German citizenship can be gained by birth, by marriage, by descent and through naturalization. The German Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz -StAG) outlines the legal requirements that need to be fulfilled under these different means. German citizenship by birth is provided for under § 4 StAG and although it can appear to be straightforward (“A child acquires German citizenship by birth if one parent possesses German citizenship…”), it can be a complicated process for those living outside of Germany. There are many benefits that come from holding German citizenship but it may result in the child needing to choose between German citizenship and the citizenship of their country of birth. Our German citizenship lawyers will answer all questions on this matter.
For those who have made Germany their home, becoming a German citizen through the naturalization process is an option available to them. German citizenship means that they will be able to vote in all German elections, they will enjoy the benefits of European Union citizenship and their future in Germany is fully secured. Our lawyers oversee naturalization applications and expert legal guidance ensures that the process is accelerated where possible. Similarly, we support applications for German citizenship based on ancestry and descent by those living outside of Germany.
Under § 17 StAG, German citizens can also lose their citizenship. This can arise in situations where the German citizen has gained the citizenship of another country without applying for the Retention permit (“Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”), where they have joined the armed forces of another country or by adoption by a foreign citizen. In disputed cases concerning the loss of citizenship, it is advisable to contact experts on German citizenship law. Our German citizenship lawyers are here to help.