This week I did a big thing. I applied for my Polish citizenship and it’s the most excited I’ve been in a long time. Funnily enough, it was actually the easiest application I’ve ever put together in Poland. After 10 years, I guess you reach expert level in that arena. With a little luck and a lot of waiting, będę Polką!
You might ask what difference it makes being a citizen as opposed to a long-term resident. And the answer I’ll give you is simple: comfort. Peace of mind. Plus, the right to vote of course!
Most importantly, no more having to go to the office of fucking foreign affairs in Urząd Wojewódzki!!!!! No more having to take my passport to the bank. No more bank telling me I can’t have a credit card because I’m from America. No more issues with buying land in Poland. No more having to show my karta pobytu and people not knowing what in the world it is.
So what does the process look like and who is eligible for citizenship?
There are a few conditions for eligibility in my case, including:
- Have lived in Poland on permanent residence or long-term EU residence for three years consecutively, have a stable income and are registered to live in Poland. – this I’ll have in December but decided not to wait.
- Have lived in Poland for two years consecutively on permanent residence or long-term EU residence and have been married to a Polish citizen for three years, or have no citizenship. – this is the one I’m going for.
- Have lived in Poland for 10 years consecutively, have permanent residence or long-term EU residence in Poland, have stable income in Poland and are registered to live in Poland. – this I’ll also have come December but I didn’t want to wait. Can’t believe it’s almost been a decade!
Check out the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ site for a full list of conditions of eligibility for Polish citizenship.
Some documents you may need to apply (not necessarily a comprehensive list but this is what I sent in and was later asked for):
- Copy of your passport – every page
- Copy of spouses’ ID/passport
- Karta pobytu and decision from Urząd Wojewódzki
- Marriage certificate
- Proof of payment
- Proof of income – I put in a copy of my CEIDG as I own a business
- Proof of language ability at B1 level – Diploma from a Polish university or certificate from the B1 Polish exam
- Zaświadczenie o zameldowaniu – This is registration at your place of residence. I added this in just in case.
- Zaświadczenie o niezaleganiu z płatnościami podatkowymi – this is proof you don’t owe tax
- Odpis aktu urodzenia wydanego przez polski urząd stanu cywilnego – this is what you get after registering your birth certificate at the Polish Registry Office
Remember, always send more than you need – you never know what they might ask you for, so you might as well send it if you think it could be useful!
There’s also a section on the application called uzasadnienie, or justification. Mine was rather long. In Poland, I have: a husband, 2 kids, a business, a house, and a degree from a Polish university. I decided not to include the part about having a blog about Poland 😁
Hopefully it’ll be enough and I won’t have to jump through too many hoops. I’m actually just hoping they’ll mail me my passport 😂 Well, now it’s just a waiting game!
Who knows what the wait time is nowadays?! Have any other foreigners in Poland gotten their citizenship? How did it go for you?