Dual citizenship introduced in Poland
Starting August 15 the President may grant Polish citizenship to all the foreigners.
These changes are introduced by a new law on citizenship, which came into force today. "From August 15, the President may give the Polish citizenship to all foreigners, regardless of whether they lived and how long they stayed in Poland" - informed the Polish Ministry of Internal Affairs (MSW), noting that before the President could grant citizenship only in "exceptional cases."
The new law also allows to grant Polish citizenship to all foreigners without any limitation in terms of the procedures carried out by the governor and shorts the period required for submission of such application, i.e. the term of residence with a permit of "permanent residence", to three years.
To obtain Polish citizenship of Poland from the governor, one must live in Poland with such permission at least for three years, have regular income, prove the availability of dwelling place (leased or private flats) and be fluent in Polish.
"Starting August 15 an application for Polish citizenship may be submitted by foreigners who have been staying in the country for a long time, integrated into society, are fluent in Polish and have source to keep up, respect established Polish legal order and do not represent a threat to defense or security" - highlighted in MSW.
According to the Polish administration of the Aliens' Affairs (UDSC), at the beginning of this year more than 100,000 citizens of foreign countries, most of whom - nearly 30,000 - were citizens of Ukraine, legally lived in 38-millions' Poland. About 18 000 of these Ukrainians had "permanent residence" permit in the country, while 12 000 - a temporary permit which is issued only for 2 years.
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