How to apply for a German citizenship (standard procedure)?

A non-German national, who has lived in Germany for a period of 8 years, is allowed to apply for a German citizenship, under certain conditions.

A non-German Citizen can apply for a German passport, if he meets the following requirements:

  • Permanent right of residence or specific residence permits at the time of naturalisation.
  • Habitual and legal residence in Germany for eight years.
  • Good command of the German language, at least at Level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
  • Subsistence security (including for family members entitled to maintenance) without social welfare and unemployment benefit II (“Hartz IV”).
  • Knowledge of the legal and social order and of living conditions in Germany (“citizenship test”).
  • Absence of criminal convictions.
  • Declaration of commitment to the free democratic basic law of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • Loss or disclaiming of former citizenship.

Legal References: §10 Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz (StAG).

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