Hi there, I am new here, but am desperate for anyone who might have some solid information.
I was born & raised in the USA, but have been living abroad in Krakow, Poland for the past 3 years.
Long story short, at 46 years old, I have met the most incredible person I have ever known, we have spent the past (nearly) 2 years together and a few months back I asked her to marry me, and she made me the happiest man in the world when she enthusiastically repiled, “Tak!” (Yes!)
Neither one of us have ever been married before (Anna is 44) nor do either of us have any children.
We went to the US Consulate office here and the guy we spoke with gave us a pre-printed form with what an American needs to do to marry a Polish national in Poland, which includes providing my birth certificate to the Polish courts.
My B.C. is back in the USA in my safe-deposit box, but I had my sister go and get it and send it over to me, and it just arrived, but much to my alarm it was clearly just a photocopy, not the original, which will not be accepted by the polish authorities.
To complicate matters, I was adopted at birth, and my Father & Mother have passed away, so I can’t ask them about the location of the original copy, which I have never seen to the best of my memory. (My parents were very old fashioned and kept all official things like that in THEIR safe-deposit box, even when I was an adult. I never needed it except perhaps to apply for my 1st passport, and then I gave it back to her to hold)
I was adopted in CA. but born & raised in another state, never having lived in California.
Our wedding is scheduled for March 30th, we thought we had plenty of time, but apparently the Polish court system is known for being slow, so I need a certified replacement copy ASAP, hopefully without flying back to the US if possible.
(The guy we spoke to in the consulate office was nice enough, but judging by his accent and his native fluencey in Polish he was not raised in the USA, and it was clear that he wasn’t really sure exactly was required of me, but my fiancee was able to spek with someone else who works in the Polish Family Court system and they told her that the copy of my birth cert. needed to be notarized/certified/officialized and a Xerox copy would not cut it)
Anyone here have any ideas?
I am NOT a “computer person” to put it mildly, so my attempts at Googling have been confusing and contradictory.
Thank you to all for any help!!!