How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

28 Years after the Fall of the Berlin Wall: Berlin, I’ll never let you go!


It happened!


So a fortnight (two weeks) ago, was a really great day.

Have you ever been to Blackpool – Britain’s version of Las Vegas – OMG!

As you all know, I’m a very proud British person.

However, after the very disappointing result of the Brexit Referendum in 2016, many of my fellow British citizens began to wonder whether the discussions and talks would lead to a better understanding of British / European relations, or a hardline stance.

Berlin – very British – rbb

I’ve always been determined to remain British to the core.

Indeed, I even told a reporter of the Bloomberg newspaper that the only way you would get me out of this country, would be kicking and screaming!

But the writing on the wall was crystal clear, that British – European relations was not going to get better anytime soon, but effectively worse.

So at the end of 2016, I changed my mind, and decided to apply for double nationality.

I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose! ©Reuters

There is no doubt in my mind that regardless of the dismal politics, I love both England – my original birth country, and Germany – my adoptive new country, and I don’t see why I should have to choose, as I have spent a lot of my life and money, in both.

In fact, I’ve written about both how to be British and how to be a German.

And, I’m not alone!

Put the kettle on. We’re going to be here all day!
How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!

Basically, I want to be both British and German, and to effectively have the best of both worlds!

And while the UK is still in the EU, I certainly can!

Now for British citizens living on the European continent, and European citizens living in the UK, what’s next, is a constant worry, and I attend many a meeting, press sessions and network groups, on this very question.

If you’re British, & have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible!
©Dr. Meddy – The Cartoon Movement

If you are British, and have the opportunity to apply for European citizenship anywhere in the EU, do so as quickly as possible, as the clock is ticking, and even though 2018 has only just begun, 2019 will be upon us sooner than you or anyone else anticipated, and then it will be too late.

If you’re a British national of Irish descent or anybody born in Northern Ireland, you have the right to acquire Irish citizenship, so if there’s a whiff of Irishness in your ancestral tree, go and get it!

I can’t tell you what to do and where to choose, but I can give you some simple tips and guidelines as to how to apply for German citizenship, if you’re British.


I’m not a lawyer, so you should seek legal advice!

Before we go any further, let me make it clear that I am not a lawyer, so if you need legal advice, go ahead and contact an expert specialised in naturalisation / citizenship matters. This post is based on my personal experience. I assume no liability for the accuracy of the enclosed data.

Right, now that’s out of the way, let’s go on.


How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
  • If you live in Germany permanently, and have done so for at least 8 years, you can apply for German Citizenship
  • If you’re a member of the EEA, a Swiss citizen, or the EU, citizenship is not required. EU law allows for the Freedom of Movement Act which effectively means, that you can live in any Schengen country, whenever, and however you like
If you’re highly qualified in fields such as science, research, IT, or have a firm job offer, immediate permanent residence is usually offered in Germany!
  • If you’re highly qualified in fields such as science, research, IT, or have a firm job offer, immediate permanent residence is usually offered
  • If you’re a self-employed entrepreneur, Germany is happy to have you
  • If you have German skills, can support yourself financially, have health insurance, and no criminal record, residency shouldn’t be an issue

Then there is naturalisation.


Summer in Germany – Simply the Best!


How to apply for German Citizenship via Naturalisation or Double Nationality

Legally, naturalisation (or naturalization) is the documented act or process, by which a non-citizen, may acquire citizenship or nationality, of another country. This may be done by statute, without any effort on the part of the individual, or it may involve an application and approval by legal authorities.

Britain opted to leave the EU, therefore, after March 2019, no UK citizen will have automatic free access to the EU, and no EU citizen will have automatic free access to the UK either.

This has brought about a Pandora’s box of conflicting problems.

This also means as a UK citizen, if you live in the EU and wish to ensure a continuation of EU rights, then the path to go down for legal certainty is either naturalisation, or double nationality.


