave the transit zone of the airport. Airport transit visas are issued to citizens of: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Congo (Democratic Republic), Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Sudan.
The following categories of persons are exempt from the obligation to hold an airport transit visa:
- holders of a valid uniform visa, national long stay visa or residence permit issued by a Member State;
- holders of a valid visa issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Liechtenstein, the Ireland or United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or the United States of America or when they return from those countries after having used the visa; The exemption of holders of valid visas issued by Bulgaria, Cyprus, Romania, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Canada, Japan or the United States of America applies irrespective of whether the person concerned travels to the country that issued the visa or to another third country.
- holders of a valid residence permit issued by Ireland or the United Kingdom, Andorra, Canada, Japan, San Marino or the United States of America guaranteeing the holder's unconditional readmission
- family members of citizens of the Union covered by Directive 2004/38, irrespective of whether they travel alone, to accompany or join the EU citizen,
- holders of diplomatic passports;
- flight crew members who are nationals of a contracting Party to the Chicago Convention International Civil Aviation.
III. Consular territorial competence
An application shall be examined and decided on by the consulate of the competent Member State in whose jurisdiction the applicant legally resides.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform (Schengen) visa shall be:
- the Member State whose territory constitutes the sole destination of the visit(s);
- if the visit includes more than one destination, the Member State whose territory constitutes the main destination of the visit(s) in terms of the length or purpose of stay; or
- if no main destination can be determined, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross in order to enter the territory of the Member States.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for a uniform visa for the purpose of transit shall be:
- in case of transit through only one Member State, the Member State concerned; or
- in case of transit through several Member States, the Member State whose external border the applicant intends to cross to start the transit.
The Member State competent for examining and deciding on an application for an airport transit visa shall be:
- in case of a single airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the transit airport is situated; or
- in case of double or multiple airport transit, the Member State on whose territory the first transit airport is situated.
Only a valid Permanent Residence Card (Green Card) or valid US Resident Visa type A, E, F (with endorsed I-20), G, H, I, J plus J1 documents, L, O, R are accepted as proof of your legal residency in the USA and as a re-entry document.
The US residence permit or visa should be valid for at least three months beyond the intended departure from the territory of Poland or other Member States (Schengen).
IV. Submitting the visa application
An applicant shall appear in person when submitting visa application.
The application shall be submitted no more than 3 months before the start of the intended visit.
Only electronically registered visa application form is accepted
An applicant must submit all required documents. The visa application will be rejected if the applicant fails to comply with the requirements.
The visa processing time is up to 15 days, but in some cases the procedure may be extended.SEE MORE