german citizenship

German citizens enjoy many rights and benefits, including a right to a German passport.
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German Citizenship (“Staatsangehörigkeit”) can be obtained in a number of ways, the most common being by inheritance or naturalisation:

  • by descent from a German parent or ancestor
  • by legitimation of a child with a German father to June 1998
  • by adoption by a German parent
  • by marriage to a German man between 1914 and March 1953
  • by restoration if  a German parent or ancestor lost it under Nazi laws
  • by naturalisation, either discretionary or by residence in Germany
  • by employment by the German government on any date between 1871 and August 1953, including military service


Former Germans who lost German citizenship as a result of border changes  following WWI or WWII, or who are descendants of Germans who migrated to the Russian Empire can – as long as they fulfill the requirements – also reclaim their citizenship.

Proving German citizenship by ancestry often requires copies of family records in Germany or Poland. Passportia can assist with obtaining copies.

These points are a simplified representation of potential claims for German Citizenship and Passports. In practice an individual case can be far more complicated. Passportia is well-placed to support you in filing a successful application.


To discuss an assessment of your claim to German citizenship, call +1 (305) 770 6530 or complete the Contact Us form on the right


How we Work with a Client

How Passportia Works

  • You provide us with information on your history or your family history, ideally using the Evaluation Form on our website.
  • We try to form a view of your citizenship prospects within one week.
  • If we are confident that you can get citizenship, then we provide a proposal with a price quote for each stage of the process
  • If you wish to proceed, then we will work through the following steps:
    1. We email you an agreement for signature with a list of documents required.
    2. You sign this and deposit the fee in our Client Escrow Account.
    3. We prepare the application forms, evidence pack and letter of representation with a legal opinion to maximise chance of success.
    4. You submit the application to the government and we assist with queries.

Our success rate with citizenship applications based on ancestry is over 90%. Please view the many testimonials from satisfied clients (see sidebar on right).


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