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Ap­pli­ca­tion for the es­tab­lish­ment of Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship

For ap­pli­cants liv­ing abroad, the Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion is the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ty to deal with cit­i­zen­ship mat­ters.
The Fed­er­al Of­fice of Ad­min­is­tra­tion (BVA) car­ries out spe­cif­ic pro­ce­dures to de­ter­mine whether or not ap­pli­cants are Ger­man cit­i­zens.

It as­cer­tains when and by what means you have be­come a Ger­man na­tion­al and whether or not you have lost your Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship.

Many events in the ap­pli­cants’ and their an­ces­tors’ lives can be sig­nif­i­cant for the ac­qui­si­tion or loss of the Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship, in­clud­ing per­son­al and fam­i­ly events (e.g. birth, mar­riage, or adop­tion) and/or po­lit­i­cal, le­gal de­vel­op­ments (such as col­lec­tive nat­u­ral­iza­tions dur­ing World War II or the ac­qui­si­tion of a for­eign na­tion­al­i­ty).

Ap­pli­cants whose Ger­man cit­i­zen­ship has been es­tab­lished are is­sued a cer­tifi­cate of na­tion­al­i­ty.

It can al­so be es­tab­lished, up­on ap­pli­ca­tion, that you are not a Ger­man cit­i­zen. In such cas­es, a so-called neg­a­tive cer­tifi­cate is is­sued.

Please note that the whole ap­pli­ca­tion pro­ce­dure must be con­duct­ed in Ger­man.

More information and forms are available on our German web pages.

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