European Union Citizenship through Polish Citizenship

Have you ever wondered how it would be to freely reside in Europe? Do you know that by becoming a Polish citizen you automatically become a citizen of the European Union?  Once you get your Polish passport, you get free access to Europe and the European job market as a Polish passport equals the passport of the European Union. Below you can find more details about how Polish citizenship makes you a citizen of the European Union.

Poland in the European Union

Poland has been a member state of the European Union (EU) since May 1, 2004. As an EU member, Poland is part of the EU’s single market and participates in EU decision-making processes on issues such as trade, agriculture, and justice and home affairs. Poland is also a member of the European Parliament and its citizens have the right to vote and stand as candidates in elections to the European Parliament. Being a member of the EU provides Poland with access to a large market, opportunities for trade and investment, and the ability to participate in the development of EU policies and legislation. Poland is also a member of the Schengen Area, which allows for passport-free travel between many European countries.

What does it mean to be a citizen of the European Union?

Being a European Union (EU) citizen means that you are a citizen of an EU member state and therefore have the right to live, work and travel freely within the EU.

That also means that you have citizenship rights in a European country and have certain rights and privileges within the EU as a whole. You also get the right to vote in European and local elections, and the right to consular protection while abroad. EU citizenship is an additional citizenship to the citizenship of a particular European country and is acquired through birth or naturalization in one of the EU Member States.

A Polish citizen is also a citizen of the European Union (EU)

Acquiring Polish citizenship can give an individual European Union (EU) citizenship as well. As an EU citizen, a Polish person gets the right to live, work and travel freely within the EU and is treated equally to all other EU members countries citizens.

Polish citizenship by descent

Based on your Polish ancestry and lineage, you can claim your Polish citizenship by descent based on the ‘right of blood’. You need to prove that at least one person in your family, related to you by blood was or is a Polish citizen and confirm that Polish citizenship was not lost by any of his or her descendants all the way to you.

Polish citizenship by naturalization

To acquire Polish citizenship by naturalization, an individual must meet certain eligibility criteria and complete the naturalization process. This typically involves demonstrating knowledge of the Polish language, passing a test on Polish history and culture, and meeting the residency requirements. The exact process and requirements for obtaining Polish citizenship may vary, so it is important to check the specific rules and regulations in place.

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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.