Ukrainian refugees in Poland to see changes from April 1

1 April, 05:55 PM
British Prince William takes a picture with Ukrainian refugees in Poland, March 23 (Photo:Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS)

British Prince William takes a picture with Ukrainian refugees in Poland, March 23 (Photo:Chris Jackson/Pool via REUTERS)

Ukrainian refugees in Poland saw several changes on April 1 as amendments to Polish legislation made in January take effect.

From April 1, Ukrainian refugees with PESEL UKR status will be able to obtain a ‘Karta pobytu’ — a temporary residence permit in Poland.

The possibility for Ukrainian refugees to apply for a temporary residence permit nine months after entering Poland under a simplified procedure has been canceled, thanks to the March 12 repeal of Article 38, ‘On the assistance to citizens of Ukraine in connection with the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine.’

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As a result, applications for residence permits submitted earlier will lose their legal basis.

Specifically, this refers to applications submitted by Ukrainians who had been in Poland for nine months from Nov. 24, 2022 to before the date of entry into force of the January amendments to the special law.

Instead, starting from April 1, Ukrainian citizens with temporary protection in Poland (PESEL UKR holders) will officially be able to apply for temporary residence in Poland if they are engaged in active labor or economic activity in this country.

This refers to Ukrainians in Poland that:

—  are officially employed

—  are employed in a profession requiring high qualifications (Blue Card)

—  are engaged in their own entrepreneurial activity.

Applications for a residence permit must be submitted to the province (voivode) at the place of their residence in Poland.

If Ukrainian migrants have been fingerprinted when applying for PESEL UKR, they will not need to come to the provincial office in person from April 1, 2023.

Ukrainians who have not been fingerprinted will need to visit the provincial office. However, this procedure will only be carried out after temporary residence permit decision is made. For most Ukrainian refugees in Poland, this means they will be fingerprinted during the receipt of their residency permit.

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