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US citizen whose Grandparents came from Poland - citizenship question

30 Aug 2007 /  #1

I am a US citizen, but my Grandfather and Grandmother came to the US from Poland.
How can I apply for Polish Citizenship, and a Polish Passport?

I currently reside in Poznan for the next 4 years to attend a University, and this would make it easier.

Thank you,

plk123 8 | 4,148  
30 Aug 2007 /  #2
i have no clue how you'd go about that in PL.. state side you'd want to find a conculate and file the paperwork.. pay them off and that's about it. dual citizenship is cool with the polish gov.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
30 Aug 2007 /  #3
A person has to live in Poland legally at least 5 years to try to get a citizenship and usually It takes longer, so the only chance is with grandparents.
30 Aug 2007 /  #4
Should be similar as getting US citizenship nowdays.. which is very difficult.
Some people live here legally over 10 years and still cannot get it.

Much depends on luck.
plk123 8 | 4,148  
30 Aug 2007 /  #5
Much depends on luck.

and palm grea$e. ;)
Ranj 21 | 948  
30 Aug 2007 /  #6
Is it easy for a person to get a Polish passport if both parents were born in Poland but they were born in United States?
witek7205 1 | 65  
30 Aug 2007 /  #7

I am a US citizen, but my Grandfather and Grandmother came to the US from Poland.
How can I apply for Polish Citizenship, and a Polish Passport?

When they emigrated from Poland? Do you know a year?
Where and when your parents where born?
Patrycja19 62 | 2,695  
31 Aug 2007 /  #8
Witek, I think we have a old thread on this.. but I believe I was told that
those who came to the states before a certain time could apply. I was told I
could.. and mine came early, 1901, 1903, 1907, 1914, all four Polish. least to
my knowledge ..

I see you have it covered ;)
2 Apr 2008 /  #9
you need to find out if your grandfater served the army in poland if no why?then did he served any u.s army?
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
2 Apr 2008 /  #10
I'm not sure grandparents' alone would cut it. It may all depend on whether the parents were Polish citizens, or at least one of them.
lowfunk99 10 | 397  
2 Apr 2008 /  #11
I am working with a Polish lawyer right now on this. The forms I was sent go back to great grand parents. What I have read on another site was that it depends on the reasons that everyone left Poland and whether or not they were naturalized in the new country. If they were fourced to leave you have a much better chance.
Polonius3 1,000 | 12,446  
14 Apr 2008 /  #12
If your grandparetns were citizens of free Poladn after 1918, then you can claim Polsih ancestry. Normally 5-yr residence in Poland is requried to apply for citizenship but marrying a Polish national can shorten that period. Having Polsih grandparents is also an asset. Each case is decided individually.
polishseeker 1 | 5  
20 Aug 2008 /  #13
Do not use Ilan Charsky (a law firm) to help you get citizenship. They do not answer their phone, won't respond to email, and are very slow and expensive!
25 Aug 2008 /  #14
I am not allowed to post outside links but hopefully I can tell you what to search for.

Google search: polish citizenship expat

The first result should be it.

I am in a similar situation and at a different forum there is a thread about gaining Polish citizenship from great-grandparents, grandparents, parents. The thread has been going since 2005.

The people in this thread are all attempting or have completed what you are trying to do. I personally found the rules at the embassy sites and consulate sites to be ambiguous and this thread was very helpful.

However to answer your question, if your Grandparents are Polish then your parents are and you are. However this all depends on the year your Grandparents arrived, when they accepted foreign citizenship...etc.

First you will need to see if your Grandparents are considered Polish in the eyes of the Polish government. If they are you will need to file for confirmation of citizenship. "Confirmation" of citizenship because you ARE Polish and you just want the government to recognize this fact. If you are Polish it is easy and difficult to get confirmation of citizenship. The actual paper work is simple but gathering the proof of your grandparents nationality can be difficult. If you do a confirmation of polish citizenship there is NO requirement to live in Poland for any amount of time.

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