Passportia – Immigration Experts

Passportia is a specialist immigration and citizenship company which is independent of the UK government and regulated by the Office of Immigration Services Commissioner. Our specialists offer advice and advocacy services in relation to applications for immigration, visas and citizenship.

German Citizenship

German citizens enjoy many rights and benefits, including a right to a German passport.

German Citizenship (“Staatsangehörigkeit”) can be obtained in a number of ways, the most common being by inheritance or naturalisation:

  • by descent from a German parent or ancestor
  • by legitimation of a child born to a German father to June 1998
  • by adoption by a German parent
  • by a woman by marriage to a German man between 1914 and March 1953
  • by restoration if a German parent or ancestor lost German citizenship under Nazi laws
  • by naturalisation, either on a discretionary basis under the policy, or by residence in Germany
  • by employment by the German government on any date between 1871 and August 1953, including military service.

Former Germans who lost German citizenship as a result of border changes following WWI or WWII, or who are descendants of Germans who migrated to the Russian Empire can – as long as they fulfill the requirements – also reclaim their citizenship.

Proving German citizenship by ancestry often requires copies of family records in Germany or Poland. Passportia can assist with obtaining copies.

These points are a simplified representation of potential claims for German Citizenship and Passports. In practice an individual case can be far more complicated.


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 too.  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 our social media platforms, such as our Facebook page.


  • A citizenship law specialist
  • Successful with complex claims
  • Supporting multiple countries
  • Fast, flexible and precise

About Passportia

Minor registration completed and passports in my possession! As discussed, I am happy for you to give my mobile number to selected clients, should they wish to understand my experience firsthand. I have been most satisfied with Passportia.

H.A. - Pretoria, South Africa, 2015