• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • The Card of the Pole

    The Card of the Pole is a document stating adherence to the Polish Nation. The Card holder is entitled to all the benefits as stated in the Parliamentary Bill, passed by the Polish Sejm on Sep 7, 2007.

    The Card of the Pole can be granted to a person who declares belonging to the Polish Nation and:


    1. can support their relationship with the Polish Nation by: at least basic knowledge of Polish language which they consider their native language, knowledge and cultivation of Polish traditions and customs. It is one of the major criteria decisive on the granting  of the Card of Pole. Both language and customs knowledge are assessed by a consul during a meeting with the applicant;
    2. in the presence of a consul signs a declaration of belonging to the Polish Nation;
    3. is of the Polish nationality or used to hold the Polish citizenship, or at least one of their parents or grandparents or two great-grandparents were of Polish nationality or held the Polish citizenship, or can present a reference letter from the Association of Poles in Latvia supporting an active engagement in the cultivation of Polish language and culture or the Polish minority within a period of at least last three years.

    The Card of the Pole can be granted only to a person who on a day of applying for its issue holds a citizenship of: Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Estonia, Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Moldavia,  Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Republic of Uzbekistan, or holding a status of the statelessness in one of these countries.

    The Card of the Pole can only be granted to a citizen of one of these countries whose Polish heritage has been stated as legally valid under the Act on repatriation of 9 November 2000 (Dz.U. 2000 no. 106/1118), who does not hold the Polish citizenship or the right to permanent residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland.

    Holder of the Card of the Pole is entitled to:


    1. exemption from the obligation to have a work permit for foreigners;
    2. obtaining a long-term visa enabling a multiple Polish border crossing,
    3. running business in Poland on the same basis as the Polish citizens;
    4. study and participate in other forms of education, as well as participate in research and development work. The holder retains the right to apply for scholarships and financial support from the State budget or from the Commune Authorities devoted to supporting the Polish citizens abroad;
    5. use of health care services in the states of emergency on the same conditions as the Polish citizens;
    6. 37% discount on public transport omnibus, flier and express rail travel;
    7. free admission to state museums.

    Enforcement of the rights listed in 4–7 requires presenting both the Card and a valid document confirming the identity of the holder.

    Obtaining the Card is not equal to holding the Polish citizenship. the right to permanent residence in Poland or crossing the borders of the Republic of Poland without a valid visa.



    Who is the issuer of the Card of the Pole?

    The Card can be issued by a consul of the Republic of Poland in a place of residence of the applicant. The process of application is free of charge. In case of losing or destroying the Card, the holder should apply for its duplicate.


    What should be included in the application?

    The filled application form (in Polish, capital letters) should be accompanied by a valid copy of the applicant’s passport and documents proving the applicant’s linkage to the Polish nationality, heritage and culture.


    Can a child obtain the Card?

    A minor will be granted with the Card on the parental request if both of the parents are holders of the Card or one of the parents is a holder of the Card and the other parents declares their consent in the presence of a consul, unless the other parent is under the suspension of parental authority.

    Minors of  the age of 16 and older should declare  their consent personally in the presence of a consul.

    The Card becomes invalid after the minor turns 18. It is possible to apply for renewing the Card for the next 10 years at least three months before the 18th birthday.


    How long is the Card valid?

    The Card is valid for 10 years. For prolonging  the Card, a relevant application should be made at least three months before the expiry date. The Card also becomes invalid in case its holder obtains the Polish citizenship or the right to permanent residence on the territory of the Republic of Poland.


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