Restoration of Polish citizenship – What is the Process and Who can do it

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Process for Restoration of Polish Citizenship – who can do it?

Restoration of Polish citizenship is a process open to people who lost or renounced Polish citizenship in the past and would like to get it back and become Polish citizens.

Starting from 15 May 2012, the process of restoration of Polish citizenship came into force and became available for a narrow group of people as a new way of acquiring Polish citizenship.

Restoration of Polish citizenship is available to people who between August 1962 and December 1998 acquired foreign citizenship and at the same time obtained permission from the Polish Consulate to change Polish citizenship into foreign citizenship, and because of that lost Polish citizenship.

The foreigners who held Polish citizenship in the past and lost it before 1 January 1999 may apply to the Minister of Interior for its restoration. The foreigner needs to fill in a special application for restoration of Polish citizenship and lodge it with the Polish Government.

Where can I apply for restoration of Polish citizenship and how long does it take?

The Minister of Interior issues the decision on restoration of Polish citizenship based on the Polish Citizenship Act and following the Code of Administrative Procedure.

In the case of a complete application, the decision can be expected within two months.

If in the past, in order to acquire foreign citizenship, you had to renounce Polish citizenship, this procedure is the easiest option for you to become a Polish citizen.

Can my family members have their Polish citizenship restored along with me?

Restoration of Polish citizenship does not cover your relatives and for example, children born when you were not a Polish citizen. The process only applies and is relevant to one and a specific person who has lost or renounced Polish citizenship.

You once again become Polish citizen, from the date of the decision on restoration of your Polish citizenship.

Brexit and British citizens of Polish descent

In the United Kingdom there is a big population of British Poles, British citizens of Polish descent. Many of their ancestors settled down in UK after World War II. There were Polish soldiers, servicemen and women, who thought alongside allied forces, Polish military personnel, Polish survivors of German concentration and POW camps.