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In a formal application procedure it can be determined if you are a German citizen. For applicants abroad (not living in Germany) the authority responsible in processing these applications is the Federal Office of Administration in Cologne (Bundesverwaltungsamt).

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In a formal application procedure it can be determined if you are a German citizen. For applicants abroad (not living in Germany) the authority responsible for processing these applications is the Federal Office of Administration in Cologne (Bundesverwaltungsamt).


The Federal Office of Administration reviews how and when you obtained German citizenship and also if you have not lost German citizenship. If it is determined that you are a German citizen, you are issued with a Citizenship certificate (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis) as proof of your German citizenship.

Please note:

For a decision regarding your application, extensive information and documentation with regards to your ancestors (parents, grandparents and if necessary great grandparents) is required.

  • please bear in mind that the processing time can take up to two years or longer
  • a cost of Euro 25,00 is applicable for the Citizenship certificate (Staatsangehörigkeitsausweis), please note that a fee of Euro 18,00 is also applicable in the case of a denial (negative outcome)

The application can be lodged at the German Mission responsible for your district (area you reside in). Please note that an appointment must be made to lodge the application at the relevant responsible German Mission. All supporting documentation accompanying the application is required in original plus two ordinary copies (not certified). Documentation certified by South African authorities cannot be accepted.

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