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Extending the period of legal stay of Ukrainian citizens under temporary protection

The legal stay of Ukrainian citizens (and certain members of their families) who came to Poland in the period from February 24, 2022 in connection with military operations conducted in Ukraine will be extended until March 4, 2024, and in some cases until August 31 or On September 30, 2024, the act amending the current regulations was published in the Journal of Laws and will enter into force on June 27 this year.

Detailed information on special means of extending your stay can be found on the website of the Office for Foreigners:


If you are a citizen of Ukraine who came to Poland from the territory of Ukraine in the period from February 24, 2022 in connection with military operations on the territory of this country, you enjoy temporary protection in Poland and your stay is considered legal until March 4, 2024.

Detailed information on temporary protection under the Special Act can be found at:



  • permanent residence permit
  • residence permit for a long-term resident of the European Union
  • temporary residence permit
  • refugee status
  • subsidiary protection
  • permit for tolerated stay

and if:

  • you have submitted an application for international protection in Poland
  • you have declared your intention to submit applications for international protection.

Therefore, if you are staying in Poland on one of the above-mentioned grounds, you can continue your legal stay during the period of validity of the permit.

If you are staying in Poland on the basis of a temporary residence permit, on the basis of a visa or you have entered the visa-free regime, your stay in Poland is considered legal until March 4, 2024, even if the validity period of the abovementioned documents expire before March 4, 2024.

A stay deemed legal under the Special Act does not amount to an extension of any visa or document, or an extension of an authorized stay under the Visa Waiver regime . The use of this entitlement depends on your continued stay in Poland. Leaving this territory will mean that you will not be able to invoke this entitlement as an independent title to re-enter Poland.

If you have not acquired the right to temporary protection during your stay considered legal, you can apply to the appropriate voivode for a temporary residence permit. Familiarize yourself with the rules for granting this permit, as well as permits granted indefinitely.

Detailed information on special measures to extend your stay can be found at: