The US Embassy has put out the following content to help all those in the Central European part of the world, in particular tailored to Poland, get to grips with the innovations in force from now on in the US Visa system.
Know Before You Go: 10 Tips for Applying for a U.S. Visa
Traveling, especially overseas, can be a complicated undertaking in this day and age. Whether for business or vacation, planning a trip can be downright stressful. If traveling to the United States is on the horizon for you, take one unnecessary worry off your plate and make certain you know the required steps to apply for a U.S. visa in a timely manner.
With the recent implementation of an integrated appointment and information service, the U.S. visa application process in Poland is now more convenient and streamlined than ever. Here is what you need to know before you go:
1. Complete the online application form. Applicants around the world are using a standardized visa application form, which is available at
. On the form, you will be asked to submit general biographic data, information on your travel history and plans, and any previous visa applications. You will also be requested to upload a digital photo that meets specific digital requirements.
2. Check to see if you require an interview with a consular officer. Some applicants may be eligible to apply for a visa by mail. Applicants who received a visa after December 10, 2007, travelers under the age of 14 or over the age of 80, and foreign government officials and international government representatives should check the U.S. Embassy Warsaw website to determine if they meet the criteria for an interview waiver.
3. Register online. Register online at www.ustraveldocs.com/pl in order to later schedule your visa interview at the location of your choice, the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw or the U.S. Consulate General in Krakow. After registering online, you will be prompted to print a payment form required by Bank Pocztowy in order to pay the visa fee (see step 4). You will also be required to select the TNT location where you will pick up your passport with a visa once it has been approved and printed.
4. Pay the visa fee. In most cases visa applicants must pay a non-refundable, non-transferable application fee, whether a visa is issued or not. The type of visa for which you apply determines the visa application fee. You can pay at any one of the Bank Pocztowy branch locations listed on www.ustraveldocs.com/pl. After accepting your payment, the bank will give you a receipt. Please keep this receipt, since you will need the receipt number to schedule an interview with a consular officer.
5. Schedule an interview. You can schedule an appointment with a consular officer the next business day after you pay the visa fee, either via www.ustraveldocs.com/pl or by calling the information and scheduling line at: +48 22 307 1361 in Poland +1 (703) 988-7101 in the United States. There is no fee for these calls though your regular calling charges may apply. The average wait time for an appointment is two business days.
6. Prepare the required documents. You must have a passport valid for six months beyond the date that you intend to depart from the United States. If you have any valid U.S. visas, including ones in an expired passport, please bring them to the interview.
7. Your Interview. Appointment times are available in 30-minute intervals and most applicants spend no more than an hour at the embassy, from the security screening to end of the interview. Consular staff will verify that you have the correct documents before you begin your interview. The spacious and comfortable waiting room offers an array of travel brochures while waiting for your interview. Interviews typically last about four minutes.
8. Collect your passport and visa. If you qualify for a visa, you will leave your passport with the officer for visa printing. Once your passport is processed, it will be available for pick-up, usually between three and five business days after your interview, at the TNT location that you selected when you registered online. TNT will hold your passport for pick-up for up to 14 days. There are no extra fees associated with this service.
9. If circumstances require, choose expedited passport pick-up. Sometimes even the most organized travelers cannot anticipate a change in plans or an unforeseen emergency. For this reason, there are two TNT branch locations that offer expedited passport pick-up: TNT Express Warsaw Ul. Annopol and TNT Express Krakow Ul. Rzemieślnicza. At these locations, you can pick up your passport sooner, usually within two business days following your interview.
10. Pack your bags and enjoy your trip! Now that you have completed the visa application process, enjoy your trip. Whether you are headed to the United States for business or pleasure, we hope your stay is productive and enjoyable.
For detailed visa application procedures, please visit www.usatraveldocs.com/pl or call +48 22 307 1361 in Poland +1 (703) 988-7101 in the United States. The telephone information service is open 0800 to 2000 Monday – Friday for the number in Poland and is toll free for callers in Poland. The U.S. number is available 0700 to 1500, Eastern Standard Time.
