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3 Benefits of Obtaining Polish Citizenship

Poland is an excellent country to obtain EU citizenship from. Being a Polish citizen automatically grants EU citizenship and with it, visa-free access to all EU countries and the ability to live, work and travel freely in all 27-member states of the EU.

If you have direct ancestors such as a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent or even further who were born in Poland and even in neighbouring countries such as Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, which were part of Poland at some point in history, you may qualify for citizenship by descent. (We can help you find out if you may be eligible for Polish citizenship!)

Living in Poland can be a great adventure, although it comes with its own set of challenges. Non-Polish speaking citizens may run into language barriers when travelling outside of major cities or dealing with some government departments. Also, Polish winters are not for the faint of heart.

That being said, there is much to be appreciated about the country and the benefits of Polish citizenship.

Beautiful view of the old water dam in Zagorze Slaskie, Poland

Benefit 1: Career and Business Benefits

Obtaining a Polish citizenship grants citizens various career and business benefits. With a Polish passport, it is not only easier to apply for EU job openings but also to conduct international business in the region. There are no restrictions in place for applicants when applying for job positions. They may apply wherever they wish to in the EU region and are subject to the same rights as local residents.

Business owners particularly benefit from obtaining a Polish passport, as they pay less in taxes through incentive programs in many EU countries, gain access to financial support (i.e. government grants) and are subject to reduced trade restrictions among EU countries.

While it is possible to start a business in Europe without EU citizenship, there is a requirement in place to apply for a business residency permit when doing so, which is linked to the applicant’s company. With an EU passport, this rule is bypassed altogether.

Wide view of the snowy peaks of the Tatry mountains on the border of Poland and Slovakia.

Benefit 2: Quality of Life

Poland offers a good quality of life to its residents in terms of cost of living, accommodation, education and lifestyle/culture.

Overall, the cost of goods, dining, public transport and rent in Poland fares well in comparison to other European countries. There is a variety of accommodation in Polish cities such as Warsaw, from small apartments to free-standing houses. Residents do not have to search long to find a place that meets their taste, budget and commute. The country has a good public education system. Obtaining Polish citizenship grants access to various Polish schools and universities and even in other EU countries.

Lastly, the country boasts a multitude of cultural events such as art exhibitions, concerts, food events, music festivals and museums. The nightlife is vibrant, with Polish cities containing a plethora of clubs, restaurants and outdoor spots to enjoy the nightlife.

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Benefit 3: Freedom of Mobility

Obtaining Polish citizenship grants applicants the freedom to travel to and work/ live in all 27 countries under the EU, including Italy, Germany, and Belgium. No restrictions exist for Polish citizens when working and living in other EU countries. There is also a shorter waiting time for Polish citizens at customs when entering the EU, which is advantageous for frequent travelers. The same right extends to designated family members (ex: spouse, children, parents) when travelling with EU citizens, even if they are not citizens themselves.

On the other hand, non-passport holders can only stay for 90 days every 6 months. This limitation is completely removed by acquiring a Polish passport.

Wild flowers at sunset in the mountains. Poland

How Can I Get Started?

If you have direct ancestors such as a parent, grandparent, great-grandparent or even further who were born in Poland and even in neighbouring countries such as Lithuania, Ukraine and Belarus, which were part of Poland at some point in history, you may qualify for citizenship by descent.

EuroPassport makes the process of acquiring your EU/UK citizenship by descent simpler than ever before. If you’re interested in applying for European citizenship by ancestry, either in the EU or UK–take our quick pre-screening assessment today.

Have more questions about the process and whether you may be eligible? Check out our FAQs or contact us today to learn more.