An official report by the Polish Supreme Audit Office has confirmed what we all know already – the Polish authorities are unable to deal with the increased amount of residence permit applications.
The report found that between 2014 and 2018, almost 732,000 resident permit applications were made. Approximately 649,000 of those were for temporary permits, with 69,000 being permanent residence applications. The remaining 14,000 applications were for the long-term stay of EU citizens. Decisions were issued for 560,000 thousand of the applications, with nearly 474,000 of those being received positively (84.5%).
The number of work permit applications also increased from 47,000 in 2014 to almost 367,000 in 2018.
Worryingly, an audit carried out during the study found that in 264 of the cases examined, a staggering 187 of them contained irregularities. A noticeable amount of these irregularities regarded cases not being processed within the legal time-frame. In one extreme case, an applicant had to wait more than 3 years for their permit.
It should take around 90 days for permits to be processed, however the report found that here in Lower Silesia the process took an average of 328 days in 2018.
The minister responsible for the affairs of foreigners in Poland was also criticised in the report for being too slow to develop effective solutions. On top of that, the study found that in 5 out of the 6 cases checked, there was no confirmation of the fact that foreigners identified as dangerous had actually left the country.