Branka Bell and Elżbieta Iwaszko, U.S. Embassy Warsaw.
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Polish Legal Alert: Annual General Meeting (AGM) for 2011; Mandatory Filing of a Company’s Annual Accounts with the Company’s Court of Registration (“KRS”)
Our friends in TGC Corporate Lawyers sent this briefing regarding Poland in. The usual caveats apply (see the caveats section of this blog)
Dear Quoracy.com subscribers,Statutory Filings of a Company’s Annual Accounts with the Company’s Court of Registration (“KRS”) and Tax Office for 2011You may be aware that a Polish company’s management board is required to convene an annual general meeting of shareholders (“AGM”) within six months from the end of the company’s financial year. If the financial year of your company ended on 31 December 2011, the deadline for submitting your Corporate Income Tax Declaration (CIT-8) with the tax office expired on 31 March 2012 and the deadline for holding your AGM is 30 June 2012.1. AGM DocumentationThe documentation for the AGM includes:
- Financial statements;
- Directors’ report on the activities of the company for the financial year, which is subject to approval by the shareholders of the company;
- Supervisory board report (if applicable);
- Minutes of a meeting of the management board;
- Minutes of a meeting of the supervisory board (if applicable);
- Minutes of the AGM; and
- Application to the KRS for registration of the filing of the company’s annual accounts.
2. Audit Requirements
Do you need an audit? The requirements for an audit are as follows:
- Banks, insurance companies, and joint stock companies (S.A.) are all required to have an annual audit.
- Limited liability companies (sp. z o.o.) are required to have an audit for 2011 if they exceeded two or more of the following criteria at 31 December 2010:
- The average number of persons employed for the year was 50 or more;
- Total assets at the end of the financial year were 2.5 million euro or more; or
- Net sales plus financial income for the financial year were 5 million euro or more.
If your company had an audit carried out, the financial statements must be published in the gazette “Monitor Polski B”.
3. Notifying the Company’s Court of Registration
Within fifteen days after the AGM is held, the company’s management board must file the annual accounts, the directors’ report, and the AGM minutes, with the KRS.
4. Notifying the Relevant Tax Office
The AGM minutes must also be filed with the tax office handling the tax matters of the company within ten days of the AGM being held.
5. Next steps
If you wish to receive any further information on this matter or a cost estimate, or require any assistance in relation to your AGM, please contact:
Director, Head of Company Department
Tel.: +48 22 295 33 45
Partner, Company Department
Tel: +48 22 295 33 00
TGC Corporate Lawyers
ul. Hrubieszowska 2
01-209 Warsaw, Poland
T: +48 22 295 33 00
F: +48 22 295 33 01
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- Annual General Meetings of PR Agencies (vikypedia.in)
Message from our friend Dr Sergey Lyalin, creator of the leading C&E Europe bonds information agency Cbonds.info
Given the fact that the bonds market in Warsaw seems to have been underdeveloped in comparison to equities, especially against the backdrop of other financial centres, we welcome this initiative by Dr Lyalin’s dynamic information agency.
Dear Quoracy.com subscribers,
Cbonds information agency announces the opening of a “Poland” section on Cbonds.Info website. The new section is dedicated to the Polish bond market. Address of the new section – http://www.cbonds.info/pl/eng/ ; information is available in English. We plan to launch the version of the section in Polish before the end of 2011.
Information on the Polish bond market includes news, a database of bond issues by Polish issuers including government, corporate and municipal bonds. The bond database includes both domestic and Eurobond issues. The section will also contain bond quotes in trading systems WSE and BondSpot, eurobond quotes in the OTC market, analytics prepared by Polish and international investment banks, key indices and market indicators, calendar of events (placements, payment coupons, redemptions), and a list of Polish investment banks. Information on quotes and indices contains the latest values, historical data archive, and convenient graphical features for data visualization and charting. For most types of tabulated data will be exportable to Excel.
