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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

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German Missions in the United States
Find out which of the nine German consulates throughout the US can assist you by using our interactive Consulate Finder map.© Germany.info

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

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