If your parents or grandparents are Polish, you probably already know that Polish citizenship makes it possible for you to reside, study, own property and gain employment in the European Union countries. To help you navigate the bureaucratic maze that acquiring citizenship is, we’ve put together answers to commonly asked questions about Polish citizenship and EU passports. And if you would like to know if you qualify and what our prices are, please go to Get a Quote section.
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Polish Citizenship

If you have Polish ancestry, you are already a Polish citizen and you can apply to have your citizenship verified or confirmed by proving your heritage and by satisfying other eligibility criteria from the Polish government, such as demonstrating that no event took place to affect your ability to reclaim your Polish citizenship. If you do not have Polish ancestry or your ancestor lost their Polish citizenship/ your ancestor’s Polish citizenship was not passed down to you, you need to reside in Poland, speak the language and meet other eligibility criteria set by the Polish government.
You need to apply to the Voivodeship Office (VO) in Warsaw to have your citizenship confirmed. Your application will consist of documents, translated into Polish, forms, archival records, vital records, documentary evidence and other information. Your application will be assessed by a VO case officer who reviews your file, seeks clarifications and may conduct their own investigation. Once their work is concluded, a decision is drafted and submitted to the VO legal team and management for approval. If they are satisfied with the evidence provided, your certificate of citizenship is then issued.
Yes. Having a Polish passport is like having a passport to any EU country, allowing you to live and work anywhere in the EU.
Yes, Polish citizenship is your birth right. You are only required to prove your lineage to a Polish ancestor. Currently there is no requirement to speak Polish to have your citizenship confirmed, however, if you decide to prepare the application on your own, you will need an advanced level of the Polish language, as the whole process is carried out in Polish.
No, if you are a Polish citizen by ancestry there is no residency requirement.
The application must be submitted in Polish. All official documentation, application forms, statements and archival records must be translated into Polish by a sworn translator.
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.

You can test your basic eligibility here.

Unfortunately, no. Being born in Poland or having a Polish birth certificate alone does not prove one’s citizenship. You will also need to provide evidence that your grandmother did not lose her citizenship by acquiring foreign citizenship or marrying a citizen of a foreign state before 1951.
Unfortunately, no. Polish citizenship cannot be acquired through marriage, however you can reside in the EU countries with your spouse with the same rights she or he has. Your children, however, will qualify.
No, there is no limit on the number of generations that you can go back to in order to prove your Polish ancestry (so long as there are Polish records confirming your ancestor held Polish citizenship after 1920).
We’ll need some basic information about you, including your date and place of birth and details of your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. A family tree would also be great. We’ll ask you about your Polish roots and for a brief family history. The more details and documentation you provide, the more specific we can be in assessing your eligibility.
We assess your situation completely free of charge. We will contact you to discuss your requirements and examine the documents in your possession and your family’s background. As everyone’s circumstances are different, we have to assess your situation individually. Once we have gained a better understanding of your situation, we will inform you of your chances of success. Again, this is completely free and there is no obligation on your part to proceed with any of our services.
If you have detailed knowledge of your family’s history and have access to documentation proving your ancestry such as Polish passports, birth certificates, army records and other historical materials, we are able to confirm that the gathered evidence is adequate and we can provide an all-inclusive quote for our services. We do not charge for quoting.

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.
Initially, you will need to provide us with your family tree and scans of any documents in your possession that prove your Polish ancestry, for example Polish birth and marriage certificates, immigration and naturalization documents and anything else you may have to do with your ancestors. If you decide to proceed with our services, you will need to give us a number of original documents such as your birth and marriage certificates, ancestral documents and a certified copy of your current ID such as passport. We will provide you guidance on what is required. Your ancestral documents will be returned to you.
Family members

If your children are under the age of 18, they can be automatically included in your application. If they are 18 or older and qualify, they will need to apply separately. Your grandchildren can also apply.
Certainly! In fact, all living ancestors in the direct line between you and your Polish ancestor are eligible. The research only needs to be done once and everybody can benefit. Applying with siblings or cousins requires little additional research and is a great way to divide up costs. Another benefit of applying with other family members is that you only need one set of documents.
Yes, as long as they follow the same ancestral line. Many people share the cost of research, which only needs to be done once per family.
Other countries’ citizenship & the EU

Yes, if you are an EU citizen.
EU citizenship can be acquired by birth or by descent. Each member country of the EU has different requirements; you need to comply with the internal regulations of the state through which you want to apply for EU citizenship.
Member countries include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Passports issued in those countries are EU passports.
Yes. The following countries have applied: Iceland, Montenegro, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Kosovo.

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 do. Payment plans can be spread across several months.

Please see our Pricing page for more information, or talk to us to discuss your options.

Yes, we offer a competitive family discount. See the FAQ on Family for more information.


If you have all the required documentation, the process of confirmation of citizenship is relatively simple and, based on our experience, can take approximately between 8-10 months. It can become complicated if the events that you need to demonstrate have happened a long time ago, if you do not have the required documents or if other events have occurred that make it difficult to prove the blood ties with your Polish ancestors.
In an emergency, a passport can be issued within 24 hours by the Polish consulate. The 10 year passport is issued in Poland and takes 2-3 months to arrive.
Polish passport

To apply for a Polish passport you need to be a citizen of Poland. You also need to have your birth certificate registered in Poland and you need to have a PESEL number (Polish Powszechny Elektroniczny System Ewidencji Ludności, 11 digit Polish identification number).
You will need to complete a passport application form as well as provide two identical photographs, your Polish birth and/or marriage certificate and passport processing payment. The passport application must be submitted at a Polish consulate (anywhere in the world) and collected in person by the bearer. Some consulates allow for the passport to be posted to you via registered mail once issued.
Poland issues passports valid for 10 years for adults, whereas children’s passports are valid for 5 years. They are produced in Poland and contain biometric features including fingerprints and a chip. In an emergency, you can apply for an interim passport, which is valid for 12 months and is produced by the Polish consulate. In urgent cases, the interim passport can be issued within 24 hours. No biometric features are contained in temporary passports.
Both parents must be present to submit the passport application, unless there is a court decision restricting the parental authority of one of the parents. If there is no consensus between the parents or inability to obtain consent of one parent, a child passport may be issued on the basis of a family court decision.

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.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Why choose Polaron?

We have a 99% success rate, because we are very serious when evaluating your case and we only advise you to proceed with the application if we are certain of your eligibility. We had four rejections since 2003. All of them were overturned on appeal.

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.

Yes, absolutely. Many of our clients live overseas or in remote areas.
Rights & obligations

Yes. Most countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, Israel, New Zealand and South Africa allow you to have dual or multiple citizenships. It is important you check the legislation of your country of citizenship to ensure you understand your rights and obligations fully.
In many countries, having another country’s citizenship will not affect your current citizenship but you should check regulations with local authorities.
No. Most countries have signed bi-lateral agreements whereby you only pay tax in one country.
No, military service for males is no longer compulsory in Poland.
No, it’s no longer a compulsory requirement.
It is a Latin term for law of ancestry or law of blood. This means one’s right to Polish citizenship through ancestry, usually a parent or grandparent. Poland subscribes to this law through the Act on Citizenship.
It is the Act on Citizenship, dated 2 April 2009 and enacted on 21 August 2012. Poland has had a number of Acts on Citizenship over the years and the Polish government relies on them all when assessing your case.

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.