How do I know if I have German citizenship?
German Citizenship Through Descent
Technically, you are considered a German citizen and can reclaim your German citizenship if: You were born to married parents and your father was a German citizen. You were born on or after 1 January 1975 to married parents and either one of your parents was a German citizen.
How do I prove my German heritage?
You will need documents that prove your parentage, such as:
- Birth certificates.
- Marriage certificates.
- Certificates of descent.
- Family books.
- Evidence of having possessed or lost German citizenship.
- Evidence of having acquired or possessed other nationalities.
Does Germany allow dual citizenship with South Africa?
You can have both citizenships if you obtained both automatically by law, e.g. your parents have two different citizenships, or if your parents are German but you obtained South African citizenship through birth in the country.
What is a German naturalization certificate?
You can apply for determination of German citizenship in order to obtain a certificate of citizenship. The certificate confirms and proves that you have been a German citizen, for example because you obtained citizenship by birth and that you have not lost it since.
Does Germany recognize dual citizenship?
In principle, Germany does not allow dual citizenship. However, the German nationality law was recently changed to allow more people to qualify for dual citizenship.
Can German citizens have dual citizenship?
In certain cases, German citizens may apply for dual nationality, allowing them to acquire foreign citizenship while retaining their German citizenship.
Does Germany have birthright citizenship?
German citizenship acquired through birth in Germany
Since 2000, children born in Germany to foreign parents acquire German citizenship at birth in addition to the foreign citizenship of their parents, on the principle of jus soli (Latin for “right of the territory”).
Can I claim German citizenship through ancestry?
Many people whose parents, grandparents or great-grandparents were born in Germany qualify for German citizenship through descent. In essence you can reclaim your German citizenship by descent if: You have ancestors who had their citizenship taken away under Nazi rule on political, racial or religious grounds in 1938.