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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).

Due to political, racial or religious persecution also many Germans emigrated and acquired a foreign citizenship before they could be deprived of the German citizenship. For their descendants, a decree by the Federal Ministry of the Interior offers the opportunity  to German citizenship by naturalisation (which already existed until 31.12.1970).

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: 

In general, the following applied: Any person –as a German living abroad- who applied for and acquired a foreign citizenship without having obtained a written approval from their competent authority for retention of their citizenship, lost German citizenship according to §25 Nationality Act. There is a possibility of re-naturalization.  Usually, only people who are permanently residing in Germany can be naturalized. Naturalizations of people living abroad on the basis of discretion are very rare and have very high requirements. The naturalization needs to be of special interest for the Federal Republic of 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 (former) German Mothers and their descendants

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 if you were born between 01.04.1953 and 31.12.1974? Or you are a child born in wedlock to a German mother, who had lost her German citizenship before you were born on the then applicable laws as a result of her marriage with a foreign citizen?
In this case, a naturalisation according to § 14 Nationality Act is possible for you and your descendants under certain conditions. Amongst other requirements, you must show that you have close ties to Germany and speak the language. Read here

Naturalisation of Children Born out of Wedlock to German Fathers and their descendants

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?
In this case, a Naturalisation according to § 14 Nationality Act is possible for you and your descendants. Amongst other requirements, you must show that you have close ties to Germany and speak the language. Read here

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