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Polish Citizenship, do I have to travel to Warszawa (Warsaw) to get it?


WielkiPolak 58 | 1,034
8 Oct 2011 #1
I am [seriously] thinking of applying for a Polish citizenship. I wanted to ask if I have to travel to Warszawa to get it? I know there is a site that deals with it and where to find it but to be honest, there is a lot to read. I do plan to read it when I have time, but I wanted to ask on here, for people who know how it works, how complicated this is? It is no problem for me to get it, my mother is Polish and I speak in Polish at home, it is more about the proceedure.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
8 Oct 2011 #2
I wanted to ask if I have to travel to Warszawa to get it?

i shouldn't think so, these days. however, i had to in the distant past.

where are u now ? it might make a difference.

when u get it it will be a semi-official meeting at the city hall of the place u live. if u are in Poland that is.
OP WielkiPolak 58 | 1,034
8 Oct 2011 #3
No unfortunately I do not live in Poland. I live in Britain. Does that mean I would have to go to Poland? That is not so much of a problem, just would be better if it does not have to be Warszawa as that is an area I am unfamiliar with. If I could go to a place near where I normally travel to [in Cieszyn or near there] when I go to Poland then that would be more conveniant but obviously if there is no alternative then I can go to Warszawa as well if I had to.
teresa55 - | 46
8 Oct 2011 #4
Hi
I professionally deal with certifying Polish citizenship for people who live abroad but have their roots in Poland.
See: polishcitizen.info.pl
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
8 Oct 2011 #5
I professionally deal with certifying Polish citizenship for people who live abroad but have their roots in Poland.

could u please answer the opening question for us. it really would help.

No unfortunately I do not live in Poland.

those in the usa don't have to come here so i'd doubt you'd have to.
OP WielkiPolak 58 | 1,034
8 Oct 2011 #6
Look at question 2 on the link above. According to this if you are born on British soil , do I have citizenship or would I have it only if it was applied for when I was still a child? Hence do I have to now confirm it or actually apply for it?

londynkg.polemb.net/index.php?document=77

According to this link it says a child aquires citizenship regardless of where it is born as long as one parent is Polish [my situation]. When they say aquires does it mean I just get it or would it have to be applied for? Similar to my question above.
Polsyr 6 | 769
9 Oct 2011 #7
If you are 18 + you can file an application at the embassy first. They should have a special form for this.
PWEI 3 | 612
9 Oct 2011 #8
You are a Polish citizen. Contact the embassy in London, much easier that way.

But if you're British, why bother getting a Polish passport? It offers very little you don't get with a British one.
teresa55 - | 46
12 Oct 2011 #9
Let me start from clarifying a few things:

when applying for a Polish passport you need two compulsory Polish
documents: Polish Birth Certificate and a proof of Polish Citizenship
(Polish ID or Confirmation of Citizenship)
being born in Poland does not automatically make you a Polish citizen
(the blood line counts, not the place of birth) so your or your father's
Birth Certificates, while definitely required by the authorities, would not
constitute a proof of Polish Citizenship,
PWEI 3 | 612
12 Oct 2011 #10
teresa55
being born in Poland does not automatically make you a Polish citizen

It's got very little to do with being a Polish citizen, unfortunately. I know of a kid here who has never left Poland and was born to parents who have never left Poland but is not eligible for Polish citizenship. But I also know of a kid who does have Polish citizenship despite never even having been to Poland and being born to parents who have never been to Poland and to grandparents who have never been to Poland. Poland clearly needs to get a grip on its laws regarding citizenship.
OP WielkiPolak 58 | 1,034
12 Oct 2011 #11
My situations is, Polish parent, live in GB and have not lived in Poland, ever, but speak the language and often go there. Hey if Obraniak can get citizenship with a Polish grandmother I think I can, I just need to get the paperwork gathered together.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,385
12 Oct 2011 #12
I just need to get the paperwork gathered together.

among that list may be: list of employment, previous jobs etc.

they may do a background check on: military service, criminal record etc.

u really have to go through things very carefully, take your time and get official translations where necessary (birth cert, marriage cert). if they are still required these days. i imagine things have changed a little since i applied.
LwowskaKrakow 28 | 431
12 Oct 2011 #13
(the blood line counts, not the place of birth)

Is that true ? then in this case it is a bit stupid, reminds me of the old German way: Germany changed that rule but before they used to have the "blood right" rather than the "land right" which granted a German person who had never set foot in Germany and hardly spoke good German German nationality if his ancestors were german by blood whereas someone whose both parents were English or rather Turkish but born in Germany was not granted German nationality if his/her parents did not have German blood.


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