Entries by Michael Kest

German Citizenship Policy Changes

In September and October 2019 the German Interior Ministry released a new policy and updates to two previous policies regarding changes in German naturalisation requirements. These developments have lowered the naturalisation requirements for people of German descent in three specific groups, which previously experienced difficulties applying for German citizenship. It is also important to mention […]

Brexit: How Will It Effect Dual German Citizenship?

With the imminent date of Brexit looming, the status of Germans in Britain hoping to naturalise in the UK and that of British nationals in Germany looking to obtain German citizenship has been cast in uncertainty. Exceptionally, those with ancestry-based claims may not be affected by the UK’s departure. As a rule, Germany does not […]

Overview of the EU Settlement Scheme

In our recent blog posts on German citizenship and the impact of Brexit, Passportia briefly outlined the new EU Settlement Scheme. The Home Office launched the public test phase for this scheme in January.   The new EU Settlement Scheme replaces EU Permanent Residency post-Brexit and is now open to resident EU citizens and their […]

Explained: How the Descendants of Nazi Victims are “Missing Out” on German Citizenship

The descendants of Jews persecuted by the Nazi regime can often make a claim to German citizenship. According to the German constitution, people whose German citizenship was stripped during this period can apply to have it restored, as can their descendants. Jewish former Germans were the largest group affected by citizenship deprivation during this period. […]

Passportia Publishes Report on UK Law Affecting Commonwealth Immigration before 1973

In the context of huge media and public interest in the issues and policies affecting the Windrush generation, Passportia has published an in-depth report into the immigration law affecting arrivals from the Commonwealth before 1973. Authored by Bruce Mennell, Passportia’s director, the report is based on extensive archival research. It is free to read and […]