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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • RENUNCIATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

  • According to the Constitution of the Republic of Poland, a Polish citizen cannot lose Polish citizenship, unless at own request. The loss of Polish citizenship is possible only after obtaining approval from the President of the Republic of Poland for the renunciation of Polish citizenship.

     

    Applicants residing abroad submit the application to the President of Poland through a Polish Consulate (within the proper Consular District), or by post with an officially certified signature. After verification, the application is transferred by the Consulate to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and subsequently to the Chancellery of the President of Poland.

     

    The approval for renouncing Polish citizenship by both parents is extended to children under their parental custody.

     

    The approval for renouncing Polish citizenship by only one parent is extended to children under his/her parental custody, if:

    - children are under his/her sole custody, or

    - the other parent declared his/her consent before the proper authority (e.g. a Consul) that children could renounce Polish citizenship.

     

    Children over 16 should express their prior consent before a proper authority (e.g. a Consul) for renunciation of Polish citizenship. 

     

    Required documents

     

    All applications and statements should be submitted in Polish, dated and signed.

     

    A copy of enclosed documents should be certified by a Consul (not an American public notary).

     

    Vital record documents (birth and marriage certificate) should be submitted in original.

     

    A foreign document should be translated into Polish and the translation should be certified by a Consul.

     

    The applicant should submit the following documents:

    • application to the President of the Republic of Poland ( Appendix 1);
    • valid documents confirming Polish citizenship (passport, ID);
    • document proving possession of another citizenship or a declaration of foreign authorities of its granting;
    • birth certificate issued by a Polish vital records office (urząd stanu cywilnego);
    • birth certificate of a child issued by a Polish vital records office (if a child is included in the application);
    • marriage certificate issued by a Polish vital records office, or other document confirming civil status of an applicant;
    • photograph/photographs (no more than 6-months old, passport size) of the person/persons concerned in the application:

     

    Caution

     

    The Consulate and the Chancellery of the President of Poland may require additional documents and/or an interview with the applicant.

     

    Documents submitted to the Consulate are not returned and cannot be used for any other purposes.

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