The Conferring the citizenship

Pursuant to Art. 137 of the Constitution, the President of the Republic of Poland shall confer the Polish citizenship and give his consent to abandon the Polish citizenship. The appropriate applications shall be made by the persons domiciled in Poland through the province governor appropriate to their domicile, and the persons domiciled abroad shall lodge the said applications through the appropriate consul.

The lodged application along with the attached documents shall be transmitted by the province governor or the consul, including his/her position, to the Minister of Interior and Administration. Then the application together with the appendices and the Minister’s position shall be transmitted to the President's Office.

The President may, however, decide to directly transfer the specific application. In such cases, the province governor (or consul) shall transmit such application together with the attached documents and his position to the President’s Chancellery.

The conferring of the Polish citizenship upon both parents shall extend to children under their parental authority. Where a child is older than 16 years of age, the above shall take place upon obtaining his/her consent.

The issues concerned with the conferring of the Polish citizenship and any loss thereof shall be governed by the Act of 15 February 1962 on the Polish Citizenship (Journal of Laws of 2000, No. 28, Item 353) and the Decree of the President of the Republic of Poland of 14 March 2000 (Journal of Laws No. 18, Item 231) on the detailed procedure to be followed in the conferring of or giving consent to renounce the Polish citizenship and the specimens of certificates and applications.