Poland Ends State of Epidemic Emergency

On July 1, 2023, Poland’s government cancelled the state of epidemic emergency and, as a result, the following COVID-related immigration extensions and other concessions under the so-called “COVID-19 Act” will expire on July 31, 2023.

  • These permitted grounds for legal residence of foreign nationals staying in Poland with a short-term residence permit on March 14, 2020:
    • the visa-free regime;
    • a Schengen visa issued by Polish authorities;
    • a Schengen visa or long-stay visa issued by another Schengen state;
    • a residence permit issued by another Schengen state;
    • a qualifying long-stay visa or residence permit issued by a European Union Member States that is not a Schengen area country.
  • Extension of the period of stay and validity of national visas;
  • Extension of the period of stay and validity of temporary residence permits, including:
    • the time limit for leaving Poland;
    • the time limit for voluntary return;
    • the time limit for applying for a temporary residence permit, a permanent residence permit, a long-term resident’s EU residence permit, a visa extension or an extension of stay under visa waiver;
    • the periods of validity of residence cards;
    • the periods of validity of temporary identity certificates;
    • the periods of validity of documents confirming the right of permanent residence, residence cards of an EU citizen’s family member and cards of permanent residence of a family member of an EU citizen;
    • the periods of validity of Polish identity documents for foreign nationals;
    • the periods of validity of ‘permit for tolerated stay’ documents.
  • Extension of the periods of validity of work permits and extensions of work permits;
  • Extension of the period of permissible work on the basis of a statement on entrusting work to a foreigner;
  • the legal basis for the foreigner to perform work under other conditions;
  • Temporary access to seasonal work.

The equivalent extensions for Ukrainian citizens will remain in force until March 4, 2024.

The extension of the validity of a Pole’s Card and of the time limit for applying for the renewal of a Pole’s Card will continue until October 2, 2023.

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