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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

  • POLE'S CARD

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    The Act on the Pole’s Card (Journal of Laws, 2014, pos. 1187, with later amendments) specifies the entitlements for the Pole’s Card holder, the rules for granting, as well as the competencies and the course of action of the authorities in these cases.

     

    WHO CAN BE GRANTED THE POLE’S CARD

     

    The Pole’s Card can be granted to a person who declares his belonging to the Polish Nation and fulfills jointly the following conditions:

     

    • Proves that he/she has a Polish descent, or possessed Polish citizenship, or at least one of his/her parents or grandparents or two great grandparents were of Polish nationality or had Polish citizenship, or presents an attestation from a Polish or Polish diasporic organization functioning on the territory of one of the above mentioned states, confirming that he/she has been actively involved in Polish language and cultural activities or activities of the Polish national minority for the period of at least past three years,
    • Proves his/her connection to Polishness through basic knowledge of the Polish language, which he/she considers as their native tongue, as well as displays the knowledge and cultivation of the Polish traditions and habits. This is one of the basic demands for the granting of the Pole’s Card. The Consul will estimate the knowledge of Polish and the cultivation of the Polish traditions and habits during the interview with the applicant,
    • Will submit a written declaration on his/her belonging to the Polish Nation in the presence of the Consul of the Republic of Poland.

     

    In the Republic of Armenia “Polonia”, the Union of Poles in Armenia, is the Polish organization that is eligible for providing with such an attestation confirming that his/hre active involvement in Polish language and cultural activities or activities of the Polish national minority.

     

     

    The Pole’s Card can be granted only if:

     

    1. At the time of submission of the statement the person possesses the citizenship of one of the following states: Republic of Armenia, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Estonia, Republic of Georgia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Lithuania, Republic of Latvia, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Republic of Turkmenistan, the Ukraine or Republic of Uzbekistan, or he/she is considered to be a stateless person in one of the above-mentioned states. The Pole’s Card can be granted also to the citizens of the above-mentioned states, provided their belonging to the Polish Nation has been legally attested in accordance with the Act on Repatriation of 9 November 2000 (Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2014, pos. 1392, with later amendments);
    2. The person does not possess the Polish citizenship or the permanent residence permit in the Republic of Poland.

     

     

    HOW TO APPLY FOR THE POLE’S CARD

     

    To apply for the Pole’s Card one should:

     

    1. Gather all the documents attesting his/her Polish origin, e.g. the applicant’s birth certificate with his parents’ Polish nationality registered in it;
    2. Make a photocopy of the valid identity document (the page with the holder’s photograph). The photocopied documents together with the originals should be presented to the Consul during the appointment (the photocopies will be deposited in the consular section, while the originals will be returned to the holder);
    3. Submit an application for the Pole’s Card. The application from is available in every RP Consulate, in Polish diasporic organizations and on the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Yerevan. A photo (3,5 x 4,5 cm) should be affixed to a specified place in the application form (a photo of high quality is required). Sign the filled-in form in the specified place without exceeding its frame lines.
    4. Make an appointment with the Consul for interview by calling or by e-mailing the Embassy of Republic of Poland in Yerevan. The Consul accepts applicants by prior arrangement only. Please present the following documents during Your interview with the consul:
    • The filled-in application form with a photo;
    • The originals and photocopies of the documents attesting the Polish origin;
    • The originals and photocopies of the passport.

       

    The Consul will speak Polish exclusively, will ask questions regarding the Polish traditions and customs, and will offer a declaration of belonging to the Polish nation.

     

    The applicant will not be charged any fees for the submission for the Pole’s Card.

     

    In case of minors, the Card will be granted at the request of the parents, if both parents hold Pole’s Cards, or one of them holds it, and the second one expresses relevant consent, on condition that the latter has parental responsibility. Granting of the Card to a minor who is over 16 years old may occur only with his or her consent.

     

    The Pole’s Card is valid for the period of 10 years beginning on the day it is issued. Not later than three months before its expiration date, the holder should apply for the Card’s extension for another 10 years’ period. The Pole’s Card that is granted to a person aged 65 is valid for an unlimited period. The Card granted to a minor is valid for 10 years from the day it is issued, but not longer than a year after the holder attains the age of majority. If after attaining the age of majority, but three month before turning 19 and the termination of the Card’s validity, the holder applies for the Card’s extension, as well as submits a declaration of belonging to the Polish nation, the validity of the Pole’s Card will be extended for 10 years.

