Once you have lived in Germany for some years, you might want to make it official by taking German citizenship. A German passport comes with privileges afforded only to German citizens. You will have an inalienable right to reside in Germany forever, with protection against extradition or deportation. You can vote in elections, work in the civil service and receive consular protection in other countries. You automatically become a citizen of the EU. You can live, work and study in any of the EU member states. You will also receive some free healthcare while visiting other EU countries. The German passport is the strongest in the world, you can travel to 176 of 218 countries without a visa. Alongside these benefits, German citizenship comes with some social and civic responsibilities. You may be called to serve on a jury or to assist during elections.
German Passport requirements
There are various ways to obtain a German passport. By descent, if your parents were German. By birth, if you were born in Germany to foreign parents. By marriage, if you have been married to a German citizen for 2 years and have lived permanently in Germany for the last 3 years. Or by fulfilling residency requirements. To apply for a German passport by naturalisation you must have lived in Germany for the last 8 years or 7 if you take an integration course. You should speak, read and write German up to at least B1 level. You must be able to prove that you can support yourself and your family financially, without state welfare and you cannot have any criminal convictions. Finally, you must pledge allegiance to Germany and be committed to the constitutional principles of freedom and democracy.
In most cases, you will have to renounce your original nationality when you take up German citizenship. There are certain exceptions. If you were born in Germany to foreign parents, it is possible to keep both nationalities. Citizens of the EU and the former Soviet Union can retain their original nationalities as well as obtaining German citizenship. If your parents are from the US, it can be possible to get dual nationality. Some countries make it impossible to renounce their nationality. In these cases, it can be possible to get dual nationality in Germany.
German Passport application
First, you must apply for German citizenship. After you meet all the residency requirements, you can apply at a local level with the regional naturalisation authority in your area. You will need to take a naturalisation test. This last 1 hour and comprises of 33 multiple choice questions about German culture, law and region-specific questions. The test costs €25 and has a 90% pass rate. The application for German citizenship costs €255 for adults and €51 for children. As speaking German is a pre-requisite, it goes without saying that the whole process is in German. Once you are a German citizen you can apply for a German passport at the local service centre. This will cost an additional €60 or €37.50 if you are under 24.
German Immigration – Mundialz
The German passport is one of the most sought-after passports in the world. It affords you the same rights and privileges as any natural German-born citizen. If you find an amazing job and decide to move to Germany, Mundialz is here to help you with the immigration process. We understand the challenges that expats face and we’re perfectly positioned to offer you the support and guidance you need.