Apostille and legalization procedures for Poland

Today Poland is a popular destination for holidays, employment, study, business and permanent residence in Europe. Nice nature, cool city vibes, perfect architecture, affordable prices and ease of doing business contribute to popularity of this Eastern European country among the ex-USSR nationals (Ukraine, Belarus, Russia) and other citizens of the world.

In most cases for long stay in Poland some form of official legalization and attestation of documents will be needed. Apostille and legalization procedures are requested for study, employment and permanent residence reasons in Poland. The most needed foreign documents to be apostilled or legalized for using in Poland: police clearance certificate (criminal records), birth certificates, marriage certificates, powers of attorney, charters, certificates, diplomas and medical certificates and reports. However, a police clearance certificate from Poland is needed from foreigners for long stay visas.

Meanwhile in some cases authorities of this state can accept documents without any apostille or legalization, with the correct and accurate sworn translation only. This simplified procedure is applied for documents from Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania and most of EU members.