Polish citizenship by descent, also known as ‘citizenship by jus sanguinis’, is a process through which a person can obtain Polish citizenship based on their Polish ancestry and lineage. Below, you can find the requirements for obtaining it that you need to meet to be eligible for the Polish citizenship confirmation process:
The person must have at least one ancestor who was a Polish citizen, either at the time of their birth or at any point in their ancestry. If you have Polish ancestry and know that at least one of your ancestors was Polish, likely you are eligible for citizenship by descent.
Documented proof of ancestry:
The person must provide official documents that prove their Polish origin. Documents such as birth certificates and marriage certificates are needed to prove kinship, but they are not enough. In addition, you need to provide other officially issued documents proving that an ancestor was a Polish citizen.
To start it is important to confirm your Polish ancestor left Poland or Polish territory after the 20th of January 1920 and support your application with evidence proving it e.g., a Polish passport, a document confirming residency in Poland after 1920 issued by Polish Authorities.
No interruption in citizenship:
The person’s Polish ancestors must not have had their Polish citizenship interrupted, for example, by renouncing it, holding a public position before 1951, or acquiring citizenship in another country. It is crucial to check all the events in your ancestor’s life and his/her descendants that could cause the loss of Polish citizenship and provide evidence proving that Polish citizenship was kept and passed to the next generations.
Application for Polish citizenship confirmation by descent:
The person must apply for citizenship by descent and provide all necessary documents and information in the form of original documents (legalized if applicable) or correctly certified copies of the documents along with Polish sworn translations. An application needs to be filled in Polish and lodged with the appropriate Voivodeship Office.
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Based on your case, we will prepare a list of questions that will allow us to initially assess your situation, confirm your eligibility for Polish citizenship by descent, and advise on the best next steps for you. Each family history is different; therefore the case is different and requires an individual approach.
It is important to note that the process and requirements for the whole process can vary depending on individual circumstances and the specific laws and regulations that were in force.
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