Subsequent applications are subject to an Admissibility Procedure. If there are no new grounds for the application, a decision on inadmissibility is issued. In 2020, there were 1,267 subsequent applications, submitted mainly by Russian and Ukrainian nationals.
The first subsequent application has suspensive effect on a return decision and return order cannot be executed. If the application is considered inadmissible because the applicant did not present any new circumstances of the case it can be appealed within 14 days and until the Refugee Board makes a decision, suspensive effect is upheld. If the application is considered admissible, i.e. containing new circumstances relevant for the case, the Head of the Office for Foreigners issues a decision considering the application admissible. In this case, suspensive effect is in force until the final administrative decision on international protection is served. In case of further subsequent applications, there is no suspensive effect on a return order.
In 2020 the Office for Foreigners issued 73 decisions deeming the subsequent application admissible, while the applications of 1,166 persons were dismissed as inadmissible.
In 2019 the Voivodeship Administrative Court in Warsaw issued a judgement in which the Court stated that the subsequent application cannot be deemed inadmissible even if only one single element of facts of the case has changed.
With regard to personal interviews, appeal and legal assistance, see section on the Admissibility Procedure.
 Information provided by the Office for Foreigners, 15 January 2019.
 Article 330(2) and (3) Law on Foreigners.
 Article 38(4) Law on Protection.
 Article 38(5) Law on Protection.
 Article 330(2)2 Law on Foreigners.
 Information provided by the Office for Foreigners, 26 January 2021.
 The Voivodeship Administrative Court judgement from 18 April 2019 IV SA/Wa 3394/18, summary available (in Polish) at: https://bit.ly/2UkEbiB.