How does it work?
You can apply to reclaim your German citizenship by proving your heritage and by satisfying eligibility criteria set by the German government. Your application form needs to be accompanied by your ancestral and personal documents, translated into German.
How do I know if I qualify?
Many people whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in Germany qualify for German citizenship through descent.
In essence you can reclaim your German citizenship by descent if:
- You have ancestors who had their citizenship taken away under Nazi rule on political, racial or religious grounds in 1938.
- You have ancestors who were born on Germany territory before 1914, have held German passports in the past or were employed by the German government before 1949.
- You were born before 1975 as the legitimate child of a German citizen father.
- You were born after 1975 as the legitimate child of a German citizen father or mother.
- You were born after June 1993 as the illegitimate child of a German citizen father and paternity is proven before you turn 23.
How can Polaron help me?
- We offer a free and confidential eligibility assessment.
- If you are eligible, we can provide you with a no-obligation quote.
- Should you decide to proceed with us, we provide you with linguistic, administrative and legal support and navigate through German regulations on your behalf.