Re-naturalization for former German citizens


On principle, the re-acquisition of former Germans is possible if there is a public interest regarding the naturalization. However, requirements for applicants residing abroad are more extensive than for residents of Germany.

Applicants will have to prove they have command of the German language and substantial ties to Germany as well as the ability to financially support themselves. There is no legal claim to reacquisition.
As the German citizenship is based on the principle of avoiding dual citizenship, dual citizenship will only be granted by way of utmost exception. 

Find more information, the form to download and more on our German website:


Please note: The competent German mission will forward your application for reacquisition to the Federal Administrative Office (Bundesverwaltungsamt) in Germany. The application is subject to a fee which is due upon the final decision of the Federal Administrative Office. The processing time is between one and two years.
For further information regarding reacquisition, leaflets and application forms, please visit the

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