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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • RESTORATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

  • On May 15th, 2012 the provisions of the Law on Polish Citizenship of February 14th, 2012, came into force within the scope of the new institution in Polish law – the restoration of Polish citizenship. 

     

    The Polish citizenship may be restored to foreigners who used to hold Polish citizenship in the past, but lost it before January 1st, 1999 based on the events referred to in the said Law:

     

    • Article 11 or 13 of the Law on Polish Citizenship of January 20th, 1920;
    • Article 11 or 12 of the Law on Polish Citizenship of January 8th, 1951;
    • Article 13, 14 or 15 of the Law on Polish Citizenship of February 15th, 1962.

    Polish citizenship shall not be restored to a person who voluntarily joined – in the period between September 1st, 1939 to May 8th, 1945 – military service or held public office in the Axis countries or their allies, or acted against Poland, especially its independence and sovereignty, or participated in human rights violations. Polish citizenship will not be restored if it constitutes a threat to national defense, national security or public order.

     

    Polish citizenship is restored by the Minister of Interior by decision on request of the person concerned. A foreigner living outside of Poland submits a request through a Polish Consul.

     

    In the procedure of the restoration of citizenship, the provisions of the Code of Administrative Proceedings are applied.

     

    Required documents

     

    Application forms should be submitted in Polish, dated and signed. Original documents should be presented at the Consulate. The documents will be copied and certified at the Consulate.

     

    Foreign documents should be translated into Polish and the translation should be certified by a Consul.

     

    The applicant should submit the following documents:

     

    • application to the Minister of Interior for the restoration of Polish citizenship (Appendix 1);
    •  documents proving identity and citizenship;
    • documents confirming the data asserted in the biography;
    • documents certifying the name change, if any occurred;
    •  documents confirming the loss of citizenship (if available);
    • name and address of the person in Poland, authorized by the applicant to receive correspondence from the Ministry of Interior (Pełnomocnik do doręczeń – Appendix 2).

    Caution

    The Consulate and the Ministry of Interior may require additional documents and/or an interview with the applicant.

    One can search for documents in vital records offices (Urzędy Stanu Cywilnego) and archives. In case of problems with locating documents, one can address to the Head Office of the State Archives, the Central Unit of the Archival Information (00-950 Warsaw, ul. Długa 6, skr. poczt. 1005, Poland).

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