Polish citizenship by descent – how to start the process in 4 simple steps?

If you know that at least one of your ancestors was born in Poland or its former territories, and resided there after 1920, likely she or he was a Polish citizen and so you are. We just need to prove and confirm that citizenship was not lost by any of your ancestors linking you to the last one who left Poland and that it was passed to you.

How do we do it? We ask specific questions to get as many details as possible and assess your situation and eligibility for Polish citizenship by descent, review the documents you have, and get back to you with our offer.

1. First, we assess your case and confirm your eligibility for Polish citizenship through ancestry.

Based on the information you have about your Polish ancestors; we assess your family history and verify if you are eligible for citizenship by descent. We first need to confirm that your Polish ancestor was a Polish citizen, prove kinship and confirm that citizenship was not lost by any of your family members all the way to you. If you have any documents, great! We will be able to review them. If not, no problem. Based on the information you have, we can conduct research on your behalf in Poland and look for necessary evidence to support your claim for Polish citizenship by descent.

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2. We review the documents you have related to you and your Polish family members and in case you don’t have enough, we will conduct research towards Polish citizenship

If you have any original Polish documents of your ancestors, there is a chance they are enough to support your Polish citizenship application. In case further evidence is needed, we conduct research in Poland, address relevant archives and institutions that may hold records confirming your ancestor was a Polish citizen. We offer our experience in this matter and we look for documents we can later use for your Polish citizenship confirmation process. 

In the proceedings with the Voivodeship Office, an applicant needs to provide evidence confirming Polish citizenship of his/her ancestors. There are cases, that there are no original Polish documents within the family archive, Polish passports were lost, birth and marriage certificates were destroyed.

This is the place, where were offer research towards Polish citizenship. We don’t just look for any documents, we specifically focus on documents that can be used as evidence in the process of Polish citizenship confirmation, focusing on your Polish ancestors in direct lineage, after whom we can derive your Polish citizenship.

Therefore, if you only have the information about your Polish ancestors, any documents issued outside of Poland with details such as names, dates and places of birth, residential addresses, it is already a good base for us to search for copies of certified records in Poland. Based on such details we will assess if getting the documents is likely as many archives and records were moved or destroyed. It is in our interest to complete research with outcomes that allow us to confirm Polish citizenship.

3. Polish citizenship confirmation process

Once we have all we need from your side in terms of original documents and evidence confirming your ancestor held Polish citizenship, we can move to the next stage – Polish citizenship confirmation. We lodge your application with the Voivodeship Office on your behalf. It is in Polish, but based on your authority, we will fill it in for you. We will attach the required evidence to support your claim for Polish citizenship through ancestry and in case the VO comes back with any requests for additional information or documents, we take care of it as well and manage communication with them on your behalf. The reason you work with us is that we take care of the whole process for you and from Poland!

We will give you a list of original documents that are required from each applicant and we make sure the list is as complete as possible. This way we guarantee that the process is smooth and there are no questions raised by the Polish Government.

Once we are issued with your Polish documents in Poland, the originals will be posted to you and you can apply for your Polish passport. We will give you necessary assistance and guidance with this step as well.

Read also: How is Polish citizenship by Descent being verified?

4. What you should do if you are not sure how to even start the process of Polish citizenship by descent?

Contact us! Our friendly Polish citizenship experts offer you a free-of-charge consultation, and you do not have to worry about any hidden assessment costs. Before we offer you any paid services, we will advise you about what is required from your side in terms of documents and information. We will ask questions to get as many details about your family members, their immigration history and review any documents you may have.

You can count on our transparency upfront and based on our experience, we will advice what is needed to make your Polish citizenship application successful.

We will check if you qualify for Polish citizenship through descent and advise on the best way to achieve it – all for free.

You can fill in our Contact Form on our website, send us an email at contact@fivetoeurope.com or give us a call phone / WhatsApp / Signal + 48 509 374 209

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.

How to get passport of Poland based on descent?

Obtaining a Polish passport based on descent involves a process known as “confirmation of Polish citizenship.” If you have Polish ancestry and can prove your descent from Polish citizens, you may be eligible to apply for confirmation of citizenship, which can then lead to obtaining a Polish passport.