Because my parents are Polish I am also applying for a Polish passport. Anyone who can prove their Polish descent can obtain a Polish passport.*
The application requires to be written in Polish with certain official documents such as birth certificate and marriage certificate to be translated by an authorised translator.
This we found to be an expensive process. We used a translation company in Poland that we found over the web. The cost per word was 0.15 Euros, which sounded extremely reasonable until the bill came in at almost £50 per document. I was not aware that there were so many words on a birth or marriage certificate and really it's money for 'old rope'. Once they have the format for the translation of a birth certificate from a certain country it can be re-used to generate income easily ad-infinitum.
The advantage of using the services of a company over the web is that I could send scanned documents for them to translate which can be attached to originals. The other way to do it is to send by post which takes longer but you will have authenticated translations. Either way, the translations are rubber stamped and returned by post (takes about a week to arrive).
I look forward to receiving more recommendations from visitors to the site. Two recommended translators are shown below:
Sworn translators recommended by visitors to the buyinghousepoland.co.uk web site
- One sworn translator that has been recommended is Anita Myszk near Gdansk. She deals with Polish and English. Click here for website. She is apparently efficient, friendly and offers a value for money service.
- Another sworn translator who has shown an efficient and reasonably priced service is Piotr Mizia from Krakow. Email Piotr
A local Polish person speaking your language would be most useful though to help you find the things and places you need and to act as a translator when the estate agent or anyone else you deal with does not speak your language. They know where the local government offices are and which ones to go to for various functions.
The following page lists people who are willing to act as informal translators on your behalf which can be invaluable when dealing with administrative tasks in Poland.
If you are fluent in Polish plus another language, live anywhere in Poland, do please feel free to offer your services. Add your details to the input form for that purpose so that you can register your details and hourly rate online should visitors to the site require them.
There are various translator web sites where you can enter a word and obtain the translation. I found these useful on occasion, although slow to use.