Please read the following information carefully before contacting the Embassy in London or the Consulate General in Edinburgh.
Comprehensive information on acquiring German citizenship
Information on non-acquisition of German nationality for children born abroad to German parents (section 4 (4), first and third sentences, of the Nationality Act).
Victims of persecution by the Nazi regime who were forcibly deprived of their German nationality and their descendants can now be renaturalised in Germany.
In exceptional cases, foreign nationals may be naturalised under Section 14 of the Nationality Act and former Germans under Section 13 of the Nationality Act if specific criteria are met, even if they are living abroad.
On 20 August 2021 some amendments to the German Nationality Act (“Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz” or “STaG”) came into force. Among other things, the new Act provides a ten-year period during which German citizenship may be acquired by way of simple declaration.
Information on different cases of the loss of German citizenship
Please note that the German government is currently working on a change in the German Nationality Act, which might allow the acquisition of a foreign citizenship without the need of a retention permit.…
In cases where it is unclear whether you possess German nationality, or if a German authority has asked you to provide proof of nationality (e.g. in connection with being appointed as a civil servant), you may need to apply for a certificate of nationality.
If you hold dual citizenship (German and at least one other citizenship) you can renounce your German citizenship by declaration.
To submit your application, you will need to provide us with one set of certified copies, one set of plain copies and two sets of your signed application form.
How does a child of German parents living abroad get German citizenship? What are the consequences of German citizens acqiring British citizenship? You can find the answers in this FAQ.
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