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I was born in Germany. My parents were not German nationals. Can I get a German passport?

A child can attain German citizenship by being born in Germany even if neither parent is German. However this only applies to children born on or after 1 January 2000.

A further condition is that one parent has been legally resident in Germany for eight years and has a right of unlimited residence or for three years an unlimited residence permit. Children who become German citizens in this way must however decide between the age of 18 and 23 whether they want to retain German citizenship or the citizenship of their parents.

Law on Nationality

The widely amended law on nationality entered into force on 1 January 2000. On 20 December 2014, the Second Act Amending the Nationality Act entered into force. Here you can find the central points. more

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