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Business registration in Poland for a foreigner 2023

Poland for a foreigner: business registration in 2023

16. 05. 2023

Company registration in Poland in 2023 is available to both polish and non-polish citizens. The easiest way to open a company is for residents of countries that are part of the EU or EEA, while citizens of other countries need to collect a huge number of certificates.

Who can open a business in Poland

Non-resident can open a business in Poland, if they meet certain requirements. What exactly depends on the country of which he is a resident. For example, if a Czech wants to move here and open a notary's office, he cannot do it without Polish citizenship and proof of qualifications.

For EU, EEA citizens

Citizens of EU and EEA can open a sole proprietorship, a branch office or a partnership, provide cross-border services without problems. If they have a company in another EU/EEA country, they do not have to register their business in Poland.

For Swiss and US citizens

US or Swiss citizens can set up a sole proprietorship, a branch, a representative office or register a company from scratch. The limitation is that they cannot provide cross-border services.

For residents of other countries

Residents of third countries can form any form of legal entity in Poland if they have any of the following

  • A residence permit issued to an entrepreneur on the basis of a CEIDG entry;
  • Residence permit issued in connection with a family connection or study;
  • Residence permit of a long-term resident of the EU;
  • Refugee status;
  • Additional protection;
  • Temporary protection;
  • Residence permit for humanitarian reasons;
  • Residence permit and marriage to a Polish citizen who resides here;
  • A valid card of a Pole;
  • Spouse, child, dependant, parent who is an EU citizen.

If a foreigner does not meet any of the requirements, he cannot open a sole proprietorship, a general partnership or a partnership. But he can form:

  • LLC;
  • Limited Partnership;
  • JSC;
  • Limited Joint-Stock Partnership;
  • Branch Office.

Any non-resident may join existing companies by purchasing their shares. The exception is a business that deals with real estate. In this case, it is first necessary to take a special permit from the Ministry of Interior and Administration.

How to open a business in Poland

Opening a company in Poland in 2023 consists of these steps:

  • Determining the type of economic activity in order to select the PCD codes (no more than 10).
  • Submitting an online application for company registration (form CEiDG-1) to the Central Register of Information on Business Activities. You can do this only if you have a residence permit or a permanent residence permit. Entrepreneurs who establish a limited liability partnership or a limited liability company make an entry in the National Court Register.
  • Obtaining NIP (Personal Identification Number) and REGON numbers after registering a business. It is also necessary to choose the form of accounting and taxation at once - tax on general conditions, a lump sum on registered income or a flat rate.
  • Submission of a declaration to the ZUS (Social Insurance Institution). Entrepreneurs who are just starting their business can take advantage of the contribution payment benefits.
  • Opening an account at a local bank, which must be notified to the tax office and ZUS by updating the CEIDG application.

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