INSTRUCTION OF CONDUCT FOR A CITIZEN OF UKRAINE
1. AFTER ENTERING THE TERRITORY OF POLAND, DECLARE THE BORDER GUARDS YOUR INTENTION TO STAY IN POLAND! IF YOU HAVE NOT SUBMITTED SUCH A DECLARATION, GO TO THE NEAREST BORDER GUARD FACILITY TO SUBMIT SUCH A DECLARATION.
2. After entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, go to any commune executive body in Poland within 60 days from the date of entry and register your stay. For this purpose, you must submit a paper application (applications will be available at offices), attach one photo (dimensions: 3.5cm x 4.5cm), and submit fingerprints during your visit to the office (not applicable to persons under the age of 12 and when fingerprinting is physically impossible).
3. When registering your stay with the commune authorities, you must present a document confirming your identity (passport / ID card / Pole’s card / other document with a photo enabling identification) – IT MAY ALSO BE A DOCUMENT THAT HAS ALREADY EXPIRED. In the absence of a document, you will confirm your identity by submitting an appropriate statement to the office.
4. A citizen of Ukraine, registering his / her stay, will obtain a PESEL number, thanks to which he / she will be able to take advantage of medical care and all kinds of cash and non-cash benefits.
5. At the moment you are covered by the SO-CALLED TEMPORARY PROTECTION and your stay in Poland is legal for a period of 18 months from 24th February 2022.
6. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Border Guard granted the so-called “Permit for entry up to 15 days” („Zezwolenie na wjazd do 15 dni”), your stay in Poland is legal for a period of 18 months.
7. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, you applied for international protection, go to the nearest Border Guard post as soon as possible and WITHDRAW THE APPLICATION!
8. If, after entering the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Border Guard has not issued any document and has not issued the so-called “Permit for entry up to 15 days”, you can submit an application to the Head of the Office for Foreigners for the issue of the so-called „certificate confirming the use of temporary protection”. The issuance of the certificate is free of charge.
9. At the earliest after 9 months from the date of entry to Poland due to the war in Ukraine and not later than within 18 months from 24th February 2022, a citizen of Ukraine who came to Poland from the territory of Ukraine in the period from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine, may apply for a special type of temporary residence permit. The permit will be granted once for a period of 3 years.
10. Citizens of Ukraine who reside legally in Poland, as well as citizens of Ukraine who came to Poland directly from the territory of Ukraine from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine and declared their intention to stay in Poland, are entitled to work without document legalizing work.
11. If you leave Poland for a period exceeding 1 month, you lose the temporary protection granted in Poland!
12. If you intend to leave Poland for a period exceeding 1 month, go to the commune authority to deregister your stay, and notify the Border Guard about leaving Poland.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE EMPLOYER OF THE CITIZEN OF UKRAINE
The employer for the purpose of employing a Ukrainian citizen residing legally in Poland, as well as for the employment of a Ukrainian citizen who came to Poland directly from Ukraine from 24th February 2022 in connection with the war in Ukraine and declared his / her intention to stay in Poland, does not need to obtain any document legalizing work. The only obligation of the employer with regard to the provisions of the immigration law is to notify the poviat employment office competent for the seat of the employer that a citizen of Ukraine has started work. The notification must be submitted via praca.gov.pl website within 14 days from the date of employment of a citizen of Ukraine.
FORMS OF AID FOR UKRAINE CITIZENS
Ukrainian citizens fleeing to Poland in connection with the war in Ukraine are offered comprehensive assistance, including medical care financed from the state budget, various types of cash and in-kind benefits, as well as assistance in education, pre-school education, childcare, etc.
However, it should be remembered that individual commune authorities will adopt appropriate resolutions in this regard, which means that you should read the resolutions of the commune authorities competent for the place of residence of the Ukrainian citizen on an ongoing basis and submit applications for appropriate assistance to the locally competent commune authority.
If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Marta Pietrzak, Trainee Attorney, Immigration Law Department (+48) 797 132 311