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New citizenship legislation planned

09.04.2021 - Article

On 24 March 2021, the Federal Cabinet adopted the draft Fourth Act Amending the Nationality Act. This bill will be debated in parliament in the months to come. This new piece of legislation is designed to create a new legal framework for the restitution of German citizenship for victims of Nazi persecution and their descendants. The bill introduces legal claims to naturalisation for individuals who lost or were denied their German citizenship due to Nazi persecution and who are not already entitled to restoration of citizenship under Article 116 (2) of the Basic Law (Grundgesetz). This entitlement to naturalisation is also to be extended to all descendants of such individuals.

In addition for all those who were affected by the former gender-discriminatory regulations on descent and were thus excluded from acquiring German citizenship at birth, the Act provides a ten-year declaration period during which they may acquire German citizenship by way of simple declaration. This will apply to children of German mothers born within wedlock before the 01.01.1975 and children of German fathers born out of wedlock before the 01.07.1993.

Further details can be found in the press release of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.

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