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Dual nationality: British and Polish


engpolrights
14 Jan 2012  #1
I am a polish man thats been un the uk for 4+ yrs. i have been with my wife for 3 n half yrs of that time n married for a yr n half. My i.d. is close to need renewal n my wife wants me to get a british passport.Is that even possible? also she wants me and herself to both become duel nationals. Again, Dont know if either of us have the right to but she only wants this with the best intention to intergate ourselves in both laws and countries as well as our marrage. We both currently live in the uk and in the distant future would like to retire in poland. This is important to us. We would be grateful with any advice from anyone with similar experince of just good factual advice.

Thank you and kind Regards
Wroclaw Boy
14 Jan 2012  #2
You need to take an exam which includes all kinds of BS questoins that most Brits dont even know and pay about £1300.

Not sure if you qualify after 3 and a half years anyway.
gumishu 11 | 5,012
14 Jan 2012  #3
it was 5 years of legal permament residency that you could apply for a British pasport back in 2001 when I was in England
Harry
14 Jan 2012  #4
Was five years when I got mine (although it turned out I didn't actually need to wait for it).
polskibrit86
24 Jun 2016  #5
Merged: Passport question - dual nationality

Hi there

I'm British (sorry for the "Brexit") and my girlfriend is Polish.

Is it possible for Me to keep my passport, and adopt dual nationality if we get married. So I will have a british passport and a Polish passport. And the same for her.

We both live in England. Would i be required to live in Poland for me to apply for a polish passport? Or can we both apply for dual nationality whilst living in the UK

Dziękuję :) x
terri 1 | 1,625
24 Jun 2016  #6
As I understand it your girlfriend/wife can have dual nationality, (Polish and British) but you yourself cannot. You could always ask the Polish Embassy.
RubasznyRumcajs 5 | 467
25 Jun 2016  #7
your wife would have to apply for it.
here is more info gov.uk/becoming-a-british-citizen/if-your-spouse-is-a-british-citizen
TBH I see no reason why would a Brit wish to apply for Polish citizenship and passport (assuming one doesn't live in Poland of course). Do you speak Polish?
terri 1 | 1,625
25 Jun 2016  #8
When GB is no longer part of EU, there maybe complications when travelling from GB to Poland. For British nationals there may be requirement to obtain a visa to visit Poland.

If you intend to live in Poland (for the rest of your life), have a job, pension etc - then it is worthwhile seeking Polish citizenship. Even booking into a hotel for an overnight stay you have to show your ID. If you do not have a Polish ID, this means travelling everywhere in Poland with your GB passport.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
25 Jun 2016  #9
The GB Nationals will have to go into the non EU queues to get their visas checked, good reason enough to hold a Polish EU passport if you can get one.
smurf 39 | 1,981
25 Jun 2016  #10
For British nationals there may be requirement to obtain a visa to visit Poland.

I seriously doubt it'll come to that.
Most countries give you a 90 day holiday period. Look at Ukraine, I can go there without a visa for 90 days, Mexico is the same. I think America is shorter.

Britain relies heavily on international trade, so I can't really see people holidaying being affected very much.

Relocating for work, that'll be a different kettle of fish however.

Is it possible for Me to keep my passport, and adopt dual nationality if we get married

You'd need to pass the citizenship exam, which isn't easy, as in you'd need to have a pretty good fluency in Polish.

If you have an Irish grandparent then get an Irish passport, they're easy to get
Jazzoblue
25 Jun 2016  #11
Hi, Sorry to interrupt this forum I am British born but have Polish Father and Mother (now Deceased) , who cam to England in 1946 , my wife is Polish Passport holder, I personally would like to have dual nationality, British and Polish, i understand that i can have Polish passport (by blood), could i keep also my British passport?
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
25 Jun 2016  #12
Yes you can , you are in the same situation that I was , all you need to do is fill out the paperwork, welcome to Poland Brat.

If you want to know how create a proper user account and I will PM you with the detail as to how I did it.
peterweg 36 | 2,316
25 Jun 2016  #13
dolnoslask
Could you PM with the same information, I'm thinking of getting Polish citizenship too.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
25 Jun 2016  #14
Done and sent Peter

I the last three days you are the third person I have sent information to on Polish citizenship.

Looks like there is a bit of a rush of British wanting to be Europeans, Poland being one of the possible golden gateways if people have Polish ancestry.
Sekonda - | 2
27 Jun 2016  #15
Merged: U.K. Born wanting dual nationality

Hi,

I'm 22 year old British. My father war born I'm Poland and still travels on a polish passport that bears his right to reside here. Am I eligible for polish dual citizenship with uk by right of blood? Neither of us know who his father is but his mother was also polish.

