Eligibility for Polish citizenship by descent
Firstly, you need to have Polish ancestors, usually just one. They need to have been born in Poland (or one of the former Polish territories) and resided there after 1920. In other words, you will need to prove that your ancestor was a Polish citizen after 1920 and also at the time of your birth.
If you have a very sketchy understanding of your family’s background and are missing documentation, due to the passage of time, trauma and displacement of parents and grandparents, we have to conduct archival research to gather information and documentation, which is then used to confirm your Polish citizenship.
Once Polaron has conducted an initial assessment, we will advise you in writing about your eligibility and on whether you should proceed with the application or not. Our quote is final and all-inclusive, although you will be asked to supply a number of original documents, which may incur additional costs. In most cases we can guarantee the outcome of your application or you’ll get your money back.
Other countries’ citizenship & the EU
Every application is different because it is based on specific circumstances. As an indication, lodgement with Polaron will cost around the price of a plane ticket to Europe.
For more details, see our Pricing page.
Lodging directly via the Consulate may seem cheaper initially, but consider that if you lodge your application directly via the Consulate:
- you will have to navigate your way, in Polish, through Polish laws, regulations and bureaucracy;
- since January 2013, you must nominate a resident of Poland to act on your behalf;
- you are expected to cover notarial fees, Apostilles, filing fees, certified translations and other out of pocket expenses;
- you start the process without having an idea on what the final cost is going to be.
We recently did a price comparison between our charges and the consular option, we are pleased to confirm that our prices are very competitive, and you know exactly how much you are going to pay. Plus a lot less headache!
Yes, we offer a competitive family discount. See the FAQ on Family for more information.
Polaron has strict policies and procedure in place to guarantee that personal details, documents and information are treated in the strictest of confidence. We never share any information with anyone unless authorised by you.
Why choose Polaron?
Polaron was established in 2000 and is headed by Eva Hussain who is herself Polish and of Jewish heritage. Staffed by experienced international researchers, translators and project managers, Polaron has a great track record.
Read more about the Team here.
Our head office is located in Melbourne, Australia. We also have offices in Poland, Germany, the USA and the UK.
Details can be found on our Contact page.
Rights & obligations
The Apostille is usually a stamp (or a sticker) placed on original documents to confirm their authenticity. Countries that are signatories to the Hague Convention of 5 October 1961 are required to present their official documents accompanied by Apostilles. Birth, death and marriage certificates, notarial deeds, court documents, sworn translations and other official documents need to be Apostilled before they can be submitted to other Hague Convention signatory countries. In Australia, Apostilles are issued by the Department of Foreign Affairs, www.dfat.gov.au.