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Karta pobytu for Ukrainian refugees: how to get a temporary residence permit in Poland

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Karta pobytu for Ukrainian refugees: how to get a temporary residence permit in Poland

Poland simplifies the issuance of a residence card to Ukrainian refugees with UKR status. Find out what you need to get it and how long the offer will last

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Ukrainians who received PESEL UKR will be able to apply for a residence permit in Poland from April 1, 2023.

Such a residence permit will give Ukrainians long-term guarantees for legal stay and employment in Poland.


Peculiarities of receiving the karta pobytu


Since April 1, Ukrainian refugees in Poland may apply for a temporary residence permit (the so-called "karta pobytu") on condition of having a Polish identification code concerning their arrival in Poland after February 24, 2022 (PESEL UKR), as well as working in the country. In this case, the benefits and payments will remain in force.

This is stipulated by the amendments to the law "On assistance to citizens of Ukraine in connection with the armed conflict on the territory of Ukraine", which were adopted in January 2023.


To issue a temporary residence permit under the simplified procedure, the purpose of stay in Poland must be:

  • performing work;
  • to perform highly qualified work ("Blue Card") - scientists, engineers, IT workers, etc;
  • running a business.


The application must be submitted to the voivode in the place of residence.

If the refugee meets all the requirements, a residence permit can be issued for up to three years. If the person does not meet the requirements, but the purpose of his stay is work, he will receive a residence card for one year only.


Refusal or delay in the issuance of a karta pobytu may occur if a citizen of Ukraine fills out the application form incorrectly or submits an incomplete package of documents. Now there is no possibility to submit documents online.


As noted, refugees can be employed only if the employer submits a special document Powiadomienie o powierzeniu wykonywania pracy obywatelowi Ukrainy via the portal praca.gov.pl. Without this message it is not possible to apply for a karta pobytu.


Under favorable conditions it will be possible to obtain a karta pobytu only from April 1 to August 24, 2023.


Those Ukrainians who have been on the territory of Poland until February 24, 2022, can apply for a karta pobytu on standard grounds (work, training, business, family reunification).


Now more than 80% of Ukrainian refugees have found a job in Poland, as well as opened their own business and receive education in Poland. Therefore, they can stay in Poland for some time after the end of the war to complete their business, if they even decide to return to Ukraine.


A temporary residence permit (karta pobytu) gives Ukrainian refugees access to the Polish labor market for the duration of the permit (up to 3 years maximum), the ability to change employers without having to obtain a new karta pobytu, and free movement to other European countries.

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