German Retention Permit: New Regulations on Multiple Citizenship

German Citizenship Lawyers

German Retention Permit: New Regulations on Multiple Citizenship

German Citizenship Lawyers

Anyone seeking dual citizenship is confronted with highly complex regulations under the current legal situation in Germany. As a rule, gaining citizenship in another country (especially “third countries”) can lead to losing your German citizenship under Section 25 of the German Nationality Act (StAG). German citizenship can currently only be retained with a prior Retention Permit (“Beibehaltungsgenehmigung”). This will be changed again with the upcoming amendment to the German Nationality Act – the authorisation to retain nationality will be dropped without replacement. Until then, the rule of single nationality will apply except for EU member states and Switzerland. The application procedure for obtaining dual citizenship is complex and requires a comprehensive legal examination. Given the forthcoming legislative changes in Germany, the question arises as to whether an application procedure should still be initiated at this point or whether an ongoing procedure should be suspended.

Our German citizenship lawyers will support you in deciding whether to initiate the application procedure for the retention of dual citizenship and the retention permit at this point. If this is your wish, we will take care of the application for you and explain the legal requirements and the next steps. The German law firm Schlun & Elseven Rechtsanwälte has in-depth expertise in German nationality and citizenship law and extensive experience in dealing with the Federal Office of Administration, which is responsible for the Retention Permit, to provide you with skilled advice on your questions – especially those relating to the consequences of dual nationality.

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