Can people from third countries, after a 15-day stay and an application for temporary residence, use healthcare free of charge during its consideration?
People from the so-called third countries may not benefit from publicly funded healthcare during the examination of their application. They are not included in the group of people mentioned in Article 3 of the Act of 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds.
The Act on foreigners dated 12 December 2013 considers that if the deadline for submitting an application for granting a temporary residence permit has been met and the application has no formal deficiencies or formal deficiencies have been corrected on time, the stay of the foreigner on the territory of the Republic of Poland is considered to be legal from the date of submitting the application to the date on which the decision on granting a temporary residence permit becomes final.
As a rule, no other rights (e.g. the right to work) are available during the procedure. People from so-called third countries also cannot benefit from publicly funded healthcare during the consideration of the application. They are not included in the group of people mentioned in art. 3 of the Act dated 27 August 2004 on health care services financed from public funds.
Legal basis: Ustawa z dnia 12 grudnia 2013 r. o cudzoziemcach (t.j. Dz. U. z 2021 r. poz. 2354 z późn. zm.), ustawa z dnia 27 sierpnia 2004 r. o świadczeniach opieki zdrowotnej finansowanych ze środków publicznych (t.j. Dz. U. z 2021 r. poz. 1285 z późn. zm.).