If the last day of validity of the work permit falls in the period of an epidemic emergency or a state of epidemic announced in connection with SARS-CoV-2 outbreaks, the period of validity of this work permit is extended by law, until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last state. If the work permit thus expired on 16.03.2020, it is automatically extended.
Coronavirus outbreak – regulations for foreigners
If the last day of your visa and declaration falls within the period of an epidemic emergency or epidemic state declared due to SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, the period of validity of this visa and declaration will be extended by law until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of this last state. Thus, if the visa and the declaration expire on 30.04.2020, they are automatically extended until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last state in force. You may, therefore, continue to work under the same conditions and with the same employer (as specified in your declaration).
If you are staying in Poland based on a temporary residence and work permit, granted for employment with an employer with whom you no longer work, you should report this information in writing to the office. You will find the form HERE.
If your decision to grant a residence permit indicates that you are exempt from the obligation to have a work permit as a full-time graduate, it means that you have an unlimited right to work in Poland and you can find employment with any other employer. Taking up a job with another employer does not require changing your permit or informing the office.
You can change your employer at any time during the ongoing procedure. You should inform the office immediately (download the form) and submit the current Annex No.1, the labour market test (if required) and other documents if they are no longer valid (e.g. confirmation of residence if provided by your previous employer).
The regulations introduced on 18.04.2020 make it possible to extend the legal stay for foreigners staying in Poland under the visa-free regime until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of an epidemic emergency or an epidemic state (the one that will be last in force). If your stay in visa-free travel ends in April 2020, it will be automatically extended until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of an epidemic emergency or an epidemic state (the last one). It does not require an application or any administrative decision.
If you want to stay in Poland even longer (more than 30 days after the cancellation of an epidemic state/epidemic emergency), you can apply for a temporary residence permit according to the declared purpose of your stay.
At the moment you can only send the documents by post. When we restore the direct customer service, you will be requested to correct the formal deficiencies of your application. Then you can present the originals of all documents sent to us by post. You will find the address of the Department HERE.
The application for a duplicate decision can be found HERE.
Until the restrictions in the functioning of the Office are kept, and direct customer service is started, the application can be made only via the post.
The address of the Department can be found HERE.
... I cannot continue working for my current employer due to the decrease in orders. Can I continue to stay in Poland under the extended right of residence due to an epidemic state and can any other employer register the declaration for another 90 days out of the permitted 180/360?
If you were staying in Poland on 14 March 2020 under the visa-free regime and the date of your legal residence on this basis ends during an emergency state or an epidemic emergency, you may legally stay in Poland until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the last state. Your legal stay will be extended by law; you do not have to complete any additional formalities.
If a new employer wants to hire you and wants to register a declaration for you, they must do so at the Local Labour Office - the one competent for your main place of work. The next declaration must not exceed the permitted 180 days in total (including the first declaration already used).
You can also apply for a temporary residence and work permit to the governor. The deadline for applications has also been extended until the 30th day following the day on which the last applicable state is cancelled (an emergency or epidemic state).