The Poland. Business Harbour is the Polish Government’s programme supporting entrepreneurs working in the ICT sector from the following countries:
The Poland. Business Harbour program is a comprehensive package helping IT professionals, start-ups, SMEs and large companies to relocate seamlessly to the territory of the Republic of Poland.
What exactly is Poland. Business Harbour?
The Poland. Business Harbour program provide the opportunity for ICT specialists and their families to to take advantage of the fast-tracked visa procedure which facilitates relocation.
Poland.Business Harbour¹ (PBH) will definitely help those who would like to who see their future in Poland or expand their business to Poland.
First the Program was aimed at citizens of Belarus but in 2021 it was expanded to include of countries of the EU’s project European Partnership that includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, and Belarus.
Who can benefit from Poland. Business Harbour?
Not all workforce can take advantage of the PBH Program. The fields of professional knowledge eligible for it include:
- ICT professionals
- Owners and employees of SMEs and large companies
- Innovative start-ups
In addition, the Program provides for funding and financial assistance for start-ups² and additional services for larger companies³.
One of the elements of the package is also support in the form of connecting entrepreneurs with investors and grants for R&D activity.
IT specialists and PBH
Specialists from the IT sector, who are citizens of the PBH program member countries, can submit a visa application under the Program and expect their visa application to be reviewed by the Polish diplomatic authorities as a matter of priority.
In order to take advantage of the accelerated procedure for obtaining a Polish national visa, a person must meet one (1) of the criteria:
- have at least 1 year of work experience in the IT field or
- have a tech-related education
А также, в обязательном порядке, иметь рекомендательное письмо от одной из компаний-партнеров программы Poland.Business Harbour*.
It is also obligatory to have a letter of recommendation from one of the partner companies of the Poland.Business Harbor* Program.
*The relevant list of partner companies can be found at Gov.pl government program. MojaFirma is a member of this program.
We would like to emphasise that the Program covers both singles who want to relocate to Poland and professionals with their families. Similar documents should be submitted for your accompanying spouse and children.
It is worth to mention that the spouse gets a visa with the BPH notice. This type of visa allows working in Poland without the need to obtain a work permit, the spouse can also register as a private entrepreneur (sole trader).
Information about visa application forms, visa centers, representations in the Republic of Poland and the whole procedure you can found on the official Polish state portal GOV.PL in the Poland.Business Harbour⁴. tab.
The information is available in Polish, English, and Russian.
Residents of PBH member countries can apply for a Polish national visa under the Polish. Business Harbour Program at the nearest consulates of the Republic of Poland in their country of residence⁸.
Remember that national Polish visas — wiza krajowa (including under the Poland. Business Harbour program) are issued by Polish diplomatic bodies. It means you can not apply for this kind of visa in Poland.
If you have the citizenship of a country covered by the PBH program and would like to establish cooperation with us
contact us via the contact form and we will try to find the best solution for you. Good luck!
1. https://www.gov.pl/web/poland-businessharbour-ru/polish-goverments-programme ◹
2. https://www.gov.pl/web/poland-businessharbour-ru/startup ◹
3. https://www.gov.pl/web/poland-businessharbour-ru/small-maedium-large-enterprise ◹
4. https://www.gov.pl/web/poland-businessharbour-ru/itspecialist ◹
5. https://www.gov.pl/web/bielarus/embassy ◹
6. https://www.gov.pl/web/bielarus/general-consulate-brest ◹
7. https://www.gov.pl/web/bielarus/general-consulate-grodno ◹
8. https://www.gov.pl/web/diplomacy/polands-missions-abroad ◹
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