Pole’s Card

In today’s society, where mobility and accessibility are crucial, there is a document that can make life and travel easier for those who feel Polish and have connections with Poland. We are talking about the Pole’s Card – not only a symbol of the bond with this country, but above all a pass to many amenities. It is especially valuable for people living outside Poland. What exactly is the Pole’s Card and how can you obtain it?

Law about Pole’s Card

The Act on the Pole’s Card was adopted on September 7, 2007 and entered into force on March 29, 2008. Its aim was to facilitate the return to the historical homeland and the integration into Polish society of people of Polish origin who, as a result of various historical events, found themselves outside the borders of the Republic of Poland. The Pole’s Card was addressed mainly to people who feel Polish and maintain their cultural identity in their country of residence.

This goal was justified in the Preamble to the Act on the Pole’s Card as follows:

“[…] fulfilling a moral obligation towards Poles in the East who, due to the changing fate of our homeland, lost their Polish citizenship, meeting the expectations of those who have never been Polish citizens before, but due to their sense of national identity want to obtain confirmation of their belonging to Polish Nation, in order to strengthen the bonds connecting Poles in the East with the Motherland and to support their efforts to preserve the Polish language and cultivate national tradition, it is decided…[…]”.

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Pole’s Card

The Pole’s Card is a document confirming that a person who does not have Polish citizenship belongs to the Polish community through nationality. Establishing the conditions for having the Pole’s Card confirms membership in the Polish Nation, but does not give the right to acquire Polish citizenship or settle in Poland. The Cardholder can obtain a long-term national visa for himself and his family members free of charge. It gives you the right to repeatedly cross the borders of Poland without the need to provide additional documents.

The Pole’s Card is issued in the same way as Polish ID cards. It contains personal data of the card owner: name and surname, gender, date of birth, citizenship, validity period and card number with a photo. There is also an option to apply for a Pole’s Card, in which the holder’s name and surname are written in two ways at the same time: according to the Polish spelling and according to the transcription of the identity document (foreign passport).

The Pole’s Card is granted to a person who, in the presence of the consul, submitted a written declaration of belonging to the Polish nation and:

▪ Demonstrates a connection with Polish culture, knows the history of Poland, cultivates traditions and customs within the family circle;

The most frequently asked questions include: the history of the Katyn crime, Poland’s participation in World War II, customs and traditions of celebrating Easter or Christmas, and the geography of the Republic of Poland.

▪ Speaks Polish at least at a basic level, which they consider their native language;

It is also possible to present a certificate of passing the Polish language exam before the State Examination Board, a certificate of completion of a school or university in Poland, or a certificate of completion of a school with Polish as the language of instruction abroad. This will be an advantage during the interview with the consul, but it will not exempt you from questions related to the cultivation of Polish culture and traditions.

▪ They will prove that they are of Polish nationality or that at least one of their parents, grandmother or grandfather, or two great-grandparents were of Polish nationality at the same time, or will present a certificate from a Polish or cultural organization about active participation in activities to promote the Polish language and culture, support the Polish national minority during at least the last three years.

This may be active participation or volunteering in institutions such as Polish Institutes, Polish Homes or Associations of Poles abroad.

For people of Polish origin who, after 1945, pursuant to the convention concluded between the Polish People’s Republic and the USSR on the prohibition of dual citizenship between these countries, found themselves beyond the Eastern border and lost their Polish citizenship, the Pole’s Card or Permanent Residence on the basis of origin became a real possibility of returning to Poland, their roots, settling in Poland and obtaining Polish citizenship through the recognition procedure.

To sum up, the Pole’s Card is not only a document, but also a key to many amenities and privileges for people associated with Polish heritage. Therefore, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities offered by having the Pole’s Card. If you need help with the acquisition process, we are here to help! You can do this by contacting via email or phone:

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