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Acquisition of German citizenship by declaration

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The new Act passed by the German parliament on 25 June 2021 provides a ten-year period during which German citizenship may be acquired by way of simple declaration.

Under former German citizenship law, not all children were able to obtain German citizenship by descent from a parent who was German at the time of their birth. For all those who were affected by the former gender-discriminatory regulations on descent, for example because they were born in wedlock as the child of a German mother and a foreign father prior to 1975 or out of wedlock as the child of a German father and a foreign mother prior to 1 July 1993 and were thus excluded from acquiring German citizenship at birth, the new Act passed by the German parliament on 25 June 2021 provides a ten-year period during which they may acquire German citizenship by way of simple declaration.

Further details about the new regulations as well as application forms and factsheets currently being drawn up by the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) will be available shortly here on our website. Please bear with us for now, and refrain from emailing the Embassy with enquiries on this subject, as we do not yet have detailed information about the change in the law.

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