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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland
  • GRANTING POLISH CITIZENSHIP

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    1. General information

    Persons who never had Polish citizenship may request to be granted Polish citizenship by the President of the Republic of Poland.

     

    The regulation regarding granting the citizenship is set out by the Statute of Citizenship of 2009.

     

    Granting Polish citizenship may include the children of the applicant, provided that:

     

    • both parents apply for granting of the Polish citizenship;
    • the children stay under the sole guardianship of the parent who applies for granting of the Polish citizenship;
    • the other parent is a Polish citizen;
    • the other parent who does not apply and is not a Polish citizen issues a statement regarding him/her not objecting to the children being granted Polish citizenship in front of a province governor or a consul.
    1. Procedure

    Polish citizenship is granted by the President of the Republic of Poland.

     

    The interested foreigner submits a request for the granting of the Polish citizenship:

     

    - in case of residence in Poland on the basis of a permanent residence permit: to the province governor of the province he/she lives;

     

    - in case of staying abroad: to the consul of the place of residence (if the applicant lives in Israel/Palestinian Territories, the request for granting Polish citizenship should be submitted to the Consular Section of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Tel Aviv).

     

    The form should be submitted personally or by post with official certified signature.

     

    People wishing to submit the application by post with official certified signature are obliged to pay the consular fee and arrive personally in the Consular Section in order to have the interview with the Consul.

     

    The submitted documents are verified.

     

    Current waiting time for the notification of the President’s decision is about 24-36 months from the time of the submission of the documents at the Consulate.

     

    1. Documents required

    Persons applying for granting Polish citizenship should present:

     

    • form for the granting of Polish citizenship filled in in Polish (SEE.FORMS TO PRINT. ATTACHMENT 2)
    • valid document stating the applicant’s identity and citizenship (Israeli or other foreign passport);
    • permanent residence permit or permit for temporary residence in Poland if the applicant was granted one;
    • birth certificate with apostille SEE. APOSTILLE ON ISRAELI AND FOREIGN DOCUMENTS
    • marriage certificate with apostille SEE. APOSTILLE ON ISRAELI AND FOREIGN DOCUMENTS
    • divorce sentence with apostille SEE. APOSTILLE ON ISRAELI AND FOREIGN DOCUMENTS
    • CV written in Polish and signed personally by the applicant;
    • statement regarding applying for the granting of Polish citizenship in the past;
    • document sating the lack of Polish citizenship, release from Polish citizenship or permission to renounce Polish citizenship in the past if the applicant or his ancestors had Polish citizenship;
    • current passport photograph;
    • statement regarding knowledge of legal regulations on the currently held citizenship.

    In case the application concerns the children of the applicant additional documents are requested:

     

    • the child’s birth certificate with apostille SEE. APOSTILLE ON ISRAELI AND FOREIGN DOCUMENTS
    • statement by the other parent who is not applying for Polish citizenship and is not a Polish citizen expressing his/her consent to grant to the child Polish citizenship;
    • statement of the child above the age of 16 expressing his/her consent to be granted polish citizenship.

    ATTENTION: All applicants submitting the documents for granting Polish citizenship are obliged to pay the consular fee. In case of a negative decision of the President, the fee is not refunded. 

     

    1. All statements and forms have to be filled out in a readable way in Polish.

     

    2. All forms submitted personally should be signed personally by the applicant before the Consul. This requirement concerns in particular the statement of the other parent to grant to the child Polish citizenship as well as the statement by the child regarding being granted Polish citizenship (in case of children above 16).

     

    3. All foreign documents (birth certificates, marriage certificates etc.) have to bear the apostille  and be translated into Polish. Official translations from Hebrew to Polish can be made in the Consular Section. SEE.TRANSLATIONS

     

    4. Documents certifying/stating a person’s Israeli citizenship are: Israeli ID, Israeli passport, certificate on Israeli citizenship issued by the Ministry of Interior of the State of Israel. It is recommended to present upon submitting the application for granting Polish citizenship the applicant’s Israeli passport and certificate on Israeli certificate.

     

    5. Documents submitted for the granting of Polish citizenship are not handed back.

     

     

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