Apply for naturalization

If, as a foreigner, you live in Germany or were born in Germany as the child of migrant parents, you may be thinking of taking German citizenship and thus actively participate in political life. Upon naturalization, you become a German citizen.

You will be granted full civil rights such as the right to vote, freedom of movement, free choice of profession or protection against extradition and deportation. However, at the same time you will also be subject to the duties of a citizen.

Tip: There are many legal regulations that have to be observed in the naturalization process, of which we would like to give you an overview. Information on your specific case can be obtained from the relevant citizenship office in your place of residence.

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Service details

Prerequisite

If you have reached the age of 16, you can submit an application for naturalization to the responsible citizenship office in your place of residence. For children under the age of 16, their legal guardians, usually their parents, must apply for naturalization.

  • You are entitled to naturalization according to § 10 of the Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz (StAG; naturalization law) if you meet all the necessary legal requirements for naturalization. Your foreign spouse, who does not yet have a naturalization entitlement of his or her own, and/or your minor children can be naturalized as well. This gives the family the opportunity to acquire German citizenship together.
  • If you are the spouse or registered same-sex partner of a German citizen, your naturalization is governed by § 9 StAG. If you are not yet entitled to naturalization, you can be naturalized under certain circumstances according to § 8 StAG at the discretion of the authorities.
  • There must be no factual evidence of anti-constitutional or extremist activity, past or present, and you must make a commitment to the free democratic basic order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The prerequisites for the respective types of naturalization (and their respective exceptions) vary in detail. However, all types of naturalization have the following basic requirements in common:

  • Your identity and nationality must be clear.
  • You must have a permanent right of residence at the time of naturalization.
  • You must have been a legal resident of Germany for at least eight years.
  • You must be able to earn a living (also for dependent family members) without the need for any social welfare payments or Arbeitslosengeld II (unemployment benefit II).
  • You must have knowledge of the legal and social order and living conditions in Germany (proof of this is provided by a nationwide naturalization test).
  • You must have sufficient knowledge of German.
  • You may not be convicted of a criminal offence.
  • You must lose or renounce your previous citizenship.
  • There must be no factual evidence of anti-constitutional or extremist activity, past or present, and you must make a commitment to the free democratic basic order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information on exceptions from the above-mentioned rules may be obtained from the citizenship office responsible for you.

Note: In principle, the same requirements apply for the joint naturalization of partners/children.

Procedure

Submit a written application for naturalization. If the necessary forms for this purpose are not available here at Amt24, you can obtain them from your responsible citizenship office (see “responsible office”). We recommend that you inform yourself in advance about the details and specific requirements of the procedure.

  • The naturalization procedure begins when you submit an application for naturalization with all the necessary documents to the citizenship office responsible for your place of residence.
  • If the naturalization requirements are fulfilled except for the required renunciation of your previous citizenship, you will receive a naturalization assurance with the proviso that you will bring about the release from your previous citizenship.
  • Your naturalization becomes effective upon reception of the naturalization certificate. Before this, you must solemnly declare verbally that you respect the Basic Law and the laws of the Federal Republic of Germany and will refrain from doing anything that could harm the Federal Republic of Germany. In doing so, you confirm your written commitment.

Required documents

  • written application for naturalization
  • Proof of requirements stated above have been met

Costs

  • EUR 255,00 per person
  • minor children without own income (in case of naturalization together with parents): EUR 51,00

If minors are naturalized without their parents, the full fee is charged.

Release note

Saxon State Ministry of the Interior. 07.10.2020