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Extension of temporary protection in Poland and new status of PESEL CUKR: what is required according to the new law?

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Extension of temporary protection in Poland and new status of PESEL CUKR: what is required according to the new law?

The Polish Sejm has adopted amendments to the law on assistance to refugees from Ukraine. Among other things, they provide for changes in the rules for extending temporary protection. We will tell you what rules will apply and how Ukrainians can extend their protection and stay in Poland

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On May 15, the Polish Sejm approved amendments to the law on assistance to Ukrainian refugees. The new rules provide for the extension of temporary protection for refugees from Ukraine until September 30, 2025. However, in order to exercise this right, Ukrainians must meet a number of criteria. How to extend temporary protection in Poland under the new rules is described below.


Read more about other changes in the special law in this article.


The requirements for Ukrainian doctors in Poland will change here.




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Who will be able to extend temporary protection in Poland by obtaining a new status?


The new law, among other things, provides for the extension of the legal stay of Ukrainians who have been assigned a PESEL UKR number until September 30, 2025.


At the same time, according to the draft law, starting next year, Ukrainians will be able to change their residence status from the current temporary protection to a temporary residence permit for a period of 3 years. However, this change will be possible only if the following requirements are met:

– completing and updating all the necessary data in the PESEL UKR database at the commune office;

– submission of an electronic application to the voivode;

– having an active UKR status as of March 4, 2024 and at the time of submitting the application;

– no objections from the security services to the change of residence status.


In case of successful completion of the procedure, the Ukrainian citizen will receive a residence card marked "Poprzednio posiadał ochronę czasową" (previously had temporary protection).

At the same time, PESEL will receive a new status - instead of UKR, it will be marked in the relevant databases as PESEL CUKR. This rule will also apply to children of foreigners with UKR status who were born in Poland.


The new rules for Ukrainians in Poland have a number of nuances that can be quite difficult to understand. For detailed information on the adopted amendments to the special law, the terms of legal stay in Poland, the necessary steps to update data and obtain permits, please contact Visit Ukraine lawyers. You can order a consultation with a specialist in migration law by following this link.


We remind you! The Polish government wants to introduce a new verification system that will allow establishing the location of Ukrainians and instantly suspend benefits for those who are outside the country. Read more about the innovations and when they will come into force in our previous article.


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