Can you have dual citizenship / double nationality, and not know it?

Double Nationality or Dual Citizenship, is the concept where an individual is a national or citizen, of two countries at the same time.

In Germany, it’s the norm to give your nationality up, in order to get German citizenship. However, German law permits certain people to hold two citizenships if:

  • A child, with a parent who has double nationality
  • A child, who has one German and one foreign parent, and therefore, automatically acquires all the citizenships their parents have
  • A person of ethnic German descent
  • A German citizen who also holds citizenship of another EU country, or Switzerland

If you have Double Nationality, under German law you are viewed as a German citizen, and have the same rights as any German National. However, you lose your right to claim German consular protection if you chose to live in your original home country, (or any other country where you hold citizenship). In this case, you will be viewed by that country as one of its citizens, and their own services will apply

I chose double nationality.

The Tall Young Gentleman and the Boy Scouts of America – Troop 46 – Berlin. Having German, British, American & French dual citizenships / double nationalities, works just fine!

Either way, there’s a lot of red tape to get through.

There was a time, when there was an unwritten thing about fast-tracking Brits who wanted to become German citzens before the Brexit Referendum, but that’s stopped now…

I choose to have both German and British passports!

According to the BAMF – Bundesamt für Migration und Flüchtlinge, otherwise known as the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, the process of Naturalisation is extremely challenging, and can only occur under certain circumstances and conditions.


My beer at the NeuenSee lake in Berlin!

You have a right to Naturalisation, if you fulfil the following conditions:

  1. You have an unrestricted right of residence, at the time of being naturalised
  2. You have passed the Naturalisation Test (knowledge of the legal and social system, as well as living conditions in Germany)
  3. Your habitual, lawful place of residence has been in Germany for at least eight years (this period can be reduced to seven years if you attend an integration course and pass, and can be reduced to as little as six years, in the case of special integration measures. A reduction can also be made for marriage, the co-naturalization of spouses and children, foreign spouses of Germans, or under the laws of asylum or refugee status
  4. You have independent means of securing a living (including dependent family members), without resorting to social welfare payments or unemployment benefits (Arbeitslosengeld II)
  5. You have adequate German-language skills
  6. You do not have any criminal convictions
  7. You are committed to the free democratic constitutional order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany
  8. You have lost or given up your former nationality (exceptions apply, depending on the country of origin)

It is however possible to obtain “discretionary naturalisation.”

This means that the naturalisation authority can agree to naturalisation if there is public interest in your Naturalisation, and some of the basic requirements have been fulfilled.


Children under 15 travelling inter-city or inter-country, with their relatives, usually travel on the European train, for free!
  1. Children born in Germany have an automatic right to German nationality if their mother, their father, or both parents, are German
  2. Children of foreign nationals take German nationality if they were born in Germany and if, at the time of their birth, Germany was the habitual, lawful place of residence of at least one parent for eight years, and the parent has unlimited right of residence
  3. Children of foreign nationals, must decide when they are aged between 18 and 23, whether they wish to take up German nationality, or retain the nationality of their parents
The Music Producer and “The Tall Young Gentleman” in beautiful Osnabrück, Germany.

Luckily for us, The Tall Young Gentleman is half German (by virtue of his German father) – half British (by virtue of his British mother – me) by birth, and has always been entitled to both nationalities.

I’m extremely glad that I had the foresight to register him at the British Embassy in Berlin, at birth, and have it recorded on his birth certificate too!

As far as being British is concerned, point Nr. 8 above “you have given up your former nationality (exceptions apply, depending on the country of origin)” is extremely important, because the way to bypass that point as of now, is still double nationality. After 2019, if you are British, you’ll have to choose.


Now that Brexit & Article 50 has been triggered, as an island nation. We’re out. Alone.
  • The first thing you have to realise is that the clock is ticking, and the UK government is not backing down from Brexit, so if you want double nationality, you ought to start processing it. Like YESTERDAY!
  • Next, you must submit an application.

