The benefits of Polish Citizenship

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Once you receive your Polish citizenship, you not only become a Polish citizen but in addition to that, you also become a European citizen. Why do we mention it? Being able to call yourself a European citizen and having easy access to the EU is the major benefit of Polish citizenship.

Polish citizenship – what does it mean?

One of the best Polish citizenship benefits is the fact that you can live anywhere in Europe without worrying about visa and time constraints connected to it. Europe is such a diverse place when it comes to languages, cultures, landscapes, and food. Everyone can find a perfect spot to settle down. Whether it is famous for food and culture Italy, Portugal with its amazing beaches and surfing spots or beautifully landscaped Norway. 

The only thing you need to do is to take your Polish passport, pack your bags and you are ready to move. There are some formalities that each European citizen needs to complete while moving to another EU country for more than 3 months, but it is a simple process of registration and nothing compared to the bureaucracy related to the long-stay visa application.   

Your family members get the rights of European citizens despite not being Polish

What’s more,once you apply for Polish citizenship and get a Polish passport , you can bring your family on board with you. Your spouse, despite not holding Polish citizenship, gets equal rights to yours to live in Europe. It is just a matter of registering her/his presence in the country of your choice or obtaining a free spouse visa, depending on country regulations. 

When it comes to your children, they can either go through the process of Polish citizenship confirmation and get their Polish passports – as simple as that. The other option is they can be treated as family members of European citizens and join you with much fewer formalities. 

Study for free at many public universities

If you are at university age, once you hold  Polish citizenship, you get access to lots of public universities across Europe. You can study at many of them free of charge or at a minor cost. You have a wide choice of famous universities in France, Italy, and even Poland. The majority of them offer tuition in English so you do not need to worry about not knowing the language. You can pick it up after a couple of years of living and studying abroad – how great is that?

You can work anywhere within European Union

The list of Polish citizenship benefits does not end here. Another great one is that you can work anywhere in Europe. Imagine you receive a job opportunity in Germany, Sweden, or any other member country of the European Union. If you are an American or Australian citizen, you need to apply for a working visa.

What’s important, you will need to upfront find an employer who would be interested in hiring you and sponsoring your visa. With a Polish passport and Polish citizenship, there is no need for that. Once you hold a Polish citizenship, you get access to the whole European job market, including countries such as Norway, Switzerland, or Iceland, which are not members of the European Union.

You can pass your Polish citizenship to your descendants

Polish citizenship is passed via the right of blood. What that means is once you have your children, and later grandchildren, and so on, Polish citizenship gets passed to your descendants despite the fact they are born abroad. There is no limit in the case of the number of generations, it is enough to prove that Polish citizenship was not lost or renounced. So, Polish citizenship will stay in your family for future generations. If you decide to confirm your Polish citizenship and get a Polish passport, that will make it much easier for your descendants.

It is also worth mentioning that if your child gets born while you are a Polish citizen with a valid Polish document, he/she will automatically become Polish. It is enough to register your child’s birth in Poland and with a Polish duplicate of his/her birth certificate, you can straight away apply for a Polish passport for your newborn. 

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.