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Poland became a member of the European Union on May 1st, 2004 giving Polish citizens the right to travel, study, work and live in any of the 28 EU countries without any additional permits or documents. People who are descendants of Polish immigrants might have the right to Polish citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they live.
There are roughly 20 million people of Polish ancestry living outside Poland, making the Polish diaspora one of the largest in the world, offering millions of potential Polish citizens living abroad the right to recover their Polish citizenship. Major populations of Polish ancestry can be found in the United States, Israel, Brazil and other countries in the Americas. Other communities are present in the United Kingdom, Germany, Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Russia, France, Sweden, Ireland as well as Australia and New Zealand.
What are the benefits of Polish Citizenship
Polish citizenship provides numerous rights within the 28 countries of the European Union, the most important of which are:
A person with Polish citizenship can live in any of the 28 countries of the EU without special visas,
A person with Polish citizenship can work in any of the 28 countries of the EU without the need of applying for a work permit,
A person with Polish citizenship has the right to an education at schools and universities within the territory of the 28 countries of the European Union in some places with preferential tuition,
A person with Polish citizenship can perform entrepreneurial activities and set-up a company in any of the 28 countries of the EU.
Are you eligible?
People who are descendants of Polish great grandparents, grandparents or parents might be eligible to claim Polish Citizenship.
Poland became an independent country at the end of World War I and its first Citizenship Law was published in 1920. This law gave the lawful offspring of a Polish father and the children of Polish women who were born out of wedlock, the right to citizenship. Therefore, if you have a Polish great grandfather, grandfather or father, it is very likely that you are eligible.
However, if your Polish ancestor(s) left Poland before the end of World War I, there are very slim chances for you to claim Polish citizenship.
Although the law of 1920 established that every Polish citizen who naturalized in a third country lost citizenship, it is considered that most men who were not part of their new country’s army did not lose Polish citizenship and therefore passed it on to their offspring.
As for women, they lost citizenship if they naturalized or married to a foreigner before January 19, 1951.
On January 19, 1951 a new Citizenship Law was enacted. This Law gave equal citizenship rights to men and women alike. Regardless of their gender, if your Polish ancestor naturalized or married after this date, it is most likely that they didn’t lose Polish citizenship and therefore you might be eligible to reclaim it. Furthermore and although, according to Polish law, men lost Polish citizenship if they acquired another citizenship by naturalization before January 19, 1951, there are many cases where, despite naturalization, Polish citizenship was not lost because they still had Military obligations in their home country.
These are some but not all of the cases when you might be eligible:
GetEUPassport Can Obtain Your Polish Citizenship
The laws and processes for obtaining Polish citizenship can be complex and there are many details that often get overlooked, even by Polish consular offices, resulting in denials in situations when citizenship should be authorized. GetEUPassport makes all of this easy by providing all of the necessary services for individuals who want to obtain their Polish citizenship.
Why Should You Choose GetEUPassport?
GetEUPassport has a high success rate in securing Polish Citizenship and guidance for the issuance of Polish Passport for hundreds of satisfied clients while providing the best personalized service.
Through our many experiences, we have learnt the intricacies of Polish law and have achieved positive results in hundreds of cases, some of which were initially denied by consular offices.
Our office in Warsaw, Poland handles our cases before Polish authorities and supports us by conducting searches for Polish documents, specifically to demonstrate origin in cases when our customers don’t have the necessary proof
At GetEUPassport we believe that our customers want and deserve that their case be dealt with personally by one of our partners and for it to be handled with the highest importance and confidence. This is why we limit the number of applications that we accept at one time and prefer to provide personalized and responsive service.
With the experience of hundreds of successful cases, GetEUPassport can determine the chances of success of acquiring Polish citizenship. Through your responses to our simple questionnaire we are able to determine your eligibility, and when possible, we guarantee results.