German Citizenship Through Descent

Did you know that if you have German ancestry, you might be eligible for German citizenship and an EU passport? This means you can live, work and study in any of the 28 EU member countries with no restrictions. German passports are considered one of the most valuable in the world as they offer visa-free travel to 177 countries.

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 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.