Parents can make an application for children who are under 16. Anyone over 16, must submit their own application.

You can obtain application forms from the following places:

Bremen – Old Town Hall – Germany
  • The city / town council
  • The local authority
  • The regional district office
  • The local immigration office or authority for your town or community
  • Youth migration services
  • The immigration advice service for adult migrants

To find out which authority handles the citizenship process in your area, ask your local advice office, regional advice office, or local foreign affairs office. The information and documents that are required for your specific case, will be provided by your local authority.

Take me to the Baltic Sea in Geeeeermany!
51 reasons to go to the seaside. In Germany! ©Usedom Tourismus GmbH

If you are applying for German citizenship while in the UK or abroad, you need to seek advice from your local German Embassy, German Consulate, or German Diplomatic Mission.

Before submitting your application, you should schedule an appointment for a free-of-charge advice session with your local authority office, so that you can ask any questions necessary, make sure that your documentation is complete, and also pay the Naturalisation Application fee.

Sonderzug nach Pankow – the cult song of my Regional District Office in East Germany – sung by Udo Lindenberg!

I scheduled my advice session at my Regional District Office.

I live in Berlin.

Berlin is the capital of Germany.

It’s a very busy important city.

  • The only way to schedule a meeting is by online appointment only – nur nach Terminvereinbarungvia the electronic appointment scheduling system

You won’t get it any other way.

  • And you must be a resident of the district
Light the way to German citizenship!

My Naturalisation Office would only take appointments on two (2) days of the week, and so the next available appointment slot would usually be about 5 weeks ahead, and even then, you really had to be snappy with your fingers, ‘cos if you weren’t fast enough, that would be another week lost!

And right now, that office is so over-whelmed, consultation hours have been cancelled until the middle of February!

Some districts are flexible, and will take applications from anywhere in the city, via open consultation – offene Sprechstunde ohne Terminvereinbarung – but right now, many offices have enough worries of their own!

Oh, and don’t forget to take along your current passport!

Don’t forget to take your British passport!
©dpa- A. Rain

Once the local authority office is satisfied that you fit the requirements for Naturalisation or Double Nationality, you might also be asked to provide evidence of the following:

  • A sufficient knowledge of German, which is at least equal to the level of B1, in the Common European Framework of Reference

If you have a Deutsche Sprachdiplom, a B1 Zertifikat Deutsch, a Deutsch-Test für Zuwanderer (DTZ) – German Test for Immigrants, were educated at a German High School, a German University, or a German institution of Higher Learning, you will not be required to do anything more than show proof.

If not, you might be asked to do a language test.

You can do that test, or find your German language ability, here.

  • General knowledge skills regarding the political, social and legal aspects of living in Germany. Proof of that is usually derived by taking and passing, the Naturalisation Test.


Should you go to Oktoberfest!
©Adam Fletcher – How to be German

The Naturalisation Test is proof that you have the knowledge of the legal, social system, and living conditions in Germany that you need, to understand, successfully integrate, and be Naturalised, in Germany.


Oh no! I’ve got to do the Naturalisation Test, & learn stuff!

The best way to prepare for the Naturalisation Test is by using the government’s Online Test Centre.

The Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) has more information about the test including how to prepare, free online tests, and where to take it.

There are many platforms that you can use to practice online.

I used this Einbürgerungstest online platform – which is totally free of charge – because not only did it provide the test from each Bundesland, but it also gives you the possibility to test yourself from Easy to Very Hard, and if you get them wrong, you’d be provided with the correct answer, and why!

Ha! Ha! Ha!

I started with Very Hard (obviously), and got all the answers right, but struggled with all the simple easy questions, so it was good practice!


