My fiancé went to Ukraine on March 10th of 2020 to apply for a work visa. Unfortunately, it is currently not possible to obtain a visa there, because all administrative offices are closed. He returned to Poland on 30 March 2020. When his period of legal stay lapses, will his stay continue to be legal, as part of the legal solutions adopted due to the coronavirus?

No, the special legal solutions adopted in connection with the coronavirus pandemic are addressed to foreigners who remained on the territory of Poland under the visa-free regime on the day from which the state of an epidemic emergency related to the SARS-CoV-2 infections was first declared (i.e. 14 March 2020), Their stay in Poland shall be considered legal from the day following the last day of their legal stay resulting from visa-free travel, until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the state of epidemic hazard or the state of epidemic, whichever was the last. If a foreigner enters Poland, they will not be able to legally stay in Poland (the recognition of legal stay) after the date on which a state of emergency or epidemic is declared.

In such event, it is possible to remain in the territory of the Republic of Poland within the framework of the recognition of legal stay conditionally, on the basis of a provision of a special act which extends the time limits for submitting applications for granting temporary residence permits. The condition for the legality of the stay after the period of admissible stay under the visa-free regime will be submitting, during the extended period of time – until the 30th day following the date of cancellation of the (a state of epidemic emergency or a state of epidemic), which was last in force.