German Citizenship

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German Citizenship

Approximately 45 million people in the United States claim German ancestry. German citizenship is usually forwarded from one generation to the next and many become aware of their German citizenship only after decades have passed. If you want to explore on your own German citizenship please read carefully the General Information on Obtaining and Losing German citizenship and on the Certificate of Citizenship. 

Thumb-Rule: If you were born in Germany prior to January 1, 2000, neither of your parents was German at the time of your birth, nor did they apply for your German citizenship, then you are not German.

Please note: Since German language skills are a requirement for the following processes, only the German webpage has information on

General Information on Obtaining German Citizenship

Passport Enlarge image (© picture-alliance / Robert B. Fis) Get a quick overview on the provisions on the acquisition of German citizenship. More

General information on Losing German Citizenship

German Passport Enlarge image German Passport (© picture alliance / dpa) Get a quick introduction on the provisions on the automatic loss of German citizenship. More

Renunciation of German Citizenship

Passport Enlarge image (© picture alliance) On the following page you will find more information on renouncing your German citizenship. More

Restoration of German citizenship according to Art. 116

Reisepass Enlarge image (© dpa/ picture-alliance) Former German Citizens and their descendants who were persecuted on political, racial and religious grounds between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945 might be eligible to restore their German citizenship. More

German Citizenship Acquired through Notification of Birth Occurring Abroad

Child with passport Enlarge image Child with passport (© picture alliance / CTK) This regulation of German citizenship law refers to children born abroad whose German parent(s) were born abroad after Dec. 31, 1999. More

Certificate of Citizenship

Deutscher Reisepass Enlarge image (© picture alliance / dpa) Make yourself familiar with the procedure on how to apply for a German certificate of citizenship. More

Citizenship Frequently Asked Questions

Visa Enlarge image (© ) Answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding German citizenship. More

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