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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • CONFIRMATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP

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    CONFIRMATION OF POLISH CITIZENSHIP OR ITS LOSS

     

    Only a valid Polish passport or Polish ID (Dowod Osobisty) confirms Polish citizenship.

    Citizens who are not holders of such documents may obtain the confirmation of Polish citizenship or its loss. In accordance with article 55 (1) of the Polish Citizenship Act of 2 April 2009 (Journal of Laws 2012, item 161) decision on the confirmation of Polish citizenship or its loss is issued by a Voivode (Wojewoda) of last known domicile in Poland or, in absence of such a place, Mazovian Voivode (Wojewoda Mazowiecki) in Warszawa.

    Applicants residing permanently abroad can submit an application form through the consular office competent for the applicant’s place of residence (consular territorial jurisdiction). A decision issued by the Voivode is forwarded to the applicant through the person (Proxy/Pełnomocnik do doręczeń) residing in Poland and authorized by the applicant to receive correspondence from the Office of Voivode.

    CONSULAR TERRITORIAL JURISDICTION:
    The Consular Division of the Embassy of Poland in Washington DC is competent to proces applications from those who are residents of Alabama, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, American Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Guam, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. If you reside in other US State, please contact a proper Polish Consulate in

    New York - The Consulate General of Poland

    Chicago - The Consulate General of Poland

    Los Angeles - The Consulate General of Poland

    Houston - The Consulate General of Poland

     

    THE APPLICANT SHOULD SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING DOCUMENTS:

    1. Application to the relevant Voivode for the confirmation of Polish citizenship or its loss, containing required personal data, ancestors of the 1st and 2nd generation, and any information essential to determinate the factual and legal status Appendix 1.

    2. Name and address of the person in Poland, authorized by the applicant to receive correspondence from the Office of Voivode (Pełnomocnictwo do doręczeń) Appendix 2.

    3. Documents confirming the data provided in the application e.g. expired Polish passport or Polish ID, Polish birth certificate, Polish marriage license, documents confirming Polish citizenship of parents or grandparents of the applicant (their Polish passports or IDs), marriage certificate of applicant's parents, military documents held by the applicant or his/her ancestors, a certificate of the official name change (if applicable).

    4. Original of an ID (for viewing) or a certified photocopy of a current ID along with pages with official annotations.

    5. For a person born not in Poland applicant's birth certificate with parents' names.

    6. Applicant's marriage certificate or other document proving applicant's civil status.

     

    All forms and declarations should be completed legibly in Polish. Documents written in a language other than Polish must be translated into Polish.

    All documents must be presented in original or notarized copies as well as applicant’s signatures.

     

    Please note that the Consulate and a Voivodship Office may require additional documents.

    Applications not supported by required documents will not be accepted for processing.

    The Polish Citizenship Law transfers the burden of collecting documents and proof the data appearing in an application to the applicant.

     

    CONSULAR FEE:

    Application fee is $96, can be paid in cash (at the office only) or Money Order. Personal checks are not accepted.

     

     

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