If I am what is the process for this? I'm willing to learn polish if necessary but can't leave the uk for any length of time.

Thank you for your help
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
27 Jun 2016  #16
" but can't leave the uk for any length of time." can I then ask why you would want Polish citizenship.
Sekonda - | 2
27 Jun 2016  #17
In a word, brexit. I always planned to apply it's something I'm very proud of and want to honour but the leave vote has sped up the process. I planned to emigrate once I had money and could speak the language. That plan has just been brought forward about 5-10 years. I've started looking into polish classes and this is the first step. However, I'm not ready to give up my British citizenship that grants me the right to return here as my mother's grave is here and my father still lives here and won't return to Poland to stay. Hence dual nationality.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
27 Jun 2016  #18
"planned to emigrate once I had money" Same story as me Brat, You will not need to give up your British citizenship, I will PM you the details of the path that I took to get citizenship.
ecDan - | 1
27 Jun 2016  #19
Hi dolnoslask any chance you could pm me the same info? I'm UK born of Polish descent and want to ensure I stay part of the EU for as long as possible.

Cheers
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
27 Jun 2016  #20
ecDan I am up to 20 requests since Thursday and counting, consider moving to Poland loads of room here crime low people good , (They leave you alone) but you need to bring a big bag of cash, I will PM you details of my pathway.
polishspelling
27 Jun 2016  #21
loads of room

Amount of space is clearly inversely proportional to the amount of available jobs. Why do you think everyone's in the UK? :)

people good , (They leave you alone)

lol, Polish neighbours are SO nosey, far worse than here! And you can't even walk 200m in town without some chancer changing direction and asking for a spare cig/money/piwko/whatever.

but you need to bring a big bag of cash

Because Poland is full of Polish women!
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
27 Jun 2016  #22
"asking for a spare cig/money/piwko/whatever." Just say no.

" space is clearly inversely proportional to the amount of available jobs" Hence my comment bring your own bag of cash.

"Because Poland is full of Polish women!" Not sure what you are getting at, I hope it's nothing derogatory against Polish women.

Still great place for those Brits to live if they are able to gain dual nationality.
dhb
28 Jun 2016  #23
Hi, I'm of Polish descent (mother is Polish but now a British citizen). I was born in Poland, moved to UK when I was 4months old back in 1978. Will I be eligible for dual nationality & will I need to take a citizenship test too? Thanks for any guidance.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
28 Jun 2016  #24
Yes you can be a Polish citizen and no you will not need to take a test
dhb
28 Jun 2016  #25
Another question....sorry. Its seems I have to gain Polish citizenship before applying for a passport however this can't be done at the Polish consulate in London. Do I need to go through an agent in Poland to do this? Thanks
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
28 Jun 2016  #26
Do I need to go through an agent in Poland to do this? Thanks,

Yes it is the best and easiest way although costly, if you create a proper user account I will pm you with the details how to do it.
bettyz1
28 Jun 2016  #27
If I was born in the UK, and both my parents were born in Poland (formerly Lwow) and they lived in UK but never took British Citizenship. Then can I apply for a Polish Passport too? They never registered my birth in Poland at the time only in the UK.

I am confused as to what would be my next step in order to gain a Polish passport. I would like to have dual nationality.
dolnoslask 5 | 2,414
28 Jun 2016  #28
bettyz1 Yes your situation is the same is mine (Roughly) , create a proper user account and I will post you the details of how to regain your Polish citizenship.
Dougpol1 30 | 3,036
28 Jun 2016  #29
If you intend to live in Poland (for the rest of your life), have a job, pension etc - then it is worthwhile seeking Polish citizenship.

With due respect, you are not aware of the facts. The huge majority of Brits are here because they have married, or are partners. Of course the second is a problem in a catholic country, but that ain't a secret:( So, there is little advantage to be gained from Polish citizenship unless one wishes to keep their business affairs separate from their spouse, and in that case, why get spliced in the first place?:))

As to travelling with a passport, decent hotels do not ask for your documents, and anyway, on my refusal they take my credit card details quite happily:) Been refused once, and I understand it can happen, but haven't had a problem on the occasions when I wasn't carrying ID.

PS: As before, most Europeans who have been resident for a certain time can apply for Right of stay.

I don't want Polish ID - not Polish, never carried an ID card, matter of principle, and never will:)
BrexitRefugee - | 11
28 Jun 2016  #30
A question, what is exactly the residence requirements for British to apply for Polish citizenship? 3 years? 5 years? or 8 years? I checked the laws but they seem are for non-EU nationals but not clear about the EU nationals who reside in Poland on the basis of free movement.


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