Am I entitled to work after submitting my application for refugee status?

If you are a Ukrainian citizen and apply for international protection for the first time, you may legally work in Poland. The Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine in Connection with the Armed Conflict in the Territory of Ukraine grants the right to work to all Ukrainian citizens.

 In other cases, you are not legally entitled to take up work for the first 6 months of the international protection proceedings. If the authorities have not issued a decision in your case for 6 months, and if this state of affairs did not occur through any fault of yours, you have the right to obtain a certificate entitling you to work in Poland throughout the duration of your international protection proceedings.