  • You have one hour to answer 33 multiple choice questions, and you have to get at least 17 questions correct, to pass the test (you have the right to re-sit it, if you don’t)
  • Topics covered include: ‘Living in a Democracy,’ ‘History and Responsibility,’ ‘People in Society,’ as well as some specific questions about the particular State / Region in which you live. In my case, Berlin
  • The local Naturalisation Office in your area, will tell you where your nearest test centre, is so you can register.

Again, it’s a bit of a long process and requires hours of queuing to register.


I allocated an afternoon to do this.

After waiting for hours, I approached an officer, who told me to go around the corner, and register with another office that had absolutely no one in it!

I was the only person there, and within 5 minutes, filled in the required form, paid the fee, and received a choice of dates.

Victoria’s Einbürgerungstest / Naturalisation Test 2016
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner

I registered and sat my test at the Kultur- und Bildungszentrum Sebastian Haffner in Berlin.

I answered 30 questions correctly out of 33, so I was very pleased!

  • The cost of the test is a €25.00 fixed fee
  • It takes a couple of weeks, then if you pass, you’ll receive your certificate with the test results, from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees, by post.

Once you have the Einbürgerungstest – Naturalisation Test Certificate, you then send a copy of it (do NOT send the original document, as they can’t send it back) to the Naturalisation Office, you applied to.


Make it crystal clear that you’re applying for Double Nationality, so that you don’t have to give up your British passport, & there’s no misunderstanding later on! ©Lifehack Quotes

Referring back to your original advice session at the very beginning of your application:

Remember to make it crystal clear that you’re applying for Double Nationality rather than full Naturalisation, so that you don’t have to give up your British passport, and there’s no misunderstanding later on!

Then pay the fee.

Pay the fee with the Bürgeramt Kassenkarte!
Erfurt Bürgeramt ©Friedhelm Funke – Instagram – @friedhelm_funke
  • The process of Naturalisation costs €255, but you’ll be required to pay €191 at the initial stage.
  • Minors who apply with their parents, pay a fee of just €51.00
  • A reduced fee, or payment by installment, is available for low-income earners, or applicants with large families


Once you have the Einbürgerungstest – Naturalisation Test Certificate, send a copy of it (do NOT send the original document, as they can’t send it back) to the Naturalisation Office, you applied to.

Then you wait.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week:
Come to Berlin. We’re waiting for ya!

The average process time takes between 6 months and a year, depending on where you live, and the number of applications.

British citizens applying for German citizenship, have increased tenfold!

My advice is to stay in touch with your Naturalisation Office, and give them a quick call every 3 to 6 months, just so that you know how far they’ve got, and if they need anything else.

I bet you wouldn’t mind calling this sexy hot German guy!

They really don’t have the time or resources to contact YOU, so make sure that you do everything you can to make their work easier, as in my Regional District Office, only two (2) officers were allocated to Naturalisation and Citizenship, and it’s such a huge task, it’s over-whelming!

Once you get the lucky letter that your application is accepted for Double Nationality, this is what happens next.


At the entrance of my local town council – Bürgeramt Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
©Kai-Uwe Heinrich

You’ll receive a letter with the appointed time and date, when German Naturalisation will be conferred upon you.

On getting to the Naturalisation Office, you’ll be required to bring your current passport, one (1) biometric passport photo, and to pay the remaining €64.00 Application Fee, at a special automated machine.

You’ll also have to sign a few more documents, and get your passport photo verified, and stamped.

There will then be a small pledge ceremony.

I was looking forward to a proper Swearing-In Ceremony like the German Naturalisation – Einbürgerungs Ceremony in Stadt Karlsruhe! ©Fränkle

I was extremely excited and very much looking forward to a fanfare ceremony akin to this one.

My husband – The Music Producer – told me to not to expect drums and whistles in Berlin, and sadly due to a lack of personnel, he was right!

Mind you, I signed a petition asking for a proper Swearing-in Ceremony, sometime in the future!

I’m proud to be a German, so I want my bells and whistles!

