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What is the procedure of immigrating to Poland as a spouse of a Polish citizen? Citizenship through marriage.


zev1985 1 | 1
19 Jul 2015 #1
Hi all,

I browsed through the forum and couldn't find an answer to my question.
My wife is a Polish citizen and we currently live in the U.S.
We got married 5 years ago and We're planning on moving to Warsaw soon.

My question is, what is the procedure of immigrating to Poland as a husband of a Polish citizen ?
Do I first apply for Temporary Residency card or Permanent Residency ? What office should I first go to ?
Also, how long will it take me to obtain a Polish citizenship given the fact we're married over 3 years and never lived in Poland.

Thanks,
Michael
cms 9 | 1,271
19 Jul 2015 #2
What nationality are you ?
Polsyr 6 | 769
20 Jul 2015 #3
It depends on whether you are a citizen of another EU country or not.

I assume you are not. Therefore you must travel with your wife to Poland, and then apply for a temporary residence permit. After living in Poland for 2 years on the basis of temporary residence permit, you may apply for a permanent residence permit. After living in Poland for 2 years on the basis of permanent residence permit, you may apply for recognition as a Polish citizen. You need to actually live in Poland for at least 4 years. This subject has been discussed in detail many times on this forum. Just do a search. Also, extensive online resources in English are available. Again, just google.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
20 Jul 2015 #4
If EU's citizen, no real need to get the Polish citizenship unless important to you to have a paper saying that you are a "Polish citizen".

I have been in Poland for "ages", was married to Pole but have never felt the need to get naturalized. What for? My nationality enables me to travel without visas to more places than Poles can and everywhere I am welcomed and in Poland I have permanent residence status (as from EU, I may also vote in local elections, which I don't) so why bother?

Furthermore, in order to apply for the Polish citizenship, one needs to pass a Polish language test (normal!).

So unless you feel very emotional about Poland and unless you are a citizen of a country with great difficulties and not well regarded on the international scene, no pratical need to become a Polish citizen!
OP zev1985 1 | 1
20 Jul 2015 #5
I forget to mention, I'm a U.S citizen.
Polsyr 6 | 769
20 Jul 2015 #6
U.S citizen

Well then I suggest you go as far as permanent residence which gives you almost all the privileges of citizenship. Otherwise, you may have to renounce your American citizenship before you can acquire Polish citizenship.
InPolska 11 | 1,821
20 Jul 2015 #7
@Zev: so don't bother with Polish nationality since no benefit for you! First you'll get temporary and then permanent residence. With permanent residence, you have all the rights Polish people do except the right to vote at least at national elections. Residents from EU have the right to vote (and even to be candidates) in local elections in Poland and I don't know the situation for residents not from EU but never mind, over 50% of Poles don't bother to vote since their politicians are all as lousy as everywhere else so really not an issue.

In brief, when from EU and countries like USA, Canada, Australia.. = no need to become Polish citizens.
terrizosia
22 Sep 2015 #8
Hello, I was born in the US, but because of my parents' Polish heritage and displacement as a result of WW2, I now have Polish citizenship.

I would like to live in Poland. My husband is from Ghana, and we married there, in Ghana.
I can easily get myself set up in Poland, but how do I then get my Ghanaian husband to join me there?
I know I have to register our marriage in Poland, and I will do that.
Any advice is appreciated. Thank you.
cldagy 3 | 11
19 Mar 2016 #9
Merged: Moving to Poland to 1 marry, 2 stay and 3 work. Permissions waiting time and procedures

Hello, my girlfriend is from Poland and I live in Texas. I want to go to Poland to marry her to live in Poland to stay and work with her. I do not know for sure what work will I get. But I want to know step by step and the period of times that will take me to finally have permission to stay and work.

If someone has experience with this or knowledge please let me know i'd really appreciate it.
dolnoslask 6 | 3,526
19 Mar 2016 #10
" girlfriend is from Poland and I live in Texas" having lived in both and worked in Texas I would build a life with your girlfriend in Texas, then maybe buy some property in Poland, then later maybe retire to Poland.
delphiandomine 88 | 18,858
19 Mar 2016 #11
If someone has experience with this or knowledge please let me know i'd really appreciate it.

So you have no idea what you'll do here and no idea how to do it, but you think it's a good idea?

Here's a clue : it's not.


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