Five reasons you should get a Polish Citizenship and apply for a Polish passport

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. 

Did you know the Polish passport is one of the most powerful travel documents in the whole world? Believe us or not, it really is! That means you can visit more than 180 countries and, at the same time, avoid any formalities associated with crossing borders, such as long queues at the airport or visa restrictions.

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. 

Poland is a wonderful country to live in, but once you finally have your travel document issued, you can move aaround Europe and change your whole life. Do not worry about the labor market too! It is open to European Union citizens, but before you decide to take such a step, please check the legal regulations in the country you choose as your final destination. The tax issue might be different. In most cases, it is also crucial to report your presence at the appropriate institution.

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

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. 

Remember that the rights you gain as a holder of Polish citizenship extend to your family members even though they are not fully-fledged citizens of Poland.

Read also: Passports under Polish law

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.