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  • 17 May 2017

    Acting on the proposal of President Andrzej Duda, in December 2016 the Sejm approved the Presidential amendment that entitles students of Polish community schools abroad, students learning Polish in schools abroad and teachers of such schools to receive student ID cards with the same benefits afforded to children studying in Poland, including transportation discounts when visiting Poland and discounted admissions to museums and national parks.

    Student ID cards and teacher ID cards will be issued by Consuls competent for the school location. In most cases, parents will file a simple application and collect student ID cards at the school attended by their child, because the school will partner with Consuls to implement this initiative. Legislation on ID cards providing discounts will become effective on April 21, 2017. As such, students who file their applications early will be able to collect their student ID cards before they visit Poland.

     

     Refer to FAQ’s below to find the necessary information.

     

    Who can get a student ID card?

    Any student under 18 who studies Polish, history, geography or culture or other subjects taught in Polish is eligible. You do not need to study all the subjects at the same time. Student ID card may be issued to students attending schools listed below:

    1. Schools run by social organizations registered at the Center for the Development of Polish Education Abroad.

    2. Schools that are part of education systems in foreign countries.

    3. Polish language sections in foreign education systems.

                  4. European schools

     

    Can student ID cards be issued to students of all schools?

    The law stipulates that student ID cards may be issued to students of four types of schools:

    1. Schools run by social organizations registered at the Center for the Development of Polish Education Abroad.

    2. Schools that are part of education systems in foreign countries.

    3. Polish language sections in foreign education systems.

    4. European schools.

     

    Students attending schools run by social organizations (also known as Polonia or Polish community schools, social schools, weekend schools or supplementary schools), may receive school ID cards provided that the school is currently registered in the database of the Center for the Development of Polish Education Abroad (http://www.polska-szkola.pl). Students attending schools that are not registered in the school database or schools that have not updated their data for the last 12 months prior to filing an application will not be able to receive student ID cards.

     

    Your student ID card benefits

    With your student ID card, you can get the following discounts:

    – A 37% discount when you use a one-way ticket on public railway transport, namely on passenger trains, fast trains and express trains.

    – A 49% discount when you use a personal monthly ticket on public railway transport, namely on passenger trains and fast trains or public bus transport on standard buses or express buses.

    – Discounted museum admissions.

    – Discounted admissions to national parks.

     

    Your teacher ID card benefits

    With your teacher ID card, you can get the following discounts:

    – A 33% discount when you use a one-way ticket or a personal monthly ticket on public railway transport, namely on passenger trains and fast trains or when you use a personal monthly ticket on public bus transport, namely on standard buses or express buses.

    – Discounted museum admissions

    – Discounted admissions to national parks.

     

    What details are provided on your ID card?

    Your ID card contains your full name and date of birth and the name of school you attend. The ID card also contains the Consulate’s name, the Consular seal and the ID card expiration date.

     

    Is my student ID card enough to get a discount?

    Your student ID card is only valid together with a photo ID (an identity card or a passport). If you do not have a photo ID with you, you cannot get discounts, and if you buy a discount travel ticket, you may have to pay a penalty if you fail to show a document proving your discount eligibility under the carrier’s rules and regulations.

    As stated by law, students under 18 are eligible for discounts; therefore, if you get your student ID card in the same year when you turn 18, you may take advantage of all discounts only until your 18th birthday.

     

    Why is there no photo on the ID card?

    A student ID card is different from the student ID cards received by students in Poland. It contains no student photo, which means it is much easier to issue. The student ID card is valid together with a photo ID (an identity card or a passport).

     

    Where should I file an application for my child’s student ID card?

    A child’s parent or legal guardian should file an application for a student ID card with the school attended by their child. The application may be also filed individually in a Consulate competent for the school location. An application form for a student ID card will be available on the Consulate’s website. Legislation on ID cards providing discounts will become effective on April 21, 2017.

     

    Which documents must be produced when I file an application for a student ID card?

    In addition to for your application, you should provide documents confirming that your child is learning Polish or other subjects in Polish. If you file the application with the school, you do not need to file additional documents because the school will confirm the student details to the Consul. Even when you do not file the application with the school, the school may confirm that your child is attending the school.

     

    Where can I collect my ID card?

    ID cards may be collected at the place where the application was filed. If you filed the application with the school, you will collect the ID card at the school. If the application was filed at the Consulate, you will collect the ID card at the Consulate.

     

    How long do I have to wait for my ID card?

    Consul will issue your ID card within 30 days of the date of the application. If the application is filed with the school, the 30-day period starts on the date when the school delivered the applications to the Consul. ID cards might be collected by an authorized person at the time specified by the Consul. Parents who wish to receive ID cards sooner, should check with the school concerning the date of the school’s forwarding the application to the Consul (on a group or an individual basis).

     

    How long are the ID cards valid?

    ID cards are valid for one school year and they expire on the last day of the month when the next school year begins in a given country. For example, if the school year lasts from September 1 to August 31, the ID card will expire on September 30 the following year. As an exception, in 2017, ID cards will be issued with a longer expiration date. That means that any ID cards issued in the school year 2016/2017 will expire at the end of the next school year, namely 2017/2018. After that date, the ID card holder will not be eligible to take advantage of any discounts provided by law.

     

    How can I extend the validity of my ID card?

    If a student continues his or her studies, then his or her ID card will be renewed for the next school year upon a request made by his or her parents or legal guardians. Requests to extend validity of ID cards should be filed following the same rules as applications for ID cards; they can also be filed with schools. If you file your application yourself at the Consular office, you should attach a document confirming that you are still a student.

     

    What should I do if the ID card is lost, seriously damaged or if the data of the ID card holder changes?

    You should contact the Consul (you can do it with your school); you will not have to produce a certificate that you continue your studies as your data is already on file with the Consul.

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