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How can I qualify for an EU/ Polish/ German citizenship as a US citizen?


slr2135
21 Aug 2012  #1
My father was born in a displaced persons camp in Germany in 1947. I don't believe he is a citizen as both of his parents (my grandparents) were born in Poland. If my father was born in Germany but his parents were not, does that make him a German Citizen? He doesn't have a birth certificate, but has US naturalization papers stating where he was born in Germany. Both of my grandparents birth certificates were destroyed during WWII. Can I qualify for a EU/Polish/German passport? If so, what do I need to do?
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
21 Aug 2012  #2
but has US naturalization papers

What was the date of issue?
MoOli 9 | 484
21 Aug 2012  #3
Mister,I dont know your age and situation.......as in my case I got my kids Polish citizenships and now with my elder, son he is facing problems with the feds to get a fed secret service job as he is a dual citizen,we are fighting and we think he will get it.Considering a citizenship for another country will depend on your age skills career and motives.So I suggest be carefull in even trying to do that.Best of Luck!
markskibniewski 3 | 200
21 Aug 2012  #4
What was the date of issue?

Doesn't matter unless he served in the military from what I have read.
Harry
21 Aug 2012  #5
If my father was born in Germany but his parents were not, does that make him a German Citizen?

It matters whether they were German citizens, not whether they were born there. In short, if they were not German citizens, it is highly unlikely that he was.

Both of my grandparents birth certificates were destroyed during WWII.

Without paperwork proving they were Polish citizens, you have no chance of gaining Polish citizenship even if you do qualify (and it sounds like you do not).

What was the date of issue?

I'd imagine that that is going to be the final nail in the coffin.

I got my kids Polish citizenships

It's a strange parallel universe you live in.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
21 Aug 2012  #6
Doesn't matter unless he served in the military from what I have read.

Wrong. Anyone obtaining foreign citizenship prior to the 1962 date would immediately be stripped of Polish citizenship.

At least for the OP, there's also a chance that they were never Polish citizens - being born in a displaced persons camp sounds very much like they were refugees from the Recovered Territories - which would suggest that they were quite possibly German citizens all along.
markskibniewski 3 | 200
21 Aug 2012  #7
Harry
Were the records destroyed or were thier birth certificates destroyed because you could always get copies. But what Harry says is very true without them all hope is lost.

Wrong. Anyone obtaining foreign citizenship prior to the 1962 date would immediately be stripped of Polish citizenship.

Interesting because when I tried I was told my father was a Polish citzen until he served in the military which ruled me out. My father was born in Us. Both of his parents were born in Poland or occupied Poland.
delphiandomine 83 | 17,626
21 Aug 2012  #8
Military service also was included, but off the top of my head - I think that clause was eliminated in the 1951 act. Certainly after 1962, it didn't result in the stripping of citizenship.


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