Become a European Union citizen through acquiring Polish citizenship.

flag A European Union citizen is a person holding the citizenship of an EU Member State. EU citizenship is complementary to national citizenship and does not replace it.

The common European identity is represented by symbols, such as:

  • European format passport,

  • European Anthem,

  • European flag,

  • European driver’s license.

The European Union has its own motto: "Unity in diversity" and celebrates Europe Day on May 9th.

Polish citizens have the right to freedom of movement, residence, study and work within the whole EU.

jobs As a Polish citizen you have the right to move freely within the EU with only a valid identity card or passport. You will be able to obtain a 3-month residence permit in any Member State without needing to complete any formalities. This provision also applies to family members, regardless of their country of origin.

This period may be extended if you run a business in the given country, are employed, are in education, training or on a course, or have adequate resources to maintain you and your family and have health insurance.

After five years of continuous residence in the country as an EU citizen you will be able to obtain the right of permanent residence, which will also cover your family members.

You may lose the right of permanent residence if you leave the country for more than two years.

Europeans who travel within the EU may obtain a European health insurance card. It helps cover the cost of treatment in another Member State.

EU-funded training programs such as Comenius and Erasmus allow students to go abroad, learn languages, study in foreign universities and take part in inter-school projects. The Leonardo da Vinci program facilitates practical training in companies and professional training centers in other European countries, while the Grundtving program allows you to conduct educational activities abroad.

As a citizen of an EU Member State you can work in any EU country in every sector except for certain careers in the public authorities (police, armed forces, foreign affairs, etc.). As an employee you will be entitled to:

  • free movement;

  • fair pay;

  • good working conditions and social protection;

  • join an organized labor association and conduct negotiations on collective agreements;

  • professional training;

  • equal treatment between women and men;

  • information, consultation and participation in important matters of the company;

  • health and safety in the workplace;

  • protection of children, the elderly people and the disabled.

Unlike non-EU nationals, you have full rights to set up a business.

Learn more about your rights as an EU citizen and get tips on life in the EU:

Guide to doing business in the EU:

Wide-ranging citizens’ rights.

paragraph As a Polish citizen you are covered by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. It boasts 54 articles in 7 chapters on dignity, freedom, equality, solidarity, citizens’ rights and justice, expression of the EU's fundamental values ​​and the civil, political, economic and social rights of its citizens.

The Charter prohibits discrimination on the grounds of nationality, gender, race, religion, age or sexual orientation. It promotes equality between men and women and introduces rights such as protection of personal data, right to the protection of the environment, the rights of children and elderly persons, the right to good administration, the prohibition of eugenic practices and human cloning.

In common with other EU citizens, regardless of their nationality, you will have the right to vote and be a candidate in local elections in the Member State in which you live.

You will also have the right to vote in elections to the European Parliament, even at your place of residence, not country of citizenship.

A Polish citizen like any other EU citizen has the right to petition the European Parliament and to make complaints to the European Ombudsman.

Any EU citizen or a resident, and any legal person having its registered office in a Member State in the EU may make a complaint against EU authorities and institutions. The complaint may be written in Polish or another official language of the European Union and sent to the address of the Ombudsman, or notified at:

Any person who is an EU citizen or resident has the right to petition the European Parliament. Petitions may be filed at:

As a Polish citizen you have the right to diplomatic and consular protection. You may find this useful during trips or vacations. If you lose your passport or other personal documents, the consul may, upon confirmation of identity, issue a temporary passport for your return home.

In the event of losing money abroad, the consul may assist you with contacting your family or friends. S/he may also provide you with financial assistance to return home, on receipt of an undertaking to repay it.

Polish citizens have the right to consular access in the event of arrest or imprisonment. The consul can then inform the family and provide information on the reasons for detention and the procedures involved.

In the event of the death of a Polish citizen abroad, the consul may inform their relatives and assist with all local formalities.

Where Poland has no representation, a Polish citizen has the right to consular assistance from the delegations of other EU Member States.

As a citizen of the European Union you will have the right to a fair trial, you will have the right to good administration in the event of any loss due to erroneous administrative decisions, you will have the right to seek compensation for any damage caused by any institutions and their officials.

Sentimental reasons, desire to see where your ancestors lived, recover lost property, buy real estate.

Warsaw For some people, when it comes to holding Polish citizenship, sentimental reasons take precedence over all the benefits the European Union ensures its citizens.

Polish citizenship will allow you to go back to places of particular importance for you and your loved ones.

Polish citizenship will give you, unlike non-Polish nationals, the unrestricted right to acquire real estate in Poland.

People who are interested in the recovery of property left in Poland have an additional avenue of appeal in the event of unfavorable udgments: the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

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Our office is open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. local time


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