Information in the “Poland” section is structured and displayed in a manner similar to other Cbonds sections, which will make it easier for regular users of Cbonds website to work with Polish market data. All information in “Poland” section is currently available in free access.
We expect that the launch of “Poland” section will encourage growing interest in the Polish bond market among both Polish and foreign investors. Cbonds welcomes any suggestions, proposals and ideas concerning development of our “Poland” section. We will do our best to make it a reliable, prompt and objective source of information on the Polish bond market.
Sergey Lyalin, PhD., CEO of Cbonds Ltd., tel/fax +7 812 336-97-21 *108
Business-Centre NOBEL, Pirogovskaya nab., d. 21, lit. A, Saint-Petersburg, 194044, Russia
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Pdfcasting: ALFA International: European Regional Tele-Seminar – Current Issues in EU Competition Law FREE
This will be of interest to all European businesses for whom competition law may be an issue.
From: Tara Miller [mailto:tmiller]
Sent: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 11:53 PM
To: Tara Miller
Subject: ALFA International: European Regional Tele-Seminar – Current Issues in EU Competition Law
Current Issues in EU Competition Law
An ALFA International Tele-Seminar
Sponsored by ALFA International’s European Regional Group
TUESDAY, October 18, 2011 — 17:00 hOURS CESt, 10:00am Central Time (U.S.)
ABOUT THIS PROGRAM — EU Competition Law continues to impose significant demands upon companies doing business in Europe. The cost of violating these laws can be crippling with ever-larger fines being levied. Regulators are becoming more and more aggressive. Among the most important of the competition laws are the recent EU Commission Horizontal Guidelines, published earlier this year. A thorough understanding of the Horizontal Guidelines is crucial for in-house counsel and other lawyers practicing in this area. This seminar will focus on key aspects of the Guidelines.
The Horizontal Guidelines set the regulatory landscape pursuant to Article 101 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union. They apply to most types of horizontal cooperation agreements between companies active in the same markets, even if not competitors. While such agreements can deliver great economic benefits in sharing risk, combining skills, and sharing other resources, they can also lead to competition issues where increased market power is misused. This seminar will discuss information exchanges, including issues arising from joint production agreements, standardization agreements, and joint purchasing or selling agreements.
THE PANELISTS — This program will feature four lawyers from prominent ALFA International law firms. All are experienced EU Competition Law experts who advise clients on a wide range of competition issues. Our panel will include:
Nicholas Fielding, TGC Corporate Lawyers, Warsaw, Poland
Annemieke van der Beek, Kennedy Van der Laan, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Beata Ordowska, TGC Corporate Lawyers, Warsaw, Poland
Paul Stone, Charles Russell LLP, London, England
Please view the attached document for full biographical information.
THE TELE-SEMINAR FORMAT — There is no cost to register and participate. Access to the seminar is via a toll-free 800 number. ALFA International tele-seminars work just like a typical conference call. As an enrollee, you simply dial into a conference call bridge, enter a pass code, and join the program. For technical and presentational simplicity, the tele-seminar will not be interactive. However, the audience may e-mail questions prior to or during the seminar for live response during the program.
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Feel free to contact ALFA International staff member Tara Miller at tmiller if you have questions about registration. A program outline and dialing instructions will be e-mailed to you a few days before the program. A final reminder, including another copy of the program outline and dialing instructions, will be e-mailed to you on the day of the program.
Forwarding This ANNOUNCEMENT Please feel free to forward this message to other in-house counsel you believe would have an interest in the topic. Our conference call provider can accommodate huge traffic volumes for this program.