At least, I got a tiny Naturalisation/ Einbürgerungs pledge ceremony by the time I got outside the Bezirksamt Pankow von Berlin Town Hall!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

At least, I got a pledge ceremony, in which I had to cite my allegiance and loyalty to the Federal Republic of Germany, and tried not to stumble over my words!

My German Nationality Certificate / Einbürgerungsurkunde, was given to me, and my German Permanent Residency Document taken back, (I received this 5 years after I arrived in Germany, and it was always in my passport…) and returned to the Foreign Office!

We shook hands, then I went to collect my new passport, and pop the champagne!

Popping champagne ‘cos Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner, is German now too!


Not so fast Missy!

I was given a waiting number and sent to another department!

More waiting, and a Warteticket / waiting ticket at the Burgeramt in Stadt Neuss!
Instagram – ©Jascha Huschauer – @huschauer

We waited for about 30 minutes, and then went to another office in which I had to:

  • Show my current passport
  • Show my Naturalisation Certificate
  • Show my verified and stamped biometric passport photo
  • Scan a fingerprint of my index finger. On both hands!
This is also the time to apply for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, too!
©picture alliance / dpa

This is also the time to apply for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, too because as a British citizen, I only ever had a passport as a legal form of identification, which I was always supposed to take out with me.

And which I never did!


Now I’ll be able to have a German Personalausweis too.

After all that hard work, here's a biometric German / Deutsch passport / Reisepass document for ya!
After all that hard work, here’s a biometric German / Deutsch passport / Reisepass document for ya!
  • The cost of the actual German passport is €60.00
  • The cost of a German passport for anyone under 24 years old is €37.50
  • A German I.D. card / Personalausweis can only be issued to children 16 years and above. For young people under the age of 24, the cost is €22.80
  • For adults over 24, the cost of a German I.D. card / Personalausweis is €28.80

I applied for a German I.D. card / Personalausweis, for both myself, and The Tall Young Gentleman, who will be 16 this year.

He will be pleased.


Very proud. I’ve got my Naturalisation / EinbürgerungsurkundeCertificate & thus Double Nationality!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – Berlin – The British Berliner

So there you have it.

I’m a real British – German now!

Book your hotel here!


If you want to be a German, ask more questions! How to be a German – 10 ways to do it!


In Stellshagen – Mecklenburg-Vorpommern – Germany.
Our son as a baby – 20 months old!


  • You can obtain German citizenship by right of blood or Jus Sanguinis in which you have at least one German parent. It doesn’t matter whether you were born in Germany or not
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if your parents registered you at the German Embassy or Consulate, in the country you were born in
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if you were adopted by German citizens, as a child under 18
  • You and your descendents can get German citizenship by descent if you, your parents / grandparents, were German Jews between January 30, 1933 and May 8, 1945, and were deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds
  • You can get German citizenship by descent if you’re a spouse or descendant of an ethnic German from the former USSR, or certain parts of Eastern Europe, who previously had German citizenship, and were expelled and deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds
  • You can get German citizenship by descent, if you’re a British citizen, and you are a descendant of German Jews who would have been German citizens by birth, but were deprived of citizenship on political, racial, or religious grounds, during World War II
  • You don’t qualify if you were born in a foreign country, and your German parents were also born in a foreign country, after January 1st, 2000
  • Outside of the points above, you don’t qualify for German citizenship through any other ancestor, except your parents


Exit vom Brexit – Wir sind die neuen Germans! / Exit from Brexit. We are the new Germans!
British Berliner BAMS I – ©Axel Springer

Sorry! Under normal circumstances, you do!

However, you can keep your birth nationality, if:

  • You’re a member of the EEA, a Swiss citizen, or the EU
  • You have double nationality


A lovely wedding at Bluecoat Chambers
© 2017 Samuel Docker


It certainly helps of course, and once married to a German national, the spouse is usually entitled to a residence permit. However, the legal stance is that if you want German citizenship, you’ll have to:

  • Meet some of the criteria I discussed previously
  • Be married for at least two years
  • Be resident in Germany for at least 3 years
  • Depending on your original citizenship, you can apply for naturalisation later on…


Children born on German soil to non-German parents – on or after January 1st 2000 – can have German citizenship too.

