Grant of Polish Citizenship – what is it?
Grant of Polish citizenship, commonly called naturalization, is one of the ways of acquiring Polish citizenship by a foreigner. According to Article 18 of the current Act on Polish Citizenship, the President of the Republic of Poland may grant Polish citizenship to any foreigner upon a foreigner’s request.
Who can apply for Grant of Polish citizenship?
Considering both the provisions of the Constitution and the Act on Polish citizenship, both, people having citizenship of another state and stateless people (people who do not have any citizenship) can be naturalized as Polish citizens via a grant of Polish citizenship.
The current legal regulations do not specify any rules or requirements for naturalization apart from the application and the legislator does not limit in any way the access to acquiring Polish citizenship in that way. In addition to that Polish Constitution does not set out the prerequisites for granting citizenship either.
No formal requirements for Grant of Polish Citizenship – what does it mean?
The above emphasizes the fully discretionary nature of this procedure. It means that each case is assessed independently. The President decides which arguments indicated by the foreigner in the Polish citizenship application are crucial enough for him to grant Polish citizenship. A foreigner’s personal and family situation, current ties with Poland, Polish culture, business, society, grounds of public interest or welfare of the country of Poland may be important.
Can an applicant appeal against the President's decision if he rejects the Grant of Polish citizenship application?
Grant of Polish citizenship, as well as its refusal, takes place in the form of a written decision. In matters related to Polish citizenship application the President does not act as a public administration body but as the Head of the Polish State, symbolizing its majesty and sovereignty.
This means that the President of the Republic of Poland is not limited by any conditions and is not a subject of any control. No legal remedies (appeal, motion for reconsideration of the case, complaint for inaction) are provided by the current legal regulations in this respect.
In other words, you cannot appeal the President’s decision and it’s final. However, you can lodge a new application in case of rejection.
Where to apply for the Grant of Polish citizenship?
An application for the Grant of Polish citizenship is filed with the President of the Republic of Poland through provincial governors (if you reside in Poland) or Polish Consulate General (if you live abroad). Then your application is forwarded together with a set of documents and governors’ or consuls’ own opinion to the President’s office, through the minister of internal affairs, who also prepares his own opinion on the application.
How long does the process of the Grant of Polish citizenship take?
The President of the Republic of Poland is not limited by any deadlines in cases of Polish citizenship. Usually, it takes more than a year for the President of the Republic of Poland to issue the decision.
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