Passportia – German Citizenship Specialists

We help people to acquire or prove German citizenship and to get a German passport, usually through an ancestral link with Germany or German territory. If you are descended from a German citizen, you might have a claim.

Was my ancestor a German citizen?

Your ancestor is likely to have been a German citizen if he or she was:

  • born in German territory before 1914,
  • granted a German passport (not being an alien’s passport), or
  • employed by the government or public sector of Germany before August 1949.

Does that mean I’m a German citizen?

Maybe. It’s often complicated.

In many cases – but not all – a child born in any country to a German parent will have inherited German citizenship.

For this reason, it is sometimes possible for German citizenship to be ‘passed down’ through many generations. Therefore, you could be eligible for German citizenship even if you have never visited Germany.

Generally, before 1975 citizenship was passed down via male ancestors only. After 1975 it could be passed down by both male and female ancestors. In some cases, such as adoption, statelessness, or children born out of wedlock, citizenship can be passed down by a mother before 1975.

Did my ancestor lose citizenship? What would that mean for my claim?

There are many ways a person can lose German citizenship, for instance by continuous absence from German territory for 10 years before 1914, or by an adult acquiring non-German nationality – although this is subject to exceptions.

Nearly all Jewish German citizens lost citizenship between 1933 and 1941. If your parent or ancestor lost citizenship in this way, then you and your children may qualify for the restoration of German citizenship. It does not matter if your ancestor emigrated from Germany well before 1933.

If a German citizen parent lost their citizenship before the birth of a child, the child would not acquire German citizenship through that parent.  However, a child who missed out on citizenship could potentially obtain citizenship by restoration or discretionary naturalisation.

At Passportia, we can help to prepare such claims.

A German passport holder may:

  • Travel across Europe freely,
  • Live, work, study or retire in the European Union, EEA and Switzerland,
  • Enjoy the protection and assistance of the top-class German consular service
  • Visit 176 countries without a visa.

In 2016, the German passport was rated the best in the world by the Economist Magazine.

  • We do a free screening by phone or email
  • We arrange an initial consultation by phone or face to face in London. You provide us with information on your history and family history, and we analyse this and various online resources.
  • If we are confident that we can get you German citizenship, then we provide a fixed price quote and plan
  • If you wish to proceed, then we will work through the following steps:
    1. We study all the documents.
    2. We obtain additional documentary evidence from Germany or elsewhere as needed.
    3. We prepare the application forms, evidence bundle and a letter of representation with a detailed legal argument to maximise chances of success on first application.
    4. We submit the application to the German government (BVA).
    5. We handle all queries arising.
    6. We apply for your passport and identity document.

Our success rate is over 90% for citizenship claims. Please view our many testimonials from satisfied clients, or see our excellent Google reviews.

To find out more phone +1 (305) 770 6530 or Request Evaluation