I’m afraid not.

  • Of course, children born to at least one German parent, even outside the country, are eligible for German citizenship
  • However, children born on German soil to non-German parents, on or after January 1st 2000, can only obtain German citizenship under certain circumstances
  • At least one parent must have permanent right of residency, and have lived in the country regularly and legally, for at least eight years
  • In some cases, children born on German soil to non-German parents, can acquire German citizenship by right of birth in Germany, through Naturalisation, or via Dual Nationality. However, between the ages of 18 and 23, they must decide which nationality to keep, if they have more than one


At the Humbldt-Universität zu Berlin, and with our British flag!

Yes, it’s possible if:

  • You’re under 16
  • You went to a German High School, or a University in Germany
  • You are unable to meet the testing requirements due to age, disability, or illness


After a hard day at the Berlinale, surely I deserve a glass of champagne!

Ha! Ha!

For a newbie, Germany is one of the most difficult countries to move to, on a long-term basis.

  • If you’re just arriving, it isn’t easy
  • If you’ve been here for at least 3 – 5 years, you’ll know how difficult it really is
  • If you hold a permanent residence permit at the time of application, your legal place of residence has been Germany for at least eight years, (seven if you’ve attended an integration course, or six in special integration circumstances), speak “good” German, have a reliable income, can support yourself and your dependents, and are a British citizen, apply now!
©Victoria Ade-Genschow – The British Berliner


The British Berliner will be a British – German not just in name, but on paper too.

I’m still British of course, but I’m German too.

And why?

Because I deserve it!


How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality! ©dpa/G. Fischer

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See you next week!

Be German. Drink up at Oktoberfest! ©dapd

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How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!
How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

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24 thoughts on “How to get German citizenship if you’re British – How to be a German via Double Nationality!

  1. Congratulations! I know how much it means since you love both countries and have yep..done lots to promote both. I think it was a great move, and this is helpful of others too. I need to start my Italian one too. Thanks for the reminder.

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    1. Thanks so much KemKem!
      It really is a great move, not only because I’ve spent equal amounts of my life in both, but sadly, ‘cos the writing on the wall in EU / British politics, makes this a necessity. As an American citizen, Brexit won’t affect you, but hey, if you have a right to Italian citizenship, go and get it before Italy closes it’s doors too. 😉


  2. Very interesting post, I have dual citizenship (Brazilian and British) and hope to never have to choose between them, since I love both countries. I can also get Italian citizenship since my grandparents were Italian and many members of my family have that. With Brexit looming I have thought about applying for my Italian citizenship just so I can have the ability to travel around Europe without restrictions. I still hope that Brexit will not happen and people will see sense in the end…should I hold my breath on that?
    For some reason, I am not getting your new posts in my email box???Do I need to register again? I will tick the box below in any case 🙂

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    1. Thanks very much Gilda!

      Brexit is crazy isn’t it? Lucky you, for already having dual citizenship. 😀 I doubt that Brexit will change, as the people voted to leave. We can only hope for a softer stance come 2019, but don’t hold your breath. If you are able to get Italian citizenship, do so quickly. British /EU negotiations are still “friendly,” but if anything changes, all governments will make things extremely difficult. Most EU countries are delighted to have Brits among them, it’s the UK that is causing a ruckus, leaving EU citizens feeling very unwelcome indeed. 😉
      p.s. I haven’t a clue why you can’t get my posts, but it would be lovely if you could register again…. Thank you! 🙂

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  3. Hey, Thanks for this article. I am really tempted to try and get my dual citizenship underway quickly now after reading it. I’ve been living in Berlin for nearly 7 years, have a job, speak German and am worried now about what Brexit will mean for me (I’m British). Can you tell me what the first step would be as I’m not sure from the article, is it to get an advice termin from BAMF or from the Bürgeramt (Prenzlauer Berg in my case)? Also, did you have to do things like get your birth certificate officially translated? Many thanks! Katy

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    1. You’re very welcome Katy!