     

    The validity of the Pole’s Card terminates if its holder obtains the Polish citizenship or the permanent residence permit in the Republic of Poland.

     

     

    THE REASONS FOR REFUSAL TO GRANT THE POLE’S CARD

     

    • The applicant does not fulfill the essential conditions for granting of the Pole’s Card (does not speak Polish, as well as does not know the Polish traditions and customs);
    • The applicant submitted an application containing false personal data or information or attached to it documents containing false personal data or information during the interview with the Consul;
    • The applicant bore false witness or hid the truth or also used false documents;
    • In accordance with the agreements signed in 1944-1957 between Poland and the Soviet Republics of Belarus, the Ukraine, Lithuania or the Former USSR the applicant repatriated from Poland to the above-mentioned states;
    • The applicant has obtained the Polish citizenship or the permanent residence permit in the Republic of Poland, i. e. the permanent residence card;
    • reasons of defense, security or protection of public order of the Republic of Poland prevent the granting of the Card;
    • The applicant acts or has acted against the fundamental interests of the Republic of Poland.

     

    The appeals against the consul’s negative decision should be directed to Council for Poles in the East, which can be submitted through the mediation of the Consul within 30 days from the day the decision was handed.

     

     

    THE POLE’S CARD ENTITLES

     

     

    • Exemption from consular fees for admission and consideration of an application for national visas aimed at the realization of the entitlements provided by the Card;
    • Exemption from consular fees for the admission of an application form and the elaboration of the documents for granting Polish citizenship;
    • Exemption from the obligation to have a work permit based on the principles specified by the Act on Employment Promotion and Labour Maket Institutions of 20 April, 2004 (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2013, pos. 674, with later amendments);
    • Starting a business on the same basis as the citizens of Poland based on the principles specified by the Act on Economic Freedom of 2 July 2004 (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2013, pos. 672, with later amendments);
    • Studying, taking doctoral studies, as well as participation in research and development work based on the principles specified by the Act on Higher Education of 27 July 2005 (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2012, pos. 572, with later amendments);
    • Participation in the other forms of education based on the principles specified by the Act on the Education System of 7 September 1991 (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2004, № 256, pos. 2572, with later amendments);
    • Use of health care services in the emergency cases based on the principles specified by the Act on the Health Care Benefits Financed from the Public Funds of 27 August 2004 (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2008, № 164, pos. 1027, with later amendments), unless international agreement, of which Poland is a contracting party, provides better conditions;
    • 37% discount on public transport (omnibus, flyer and express train) on the basis of a disposable ticket, on the principles specified by the Act on the Rights for the Discount for Transport benefits for taking collective public transports, of 20 June 1992 r. (Consolidated text, Journal of Laws of the Republic of Poland, 2012, pos. 1138, with later amendments;
    • Free admission to state museums;
    • In cases of danger to life and security risks, Consul’s assistance within the latter’s competencies and with the respect for and the application of the traditions and the International law.

     

     

    FACILITATIONS FOR SETTLING IN POLAND

     

     

    From January 1st, 2016 all the holders of Pole’s Card can acquire a permanent residence permit and a permanent residence card free of charge. Still, after the holder of the Card has obtained it, the Polish Card should be returned. People, who obtain the permanent residence permit based on the Pole’s Card, also acquire the right to apply for the Polish citizenship by acknowledgement a year after they received the permanent residence card.

     

    Moreover, the holders of the Card, who submit an application for the permanent residence permit in the Voivode’s office, can also submit for cash benefit for a period of 9 month, the benefit is acknowledged and paid by the administrator of the proper district (starosta powiatu). The benefit is entitled to each member of the applicant’s family, wherein the applicant and his/her spouse will obtain 50% of the minimum wage, whereas each of the children will get the half of the sum during the first three month, during the following months it will equal 60%, i.e. 30% I 15% of the minimum wage respectively. The cash benefit is aimed at facilitation of the settling in Poland in the first months and does not depend on the usage of other sources of finance in the same period.

     

     

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

     

    Granting of the Card does not mean acquiring Polish citizenship, obtaining the permanent residence permit in Republic of Poland or permission to cross the border of the Republic of Poland without a visa.

     

     The Pole’s Card cannot be used as an ID for its holder, its serves only to certify the belonging of its holder to the Polish Nation.

     

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