Want to know more about gaining German citizenship? Polaron is here to help you better understand the key takeaways to becoming a German citizen. This includes information on dual citizenship, language and cultural requirements, financial costs, and the time it takes to receive German citizenship.
You won’t lose your current citizenship if applying for Determination or Restitution of citizenship.
Both your current citizenship and your German citizenship are considered your birth right (assuming your country allows for dual citizenship). Do be aware that some foreign citizens may need to renounce their current citizenship if they are not eligible for an exemption to renounce.
You don’t need to speak German if applying for Determination or Restitution of Citizenship.
However, if you are applying for discretionary naturalisation, you have to speak the language and sit a test at the German Consulate.
You can find out when and if your ancestor naturalized in the US through USCIS.
The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) will issue you with either a naturalisation certificate or a non-naturalisation certificate/certificate of non-existence.
You can find out when and if your ancestor naturalized in the following countries and their departments.
Canada – Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
United Kingdom – National Archives or Home Office
Australia – National Australian Archives (NAA) or Department of Home Affairs
South Africa – Department of Home Affairs
Brazil – O Departamento de Migrações da Secretaria Nacional de Justiça
Argentina – Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores or National Archives of Argentina
The process can take up to 18-24 months to action your German citizenship application
Your application is lodged with the German Federal Office of Administration (FOA). There is no way to expedite this process.
You can apply for your German passport even if you don’t speak the language
Once you are a confirmed citizen of Germany, you can go to your local consulate and apply for your passport. This document costs approximately 90 euros.