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Is there cash assistance available? Who is eligible? How does someone apply?
Yes. You can receive a one-time financial assistance of PLN 300 per person to cover the most urgent expenses.
You are eligible if you:
You can also receive 500 PLN monthly for every child you have below 18 (for that submit an application to ZUS – Zakład Ubezpieczeń Społecznych, it can also be done online).
Family care capital (RKO) can be obtained for a child between the ages of 12 and 35 months. The capital is provided for the second and each subsequent child in the family, if the child lives with one of the parents and remains dependent on him. One of the child's parents decides whether he wants to receive an allowance of PLN 500 for 24 months or PLN 1,000 for 12 months. The total amount of capital is up to 12 thousand zlotys per child.
As a citizen of Ukraine, you can also claim other social benefits:
You can find out more about the conditions for receiving and the amount of family benefits at the link .
The international religious society, The Lutheran World Federation, offers Ukrainian refugees financial assistance in four Poland cities.
More information here .
On July 1, applications for financial assistance for schoolchildren began to be accepted in Poland. The "Dobry start" program is a payment in the amount of 300 zlotys, which parents of schoolchildren receive once an hour to purchase school supplies and prepare for the new school year. Applications are accepted until November 30, but it is worth noting that after submitting the application, money will be transferred to the account within one or two months.
More information here .
Ukrainians can quickly apply for financial payments through the mZUS application
mZUS is a mobile application from the Social Insurance Office (ZUS). This application is intended for parents and guardians of children who may benefit from family assistance programs. In particular, mZUS is available to Ukrainian immigrants.
From March 2 , through the mZUS application, Ukrainians can receive payments under the following programs:
In the mZUS application you will be able to:
It should be noted that each program has its own application deadlines:
Ukrainian immigrants in Poland can receive new financial assistance — 710 zlotys for the head of the household and 610 zlotys for each member of the household. The funds are disbursed within the Multipurpose Cash Assistance (MPCA) project of Diakonia Poland and Diakonie Katastrophenhilfe to support displaced people affected by the war.
As stated on the project page, applications can be submitted by:
Approximately 2,500 households can apply for cash assistance, priority will be given to the most vulnerable families.
To apply, you need:
More detailed information about financial assistance can be found on the project page .
Citizens of Ukraine temporarily living in Poland and unable to pay for housing can ask for help from the Polish authorities. If you have already rented accommodation or are planning to do so, you can apply to participate in the program if you meet certain criteria.
Subsidies help to settle with the landlord, pay utility bills, and pay off administrative fees. You can apply for participation in the program if you rent or own real estate. Documentary proof of the lease or ownership is required.
More information here .
Parents of children attending daycare can receive monthly financial assistance in the amount of 400 zlotys. More information here .
The Polish Center for International Assistance (PCPM Foundation) provides financial assistance to Ukrainians in Poland.
For this purpose, two assistance programs were created for Ukrainians who came to Poland:
The first aid program is intended for families and individuals from Ukraine who arrived in Poland no earlier than February 15, 2023, and meet all three of the following criteria:
As part of this program, you can receive assistance for 3 months for each family member (up to 4 people): PLN 710 for one person and PLN 610 for each other family member.
The second program applies to Ukrainians who came to Poland after February 24, 2022 and meet all three of the following criteria:
Such Ukrainians can receive a monthly allowance of 1,000 zlotys for 6 months per family member.
You can apply for assistance by filling out a special questionnaire.
The Polish Center for International Assistance (PCPM) has announced two new programs to help Ukrainians. Refugees in different cities of Poland will be able to receive up to PLN 6000. The program is designed for Ukrainians who arrived in Poland after February 15, 2023
In addition to the date of crossing the Polish border, you must meet the following criteria:
This program provides for the payment of funds for each family member, but not more than for 4 people. If there is only one person in the family, he or she will receive 710 PLN.
Larger families will be paid according to the following approach: PLN 710 for the head of the family, PLN 610 for each other member. It should be noted that the maximum amount of assistance for a family is PLN 2540.
The assistance will be paid for three months.
From June 1, Ukrainians who are legally in Poland will be able to apply to the Social Insurance Office (ZUS) for the payment of child benefits, if they have not done so by May 31. Funds will be paid from August 31, 2023 to May 31, 2024. Source .
From July 1, registration for the "300+" aid program ("Good Start") begins in Poland.
"300+" is an annual one-time allowance of PLN 300 for children preparing for the school year. Schoolchildren under the age of 20 and disabled children studying at school and under the age of 24 can receive assistance.
The father, mother, legal guardian of the child and actual guardian of the child (the person who actually takes care of the child and filed an application for his adoption with the court) can apply for "300+" assistance.
You can apply online through:
The application is submitted from July 1 to November 30. Applying in July or August guarantees payment no later than September 30, 2023. If you apply in the following months (September or November), the aid will arrive within two months of applying.
Assistance is not provided to children who attend kindergarten or undergo one-year preparation for school, as well as students.
New financial assistance from Diakonia Poland. Details here .
How do I set up a bank account?
You can set a bank account in any bank in Poland. You can check out the different banks' offers here .
How do I withdraw cash or exchange my currencies?
You can withdraw cash in any ATM or in your bank division. Hryvnia (UAH) can be exchanged in some currency exchange offices (kantor) or in PKO bank. An important point is that one person has a limit exchange of 10,000 hryvnia/day. Exchanges can only be made in person by persons over 18 years of age. The bank does not charge transaction fees.
How do I pay taxes in a country?
If you work based on employment contract (umowa o prace or umowa zlecenie) the taxes are paid directly by your employer. You only need to file annual tax declaration by 30 April for previous year (PIT). You can do it online. The situation is more complicated for private entrepreneurs (działalność gospodarcza), since they must pay all taxes (PIT, VAT, ZUS) themselves calculated on the basis of income for each month. It is advisable to outsource taxes to accountants - widely done in Poland. Accountants speaking Ukrainian and Russian can be found in big cities, and the services can be performed online. More information can be found here .
If I already work remotely, how should I pay my taxes?
We understand that the background of the given case is the following:
Polish Tax Analysis
How can I send money back to Ukraine?
You can transfer money from Poland to Ukraine via an international transfer or money transfer at a corresponding provider or a bank.
For an international transfer at the bank you have to fill out a special form and usually pay fees. Other special money transfer providers (e.g. Western Union, Moneygram, Wise, Revolut, Paypal) are often a cheaper and faster alternative.
IBOX terminals for replenishing cards of Ukrainian banks will appear in Poland.
With the help of the terminals, Ukrainian refugees in Poland will be able to:
More information here .