Search for documents proving entitlement to German citizenship
Deutsches Staatsbürgerschaftsverfahren – Acquire German citizenship by ancestors
If you have ancestors who migrated from Germany to, let’s say, Brazil, South Africa, Canada, Mexico or the US, it is perhaps possible to receive German citizenship, even if you simultaneously possess US, Brazilian or South African citizenship.
German nationality law is based on the ius sanguinis (right of blood) und can be, depending on the individual conditions, transferred to following generations, hence as well to you. German nationality law is therefore also known as “Abstammungsprinzip”, the German term for the ancient Latin principle of ius sanguinis.
The procedures regarding the distribution of German citizenship are supervised by the German Federal Office of Administration. In order to apply for German citizenship you are obliged to file an application that is to ascertain German citizenship. During this process you have to submit all necessary documents, that are needed to determine if your application for German citizenship is valid. You hand in the documents at the diplomatic mission of your country. The mission will transfer the documents to German agencies who thereafter will examine if you are to be granted German citizenship.
In case your application is approved you will receive a Certificate of Citizenship. The Certificate of Citizenship is valid indefinitely, starting in August of 2007. Upon receiving the Certificate of Citizenship you can apply for a German passport. The German passport grants you visa-free access to all countries of the European Union.
Just in case you are missing documents that prove German heritage, we can help finding documents of one of your ancestors in Germany or abroad. We have access to national and international archives (f.e. in Poland, Austria, Switzerland and many more). Thus we are able to check if there are documents of one of your ancestors, which confirm that said ancestor had been in possession of German citizenship before his or her emigration from Germany.
In the following we list important or helpful documents that will help you obtain German citizenship:
- registration certificates
- certificates of family origin
- certificates of citizenship
- excerpts from lists of citizens
- documents of military service
- certificate of appointment in case your ancestor was a civil servant
- certificates that document the permission to keep German citizenship
- passport documents
Please check in advance with the German embassy or consulate in your country which documents you need for the application.
We charge you 428 USD for our comprehensive search service regarding the required document containing the important reference to German citizenship.
Please be aware that we retain 128 USD regardless of whether the search in the involved archives has been successful or not. If the search turns out to not provide any documents, we refund you with 300 USD.
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