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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • POLISH CITIZENSHIP

  • GRANTING POLISH CITIZENSHIP

     

    Polish citizenship shall be granted to a foreigner by the President of the Republic of Poland.

    Polish citizenship can be granted to a foreigner upon his/her request and to a minor upon the request of his legal guardians. the granting of Polish citizenship to both parents extends to a minor in their custody.

     

    The granting of Polish citizenship to one of the parents extends to a minor in his/her custody, if: the other parent has no parental custody, the other parent has submitted a declaration before the consul to the effect that he/she consents to the acquisition or the loss of Polish citizenship by the minor.

     

    Children between the ages of 16 and 18 shall submit additional declarations in which they consent to being granted Polish citizenship.

     

    Applicants residing permanently abroad shall submit their applications through the Consulate of the Republic of Poland competent for the applicant’s place of residence.

     

    Documents required:

     

    1. application form to be granted Polish citizenship –
    2. one passport-size photograph
    3. documents confirming personal data and information set out in the application form, specifically: documents confirming identity and citizenship
    4. documents authorizing the individual to reside or stay in Poland
    5. the original of a current (i.e. valid not longer than 3 months) birth certificate issued by a Polish registry office indicating names, surname, date and place of birth, father’s name and surname, mother’s name and maiden name
    6. the original of a document issued by a Polish registry office indicating marital status (e.g. current certified copy of marriage certificate, death certificate of a spouse).
    7. documents confirming identity and citizenship of a spouse and a minor/minors
    8. documents confirming the holding of Polish citizenship by parents or more distant ancestors
    9. documents confirming the loss of Polish citizenship by a foreigner, his/her child/children or his/her ancestors
    10. documents confirming the acquisition of foreign citizenship by a foreigner or his/her child/children if he/she used to hold Polish citizenship in the past
    11. documents confirming the source of income
    12. documents confirming  professional achievements, political and social activity.

     

    All copies of Polish and foreign documents must be certified by a consul to be true.

     All documents spelled out  in foreign languages must be translated into Polish.

     

     

    CONFIRMATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

     

    Only a valid Polish passport or Polish ID confirms Polish citizenship. Citizens who are not holders of such documents may obtain the confirmation of Polish citizenship or its loss.

    Decision on the confirmation of Polish citizenship or its loss is issued by a Voivode (Wojewoda).

    Applicants residing permanently abroad can submit an application form through the consular office competent for the applicant’s place of residence.

     

    Documents required:

     

    • application form on Confirmation of Polish citizenship
    • Documents confirming the data provided in the application e.g. expired Polish passport or Polish ID, Polish birth certificate, Polish marriage license, documents confirming Polish citizenship of parents or grandparents of the applicant (their Polish passports or IDs), marriage certificate of applicant's parents, military documents held by the applicant or his/her ancestors, a certificate of the official name change (if applicable).
    • Original of an ID (for viewing) along with pages with official annotations.
    • For a person born not in Poland applicant's birth certificate with parents' names.
    • Applicant's marriage certificate or other document proving applicant's civil status.

    All copies of Polish and foreign documents must be certified by a consul to be true.

    All documents spelled out  in foreign languages must be translated into Polish.

     

     

    RESTORATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

     

    Restoration of Polish citizenship applies only to people who used to hold Polish citizenship in the past, but lost it prior to 1 January 1999, pursuant to: 

     

    • article 11 or 13 of the Polish State Citizenship Act of 20 January 1920 (J.L.  No. 7, item 44, as amended),
    • article 11 or 12 of the Polish Citizenship Act of 8 January 1951 on Polish citizenship (J.L. No. 4, item 25)
    • article 13, 14 or 15 of the Polish Citizenship Act of 15 February 1962 on Polish citizenship (J.L. 2000, No. 28, item 353, as amended).
    • The application for restoration of Polish citizenship shall be submitted to the Minister competent for the Interior.
    • Applicants residing permanently abroad shall submit their applications through a consul competent for the applicant’s place of residence.

       

    Documents required:

    Application for restoration of Polish citizenship

    a passport-size photograph  

    documents confirming identity and citizenship

    documents confirming a change to the name or surname, if applicable

    documents in possession confirming the loss of Polish citizenship.

    All copies of Polish and foreign documents must be certified by a consul to be true.

    All documents spelled out  in foreign languages must be translated into Polish.

    The restoration of Polish citizenship shall have the form of a decision taken by the Minister competent for the Interior. The acquisition of Polish citizenship shall take effect on the day the decision on the restoration of Polish citizenship has become final.

     

    Polish citizenship shall not  be restored to a foreigner who:

    Between 1 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 voluntarily joined the armies of the Axis countries or their allies or assumed public office in service of these states,

    Acted to the detriment of Poland, particularly her independence and sovereignty or was involved in human rights violations.

     

     

    RENUNCIATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP:

     

    The loss of Polish citizenship occurs only upon the request of the citizen and following the consent of the President of the Republic of Poland to renounce Polish citizenship.

    The consent to renounce citizenship granted to parents extends to children in their custody. In children at the age of 16 and older, the renunciation of Polish citizenship occurs only with their consent.

    Applicants residing permanently abroad shall submit their applications through the Consulate of the Republic of Poland competent for the applicant’s place of residence.

     

    Documents required:

    Application for consent of the President to renounce Polish citizenship

    Passport-size photograph

    Documents confirming personal data and information in the application form, specifically:

    • documents confirming identity and citizenship (valid Polish passport or identity card)
    • copies of Polish birth certificates
    • copies of Polish marriage certificates or other documents specifying marital status
    • documents confirming identity and citizenship of a spouse
    • documents confirming identity and citizenship of a minor/minors
    • evidence of holding foreign citizenship or a pledge of its granting

      If an application to renounce Polish citizenship extends to a minor it shall be filed along with:

    a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate issued by a Polish registry office

    a statement of consent of the other parent to his/her child’s loss of Polish citizenship, submitted before a competent voivode or a consul of the Republic of Poland

    the child’s written consent to renounce his/her Polish citizenship if the minor is 16 years of age or over.

     

     All copies of Polish and foreign documents must be certified by a consul to be true.

    All documents spelled out  in foreign languages must be translated into Polish.

     

    Upon receipt of the consent to renounce his/her Polish citizenship, the applicant is obliged to return his/her Polish passport to the Consulate.

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