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Submitting the application through a Polish consulate

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As mentioned in Submitting the application to certify Polish citizenship, persons residing abroad can submit the Polish citizenship certification application through a Polish consulate. In such cases, the Polish consulate sends the application to Poland, to a relevant Provincial Office (urząd wojewódzki). For those who do not know the Polish language, preparing the application and the necessary documents is definitely easier with the help of the consulate. A Polish consulate usually provides information on how to complete the application and gather the necessary attachments. Additionally, the consulate website contains general information concerning the procedure of Polish citizenship certification. However, the directions provided by consulates are not very specific. It is because they provide only the basic information on Polish citizenship certification and do not assess each particular case.
Therefore, it often happens that the Provincial Office which evaluates the application (sent by the consulate) requests that the application be completed and further documents be attached. In such cases a summons is first mailed to the consulate which in turn informs the applicant about the need to provide additional information.

It must be emphasized that submitting the Polish citizenship certification application through a Polish consulate is safe. It is worth remembering that:

  • the applicant does not need to prepare the application on his/her own because Polish consulates provide ready applications to fill out, which is very helpful when the applicant does not know the Polish language,
  • the Polish consulate should provide information on how to complete the Polish citizenship certification application and what documents need to be attached,
  • the Polish consulate informs the applicant whenever the Provincial Office requests additional documents,
  • submitting the Polish citizenship certification application through a Polish consulate does not involve the cost of hiring a lawyer.