Embassy of Poland in Beijing processes Poland Schengen Visa applications and Poland Residence Permit applications.
Poland at a glance
Poland, a Central European country, spans over an area of 312,679 kilometers-square and boasts a population of 38.43 million making it the eighth biggest nation of Europe in terms of residents.
The sprawling capital Warsaw is house to varied architecture ranging from Gothic churches to neoclassical palaces to Soviet-inspired buildings to modern skyscrapers. Warsaw is also characterized by the Monument of Warsaw Mermaid located in the center of the city.
The country has somehow survived to keep its soul intact despite witnessing centuries of the bloodbath that includes two great wars of the 19th century.
Wanderlusts going to this Central European destination are discovering what the natives have long known and adored i-e its rich culture emanates from an amalgamation of Russian, German and Polish interactions, the picturesque countryside and centuries-old but efficaciously-preserved historical sites. Therefore, visitors are sure to give home with rich memories.
The country became a signatory to Schengen Agreement in 2003 and became a member of the Schengen Area. Hence, if you’re planning to visit Poland for a period not surpassing 90 days, you’re required to apply for Poland short-stay visa commonly known as Poland Schengen Visa.
Jurisdiction of Embassy of Poland in Beijing
The Embassy of Poland in Beijing covers the following areas:
Beijing, Shandong, Tianjin, Henan, Hebei, Inner Mongolia, Henan, Jilin, Shanxi, Liaoning, Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan, Shaanxi, Gansu, Qinghai, Tibet, Xinjiang and Territory of Mongolia.
Visa Application Process at Embassy of Poland in Beijing
Following is an absolute guide aimed at providing updated information to the visa applications for lodging visa application at the Embassy of Poland in Beijing:
Step 1: The Official Version
At the onset, you will visit the official website of the Polish Embassy in Beijing to get a peep into updated visa rules and requirements.
Once the home page is loaded, click on the ‘Visa Information’ tab present on the top right of the website. The server will redirect you to a new page.
Here, you will click on the ‘Visas’ sections as displayed in the picture below.
Six categories will be shown. Pick the one you belong to and get relevant information.
Step 2: Book Appointment
The applicant is required to book an appointment online before submitting the documents at the Embassy of Poland in Beijing.
The appointment will be booked through VFS Global.
Step 3: Gather Visa Docs
After securing an appointment date at the Embassy of Poland in Beijing, the applicant will start collecting all the visa documents that are going to accompany his/her visa application.
Application form: Fill the application form for Poland Schengen Visa. Make sure that the information that you write on the application form matches the information that you are going to provide on the other visa docs. Any sort of mismatch or discrepancy would result in the denial of Poland Schengen Visa.
Flight Reservation for visa application: For Poland Schengen Visa application, the itinerant will attach a roundtrip flight reservation with the application.
A roundtrip flight reservation for visa application hikes chances of visa approval manifold as it ensures visa officer that the applicant has no hidden intention whatsoever to either extend or stay illegally in the Polish territory. Also, the visa officer will issue your visa in accord with the arrival and departure dates mentioned on the flight reservation for visa application.
Travel Health insurance for visa application: A travel health insurance for Poland Schengen Visa application is also a mandatory document. The travel health insurance for visa application must meet the following criteria:
- Provide coverage of not less the 30000 euros or 45000 dollars;
- Must be valid in whole Schengen Area;
- Must cover the cost of repatriation.
Hotel Bookings for visa application: A hotel booking for visa application or proof of lodging is a document that illustrates that the visa application has paid for availing the accommodation facility in Poland. It includes the name of hotels and their fax and telephone numbers as well as the duration of the stay in different hotels.
Travel Itinerary: A travel itinerary covering the whole stay in Poland and (or) in the Schengen Area illustrating the planned dates and places of stay.
Cover Letter for Schengen Visa application: A cover letter for the Schengen Visa application precisely explains to the visa officer the main purpose of traveling to the Polish territory. The itinerant must avoid writing any extra information in the cover letter as it would be of no help.
Photo: A passport photo, attached to Schengen Visa Application Form.
- In color, 3 x 4 cm (approx. 1.2 x 1.6 inch).
- Facing forward, white background.
Passport: A legal passport or travel document with validity of at least three months or 90 days after the intended date of return. The passport must also have at least 2 empty pages to mark the arrival and departure dates of the applicant.
- Copy of all pages with the content of the applicant’s Hukou (original to be shown).
- Copy of the ID card (original to be shown).
Proof of solvency: To prove that you are in possession of enough funds to bear expenditures of during the course of your stay in Polish and Schengen territory, attach a bank statement with transactions of the previous 3 to 6 six months.
Evidence explaining the applicant’s social status to the visa officer.
In case of minor:
- Consent letter signed by the parents;
- A card issued by the educational institute;
- If the parents are divorced, certificate of divorce with evidence of custody in the original.
For a retired person:
Evidence of pension being withdrawn by the applicant or any other source of income.
Means of subsistence: According to the Polish Regulation of the Minister for Internal Affairs and Administration, the applicant is bound to attest to the Italian Consulate or Embassy that he possesses minimum daily cash equivalent depending on his/her number of stays. The criteria are as follow:
For stay up to 3 days: The overall amount is 300 PLN or 67.76€.
For stay up to 6 days: The daily amount is 100 PLN or 22.59€.
If the accommodation costs are covered by a third party or prior to travel, the daily amount reduces to 20 PLN or 4.52€.
Submit Biometric Data: As of October 12, 2015, all applicants aiming to apply for Schengen Visa must appear in person to submit the aforementioned data.
Biometric data comprises of ten fingerprints and a face picture. In order to submit their biometric data, all applicants must come to the Visa Application Centre of Austria (or mission) the first time they apply for a visa from 12 October 2015.
Step 4: Appear for Interview
After amassing all the documents, appear for the interview at the Embassy of Poland in Beijing. Bring with you a receipt of appointment and reach the embassy at least 25 minutes prior to the scheduled time.
If you reach 30 or more minutes late, the embassy will cancel your appointment and you’ve to reschedule it by rehashing the same method.
Step 5: Check Your Application Progress
By entering unique codes on VFS Global, the itinerant can track progress on his/her application.
Step 6: Collect Your Visa
Usually, the Embassy of Poland in Beijing usually takes up to 15 days to arrive on a decision on the visa application. If the embassy grants you the visa, you can collect it either by appearing in a personal capacity at the embassy or by the post.
Address of Embassy of Poland in Beijing
Ritan Rd. Beijing, China. Post Code: 100600.
Phone: +86 10 653 21 235 ext. 110 (Embassy’s Office).
Fax: +86 10 653 21 745.