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Pol-Am citizen wanting to move to Poland - documentations of my Polish ancestors?

polska duma 1 | 19
17 Aug 2013 #1
Hello, I am new to this site. I am a polish american born in the us but either my grandparents or greatgrandparents moved here from poland. i am having trouble trying to find info on them to see if there was any break in the citizenship from them to me. and also the documentation needed to prove my ancestors were polish citizens. does anyone have any ideas. i would appreciate it. my son also want to move to poland as well he is an adult.
worldbox - | 5
20 Aug 2013 #2
polska duma

Since Polish citizenship law has changed several times over the last century, it's possible that your acestors, who you are trying to link your Polish nationality to, may have lost their citizenship due to another factor, such as joining a foreign army.

The bottom line is in a case where your lineage starts at a grandparent or further back like a great-grandparent, you won't really know for sure unless you try and make the application, and let the Polish authorities investigate your lineage.
DominicB - | 2,709
21 Aug 2013 #3
Polish citizenship doesn't have many more advantages than permanent residency. After five years of temporary residency, you can apply for permanent residency. How do you plan to support yourself in Poland?
OP polska duma 1 | 19
3 Sep 2013 #4
i plan on looking for a job. and i am taking a polish language coarse. and my great parents all 4 of them moved to america 2 in 1900ish, and the other 2 around 1907. that's where the trail ends in wadowice for 2 of them. the other ones i have no clue. thanks for the replies .
4 eigner 2 | 831
3 Sep 2013 #5
i am taking a polish language coarse

you won't need that to live in Poland,man.
DominicB - | 2,709
3 Sep 2013 #6
i plan on looking for a job. and i am taking a polish language coarse.

You are aware that the job market in Poland is pretty tight? Without knowledge of Polish and real professional qualifications and experience that make you valuable on the job market, the likelihood of you finding a stable job at decent wages is exceedingly remote.

Right now, I have to say that you are chasing a rather silly fantasy. You haven't done your homework. Poland will chew you up and spit you out.
OP polska duma 1 | 19
3 Sep 2013 #7
i have done my homework. and i know it will be tough but that's what we new yorkers live for . it isn't worth it unless you have to work hard for it, it wont mean as much.
DominicB - | 2,709
3 Sep 2013 #8
i have done my homework

What kind of work do you expect to find? What qualifications and experience do you have? Where do you expect to live? Do you have a good-sized nest egg built up to tide you over through the first difficult year or two?
OP polska duma 1 | 19
3 Sep 2013 #9
i havent decided on what i expect to find yet. i am a class b truck driver in the us. i'm still researching though. and still haven't decided where. and i am working on my nest egg . i don't plan on moving for a few years or more. so its not something i am immediately going to do. it is something i am going to plan till i decide the what and where. this is not a decision i will be taking lightly.
DominicB - | 2,709
3 Sep 2013 #10
i am a class b truck driver in the us.

A skill you will certainly not be able to sell in Poland. Keep on researching. Get some real education and qualifications in the meantime ( a bachelor's level degree in logistics, international shipping and transport seems the logical choice here, and after that some management courses), and beef up that Polish. Right now, the best you're looking at is a job in a call center. Probably doing cold calling for sales. A lousy job for lousy pay.
OP polska duma 1 | 19
3 Sep 2013 #11
thanks dominicb. i am going to research and look into the logistics .also beefing up my polish.
PL Man
25 Mar 2017 #12
I am 52 year old American that want's to do same thing ...I know at my age getting a job is hard in PL. My skills..Engineer, mechanical, electrical and Automation, proficient in SolidWorks, C#, Siemens PLC's systems, and tons of other stuff. Engineering Manger for last 25 years. Plenty of experience with project management, software development, automation, process control, team motivation, managed and hands on R&D. Generally inventor, self motivating individual priding him self for finding business improvement opportunities. I am carving for my home country Poland. I know English and Polish language and have my own place in Warsaw and couple $100K USD nest egg to tide me over :)
Joker 2 | 2,399
27 Mar 2017 #13
.I know at my age getting a job is hard in PL.

Be ready to take a HUGE Pay cut. Stay here and work a few more years, then go:)
DominicB - | 2,709
27 Mar 2017 #14
Be ready to take a HUGE Pay cut.

It's not the pay cut that hurts so much as the even HUGER cut in savings potential. An engineer with only $100,000 in the bank at age 52 has to start thinking seriously about saving up for retirement, and he won't be able to do that in Poland, UNLESS he gets sent to Poland by an American company and is paid American wages. Otherwise, the opportunity cost is so high that moving back to Poland is essentially a pipe dream.

Another possibility is to sign up for a five-year contract in the Gulf or in the oil fields somewhere, and then retire early.

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