Am I Eligible for Czech Citizenship Through Descent?

If you are a direct-line descendant of a Czech citizen, you are likely eligible for Czech citizenship by descent. You can have your Czech citizenship reinstated through the process of declaration, provided you have never held Czech or Slovak citizenship. To obtain Czech citizenship, you will need to prove your eligibility through documentation of your heritage and by satisfying eligibility criteria set by the Czech government.

Here are the top 5 frequently asked Czech citizenship eligibility questions that you want to know the answers to:


1. I am eligible for Czech citizenship by descent through one of my grandparents, does my parent need to be a confirmed citizen of the Czech Republic before I apply?

Your parent does not need to be a Czech citizen before you apply for citizenship. However you will need to provide proof that you are a direct descendent of your grandparent by including your parent’s birth and marriage certificates, if they’re married. You can apply for citizenship, without your parent having to apply too.


2. My case is very straight forward, am I eligible? Why do I need to fill out a family tree?

All new enquirers must fill out a family tree so that our Eligibility and Compliance team has a clearer picture of your family history when assessing your case. The Polaron family tree template also includes important details such as immigration dates, marriage dates and naturalisation dates, which are all factors that impact eligibility.


3. I was born a Czech or Czechoslovak citizen but then I renounced my citizenship when immigrating to another country, can I reclaim my Czech citizenship?

You are usually able to reclaim your Czech citizenship. However there are a few exceptions – for example, if you ever held Slovak citizenship or if you lost your Czechoslovak citizenship just after World War II, then you may not be able to reclaim your citizenship.


4. What is the likelihood of my application for Confirmation of Czech Citizenship being successful?

We have a 97.5 % success rate, because we take evaluating your case very seriously and we only advise you to proceed with the application if we are certain of your eligibility.


5. I don’t have any Czech documents of my ancestors, can you help me obtain them?

If you know the date and place of birth, marriage and death of your ancestor, we will be able to help you obtain their documents from the Czech Republic.

If you are curious about your eligibility, take a FREE and confidential eligibility assessment test here to find out if you are able to obtain Czech citizenship.

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