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Failure to acquire German citizenship for children of German parents born abroad (Section 4, Paragraph 4, Clause 1 in conjunction with Clause 3 of the Nationality Act)

Children acquire when they are born abroad, their German parents orGerman parent born abroad after December 31, 1999 was (n) and his / her habitual residence abroad at the time of the child's birth have / does not have German citizenship by birth if they acquire foreign citizenship by birth.

Only if the parents within a year After the birth of the child, submit an application to the responsible registry office in Germany or the responsible German diplomatic mission abroad for the birth of the child to be certified in the birth register (
Leaflet on the application for notarization of a foreign birth and naming of children), the child acquires German citizenship retrospectively at the time of its birth.

Example case:

Mr A is transferred to Spain from his company in 1999. His daughter Klara was born there on February 1st, 2000. The family returns to Germany after a few years. In 2018, Klara met a US citizen with whom she moved to the USA. Her son will be born there on January 1st, 2020. Although his mother is German, he does not acquire German citizenship by birth, as he acquires US citizenship by birth in the USA.

In order for the child to acquire German citizenship, Klara or the child's father must submit an application to the responsible registry office in Germany or the responsible German diplomatic mission abroad for the birth of their child to be certified. If the application is submitted on time and in full, the child can be issued a German passport upon application.

Please note: All Germans (expats and emigrants) who were born abroad and have a child abroad can be affected by this regulation, regardless of the reason and length of their stay abroad.

Information and application forms can be found here: Family Affairs