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GMI Legal Update: No more sending visa applications by post from the territory of Poland


The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Lviv – the only Polish consulate currently providing visa services in Ukraine – allows visa applications to be submitted by post.

However, from Friday, August 18, 2023 according to the announcement published on the consulate’s website (here), only citizens of Ukraine present in the territory of this country may apply for visas by post. Previously, it was possible to send a visa application even from the territory of Poland.

For Ukrainian citizens residing in Poland, this means limiting the possibilities of extending their legal stay in Poland without going abroad. Extending legal stay without leaving territory of Poland remains possible, but in some cases (e.g. citizens of Ukraine with UKR status, but with a purpose of stay other than work or economic activity) it is associated with additional difficulties.