Rights of recognized refugees in Poland

A person granted refugee status or subsidiary protection:

  • Has the right of indefinite residence in Poland.
  • Receives a residence card (valid for 3 years, with renewal) and a Geneva Travel Document (valid for 2 years, with renewal). In the case of subsidiary protection, this residence card is valid for 2 years, with renewal.
  • Has the same rights as Polish citizens, except the right to vote. This includes the right to live in Poland, travel, work and start a business without a special work permit, access education, receive social assistance including unemployment benefits, and access to the public health service.
  • Has access to integration assistance for up to 12 months

Recognized refugees must follow all laws, policies, and procedures required of Polish citizens.