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You are not a German citizen automatically but wish to become German?
Almost always, naturalisation requires the candidate to be residing in Germany. Naturalisation from abroad is possible in only a very few exceptional cases, about which you can read here.

Restored Citizenship

Between 1933 and 1945, many emigrant were deprived of their German citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds. Since the founding of the Federal Republic of Germany, these former German citizens and their descendants have had the possibility to re-naturalise according to Article 116 II “Grundgesetz” (Basic Law). Read here

Naturalisation of former German Citizens

Did you lose German citizenship because you applied for and acquired a foreign citizenship and did not have a German letter of retention? 

When did you acquire the foreign citizenship: 

Whoever applied for and acquired a foreign citizenship without having obtained a German letter of retention, lost German citizenship according to §25 Citizenship Law. There is a possibility of re-naturalisation if you permanently reside in Germany.

Whoever applied for and acquired a foreign citizenship without having obtained a German letter of retention, lost German citizenship according to §25 Citizenship Law (StAG).

There is a possibility of re-naturalisation according to §13 StAG. Amongst other requirements, you must show that a letter of retention would have been granted if you had applied for it in time and that you continue to have close ties to Germany and speak German fluently. Read here

Naturalisation of Children Born in Wedlock to German Mothers

You did not become German by birth because you were born in wedlock before 01.01.1975 and only your mother was German? And you failed to give a declaration? Since 2012, naturalisation according to § 14 Citizenship Law is possible. Amongst other requirements, you must show that you have close ties to Germany and speak the language fluently. Read here

Naturalisation of Children Born out of Wedlock to German Fathers

You did not become German by birth because you were born out of wedlock before 01.07.1993 and only your father was German? And you neither met the requirements for legitimation? Since 2014, naturalisation according to § 14 Citizenship Law is possible. Amongst other requirements, you must show that you have close ties to Germany and speak the language fluently. Read here

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