Grant of Polish Citizenship by the President of the Republic of Poland
Who can apply for Polish citizenship via grant to a Polish President's office?
Any foreigner can apply for Polish citizenship via a grant to a Polish President’s office. It is important to have strong present connections to Poland, for example living in Poland or being active in the Polish Community abroad, speaking the language, doing business in Poland, and being a valuable addition to the Polish community. This process is different from the process of Polish Citizenship confirmation by descent. There is no set of documents that are needed and the decision lies in the President’s hand and the President is not limited to any conditions that should be met by a foreigner.
We are happy to give you more details, analyze and discuss your situation. We support our clients who are interested in applying for a grant of Polish citizenship to a President’s office in gathering necessary evidence, documents and information needed for lodgement of Polish citizenship grant application, and registering their vital records in Poland. If you are not eligible for Polish citizenship confirmation by descent, or you do not have Polish ancestry but you have strong current ties to Poland, contact us for a free assessment of your case.
Do I need to have Polish ancestry or background to apply for Grant of Polish Citizenship via President's office?
Polish background or Polish ancestry may be helpful to build and support your application for the Grant of Polish Citizenship, but it is not necessary to have it. So, in case your ancestors left Poland before 1920, or you do not qualify for Polish citizenship confirmation by descent, there is no need to search for Polish records proving your Polish background to support your grant application. You would only need to prove you have strong current Polish connections. What counts, is for example, if you are active in the Polish community abroad, you have an interest in Poland, speak the language, you do or plan to do business in Poland, or travel often to Poland for various reasons. Your family situation will also be taken under consideration, as well as your education, and working experience.
What kind of Polish connections are needed for Grant of Polish citizenship application via President's office?
There is no list of required documents or requirements that a foreigner needs to fulfill to be granted Polish citizenship by the President of the Republic of Poland. Anyone, any foreigner can apply but to make sure your application has a higher chance to be successful you need to demonstrate strong present connections and ties to Poland.
For example, if you live in Poland or plan to move to Poland, have a close family living in Poland, speak the language, are an active member of the Polish community, are a sportsman, and would like to represent the Polish national team, you actively do business in Poland or plan to commence business activity in Poland and impact Polish society, culture, economy – all these counts, but also the list is not limited. If you have any other motivation and would like us to assess if it may be valid, please contact us for a free consultation.
Can an applicant appeal against the Polish President's decision if the President rejects a grant of Polish citizenship?
Grant of Polish citizenship, as well as its refusal, takes place in the form of a written decision. In matters related to the Polish citizenship grant, the President does not act as a public administration body but as the Head of the Polish State, symbolizing its majesty and sovereignty. This means that the President of the Republic of Poland is not limited by any conditions and is not a subject of any control. No legal remedies (appeal, motion for reconsideration of the case, complaint about inaction) are provided by the current legal regulations in this respect. In other words, you cannot appeal the President’s decision.
The President’s decision to reject the grant of Polish citizenship shall be final. However in case, your grant of Polish citizenship application was rejected, you can lodge a new application. It is worth mentioning it is very beneficial to make new applications fresh, add some new supporting evidence and documents that may have an impact on the Polish President’s decision.
Where can I apply and lodge my grant of Polish citizenship application?
An application for a grant of Polish citizenship is filed with the President of the Republic of Poland through the Voivodeship Office (if you reside in Poland) or the relevant Polish Consulate General (if you live abroad). Then your application is forwarded together with a set of documents and governors’ or consuls’ own opinions to the President’s office, through the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs. The minister also prepares his own opinion on the application. It is worth mentioning that an applicant should lodge the grant of Polish citizenship application in person as only then she or he has a chance to speak to the consul or the governor who takes part in the assessment process.
How long is the process of granting Polish citizenship?
The President of the Republic of Poland is not limited by any deadlines in cases of grant of Polish citizenship. Usually, it takes more than a year for the President of the Republic of Poland to issue the decision. There is also no option to follow up and check on the process. The timeline for gathering all the necessary evidence and documents for lodgement depends on an applicant and requires a bit of time and effort from the applicant’s side. From our side, we offer assistance and guidance to make it as smooth as possible.
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