How to know if you qualify for Polish citizenship

How to know if you qualify for Polish citizenship

If you wish to apply to have
your Polish citizenship confirmed, you do have to have
at least one Polish ancestor. The legislation is very flexible and
the Polish government does welcome people who wish to
apply for confirmation of citizenship. However, it’s easier said than done. That is because due to the passage of time
and the fact that people immigrated out of Poland several dozens of years ago,
finding evidence of that might be difficult. What the Polish government
does is they assess your case according to the Polish legislation. Poland did not exist for 123 years. When it was re-established in 1918,
it took the Polish government of that time two years to put legislation
to do with citizenship in place. According to that legislation, if you have Polish blood, then you are
technically automatically a Polish citizen. What you have to do is
prove that, which may be difficult. The law is both simple and complex. When we look at whether
you are eligible for Polish citizenship, we check whether your ancestor is Polish. And if they are, when did they leave Poland? The ideal, best-case scenario
is if they left Poland after 1920. If they left Poland before that,
your case will be necessarily more difficult simply because there was no
legislation in place in those days. Anybody who’s ancestors
left Poland after 1920 is most likely eligible. However, before 1951, the legislation
was discriminatory towards women. For example, and I’m summarising here, women marrying non-Polish citizens,
would automatically lose their Polish citizenship. This is all before 1951. Let’s say that your grandmother
was Polish and she married an American. Then your pathway to Polish citizenship
through the process of confirmation is unfortunately not available. If your ancestor served in a foreign army, unless the country where
they served were an ally to Poland, unfortunately your pathway to
confirming your Polish citizenship is also closed. There are several
intricacies of the legislation that we need to check before
we can tell you whether you’re eligible. If you imagine the millions
of people that immigrated out of Poland, you can also probably quite easily
imagine that everyone’s journey was different. There were those that
were taken in the middle of the night by the Nazi Germans to
work as slave labourers in Poland. Simply, they didn’t have documentation. There were those that ended up
in ghettos and concentration camps, who again, ended up there
without any documentation. Yet, there were those
who left Poland before the war on beautiful Polish passports that the family might have
in a box somewhere or in a draw. These cases are
the most exciting because we know that we can guarantee
the outcome of people’s applications. If the documentation
on your ancestor is not available, then we do research
and that can take a long time. We do work with clients who
don’t even know the real names of their grandparents or great-grandparents. That preliminary work is very important. In our work, because we’re trying to
keep everything very transparent and honest, we don’t take cases on that we know would fail. We check how
the legislation applies to each case, what documents we have,
what documents we still have to get. We assess the case
completely free of charge and we will tell you
whether you’re eligible or not. If we know we know that you’re eligible but
you don’t have documentation, then we look for it.


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    Hello I am Polish my family is all from Poland since th 17th century and I have Russian, Ukrainian, Belarusian, Serbian descent though, and I know the Polish National Anthem, also, like almost all Poles, I am a Catholic. Just so you nice video!

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