Business immigration to Poland

Błażej Sarzalski        27 September 2016        Please comment!

I had a number of business immigration queries recently.

The people were mailing me from all over the world, especially from Middle East and asking about business immigration to Poland. I felt I was not ready to offer such services because of lack of sufficient practice in this field. I have often rejected these queries and trust me I was not happy with that. The worst thing one can do is to reject someone’s call for help.

My unhappiness turned me on a track to find somebody who can help my clients with achiving their European dream. Then I have noticed that there is a person who, on regular basis, comments my blog posts on my blog about Polish LLC registration (in polish) with insight about company registration for foreigners. Following this trail I discovered that this person helps clients from Pakistan, UAE, India, Syria and other Middle East countries to get Polish business visa and temporary residence card.

Well, what I needed to do is to hire him.

And that is what I did :)

So from now on all clients interested in company formation in Poland or business immigration to Poland can count on our professional approach and will get high chances in receiving Polish visa and temporary residence card.

What we do?

  • we form a company in Poland (LLC),
  • we help LLC shareholders to get Polish visas (issuing invitations, covering letters, hotel bookings, contact with consulate, sharing important materials to learn before visa application),
  • we help shareholders to get visas for their family members,
  • we contact the Polish consulate,
  • prepare all documents for Polish Immigration Office in order to receive temporary residence card.

You can contact us and write about your needs. Please leave your e-mail, phone number and Skype Id and you will be contacted back promptly.

These are the best Polish cities to start a business in

Błażej Sarzalski        25 July 2016        Comment(1)

If you ask yourself where to set up your business in Poland I have some good choices for you. Just check.

Warsaw (Warszawa)

Warsaw, the capital of Poland is also a capital of Polish business. With its 1,7 million inhabitants it is the largest city in Poland and well renown business center of Eastern Europe. You will find here well estabilished middle class with enough money to buy your strangest ideas. Warsaw produces 12% of Poland’s national income In 2012 the Economist Intelligence Unit ranked Warsaw as the 32nd most liveable city in the world. It was also ranked as one of the most liveable cities in Central Europe. If you run your business on a massive scale then this is city should be your first choice. Warsaw is easy accessible by air (two international airports), train (direct trains from Berlin/Vienna) and roads (A2 highway from Poznań and Berlin, A1 highway from Gdansk, S8 road from Katowice, Wrocław).



Katowice, the largest city in Silesia district is a center of 4 million people conurbation. During communist times it was important center of coal mining industry, the city is still characterized by its working class strength and attracts many people from neighbouring cities. As for now Katowice is trying to choose its new path as vivid cultural center, a place where you can go to a museum, gallery or theater but also enjoy nightlife and outdoor activities. Upper Silesia has the best road system in Poland, it is also very well connected with other major Polish cities and neighbouring countries with Katowice Airport being constantly modernised in order to meet the highest standards with the longest runway in Poland up to date. It has also very unusual sight in its city center for this place in Europe: date palms around the main market. Best place for logistic centers and heavy industry.  The unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Poland, at 2%. The city is still characterized by its working class strength and attracts many people from neighbouring cities.


Cracow (Kraków)

Kraków, former Polish capital, placed 60 km east of Katowice is thriving multicultural city famous for its medieval architecture, thousand of restaurants, bars and shops and Jewish Culture Festival that has its place here every summer. You will find monumental churches, old synagogues and even one small mosque. Place worth to choose for all enterprises connected with science, computers, tourism, music, culture or food. It is also well communicated with neighbouring major cities and has international airport. ily. There are about 50 large multinational companies in the city, including Google, IBM, Royal Dutch Shell along with other British, German and Scandinavian-based firms.



When I first came to Poznań, during my studies I was amazed by the atmosphere of the city. Today Poznań is a mixture of its rich history and modern solutions, easily accessible from air nad ground it is a good base for all businesses wishing to commence trade with Germany.  Poznań had very low unemployment rate (about 2-3%). Many Western European companies have established their Polish headquarters in Poznań or in the nearby towns of Tarnowo Podgórne and Swarzędz. Most foreign investors are German and Dutch companies.


Breslau (Wrocław)

Old German city of Wrocław have not lost its character under Polish rule. Another place where history meets modern era. Center of science and culture. It is also statistically the warmest major city in Poland. Wrocław’s industry manufactures buses, trams, railroad cars, home appliances, chemicals, and electronics. The city houses factories and development centers of many foreign and domestic corporations. It is major center of pharmaceutical industry.


Tricity (Trójmiasto)

A metropolitan area in northern Poland consisting of three cities in Pomerania: Gdańsk, Gdynia and Sopot, as well as minor towns nearby them. They are situated adjacent to one other, in a row on the coast of  Baltic Sea. Nearly 35% taxpayers from Tricity are in the middle and high taxable income groups (average for Poland 10%). Approximately 12% of Tricity taxpayers are in highest taxable income group (Polish average 3%). Center of tourism and ship industry.


How to open corporate bank account in Poland?

Błażej Sarzalski        29 February 2016        Please comment!

Some people ask me weather is it possible to open corporate bank account in Poland without personal presence of company’s director. Although it seems that some European banks somehow deal with this problem, here in Poland personal presence of company’s representative is necessary. It does not mean that it must be company’s director – it is enough if company is represented by the attorney-in-fact on a basis of power of attorney.

