In conjunction with the amendments to the Act on Assistance to Citizens of Ukraine in Connection with the Armed Conflict on the Territory of That State, and certain other acts, regulations have been amended concerning the possibility for persons under temporary protection in Poland to apply for a temporary residence permit in Poland.
Citizens of Ukraine enjoying temporary protection in Poland may apply for temporary residence in Poland if the purpose of their stay in Poland will be to perform work, to perform work in a highly qualified profession (Blue Card) or to conduct business activities. Submission of residence applications by such persons will be possible starting April 1, 2023.
The application can be submitted to the provincial governor with jurisdiction over the foreigner’s place of residence. In exceptional cases, Ukrainian citizens applying for one of the aforementioned temporary residence permits will be exempt from the obligation to appear in person at the provincial office if they have previously had their fingerprints taken when obtaining a UKR PESEL. However, if they have not done so, personal appearance at the provincial office to have one’s fingerprints taken will be necessary, but in exceptional cases after the issuance of the residence decision (most likely at the time of collecting the temporary residence card in person).
Until March 4, 2024. a temporary residence permit shall be granted to citizens of Ukraine who do not meet the requirements for granting a temporary residence permit due to the declared purpose of stay or the circumstances that are the basis for applying for this permit – provided that his/her data are not in the Schengen Information System for refusal of entry and stay, is required by reasons of defense or public security and order, during the proceedings the foreigner has not submitted an application containing false personal data or false information or has enclosed documents containing such data, or has testified untruthfully or has concealed the truth or forged or counterfeited a document in order to use it as authentic. Such a permit will be granted for a period of 1 year starting from the date of the decision. However, if a Ukrainian citizen meets the requirements for granting a temporary residence permit (for the purpose of work, for the purpose of work in a highly skilled profession or for the purpose of conducting business), he or she may apply for a permit for a maximum period of 3 years.
It is worth remembering that in the case of all Ukrainian citizens who apply or will apply (after April 1, 2023) for a temporary residence permit for the purpose of conducting business activity in the form of sole proprietorship, until 04.03.2024, the requirement to prove that in the tax year preceding the submission of the application for a temporary residence permit, a sufficiently high income was achieved in the course of business activity, or that an appropriate number of employees is employed, or that activities are carried out that will allow to achieve the required income in the future.The conditions for granting a temporary residence permit due to various purposes of stay and the required documents can be found at: