Obtaining Citizenship

In general, German citizenship is not established through birth on German territory but by descent from a German legal mother and/or a German legal father.

German citizenship may have been obtained through the following:

  • by birth in wedlock
  • by birth out of wedlock
  • by adoption
  • by legitimation
  • by marriage of a foreign wife to a German (only until 03/31/1953)
  • by other reasons

Consulate Finder

German Missions in the United States

Find out which of the nine German Missions throughout the US can assist you by using our Consulate Finder.