Who already knows you, Berlin, can never say goodbye
Because one cannot escape your charm!
This is how the song was sung long ago, but it is still true: modern Germany is one of the most developed countries in the world, and each year attracts not only numerous tourists, but also citizenship candidates from all over the world. And that is not surprising, because it has been one of the most important cultural centers of Europe for many centuries and is of great importance for the world community, “Das Land der Dichter und Denker” – the country of poets and thinkers, philosophers and composers, Germany is characterized not only by one of the largest economies, but also by a very attractive human development index (standard of living, health, education and other average achievements’ summary measure).
There are several possible ways to become a German citizen:
- Long-term residence in the country. Foreigners are now eligible for citizenship after eight years of permanent residence in Germany (this period can be reduced to seven years, if you have successfully completed the integration course. German language proficiency level of B2 (and higher) reduces the required period by another 1 year). Further conditions include good behavior and adherence to the rule of law.
An applicant for citizenship must be able to secure financial support for him(or her)self - independent means that could guarantee a decent way of living (including the family members), and the absence of the need to use the system of social and unemployment benefits.
- Spouse of a German man/woman. Applicants for the citizenship must have been married to German citizens for 3 years, and at least 2 of them to be living in Germany, so as to be eligible to submit the paperwork.
- German citizenship by birth: children born in Germany to foreign citizens can acquire German citizenship if they meet certain requirements. They must decide at the age between 18 and 21 whether they want to acquire German citizenship or retain the citizenship of their parents.
- German citizenship upon adoption: if a German man/woman adopts a minor who does not have German citizenship.
- Citizenship for the "Late migrants". These are people belonging to the German nation who emigrated to Germany from the countries that were formerly part of the Soviet Union, in accordance with the program for accepting immigrants established by law.
- Former German citizens living abroad, including expatriated victims of Nazi persecution and their descendants, can regain German citizenship.
- Foreigners living abroad can also acquire German citizenship under certain conditions.
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