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The path to
a German passport

Key facts on naturalisation


Your way to naturalisation

To get a German passport, you must meet certain requirements. Find out if you are eligible in just a few clicks – use our Quick Check before you apply.


How the naturalisation process works

This video shows you the steps to German citizenship – from assembling the necessary documents, to submitting the application, to the naturalisation ceremony.

Reasons for naturalisation

If you have lived in Germany for a while and meet the requirements, naturalisation is a good idea.

  • Wide-open career
  • Planning a life in
    security in Germany
  • EU citizenship
  • Have your say:
    vote and run
    for election
  • Freedom of travel


Key questions about naturalisation

Do you have any questions about how to get German citizenship? You can find answers and more information about naturalisation here.

The brochure My Path to a German Passport provides comprehensive information on the requirements you must fulfil in order to become a German citizen, how to apply, and how the naturalisation procedure works.

See here for a quick overview of the requirements for naturalisation, as well as answers to the most important questions about the German citizenship.

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