The Labour Ministry announced that Poland will loosen visa restrictions on workers from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia in order to ease labor shortages in construction and agriculture.
New rules will go into effect on Friday and will reduce the cost of work visas from PLN 900 ($330) to PLN 100. They will also reduce bureaucratic hurdles.
Under the new rules, workers would be granted three-month work visas upon presentation of a letter from a Polish employer.
“Because of the needs of Polish economy, we decided to open our job market in all sectors,” Deputy Labour Minister Kazimierz Kuberski said.
Many of Poland’s construction and low-skilled laborers have fled to other EU countries in search of higher wages. This has left the construction industry in tight straits as a building boom is set to appear thanks to Poland’s winning bid for the Euro 2012 soccer championships.
The Ministry estimates that as many as 200,000 work visas may be granted.