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Dual Citizenship: American and Polish?


karturn 9 | 20  
24 Jul 2007 /  #1
My Husband was from Poland (in the US for only 5 yrs) & I am American. Does our daughter have dual citizenship, even though she was born in the US? Can she obtain a Polish passport? If so how? I have my husband's birth certificate, a copy of his parents marriage licence, our marriage license, her birth certificate & his death cert.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
Thanks,
KT
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
24 Jul 2007 /  #2
Can she obtain a Polish passport?

I think so. Contact Polish embassy in USA.
ukpolska  
25 Jul 2007 /  #3
This will help you travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1000.html
cranberry  
25 Jul 2007 /  #4
My son was born in the US - I am American and dad is Polish - automatically gets citizenship if dad is Polish.

Forgot, you will have to have all of the child's documents translated into Polish by an authorized translator (ask at the Polish embassy what they require). You will need your marriage documents translated also. AFter all of this is done, you can apply for a passport.
witek7205 1 | 65  
25 Jul 2007 /  #5
My Husband was from Poland (in the US for only 5 yrs) & I am American. Does our daughter have dual citizenship, even though she was born in the US? Can she obtain a Polish passport?KT

Yes, she does.

here is a link to that: here is a procedure: polish consulate ny/index.php?p=95
OP karturn 9 | 20  
26 Jul 2007 /  #6
Thank you all!
So it looks as if I need to get everything translated into Polish & claim her citizenship first & then go for a passport?
KT
witek7205 1 | 65  
26 Jul 2007 /  #7
So it looks as if I need to get everything translated into Polish & claim her citizenship first & then go for a passport?

Yes.
Remeber that you have to wait about 8 month to get confirmation of citizenship and about 3-6 month after that to get a passport.
Ask if you can apply for both at the same time.

if you need passport sooner you can apply for 10 year valid passport and at the same time for 1 year temporary passport. You can get temporary passport in about a month.

Remember that she must always have US and Polish passport traveling to Poland.
Even now she should have both, because she has Polish citizenship. You just need a confirmation of that. Funny.

Polish law says that if you have Polish citizenship you must use Polish passport and she must have US, to fly back to the US. Otherwise she must have a US visa. :)
PolishXBarbie 3 | 50  
26 Jul 2007 /  #8
Yes she does, she just has to go to the embassy and show that her father is a citizen...Dual citizenchip in some cases is accessable even through grandparents =D

Kelz<3

oh you dont have to get anything translated lol they have it in english...the nearest embassey is in Washing Dc I believe =D
patryk_sudol 6 | 23  
16 Sep 2007 /  #9
Hi, I am new to this forum and I am liking it so far. Both of my parents were born in Poland and moved to the USA around 1985. Therefore I was born in the us. I want to become a Polish citizen and I am aware if both of your parents are born in Poland, than then the child is already considered a polish citizen. Now what do I have to do to declare my Polish citizenship and obtain a Polish passport. What is the process and how long is the process? Dziekuje!!!!
artpallete  
20 Nov 2007 /  #10
Can American descendants of Polish apply for Polish citizenship through thr process of "jure sanguinis" like American descendants of Italian can?
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
20 Nov 2007 /  #11
If at least one parent is a Polish citizen then you should get It without much problems.
Lady in red  
20 Nov 2007 /  #12
I understood that the Polish Government does not recognise Dual Citizenship.

So would that mean you cannot have two passports ? Wonder how it works because I thought if you apply for Polish Citizenship then you are no longer recognised as a Citizen of another country ?

Hopefully someone will be able to explain the finer detail ?

:)
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
20 Nov 2007 /  #13
Lady in Red,

You dump your nationality..........pick up Polish nationality....... reclaim your nationality.

At least that's how it was.
Lady in red  
20 Nov 2007 /  #14
You dump your nationality..........pick up Polish nationality....... reclaim your nationality.

Erm.........reclaim which nationality and how on earth do you dump a nationality..........this sort of language is far too complex for someone
refined like me hahaha !

