Five 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.

What is the difference between granting Polish citizenship and being recognized as a Polish citizen?

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 an individual’s request.

Recognition as a Polish citizen is a completely different institution from naturalization and constitutes a separate way of obtaining Polish citizenship.

General concept of citizenship

In a dictionary of the Polish language, the word ‘citizenship’ is translated as a state affiliation connected with certain rights and duties defined by the law of a given state, whereas the word ‘citizen’ is specified as a member of the society of that state having certain rights and duties defined by law. This encyclopedic definition of citizenship approximates the meaning of the term in the colloquial sense.