The presidential grant route: Your questions answered

If you have been told that you are not eligible for Polish citizenship by descent, there is still another way to claim your Polish citizenship. Our Project Coordinator & Case Management Officer, Justyna Redestowicz, has put together answers to commonly asked questions about the process of application for Polish citizenship via presidential grant.

  • What is the grant of Polish citizenship?

The president of Poland in his constitutional power may grant Polish citizenship to any foreigner, and his authority in this regard is unlimited and final. This process is available to people who may have lost their citizenship or are not eligible to have their Polish citizenship confirmed through descent.

  • How do I apply?

Firstly, we will check your eligibility for Polish citizenship via confirmation. If you are not eligible, you might want to apply via a presidential grant. You will need to prove your Polish heritage and satisfy other eligibility criteria such as links to the Polish diaspora, memberships in organisations and ability to speak Polish.

  • What documents do I need to supply for grant of Polish citizenship?

There is a lot of documentation involved during the process. Initially, we will need to collect your civil records and any evidence that your family originates from Poland or former Polish territories. Later on, we will focus on the other documents required by the Polish government as we help you put your portfolio together. Contact us for more information.

  • How long does this process take?

Preparing your application usually takes between 8 to 12 months. This includes collection of relevant documents and preparation for the interview at the Polish consulate. The application is then forwarded by the Polish consul to the President of Poland through the Ministry of Interior and Administration for assessment. The Ministry may contact other government agencies for clarifications of certain matters. Each of these authorities may take 30 days or longer to respond. This is why the processing timelines are difficult to predict and to receive a decision can take up to 2 years.

  • What are the pros and cons of going through the grant of Polish citizenship?

Firstly, you will get a comprehensive and personalised care from one of our case coordinators, who will guide you through the process. We will take care of all of the translations and documents required by the Polish authorities. Additionally, we will give you access to exclusive resources to help you build your case and gain good knowledge of Polish culture and history. However, the process of Polish citizenship via presidential grant isn’t a walk in a park, and a positive outcome is not guaranteed. It does require time, effort and regular input from you.

  • Do I have to speak and write in Polish to apply?

Yes. We provide you with access to Polish language teachers and whilst you do not need to become an expert in the Polish language, it is important you are able to communicate effectively during the consular interview.

  • How can Polaron assist?

We will accompany you every step of the way. Polaron’s role in the process is to support you in your journey, help prepare your application, and provide you with relevant information and guidance as you go through it. We will help you look for relevant documents often found in Polish and international archives and civil registry offices. Our team will also help you gain a strong knowledge of Poland, Polish traditions and customs, and gain basic Polish language skills.

Do you have more questions about applying for Polish citizenship through presidential grant? Get in touch with us.