For practical reasons though I advise to come to Poland in person.


Once you are in hands of bank official, you will be required to present couple of documents:

  • articles of association,
  • shareholder list,
  • current information from National Registry of Enterpreneurs,
  • passport
  • second ID may be required.

As Polish bank practice does not know anything about utility bills (every Polish citizen has an obligation to have place of registered stay and every company has a place of registered seat) you will not be probably asked to provide any for directors and company itself. In cities and tourist areas it is likely that you will be interviewed in English but in smaller branches you will probably need a help of interpreter.

In case you look for someone who has experience in helping foreign owned companies with opening bank account in Polish bank please contact me.

10 reasons you should pay more attention to Poland

Błażej Sarzalski        25 February 2016        Comments(7)

Yeah, I know. It is professional blog about doing business in Poland and I should not post this kind of things but I really couldn’t stop myself from telling you this story. A friend of mine, Polish woman residing currently in Germany advised her collegues to visit Kraków, Poland. They asked:

What can we possibly do there?

Well… let’s just say that after first visit they were amazed. I could not even imagine that people can be so fond of drinking hot chocolate in Chocolate Caffe*, quite normal thing but the girls described it as one of their best experiences during their stay. If simple hot chocolate may amaze you then certainly, you should pay more attention to Poland, here are some reasons…

No. 1: You can look into the Eye of the Sea.

The Eye of the Sea Lake in Tatra Mountains is legendary believed to have underground channel linking it with the Adriatic Sea.

Morskie Oko Lake

No. 2: In Poland we have pierogi, far better than Italian ravioli.

It has been evidenced that pierogi came to in XIII century with merchants from eastern Asia. They are considered Poland’s national dish. At the 2007 Pierogi Festival in Kraków, 30,000 pierogi were consumed daily. Word pierogi is already plural, so it is funny when you say pierogis.

polish pierogi dish - dumplings with meat close up, one dumpling in sliced

No. 3. You may feel like in Denmark…

In old Hanseatic city of Gdańsk (Danzig).

Central Embankment Gdansk and old Motlawa river.

No. 4 … or like in Russia.

Saint Nicolas orthodox church in Hrebenne near Ukrainian boarder. Poland has always been a place where cultures of the East and the West were merging.

Saint Nicholas church in Hrebenne near Zamosc, Poland.

No. 5 You may be impressed by modern infrastructure

Foreign people often say that we have very comfortable highways in Poland and they are really impressed by the quality of road infrastructure. Well, it is brand new, so there are still reasons to be impressed 😉

Panorama from above of modern part of Krakow, Poland, Europe

No. 6 Warsaw never sleeps.

Just try to find a restaurant in Berlin which is opened after 10:00 p.m.

Panorama of Warsaw downtown during the night, Poland

No. 7. Have you ever seen a winter like this in England?

In forests of Beskidy Mountains

Pikna zima w polskich grach - Beskidy

No 8. The Economist once described Poland as a land of milk and apples.

Apples are one of Poland’s most successful exports. Poland has overtook China as the world’s biggest apple exporter. Apples also mean cider 😉

Kosz peen piknych polskich jabek

No. 9. We have altars carved in salt.

In Wieliczka Salt Mine near Kraków, UNESCO site.

Carved Stone Church - Wieliczka Salt Mine

No. 10. If you are lucky you may find a real amber.

The Baltic region is home to the largest known deposit of amber, called Baltic amber or succinite. It dates from 44 million years ago.

Amber stone on the beach at sunset. Precious gem, treasure concept. Baltic Sea, Poland.

And last but not least No. 11. – you may sucessfully form your company in Poland with me :)

*After short consideration, maybe hot chocolate drinking experience is not so popular in other countries – It was not easy to translate from Polish to English the name of a place where people drink chocolate – direct translation would have been ‘chocolate drinking place’ . In case you have better suggestions please drop me an e-mail :)

Polish LLC as a partner in a limited partnership

Błażej Sarzalski        27 January 2016        Please comment!

LLC-LP hybrid in Poland? Why not!? Hovewer it is not a hybrid at all but creative mixture of the best from both worlds. The world of corporations and the world partnerships.

Since it is not possible to select tax clasification for companies in Poland (it is always default) and the fact that Polish limited liability companies are subject to coporate income tax at 19% rate and there is 19% witholding tax on dividends, a foreign investor may look for legal ways to avoid double taxation.

The simplest of strategies is to use marriage of a limited partnership (spółka komandytowa) and a limited liability company (spółka z ograniczoną odpowiedzialnością). A limited partnership consists of at least one general partner and at least one limited partner. The general partner(s) assumes unlimited liability while the limited partner(s) assume liability equal only to their investment. In this scenario we use LLC as general partner.

The limited partners would control, for example, a 90% interest in the LP. The remaining 10% would be controlled by the LLC. As the general partner, the LLC is responsible the daily operations and is responsible for all claims against the company. The limited partner would control the LLC, thus allowing him or her to manage the company through a partnership without losing the status as limited partner. Company assets are owned by the LP and in a case of any legal action that threats general partner and its managers it is easy to file for insolvency and thus not be held liable for any obligations arising from doing business through this vehicle.

One more advantage? 90% of LP’s profit is taxed with personal income tax at flat 19% rate. Does it sound good?