18 Jan 2024 20:18

Poland extends temporary protection for Ukrainians until March 4, 2025

MOSCOW. Jan 18 (Interfax) - The temporary protection mechanism implemented by the Council of the European Union in March 2022 initially for one year has been extended for another year until March 4, 2025, Ukrainian media have reported with reference to the Polish government's press service.

"Those who have received from the Office for Foreigners a certificate of temporary protection with an expiry date of March 4, 2023, September 4, 2023 or March 4, 2024 do not need to apply for new documents. Certificates issued will remain valid until March 4, 2025," it said.

The legislation does not provide for replacing the certificates that have already been issued due to the extension of temporary protection, the government said. The documents contain an annotation stipulating that their validity can be extended by operation of law, and therefore, foreigners who have received such certificates can continue to use them as residence permits confirming their legal status, it said.