First post. I made sure to search keywords I'm looking for first, if there is already a thread concerning this please let me know.
My great grandmother was Polish, born in Czestochowa in 1898. I'm already in contact with Polaron concerning my confirmation as a Polish citizen. Seeing how the national archives are closed up, it kind of inhibits the search process, so I've been researching Polish citizenship law instead.
I stumbled across this article just recently:
Under section D, it says (ways of acquiring citizenship): d) by granting Polish citizenship by the President of the Republic of Poland
"Pursuant to Article 18 of the Act, the President of the Republic of Poland can grant a foreigner, at his/her request, Polish citizenship. No conditions limit the constitutional competence of the Republic of Poland; the President can grant Polish citizenship to any foreigner. Granting Polish citizenship to both parents applies to children under their custody. Granting Polish citizenship to one of the parents, applies to a minor under his/her parental custody, in the event that the other parent has no parental custody, or he/she has given consent that the minor acquires Polish citizenship. [...]"
After much research and many questions answered by Polaron, the only thing that could jeopardize my confirmation as a polish citizen is if my great grandmother was officially married or naturalized, and there is no documentation of either right now. That's why with the Archives being shut down at the moment, research has come to a halt.
My question is, say she was married or naturalized. There goes my chances for confirmation. But what about petitioning the President of the Republic of Poland for citizenship? Traditionally, I understand this is meant for foreigners who have lived in Poland for 5 years. ( http)://polish-law.strefa.pl/citizenship.html)
I've never lived or even been to Poland, but my grandmother grew up speaking polish and my mother also grew up speaking polish. I also speak some polish myself. Polish recipes and traditions have always been in my family as well. However,No conditions limit the constitutional competence of the Republic of Poland; the President can grant Polish citizenship to any foreigner.
My great-grandmothers birth certificate is coming in the mail, as I just ordered it from the Czestochowa Archives. Would this document, my polish ancestry, and my circumstances warrant being granted citizenship by the president?
Thanks in advance, and again, if it's in the wrong section or there's a duplicate thread, shout out.