The amendment to the Special Act signed by the President of the Republic of Poland in January 2023 repealed Art. 38 of the Act, which indicated that a Ukrainian citizen whose stay on the territory of the Republic of Poland is or was considered legal will be granted a temporary residence permit. In the then wording of the Act, the permit was to be granted at his request once for a period of 3 years, counting from the date of issuing the decision.
Pursuant to the currently applicable regulations, citizens of Ukraine covered by the special act have the possibility to apply for a temporary residence and work permit, a temporary residence permit for the purpose of conducting business activity, a temporary residence permit for the purpose of performing work in a profession requiring high qualifications. However, it is not possible to apply for a temporary residence permit in other cases. Submission of these applications will be possible from 1 April 2023.
If the applications of Ukrainian citizens for a temporary residence permit are considered, but they do not meet the conditions for granting this permit (justification for the purpose of stay in Poland, longer than 3 months) or there are some premises justifying the refusal, such persons will be granted a temporary residence permit for a period of 1 year from the date of the decision.