About ALFA INTERNATIONAL ALFA International is the oldest network of law firms in the United States and remains one of the largest worldwide. Founded in 1980, ALFA is comprised of 85 U.S. law firms and 60 international law firms in 55 nations. ALFA International produces a wide range of educational programs and publications, including a wide array of seminars. The ALFA tele-seminar program, including this offering, is designed for lawyers, clients, and others who may not be able to attend multi-day programs at off-site venues.
I hope you will be able to dial in and join us for this important program on October 18.
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The EGIAN Position Paper in full (republished by permission) Quoracy.com fully endorses the views expressed in this document
AN EGIAN POSITION PAPER
EGIAN SUPPORTS ROBUST REFORM PROGRAMME FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION AUDIT PROFESSION
PRINCIPLES AND ACTIONS
1 THE URGENT NEED FOR CHANGE
The creation of a more open vibrant market in the audit of large listed companies is urgently needed to protect and advance the public interest. If no action is taken, the currently excessive levels of concentration in this segment of the audit market in nearly all Member States of the European Union will very likely continue to rise even further, not least as a result of non-Big 4 firms being taken over by their dominant Big 4 competitors in key markets. An example of how to define large listed companies is set out at the end of this paper. Read more…
Martin Oxley sent this out for the Foreign and Commonwealth office and we are pleased to assist in its propagation.
Dear Quoracy.com subscribers,
Poland presents an attractive nearshore growth opportunity for Britain Plc. In line with the new UKTI strategy presented to government recently by Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment we are introducing a step change in the way UKTI supports British business growth.
We are taking a very proactive approach on behalf of government to provide a range of bespoke services to enable British SME’s to significantly enhance exports and also work with large corporations to win major overseas contracts and expedite their growth in market.
With our new Ambassador HMA Robin Barnett and the Embassy team we are engaging to support strong growth oriented business agenda in Poland.
With this in mind I am pleased to attach a brief outline of the services which UKTI has developed to support British business in Poland. I very much look forward to meeting you over the course of the coming weeks to discuss with you how we can assist you with your specific company needs.
I am very happy to visit you or alternatively you would be most welcome to visit us and I will provide you a tour of our excellent event facilities at the Embassy.
Quoracy.com would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate our dear friend Martin Oxley on his recent new appointment to the FCO in Warsaw, and to wish him every success working with Her Majesty’s new Ambassador to Poland, His Excellency Robin Barnett. We wish you and your team many successes and a lot of fun.
Poland’s production of household appliances is expected to grow some 5% this year. The country is expected to produce and export 15.5 million washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and cookers. Poland has already beaten Germany and is about to get ahead of Italy “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” reports.
The so called large household appliances made this year in Poland will be worth the record amount of PLN 3 billion, the newspaper underlines. A lot of it is owing to Samsung Electronics who purchased a washing machine and refrigerators manufacturing plant in Wronki from Amica and announced that it would invest nearly USD 170 million in the development of this plant. Samsung Electronics is also to transfer its production from other European plants to Wronki. The investments are underway.
“Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” found out that Samsung Electronics says it is possible that production in Poland will be expanded with manufacturing heating equipment like ovens, stoves and plates. There is a large demand for this kind of appliances in the EU. According to analysts, demand for heating equipment will remain at around 30% of total annual production, “Dziennik Gazeta Prawna” notes. (Source: gazeta.pl)
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- Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Tab 10.1 with availability starting next week at Best Buy New York (9to5google.com)
Shortly after Baker Tilly Poland‘s much talked-about Warsaw office move to groundbreaking accommodations at Crown Tower on Hrubieszowska 2, their Łódź office has followed suit, moving from ul Niciarna to ul Nawrot 114, 90-029 Łódź.
Their phone numbers, emails, etc are the same as before.
A spokesperson for Baker Tilly said “we look forward to focussing a stronger presence in Poland’s second city and assisting in the vital and dynamic development of this critical region. With the progress on the Warsaw-Berlin motorway continuing to a gradual conclusion, the axis between Lodz and Warsaw will give rise to additional opportunities for business and prosperity in this part of Poland in the coming years”.
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