6 May 2024

Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Citizens already in Parliament!

The Council of Ministers adopted a draft amendment to the Law on Assistance to Ukrainian Citizens in Connection with the Armed Conflict in that Country.

The bill was introduced into the Sejm (Polish Parliament’s lower chamber) on 30 April. The most important amendments include:

  • extension of Ukrainian citizens’ legal right to stay in the Republic of Poland till 30 September 2025,
  • improvements in the system of support, specifically regarding accommodation and food for refugees from Ukraine,
  • linking the 800+ benefit to compulsory education,
  • abolition of the requirement of a minimum period of residence in Poland before applying for a residence card in order to reunite with family,
  • an option to transform current residence rights into a residence card for 3 years, issued in a simplified procedure.

In addition, temporary protection will be extended to minor children of Ukrainian citizens and to minor children of spouses of Ukrainian citizens who do not hold Ukrainian citizenship.

We have written in detail about the changes here.

The proposed changes are expected to come into force on 1 July 2024.

We will keep you updated on any further developments.


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