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New regulations concerning regularisation of the staying of foreigners in Poland

On 26 August 2011 the President of the Republic of Poland has signed the law on regularisation of staying of certain foreigners who are present within the territory of the Republic of Poland and modifying the act on granting protection to foreigners within the territory of the Republic of Poland and the act on foreigners.

Since 1 January 2012 foreigners staying in Poland illegally will have the possibility of regularising their stay in Poland. Applications for the residence permit for a fixed period connected to the regularisation of the regularisation of illegal stay (the so called abolition) can be submitted during the period of six months.

An uninterrupted stay in Poland since 20 December 2007 at the latest will be the basic condition of granting the residence permit for a fixed period of time. Foreigners who have been denied the refugee status and delivered decisions on expulsion before 1 January 2010 will also be able to apply. An interrupted stay in Poland since 1 January 2011 will be the basic condition of granting the residence permit for this category of foreigners.

The abolition will allow to regularise the stay of foreigners whose applications for the refugee status were being proceeded on 1 January 2010.

The residence permit for a fixed period will be granted for the period of two years in the framework of the above mentioned procedure. During validity of this residence permit foreigner will be allowed to undertake an employment on the basis of a labour contract without being obliged to have a labour permit. The obligation of being in possession of financial resources that are sufficient to cover the cost of residence is not applied. The application for the residence permit for a fixed period must be submitted during the period of 6 months since the entry into force of the law (30 June 2012).

More information is available on the Office for Foreigners website: http://www.udsc.gov.pl

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