German citizenship law is relatively complicated. The following questions and answers can therefore only cover the issues which currently dominate the inquiries received by the help desk.
- I don't live in Germany but have questions about German citizenship. Who can help me?
- I think I am still a German citizen but cannot prove it. What can I do?
German parents, spouse, ancestors
- As parents we are of different nationalities (one parent being a German national) and live abroad. How does our child receive German citizenship?
- My ancestors were German nationals / One parent was born in Germany. Can I get a German passport?
- I am married to a German national. Can I apply for German citizenship?
- As well as German nationality, our child has had a second nationality since birth. Does our child have to choose between the two in later life?
- Neither of us have German nationality, but we have lived for years in Germany. Can our child get German nationality?
- I was born in Germany. My parents were not German nationals. Can I get a German passport?
Loss of German citizenship & renationalization
- Can I become a German citizen even though I am not living in Germany
- How can German citizenship be lost?
- I lost my German citizenship because I acquired a foreign nationality. Can I get my German citizenship back?
- I/my ancestors was/were denationalized by the National Socialists. Can I get my German citizenship back?
We hope you understand that we cannot respond individually to questions featured in this catalogue.
Have you not found the answer to your question? Give us a call (hotline number +49 30 5000 2000) or send us an email. One of our help desk staff will answer your inquiry as quickly as possible.
You are living abroad and you are in need of consular information? Please contact the German
mission which is competent for your place of residence.