Thank you for the info anyway :)
randompal 7 | 306  
20 Nov 2007 /  #15
I understood that the Polish Government does not recognise Dual Citizenship.

its generally not a problem. the Polish govt assumes that dual citizens are citizens of Poland, first and foremost, while on Polish territory. No one would be interested in taking your other passport away from you.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
20 Nov 2007 /  #16
Lady in Red,

When you apply for Polish citizenship you also let the British authorities know that you wish to surrender your passport etc. You don't need a passport if you live in the UK and you don't need a passport in Poland if you have the correct documents.

You get your Polish passport and then reclaim your British passport. The British side know what your doing and help you out in this regard.

But this info is 15yrs old and might have been superceded.
marek s - | 269  
23 Nov 2007 /  #17
why would anybody want dual citizenship?
polishgirltx  
23 Nov 2007 /  #18
why not?
marek s - | 269  
23 Nov 2007 /  #19
good point.
hell, being both my parents are off the boat, i shuld apply.
Ranj 21 | 948  
23 Nov 2007 /  #20
why would anybody want dual citizenship?

Many reasons.....one being, especially if you are an American citizen and a European citizen...much less hassle going and working in one country from the other.

If an American citizen has duel citizenship, say in Poland, then they can work in the EU, which is a good thing.....gives them more options.

Another instance that sticks in my mind, is the Olympics. If you are an athlete, training your whole life in a particular sport, then you are eligible to qualify for either team (this happened in the case of Brett Hull, an NHL player, who had duel citizenship between Canada and USA....he played on the USA hockey team and won a silver.....unfortunately, Canada won the gold.
plk123 8 | 4,150  
23 Nov 2007 /  #21
why would anybody want dual citizenship?

there are places where being an american can be dangerous to one's health. ;)
Eurola 4 | 1,906  
23 Nov 2007 /  #22
I guess it can be quite convenient to have both. My friend is a US citizen, but she always uses a polish passport when traveling to Poland. I'm the opposite, I travel on American passport and let the polish one expire. However, I intend to renew it at some point...The Polish Consulate does not seem to mind (well, they will charge me more). The US authorities did not ask me to surrender my polish passport...so, why not. I can be a citizen of both countries. I love them both anyway.
z_darius 14 | 3,968  
23 Nov 2007 /  #23
why would anybody want dual citizenship?

I agree. Triple citizenship is better.
marek s - | 269  
23 Nov 2007 /  #24
there are places where being an american can be dangerous to one's health. ;)

i dont leave the county=ry much at all.
vegas every year for me is enough ;)
Maat - | 21  
24 Nov 2007 /  #25
depends, for me it was a litle pain in the back when I was enlisting in US Navy, as dual citizen I had to speak with some guy from the goverment, anser some silly questions and such for the security clearence, this applys for most goverment jobs in US, I dont know about poland... good thing is that you can use Polish health care, as Polish citizen, its like 10x less expensive than in US, sometimes its worth it just for that, not to mention being the EU citizen too. Some goverment and military jobs are closed for dual citizens, but stuff like police, fire dept, some non top secret military jobs and such are avilable, I think even officer proggrams for the military accept dual citizens, not schue throu...
Dice 15 | 452  
30 Nov 2007 /  #26
Am I considered a dual citizen or not? I came here 22 years ago, got my US citizenship and never bothered to extend my polish passport. Am I dual or not?
Maat - | 21  
30 Nov 2007 /  #28
All you'd have to do is go to embassy and apply for new passport I guess...
Dice 15 | 452  
3 Dec 2007 /  #29
What if I have no need for and simply don't want the Polish passport?
If one day I decide to visit the Old Country, will I be harassed by the Polish customs at the airport? What if I take my kids with me? Will they be harassed? What about my wife, who carries my last name but does not have a Polish ancestry?
Maat - | 21  
3 Dec 2007 /  #30
Well, unless you got any legal stuff with poland [you ran from military, juvelee record, etc.] you shouldnt worry about it, you can as well go on US pasport, your kids dont have citizenship as well as your wife, youd have to go to consulate and request that I think and some restrictions apply [they'd need to live in Poland prolly etc.] The only way you could get in trouble being a Polish citizen other than that described above is if you were still registered as liveing in poland [zameldowany w polsce] and didnt serv your military thingy, I had a problem with that, had to send a paper to my mom saying that I give her the right to unregister me from the house so the Army wouldnt harras her or stop me at the border...

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