A few months ago I was browsing their website and was a little bit miffed to see the front page was plastered with "Living and Working in the UK" featuring lots of help for Polish people going to the UK. I don't have any problem with that - but should there not be at least SOMETHING on their website giving advice for Brits "Living and Working in Poland"?
So back in October 2007 I sent the following email to them:
I was looking at the website of the British embassy in Poland. There is
a lot of information for Poles going to the UK, but not so much help for
Brits in Poland.
For example, can you point me towards any resources that explain about
things such as:
* temporary and permanent registration in Poland
* how I can go about getting a mobile phone contract
* registering a car
* opening a bank account
* polish language lessons
It would be nice to know what the official procedures are as I am often
giving conflicting information when I ask in Polish offices.
After not hearing back from them I then forgot all about it. Then last week something bizarre happened. After a delay of only 6 months I got a reply. Someone might find something useful in it so I shall quote it in its entire glory:
Thank you for your email.
The British Embassy may signpost you towards organisations who may offer you professional help.
Here are some useful contacts with reference to your enquiry:
RESIDENCY IN POLAND
Poland is now a full member of European Union and you have the right to live here without visas and permits. However, after an initial stay of 3 months in Poland, you should contact
DEPARTMENT FOR FOREIGNERS at the relevant Voivod Office to apply for registration of your stay in Poland.
This office should also provide you with information about permanent residency in Poland.
For more information referring to different issues for British residents abroad please enter:
You may also find useful the following webpages :
www.msz.gov.pl ( Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, information available in English)
(Travel Advice prepared by FCO)
and the British Embassy in Warsaw website: www.britishembassy.pl
You may also find useful the assistance of a professional agency (relocation agencies) that assists foreigners in many issues like: Settling-in Services; Home Finding Programme; Medical; Taxes etc.This is : POLAID, contact MR Olgierd Chrobak, 00-082 Warszawa, tel: 0048 600431204 email: email@example.com , PRO Relocation, ul. Kaniowska 41, 01-529 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 869 04 40, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.prorelo.com, Pryma Agency, www.pryma-cudzoziemcy.pl .
Right hand cars cannot be registered in Poland. You may consider contacting the relevant department of the Ministry of Transport and Construction at the following address for clarification of this issue:
Ministerstwo Transportu i Budownictwa
Departament Dróg i Transportu Drogowego
Ul. Chalubinskiego 4/6
tel. 022 630 12 40
I hope you find this information helpful.
Well I am impressed that if you do email them then they eventually will reply. Whether it's worth them bothering to reply after 6 months is another question...
I just hope that if ever I should have the misfortune to get arrested in Poland then their consular assistance people are are little quicker than the rest of the departement....