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December 2020 3 minutes

Brexit: What should British citizens living in Poland know?

An overview of the steps British citizen must take before December 31st 2020

On January 31st 2020 Great Britain left the European Union after the settlement of the Withdrawal Agreement. At the moment we are in the transition period, which ends on December 31st 2020. Until that day British citizens are still granted the right to freedom of movement within the EU and, thus, continue to be able to travel, settle and live in EU countries. Nevertheless, since the end of the transition period is drawing closer, it’s crucial you act now to ensure you can legally stay in the EU. 

British citizens in Poland: what steps do you need to take?

We know this time can be stressful for British citizens living in Poland. With this article, we aim to give you an overview of the situation in Poland and provide you with a precise list of steps to tick off on your To-Do list. In this way you get all the administrative tasks done quickly and effectively. With the bureaucratic hassle out of the way you can fully enjoy the Christmas period and look forward to a - hopefully much better - year of 2021 in Poland.

The first steps: what do you need to do right now?

Registration as a resident: 

Register yourself as Polish resident if you want to stay in Poland after 2020. When staying in Poland for more than 3 months you are obliged to register as a Polish resident at a branch of the Department of Foreigners or at your local Voivodeship office; you can find the nearest Voivodeship Office here. Get a new residence document (available from 2021 onwards) in order to confirm the continuance of the rights you hold under the Withdrawal Agreement. 

Life in Poland post-Brexit

The following sections will summarise the regulations and laws governing life as a British citizen in Poland after December 31st 2020. 

Employment

You maintain your right to work in Poland, as long as you are registered as a Polish resident before December 31st 2020, given you remain resident in the country. Depending on your employer, you may need a UK police certificate.

Finances

Since Great Britain has a double taxation agreement with Poland you do not pay tax on the same income in both countries.

Banking arrangements should stay the same after the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020. If your finance provider needs to make any alterations to one of your products, they will contact you directly. 

Driving

Until the end of the transition period on December 31st 2020, the legislation on driving license exchanges will remain the same. UK licenses remain valid for 6 months in Poland. After that you must exchange your UK driving license for a Polish one. You should always carry your driving license, personal ID, car registration and insurance papers with you. 

Do you still have doubts about what you must do to legally stay in Poland or other EU-member states post-Brexit?

We have created a comprehensive guide on how British citizens can remain compliant with the new regulations in Poland and other EU-member states. In case you still have further questions that are not answered in this article nor by the guide, please send us a message or schedule a free consultation - we will be happy to help you!

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