If you have Polish ancestors, it may be worth working toward your second passport.
Polish citizenship law is rather complicated, but if you have at least one ancestor that had Polish citizenship and left Poland after 1918, it is likely that you might be able to restore polish citizenship and obtain Polish passport.
There are many advantages of having Polish citizenship now that Poland is a part of the European Union. With Polish citizenship, doors to living, working in Europe, travelling without visa or getting visa on arrival to over 150 countries are open. Thousands of people of Polish descent born in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Israel, South Africa and many other countries hold dual nationality and EU passport.
Persons, who have Polish ancestors, might qualify for Polish citizenship. Poland views those who are of Polish descent to be its citizens, if they can prove their ancestry. In many cases it is possible to restore Polish citizenship even if your ancestors formally lost it.
if your ancestors were citizens of Poland, technically it can be that you never lost your Polish citizenship, but in order to get passport of Poland we will have to find documents confirming your polish citizenship;
it is also possible that your ancestors had Polish citizenship, but lost it after they left Poland. Polish citizenship could have been lost for several reasons, for example if your ancestor served in the army or became an official in another country. However, even if your ancestor lost polish citizenship, it is likely that you still can restore it, because citizenship laws have changed since;
In case your ancestor fled Poland after the Second World War (WW2) while it was a socialist country or emigrated to Israel and therefore lost polish citizenship, it might be possible to restore polish citizenship for you now, because citizenship laws have changed since.
However, it will NOT be possible to restore polish citizenship in the following cases:
if a person lost polish citizenship because they were voluntarily serving in the military forces of the Axis powers (Germany and its allies) during the WW2, then it will not be possible to restore it;
if due to the change of Polish borders your ancestor automatically obtained nationality in of the country in which they lived after WW2 - Russia, Belarus, Ukraine or Lithuania or Germany.
Application procedure requires having documented proof that one of your ancestors had a Polish citizenship. We have an extensive experience working in different Polish archives and finding documents needed for citizenship restoration.
We are ready to guide you through the application process. Feel free to contact us even if you do not have complete documentation, but you know your ancestors came from Poland. We are able to find missing documents and get Polish citizenship for our clients even in the most difficult cases.
Thanks to Poland’s liberal citizenship laws, thousands of people of Polish descent born in the UK, US, Canada, Australia, Argentina, Israel, South Africa and many other countries hold dual nationality and EU passport.
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