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Father born in Poland, moved to UK - Polish Passport question


Jozek  
10 Nov 2009 /  #1
I am hoping that forum members can advise me.I am looking to ascertain a Polish passport in the near future. My father was born in Poland and moved to UK to fight with the English army during WW2 with his brother, his brother is still alive.I found all of our long lost family in Poland a while ago now,I have aunties,uncles, first cousins, nieces etc,etc,in fact I have a huge family in Poland.i have taken my wife and children to Poland a number of times now, and we have all fallen in love with the country and the people and the culture, more to the point I am really made to feel like family in a sincere way. I have been informed that in my case a Polish passport application would be automatic but I am not so sure that this is so, I have heard that recently the Polish authorities have started to tighten up on immigration, either way I am not quite sure what to do, can anyone help.i would like in the near future to invest in Poland, I run a business in UK and would intend to start a similar business in Poland, I am slowly learning a command of the language, which is undoubtedly and undisputedly the most difficult language to learn, but I am getting there.

Any accurate light shed on this subject would be greatly appreciated.

Best wishes to all Jozef.
McCoy 27 | 1,275  
10 Nov 2009 /  #2
I have heard that recently the Polish authorities have started to tighten up on immigration

youre polish coming home not an immigrant
tadoz 2 | 35  
10 Nov 2009 /  #3
I have found the following info that maybe of some use:

"ELIGIBILITY TO ACQUIRE POLISH CITIZENSHIP

* By descent from parents, where at least one of them is a Polish citizen/Ius Sanguinis
A child acquires Polish citizenship by birth (regardless of the place of birth) when:
1. Both parents are Polish citizens, or
2. One of the parents is a Polish citizen, whereas the other is of unknown or undefined citizenship or does not possess any citizenship ... (Art. 4)

The proper authority outside of Poland for receiving declarations concerning citizenship is a consul of the Republic of Poland. (Art. 6)"
OP Jozek  
10 Nov 2009 /  #4
Hi Tadoz and McCoy,
thanks for replying.In reply to McCoy, I was born in the Uk,I have UK citizenship, I am classed as a UK national, therefore in the eyes of the Polish authorities I would be viewed as an immigrant.In response toTaduz, thanks for for the information,I have an embassy closeby in Manchester, I think from what you say it is better to speak to them. I am aware that in some instances similar to mine Polish citizenship is automatic,as you state.

However there are complications with this for me, firstly my parents allowed my birth certificate to go through as English national and I am now 43, myself or my parents have never seeked to change my status in the past, my mother was an English national.

I assume under these circumstances some proof to satisfy the Polish authorities of all of this will be required, and this is what concerns me, my father is deceased,a lot of his old records are lost, including birth certificate due to the destruction in Poland during the war, his brother is still alive and living in England,however, I do have lots of family to vouch for us in Poland. I will contact the embassy directly as per your advise.

I will post back what happenned, just on the off chance that anyone else ends up in a similar boat in the future.

Dziękuję za wiadomości

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