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Obtaining Polish citizenship; my boyfriend has dual citizenship (Poland and Canada)


Misery 1 | 1  
4 Sep 2008 /  #1
Greetings all,
Hopefully this question wasn't already asked before.

I have become very interested in Poland recently, because my boyfriend is Polish and has expressed a desire to return to his native Kraków. From what he has told me, it seems that it is very hard to emigrate to Poland (besides the the language barrier, I understand that there are certain laws regarding immigration).

Now, I am currently a Canadian citizen, and my boyfriend has dual citizenship (Poland and Canada). I'm assuming that if we married, I could perhaps be entitled to Polish citizenship as well. But, because that possibility is still very far away, what difficulties do you think I would encounter or what steps should I undertake (besides learning the language) in order to obtain Polish citizenship?

Thanks for your help
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
4 Sep 2008 /  #2
I don't know details but It's not so difficult especially that you are from Canada and not some 3rd world country... you may visit and live here I think for 3 months without a visa and later I think If you find an employer, who want to hire you... but If you marry him before you leave then of course you may live here but you may apply for citizenship only after about 3 years of marriage.
OP Misery 1 | 1  
10 Sep 2008 /  #3
Thanks for that, Grzegorz, that was very helpful! :D
Rodrigo - | 9  
29 Jun 2009 /  #4
I have been living in Poland for 3 years, my wife is polish, although I don't speak good Polish, I didn't have any problems on finding a job as english teacher in private schools. The money is not bad and you can live without financial stress.

I have a Canadian colleague who lives here in Katowice, and he's been here for almost 10 years, also teaching english, so it's not so tricky. If you need any extra tips, my skype is BerwickClose, and email is rodrigovizeu@yahoo.br feel free to ask, but please don't spam me. Best regards, Rod.
peeps  
2 Aug 2009 /  #5
Merged: New Dual Citizenship Laws

Hello all - My mother came to the US in the 60's and is now a naturalized US citizen. She left Poland with her husband and then got a divorce in the United States. She remarried to a Chinese immigrant and had my younger brother and I. Her entire family was from Poland, and so my enitre family on my mother's side is Polish. My brother and I are now interested in obtaining Polish citizenship but are unsure of any potential pitfalls. My mother is in the process of obtaining proof of her citizenship which is in the final phases, but we are unsure how we are affected. Is it a difficult process to then obtain citizenship for us? I know there have been some new reforms after joining the EU including the Karta Polaka and so we are looking for help to navigate this. Thank you very much.
plk123 8 | 4,149  
2 Aug 2009 /  #6
search these forums.. there has been some discussion about this before and in some detail.
Lir  
2 Aug 2009 /  #7
I was under the impression from what I have read, that if your parent
was a Polish Citizen but then changed Nationality I.e Naturalisation. Then you could not claim ?

Maybe someone else has better information to add that could clear it up.

I am sure I read that on some Government site?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,161  
2 Aug 2009 /  #8
I know there have been some new reforms after joining the EU including the Karta Polaka and so we are looking for help to navigate this.

No, no... The Karta Polaka thing is for people from the former Soviet Union, who are not allowed to have dual citizenship. In your case... when a parent is a Polish citizen then citizenship is passed down on children... So I think you should get It, however there definately will be a lot of paper work and other stuff - I've got no idea about detailed procedures, use the search engine there were similar topics on the forums.
leopolis cheese - | 2  
2 Aug 2009 /  #9
peeps

If your mum has citizenship confirmed and a passport, they you will be able to too. It's a long process and it can appear complicated but it's not necessarily difficult - just following the right steps. There have been quite a few posts on this subject on this forum already.
Lir  
2 Aug 2009 /  #10
I'm not too sure you are correct? Their Mother has taken American Citizenship by becoming a Naturalised American! I have definitely read that if your parent or parents do that then you are not eligible for Polish Citizenship?

Does anyone know what I am referring too here? I can't check it out ATM for them!
:)
inkrakow  
2 Aug 2009 /  #11
If she gave up her Polish citizenship then I think that's right, but if she never did then she can hold both. Also the OP writes that:

My mother is in the process of obtaining proof of her citizenship which is in the final phases

so it sounds like she's eligible for Polish citizenship/passport.

My parents naturalised as British but Mum got her Polish citizenship confirmed many years later as she had never given it up and this opened up the path for her kids to do the same.

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