5 steps to legalise your stay – STEP 5: Special solutions for foreigners

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It is understandable that you are concerned about your situation in Poland during the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, special solutions have been introduced for foreigners.

Period of your legal stay in Poland based on:

  • national visa
  • temporary residence permit

will be extended by law until the end of the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the state of epidemic emergency or state of epidemic. This will not involve placing a new visa sticker on your travel document or issuing a new residence card.

What should you do if you stayed in Poland on 14th March, based on:

  • visa-free travel
  • Schengen visa
  • visa (including a long-stay visa), residence document issued by another country of the Schengen area
  • long-term visa, residence permit issued by another Member State of the EU that is not a Schengen state, if, in accordance with the provisions of the EU law, it entitles you to stay on the Polish territory

and your legal stay ends within the period of state of epidemic emergency or stay epidemic?

Your stay will be considered legal until the end of the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last of the above-mentioned states that was in force.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Your legal stay will be extended by law. You don’t need to submit any applications.

If you would like to apply for:

  • extension of national visa (symbol D) or a Schengen visa (symbol C)
  • granting a temporary, permanent or long-term EU resident permit
  • extension of stay on the basis of visa-less travel (applies only to citizens of Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Singapore and Uruguay)

The period of submitting these applications will be extended if the deadline falls during the state of epidemic emergency or the state of epidemic. Applications may be submitted to voivodship offices up to 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last of the above-mentioned states that was in force.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you are a citizen of a Member State of the EU, EFTA or the Swiss Confederation, the introduction of the state of the epidemic in Poland does not affect your residence rights or the rights of your family members staying with you. It means that you don’t need to register your stay after 3 months – this period is also extended.

Remember that the offices have resumed their work only partially, so applications can still be submitted only by post.

You can find more information about the procedure here.

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