How long does it take to confirm Polish Citizenship by descent?

The question about how long it takes to obtain Polish citizenship by descent is asked pretty often by our clients. Obviously, everyone would like to plan ahead and get a straightforward answer. In some other cases, our clients have things already planned in Europe, such as they are starting a job or university, or they need to sort out some legal things in Poland. We always do our best to complete their Polish citizenship application against their timelines to help them in achieving their goals.

How long does it take to confirm Polish citizenship by descent?

There is no simple answer to the question of how long it takes to acquire Polish citizenship for the simple reason that the factual and legal situation is different for each person who is eligible and would like to apply for Polish citizenship confirmation. When you reach out to us for a free consultation and assessment of your case, we do our best to confirm your eligibility as soon as possible. In some cases, based on the information and the documents you provide we can say straight away you are eligible, in other cases we need to get more details from you, search for information online or ask you to go through your family archive. There are also situations when some formal research activities are required before confirming that someone is eligible to go through the process of Polish citizenship by descent application.

How long does the preparation for lodgment of Polish citizenship application take?

This one again depends on how fast you can get the required set of documents to us and if we need to conduct further research in Poland. There is a list of original documents that you will need to organize on your side and this is prepared individually for each case. Roughly, depending on the number of documents and the institutions you need to get them from it can take from a month to three months to deliver to us.

How to lodge Polish citizenship by descent application?

There is a list of requirements that one needs to fulfill to lodge Polish citizenship by descent application. Based on conversations and communication with you, we will prepare a list of necessary documents that will be required from your side for lodgement with the Polish Government. Once you authorize us to act on your behalf in Poland in matters related to Polish citizenship, we will lodge it directly with the Voivodeship Office. This way we can ensure your case will be safe, well prepared, and successful.

We manage your case directly from Poland, responding immediately to any additional requests or questions from the clerk managing your Polish citizenship application.

How long does the Polish Government take to assess Polish citizenship application?

The proceedings before the Polish Government itself, from the moment of applying to the moment of obtaining the decision confirming one’s Polish citizenship, usually take between three and six months, provided that a complete application for confirmation of Polish citizenship has been submitted together with all the required documents. This guarantees that the Polish citizenship confirmation process itself is smooth and trouble-free.

It is also worth mentioning that during the process the Polish government contacts Polish consuls abroad to obtain the information necessary to complete it. This means that to some extent the time of obtaining the decision confirming Polish citizenship depends on the time of waiting for responses from other entities.

How easy is it to get Polish citizenship?

From our perspective, the most important is a thorough assessment of each case. Clients contacting us may at first be surprised by the number and detail of our questions – but it is precisely those questions that are necessary to sketch a picture of the situation of a given person in terms of particular regulations of subsequent acts on Polish citizenship. This gives us on the one hand the possibility to assess whether a person who contacts us has acquired Polish citizenship from his/her ancestors, but also allows us to create a complete list of documents that will form the application for confirmation of Polish citizenship.

How to get Polish citizenship by descent through Five to Europe, a Polish based company?

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.