German Citizenship

01.12.2017 - Article
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German Citizenship

The German rules on citizenship were extensively revised with the entry into force of the amended Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz) on 1 January 2000.

The German Law on Nationality and Citizenship is very complex and has undergone many changes in the past. However, some aspects have remained the same.

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Children born abroad to German parents not automatically German

Under certain circumstances, a child born to German parents abroad will NOT automatically acquire German nationality. Please find more information in the leaflets.


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