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Immigration To Poland From Ukraine - All You Need To Know

Planning to move to Poland from Ukraine? This post shares info on how you can immigrate to Poland from Ukraine.

Poland is situated right in the middle of the European continent. This country is famous and has a reputation for being occupied and partitioned by several invading powers in the past.

In fact, in the 18th century, Poland lost its political influence and its power of centralization. She was split up and her lands were shared between Prussia, Russia, and Austria. 

However, Poland later gained its independence after World War I. But the victory was short-lived, as Poland was invaded by Germany and the Soviet Union in World War II. The invading forces prevailed, until the early 1990s during the fall of the Soviet Union. 

Since then, Poland has been a truly independent country and has maintained the record. Today, Poland is a member of the European Union. By immigrating to Poland from Ukraine, you will come to see that this country has a lot to offer.

Which Countries Are the Closest to Poland

Poland shares borders with many countries, including Russia, Lithuania, Belarus, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany and of course, Ukraine!

How Far Is It From Ukraine to Poland?

Ukraine is very close to the Polish border. In fact, you can take a bus to Poland from Ukraine!

Ukraine and Poland are respectively, the second and third largest Slavic countries, after Russia. The two countries share a border of about 529 km. The distance between Ukraine and Poland is 840 km. The road distance is 773.3 km.

The average bus travel duration from Kyiv (in Ukraine) to Warsaw (in Poland) is 14 hours. The time difference between the two cities in just an hour.

How to Immigrate to Poland From Ukraine in 2022?

There are three (3) different types of visas you can apply for. They include the:

1. Airport Transit Visas (A)
2. Short-Stay (Schengen) Visas (C) 
3. National Long-Stay Visas (D)

Kindly note that:

1. If you want to work in Poland, after emigrating from Ukraine, you will have to apply for a work permit.

2. If you plan to reside in Poland for more than 90 days, you must apply for a temporary residence permit.

If you are a non-EU/EEA national or a non-Swiss citizen, you can also reside, work and earn an income in Poland legally. All you need to do is apply for a valid visa from the authorities. To do this, you need to locate and visit the closest Polish Embassy or Consulate in Ukraine. This should be done before moving to Poland.

However, in a few cases, citizens of certain non-EU countries, Also known as third-country nationals, can also move into Poland without applying for a visa. Although they are allowed to stay in Poland only for 3 months. Also, they are not permitted to work and earn during this period.

You can visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website here to see a list of visa-free countries.

Required Documents for National Long-Stay Visas (D) in Poland

To apply for a Polish long-term visa (D), you need to provide the documents below.

1. A visa application form, duly completed
2. A passport, valid until at least three months after the planned departure from Poland
3. Biometric, passport size picture(s)
4. Payment proof of visa fee
5. proof of travel insurance or international medical insurance
6. Proof of sufficient financial means
7. Document stating the purpose of your visit
8. Document confirming the necessity of a long-term stay

How to Apply for Your Residence Permit in Poland

After getting to Poland from Ukraine, you must apply for a temporary residence permit if you will need to stay longer than 90 days. 

You must submit your application to the municipal authorities or Voivode (Wojewoda) during the first 30 days of your stay.

Here are the documents required for a Polish residence permit.

  1. Completed application form
  2. Four up-to-date passport-sized photos
  3. Three copies of your valid passport
  4. Proof of administrative fee payment
  5. A work permit or a written statement from your employer (if you are exempt from requiring a work permit)
  6. A work contract
  7. Documents confirming the cost of your residence and an official lease or other legal title enabling you to occupy the dwelling in which you live
  8. Confirmation of registration of temporary residence (find out more about how to register your address in Poland on the next page)
  9. Proof of health insurance
  10. Documents proving that you have a steady income with which to support yourself

Kindly note that a residence permit is valid throughout your stay. However, it won't be valid for more than two years.