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If you are someone who keeps a keen interest in history and cultures, Poland is one place that you can never miss during your travel in the Schengen countries.
In the year 2016, Poland received more than a million visa applications, and almost all of them were approved barring some rejects, which was about 3%.
In the image above, you can see that 659 applications were made to the Polish consulate in New York, out of which, 646 were accepted.
With a low visa rejection rate, it is quite easy to get your Poland Schengen visa application approved, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t follow all the processes required carefully. This article will take you through the entire process of Poland Schengen visa application step-by-step.
What are the steps to getting a Poland Schengen visa?
Find out whether or not you really need a Schengen visa
See if you are eligible to apply for your Schengen visa at the Polish consulate
Book an appointment with the Polish consulate in New York ( Get Schengen visa appointment for $ 10 )
Prepare for the interview by arranging all the documents you need
Attend the interview and get the processing of your visa application started
Do I really need a Schengen visa to visit Poland?
Whether or not you really need a Poland Schengen visa depends entirely on your nationality. Poland mandates a Schengen visa for a few countries, and if your country falls on that list, you will need to get a Schengen visa as well.
What if I am a US Permanent Resident or a B1/B2 visa holder?
In this case too, you will need to get yourself a Schengen visa depending on your nationality. As a US Permanent resident, you can go to any Polish consulate in the US, but if you are a B1/B2 visa older, you will need to head back to your own country to be able to get yourself a Poland Schengen visa.
I live in Florida, can I apply for my Schengen visa in the Polish Consulate in New York?
You can only apply for your Schengen visa at the Polish consulate if you are a permanent resident in one of the following states,
If you don’t live in any of these states, find out which Polish consulate has jurisdiction in your state so that you can submit your visa application there.
What if I am traveling to other countries along with Poland?
In this case, you can only apply for a Schengen visa at the Polish consulate if a major part of your travel involves Poland. If you are planning on spending more time in any other country, then you will need to apply for your visa from their consulate instead.
The image below will give you a clearer picture of the matter.
How to book an appointment with the Polish consulate in New York?
You will first need to go to the official web page of the Consulate General of Poland in New York.
You will be redirected to a website that looks like the image above. On the right-hand side, you will see a list of options, out of which, you have to pick “Visas“.
Read the information given on this page carefully before you start booking your appointment.Once you are done the reading, scroll down to find the “How to apply for a visa?” section on the page. You can find a link on the first pointer under this heading. Click on that link to start booking your application with the consulate.
The page you end up at will usually be in Polish. To change the language preference, go to the drop-down options on the upper right and click on the second option in the list.
Once you change the language, you can select your country as the United States and select the Diplomatic mission as “Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York“. This will instantly take you to a new page.
The image above should resemble the new page that refreshes. Click on the “Schengen Visa – Register form” on the left-hand side to start filling your application.
Read the information given on this page as well. After which, enter the captcha given to you at the bottom of the page and click on “Continue“. The page refreshes and you get the option of selecting the date of your choice.
Pick a date of your choice and click on “Make Reservation“. You will be taken to another page where you will need to fill in a form for the appointment. This form also counts as your visa application form.
Fill in the form and print it out. After this, click on “Continue” and follow the instructions on the website to complete the appointment booking and visa application process.
Ensure that all the details you enter in this form are correct to your knowledge and according to the data in your passport.
What should I do to prepare for my interview at the Consulate General of Poland?
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You will need to furnish many documents for the Polish consulate to issue you a Poland Schengen visa. Ensure that you have all of these documents ready for your interview with the consulate.
Filled and signed visa application form
US Permanent Resident Permit
Proof of occupation
Find more details on each of these documents below.
Passport: It should be original and valid for at least 90 days from the date of your arrival to the US.
US Residency Permit: This proves that you are legally residing in the US and you are eligible to apply for your visa at the Polish consulate.
Photographs: You will need to submit recent and colored passport-sized photographs (at least 3).
Proof of occupation: You will need to give your employment details to the consulate. Carry the company registration card and company bank statements if you are self-employed. If you are still a student, carry a letter from your university. If you are retired, carry the pension statements from the past 6 months.
Cover letter: This should clearly mention your purpose of travel to Poland and also mention your travel details and all the documents that you are submitting to the consulate along with your application form.
Travel itinerary and Hotel reservations: The consulate wants to be sure that you have flight and hotel bookings for your travel to Poland as well.
Travel insurance: You will need to be able to take care of yourself while you are in Poland in case of any medical emergency. For this, you will need a travel insurance as well.
Financial sustenance: For this, provide your bank and credit card statements. You can also give your travel cards if any.
Why should I make my flight and hotel bookings before my travel to Poland?
This will help you increase the chances of the approval of your Poland Schengen visa application.
What if the consulate rejects my Poland Schengen visa application?
To avoid this situation, you can make temporary flight and hotel bookings. This way, you won’t have to worry about heavy cancellation charges if your visa application is rejected by the consulate.
Where can I get temporary flight and hotel bookings?
Travel Visa Bookings is a pioneer in making temporary bookings for people who wish to travel to different countries. And this comes at a minimal cost as well.
Why should I take temporary bookings from you?
We have processed more than 100000 orders in just a span of 5 years. And along with temporary flight and hotel bookings, you can also get a customized cover letter written especially for your travel plans.
What is the cost of getting a Poland Schengen visa?
The image above gives you a clear picture of the prices that you will need to pay for different types of visas. But since you are traveling to Poland for the purpose of tourism, you will need to get yourself a short-stay visa that is valid for 90 days.
However, if you wish to make temporary bookings and get a cover letter written, the image below should give you a comprehensive idea.
What is the validity of my Poland Schengen visa?
Your visa, once approved, will only be valid for the number of days mentioned in your itinerary. We suggest that you have an additional of 5-10 days in your itinerary for a peaceful stay in Poland.
What is the processing time of my Poland Schengen visa application?
Your visa will take up to 15 days to get processed.
Consulate General of Republic of Poland in New York
233 Madison Avenue
(Jan Karski Corner)
New York, NY 10016
+1 (646) 237-2100