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.
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.