Am I German?
“Man is not born a citizen, but must be made so.”
Baruch Spinoza, Dutch Philosopher, *24.11.1632, † 21.02.1677
Am I German? Questions and answers on German citizenship law
“My grandparents were German but lost their citizenship during the Nazi time. Can I get a German passport?” >
German citizenship law is complex. Therefore, we provide on this webpage some general principles pertaining to this topic. This information is specifically geared to people who were born outside of Germany and would like to know whether they automatically acquired German citizenship by birth, or in some cases, are able to acquire it upon request through an application process.
Our practice also focuses on the restoration of German citizenship pursuant to Article 116 (2) of the German Basic Law. According to this section, former Germans may re-obtain their former citizenship if, during the Nazi regime, their German citizenship was revoked for political, racial or religious reasons. This also applies to their descendants up to the fourth or even fifth generation, who may also be eligible for citizenship.
If you lost your German citizenship because without a Retention Certificate you became an American citizen, a citizen of Canada or New Zealand, please visit our site www.beibehaltungsgenehmigung.com.
The information on this website is for general informational purposes only. It does not claim to be complete. Of course, each case is different, and any information provided on this webpage does not substitute specific legal advice.