The Act on assistance for Ukrainian citizens in connection with the armed conflict on the territory of this country
Poland does not remain indifferent to the situation in Ukraine. In connection with the war in Ukraine, the government adopted a law on assistance for Ukrainian citizens in connection with the armed conflict on the territory of this country. The act entered into force on 12 March 2022, but will be effective retroactively from 24 February 2022.
The act, which is a response to the difficult situation of refugees, is to define the rules of legalizing their stay and work. According to the assumptions, Ukrainian citizens will be provided with legal residence for a period of 18 months. Refugees will also receive: PESEL, a trusted profile will be set up for them.
The regulations which are included in the act:
– cash benefits for those who have accepted refugees,
– Employing Ukrainians, from the perspective of the employer and the employee,
– taking up and performing economic activity by refugees,
– assistance in the form of family benefits, child care – allowances, benefits,
– psychological assistance and medical care,
– compulsory education for Ukrainian children,
– further education of students from Ukraine, conditions for obtaining a social scholarship,
– assistance provided by local government and other entities.
The above regulations apply only to Ukrainians who entered Poland legally starting from 24 February with the intention to stay. The Act does not apply to persons who have a permanent or temporary residence permit, a residence permit for a long-term EU resident or persons with refugee status.