5 reasons you should get a Polish Citizenship and apply for a Polish passport

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If you have Polish ancestry and think about getting your Polish citizenship and Polish passport, think no further! 

It’s an opportunity for you and your family to enjoy freedom of residence and movement in European Union and also many European countries outside of EU.

Why you should consider doing it? Here are the five good reasons:

1. You will become Polish citizen but in addition to that, also European citizen

Poland has been a member of the European Union since 2004 and therefore, with Polish citizenship you automatically become a European Union citizen. A Polish passport will open many gates for you across Europe to freely live, work and travel across. There are no restrictions for any European Countries citizens to live or work and everyone is treated equally.

The 27 member countries of the European Union:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Cyprus
  • Czechia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden

2. You can travel freely within Europe and not only

There are no border controls inside the EU and special gates for EU citizens at the airport, if you enter Europe out of Schengen zone. That means no more time consuming border checks and no more long queues. In some countries outside the EU, Polish passport may be much better and beneficial than one of your country, while entering or applying for a visa. Double check which one is more convenient for you to use while going to Asia or applying for Working Holiday visas in various countries.

3. You can live everywhere within the EU

With Polish passport, all European Union countries are open for you and you can live everywhere without any limits and restrictions. This right extends to your family members e.g. spouse, children, even if they didn’t hold EU citizenship. 

4. You can work everywhere within the EU

European Union job market will become open and widely available for you. Once you become Polish citizen, you will not need any visa or permission to work in any of the EU countries. The same would apply to opening business in Poland or anywhere in the EU. There are non-EU countries such as Norway, Switzerland and Iceland among others, which still offer much less restrictions for EU citizens when it comes to work and residency regulations and visas restrictions.

Another massive advantage of you becoming Polish is that you can bring your family on board. Your spouse despite not being Polish citizen, gets equal rights to yours

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5. You can pass it to your children and grandchildren and so on

Once you are a confirmed Polish citizen, you can pass your Polish citizenship to your descendant in direct blood lineage following ‘right of blood’. Even if your children will not decide to go ahead with the process, your grandchildren would be able to confirm Polish citizenship after you. It’s worth going through the process and keeping it for the future generations in your family.

Polish nationality vs Polish citizenship – what is the difference?

The notion of Polish citizenship has no statutory definition. In doctrine it is defined as a certain kind of legal bond between a natural person and a state, which consists in the person’s belonging to that state. It is expressed by the state providing rights for citizens and presenting them with obligations, which exist to indicate the ways of acquiring and retaining citizenship and the related rights or lack thereof.

How do I travel with double citizenship and two passports?

Have you ever thought about how double citizenship can impact your travelling? How can you use the fact of having two passports to your benefit?
Once you are the lucky owner of a Polish passport, below you can find a list of tips and advice that will make your life easier while moving around the EU, between the EU and your country of origin and while travelling to third party countries.