Henley Passport Index 2024: The German Passport once again in First Place

In an increasingly interconnected, globalised world, the freedom to travel guaranteed by possessing a particular passport is of crucial importance for the mobility of its holders. The Henley Passport Index, which lists countries and territories regarding freedom to travel, shows a highly interesting development: the German passport is at the top of the current [...]

German Dual Citizenship Law 2024: Transformative Changes

Germany's laws on dual citizenship have undergone a historic transformation. Traditionally reluctant to allow dual citizenship, Germany has gradually become more lenient, especially for citizens from other EU member states and Switzerland, and now dual citizenship is more accessible for those residing in Germany from third countries (non-EU countries). Previously, German citizens living [...]

Current Developments and Planned Changes with Regard to German Citizenship by Residency Dec. 2022

In principle, German citizenship is acquired by birth (ius soli) or by descent (ius sanguinis). However, it is also possible to acquire citizenship through residency. However, specific requirements must be met for this. With the planning of a new German citizenship by residency law, which is to contain relaxed requirements, citizenship by residency should [...]

Benefits of German Citizenship

German citizenship is a gateway to a world of remarkable opportunities. At Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte, our lawyers regularly handle cases concerning German citizenship applications – whether they arise through cases of naturalisation by residency or due to descent and ancestry. Our clients can expect comprehensive legal solutions, tailored services and deep expertise in [...]

Dual Citizenship Germany – USA

Having the centre of your life - whether for private or professional reasons - in a country other than where you were born has become the norm. In such a situation, holding two citizenships can be useful to avoid losing ties to your home country. The German passport, which, according to the Henley Passport [...]

German Citizenship for Descendants of Holocaust Victims

The horrors of World War II left an indelible mark on our world, reshaping global politics and spurring the formation of crucial international organisations such as the United Nations, the European Union, and NATO. The war also catalysed the establishment of international human rights legislation, serving as a stark reminder of the devastating consequences [...]