Foreign citizens must renounce their old citizenship if applying for German citizenship according to the national legislation, exceptions apply to EU and Swiss citizens. However, children of German citizens with foreign ones will be automatically granted a German citizenship. Once the citizenship obtained, the individual will also be allowed to apply for a German passport. Other ways of obtaining a German citizenship is by living in the country for at least eight years. Also, children of foreign citizens living in Germany for at least eight years will automatically receive a German citizenship.
Our specialists in Germany can guide you through the citizenship application procedure and help you in the process of starting a company in Germany.
Most foreign citizens apply for German citizenship after living and working in the country for eight years. The first step towards obtaining a German passport is to apply for a residence or a work permit. However, in order to obtain German citizenship there are a few other requirements one must fulfill:
In the case of foreign citizens married to German ones, citizenship may be obtained before within two years from the marriage date and three years of living in the country.
One of the ways of obtaining citizenship in Germany is naturalization. In order to be naturalized a foreign citizen must fulfill the following conditions:
Foreign citizens who have completed an integration course will be granted German citizenship after seven years. When receiving German citizenship an individual will also receive a citizenship certificate and will be allowed to apply for a German passport.
For complete information about obtaining citizenship and opening a business in Germany, please contact our local consultants in company incorporation matters.