The Polish government is providing new incentives for Belarussian IT sector workers and businesses.

Key Points:

  • Individuals starting a business, programmers and IT professionals are being encouraged to apply to relocate to Poland.
  • The Polish government says it will support innovative start-ups, relocate employees and family members to Poland and provide legal aid to Belarus citizens under a new program called “Poland.Business Harbour.”
  • Additional incentives include matching Belarus entrepreneurs with investors and grants. Entry requirements for dependents of Belarussians have also been loosened as entry visas applied under the program shall be processed on priority basis.
  • Belarussian nationals including dependents, are now eligible for entry to Poland despite COVID-19 entry restrictions applicable to all non-EU nationals who are not arriving for employment purposes. Belarus nationals have been listed as a special exempt category of foreigners who can enter Poland irrespective of purpose of visit, of course provided they have entry visa granted.

Additional Information: A hotline has been set up for Belarus citizens wanting to work in Poland.

Analysis & Comments: The easing of requirements for Belarus citizens in Poland is a response to geo-political conditions in Belarus, however, it has real immigration implications that could make it easier for Belarussian IT sector workers and entrepreneurs to relocate to Poland.

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