On top of being a historically rich country, housing over 2,100 castles, Germany is also home to the European Union’s largest economy and offers free university education to citizens and non-citizens alike.
Keep reading to learn more about how you can reclaim your German citizenship through your family lineage.
If you have a parent or grandparent that was a German citizen, it is possible that you can reclaim your family’s German citizenship by descent. This means that if you meet the requirements to receive a German passport, you would be able to live, work, and study in any of the 28 countries throughout the European Union with no restrictions.
Many people whose parents or grandparents were born in Germany qualify for German citizenship through descent. Below are the personal requirements you must meet, as well as the documentation you must be able to present.
To apply for German citizenship, you must have the appropriate documents in order, and of which must be translated into German. You must be able to provide original or translated copies of:
Your own birth certificate
The birth certificate(s) and other relevant documents of your German parent or Grandparent
Copies of your ancestor(s)’ German passport(s) from when you were born
Some other forms that may help your case include:
Your parents’ marriage certificate
Copies of grandparent(s)’ German passport (s) from when you were born
Your grandparents’ marriage certificate
All certificates proving US naturalization
Any other proof of citizenship from one of your ancestors