Who can get Polish citizenship via ‘right of blood’

When you are born, you can acquire citizenship via the following rules: 'right of blood' (ius sanguinis) and 'right of soil' (ius soli).

The ‘right of blood’ says that by birth, you acquire citizenship of your parents’ country.

In the case of ‘the right of soil’, you acquire citizenship of the country of your birth, regardless of the citizenship of your parents. What does it really mean? If you were born in Poland, you automatically acquire Polish citizenship.

Each country adapts appropriate laws that suit their interests and traditions

Generally speaking, emigration countries apply the ‘right of blood’ to preserve the bonds of nationality and citizenship.On the other hand, immigration countries, which aim for the fastest possible assimilation, adopt ‘the right of soil’. That means whoever was born on their land was automatically granted citizenship of the country.

Poland follows ‘right of blood’ when it comes to acquiring and passing Polish citizenship to next generations. What that means is that by law and regardless of whether you were born in Poland or abroad, if at least one of your parents is a Polish citizen (or of Polish descent), you acquire Polish citizenship. In simple words, if let’s say your great-grandfather was Polish, he would pass his citizenship to his child (your grandparent) and further on to your parent. Following ‘right of blood’  makes you Polish too.

Polish citizenship law also applies to those born in countries with the ‘right of soil’ (ius soli).  In other words, if you were born in the US to a Polish parent (or of Polish descent), despite acquiring US citizenship, you will also hold Polish citizenship.

Germany, Poland, France, Ukraine, Australia grant citizenship through ‘right of blood’.

When it comes to ‘right of soil’, it applies in such countries as Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Jamaica, Canada, Colombia, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, the United States, Tanzania, Uruguay, Venezuela, and Barbados.

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Polish citizenship follows the “right of blood” rule which means that a Polish parent passes it to his or her child at birth. If you have Polish ancestry, you know that someone from your family came from Poland or what used to be Polish territory, likely you are eligible for Polish citizenship by descent. It is also necessary to prove that your Polish ancestor left Poland after 1920, or provide an official and legal document issued by the Polish Government after 1920.

Becoming a Polish citizen by right of blood

Polish citizenship is passed by “the right of blood”. If one of the parents holds Polish citizenship (or is a person of Polish descent), it is passed to the child irrespective of whether the child was born in Poland or abroad.
It also applies to people born in countries with the “right of soil” e.g. USA. If you were born in the USA to at least one Polish parent (or a parent of Polish descent – to your Polish grandparents), you can claim Polish citizenship despite the fact you acquired US citizenship at your birth.