The child of a German parent might acquire German citizenship, regardless of birthplace. Some particularities will need to be taken into consideration, however.

For a birth to a German mother:

  • prior to 1953, a German mother would not be able to pass down her citizenship to a child born in wedlock
  • between 1953 and 1975, a child did not automatically acquire German citizenship from its mother, although there was an opportunity to register that child as a German citizen.
  • since 1975, a German mother automatically passes down her German citizenship to her child.
  • Since 1914 if a child is born illegitimately, the German nationality of the mother is automatically granted.

For children born to a German citizen mother and a non-German father before 1975, it may be possible to acquire German citizenship through discretionary naturalisation.

Birth to a German father operates as follows:

  • A child automatically acquires German nationality from its (legitimate) German father since 1871
  • A father is only able to pass down his citizenship to his illegitimate child since July 1993, as long as paternity is established prior to the child's 23rd If the child is born prior to the cut-off date 'and paternity has been established by the required deadline' there is a possibility to apply for a discretionary grant of German citizenship.

There are also a multitude of ways to lose German citizenship, and the parent's German citizenship would be examined carefully. Under a recent change in the law, German citizens, who are born outside Germany after 1999, will only be able to pass down their citizenship, if 'within a year' they register the birth of their child at their local German embassy. This rule does not apply if the child would otherwise be stateless.

PASSPORTIA NO LONGER PROVIDES SERVICES FOR GERMAN CITIZENSHIP

The German government is now taking at least three years to process citizenship applications to people outside Germany, so we feel unable to provide our clients with the service that we would want to.  So, for the time being, we are not providing services for German Citizenship.  We are monitoring the situation and may resume services should things change.  We hope that the information above was useful. If so, please let us know on one of our social media platforms, such as our Facebook page.

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About Passportia

Passportia did a first-class job in getting British citizenship for my 2 adopted children in Sri Lanka. Their excellent preparation and credibility with the Home Office made all the difference. I can't recommend them highly enough. Thank you Passportia.

J.A. - Sri Lanka, 2015