To renounce German citizenship, you must have dual or multiple citizenships. Voluntary renunciation of citizenship is not possible in Germany if this leaves the person without a recognised citizenship. Renunciation of German nationality is regulated in § 26 (1) StAG (Nationality Act) and states:
Germans may renounce their citizenship if they have multiple citizenships. Such a renunciation must be declared in writing.
Persons who wish to renounce their citizenship must present their documents and submit an application to the German embassy or consulate general responsible. Only after examination and approval can German citizenship be renounced, as § 26 (3) StAG standardises:
The loss of citizenship takes effect when the certificate of renunciation issued by the approving authority is handed over to the applicant.
The processing time is usually about four months. However, errors in the application can hinder the procedure and thus lead to a longer processing time. Our residence and immigration lawyers will assist you with your application and ensure all formalities and requirements are met. We advise clients worldwide to avoid any mistakes and pitfalls in their applications.
All minors or adults under care also need the consent of the German family court to renounce their nationality. In addition, there are certain occupational groups, such as soldiers in the German Armed Forces and active German civil servants, where an applicant cannot renounce their German citizenship. However, an exception is provided that the applicant has lived abroad continuously for at least ten years.