      If you’ve been here for 7 years, you might still qualify for 6! I live in Prenzlauer Berg too, and the Bürgeramt to go to for citizenship stuff would actually be at Pankow Town Hall! I wrote this guide a week after I got my nationality certificate, so you can trust it!

      You need to make an appointment at the Regional District Office in Pankow. Appointments are only available online, and takes weeks to get an appointment so I strongly advice starting as soon as poss. It’s free-of-charge and the advice session is exactly what you need to ask any questions necessary, confirm what’s missing, and to find out if you already qualify! I qualified years ago of course, but in those days, it wasn’t necessary! I didn’t put the address or the link on the blog, as they’re seriously overwhelmed, but since you live in Prenzlauer Berg, you’ll know the place I mean.

      I didn’t translate my birth certificate, although I already had a translated version back from the days of my wedding… But if they need you to do that, they’ll tell you. What’s important, is that very first appointment complete with the listed things that they ask for. You’ll find it on the Pankow website. Since you live locally, if you have further questions, just send me an Email, and I’ll do my best to help. 😉


  4. Hi Victoria,
    thanks for this detailed information. Once you got your German citizenship, did you have to inform any other official institutions? My husband is going through the process of naturalization at the moment and we were just wondering who he would have to tell afterwards?

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    1. Thanks so much Carol!

      There is no official requirement as far as I’m aware except perhaps to tell your employer! And the pension office! 😉

      It didn’t come to mind until I got the habitual letter of how much I wold be due in my later years, etc, etc. However, the last photograph stated that due to the fact the UK was out of the EU, they had no ideas as to the pension rights for UK Citizens and that I should effectively sort it out myself… I immediately called them up, informing them of my new status as a Dual Citizen. They asked me to send in a copy of my naturalization certificate and my German passport so that they could update their records.

      When visiting Federal or State Offices in the future, it wouldn’t hurt to take the German passport /ID card with you rather than the British one. They’ll update the records on your behalf…


      1. Hi Victoria, thanks for your reply. It seems astonishingly uneventful, once the naturalization is done and dusted ….
        We need to do some more research into how the British pension is going to be affected, any tips on websites, organisations etc. would be greatly appreciated 🙂

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      2. Thanks very much Carol!

        I’d recommend Facebook at the moment as no government official knows for sure, and well, I wouldn’t trust anything that Theresa May would say at the minute….

        There are quite a few organisations that are helpful such as Brits in Berlin, Berlin Expats and Diplomats, Expatriates in Berlin, Brits in Germany, German-British Dual Citizenship, British in Germany, Forum for EU Citizens (the3million), etc. You still have to take a lot of the comments with a grain of salt as it’s not hosted by experts, but interested Brits who happen to live either in Germany, or the EU. Nevertheless, you can ask your questions, or perhaps find a few people who are going through same. Good Luck! 😀


  5. Hello, im slightly confused by the concept of gaining \german nationality via dual citizenship. You mentioned above that one option , if i’ve understood correctly is that of a child holding dual citizenship already. In my case, i hold British and a non EU citizenship and so do my children. How would we qualify for German citizenship if we are still living in the UK?


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    1. Thanks so much for your comment Vikram!

      Yes, that’s right in the case of the child having parents from elsewhere in the EU, but born in Germany.

      Sadly, if you’re British but don’t live in Germany already, you won’t be entitled to German citizenship. Moreover, the minimum requirement is EU Citizenship, hence the need for Brits to rush things through, before Britain no longer becomes a member of the EU, in 2019! 😦


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