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We are refugees from Afghanistan, we had pobyt tolerowany, now ochrona uzupełniajaca.


A person granted subsidiary protection (ochrona uzupełniająca) can apply for Polish citizenship only after 15 years of legal residence in Poland.

According to the law, a foreigner can apply for Polish citizenship after five years of residence in Poland under the 'zgoda na osiedlenie sie', a residency permit.

Such permit can be granted to persons granted subsidiary protection after they have stayed in Poland for at least 10 years.

So, with five years of living in Poland under subsidiary protection, you need to wait five more years in order to be eligible to apply for the residency permit. Then - stay in Poland five more years as a holder of this permit. After such period of time you will be eligible to apply for Polish citizenship.

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2009-05-07 13:58:28


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