How to get German citizenship

This is a common question among foreigners whose living in Germany or intend to live in Germany that, ‘How to get German citizenship’, how they can get a settlement permit or German permanent residence permit. This is the way how anyone can stay in Germany indefinitely. It is very similar to the permanent EC residency.

There are some exemptions for getting German permanent residence earlier. But normally highly qualified workers may be issued with a German settlement permit very quickly or some other words, immediately!

❯❯ Graduates of German higher education institutions may be able to get a German permanent residence after two years.
❯❯ EU Blue Card holders can apply after working 33 months (or just 21 months with a level B1 language certificate).
❯❯ Self-employed people, with an established business and secure livelihood, may be able to get permanent residency in Germany after three years.
❯❯ Depending on your own circumstances, you may have to prove that you have adequate German language skills, are able to support yourself financially, have health insurance, and do not have a criminal record.

How to get German citizenship

There is a normal procedure… once you have been living permanently in Germany for eight years, you can apply to become a German citizen. Becoming a German citizen will give you more freedom to move around the world without a visa or so-called on arrival visas. When you become a German citizen, it does not only mean you’re more fully integrated into, and accepted by German society but it also gives you the same rights and legal status as other German citizens. But keep in mind permanent residence permits of Germany will not give you the same.

With German citizenship, you will have the right to live in Germany forever, have basic constitutional rights, such as the freedom of assembly and association etc. Besides that, you can vote, move freely through the EU, have consular protection and be exempt from certain German visa requirements. Moreover, you will be eligible to become a civil servant in Germany.

Below are some German citizenship requirements depending on your reason for applying for German citizenship.

How to become a German citizen via naturalisation
If you want to become a German citizen via naturalisation, most people need to pass an hour-long naturalisation test – on legal and social aspects of life in Germany – and fulfil certain basic requirements, listed below.

To get German citizenship, you must have to have:

❯❯ The right of residence at the time of your German citizenship application;
❯❯ Living in Germany permanently and lawfully for eight years. Keep in mind, it could be seven years if you’ve attended an integration course or six in special integration circumstances;
❯❯ Be able to support yourself and dependent family members without the help of welfare or unemployment benefits;
❯❯ Have adequate oral and written German language skills. It’s equivalent to level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages);
❯❯ Have no criminal record or convictions;
❯❯ Be committed to the constitutional principles of freedom and democracy.

Don’t worry, if you can’t fulfil every single condition, but you should ask your local foreign office or Ausländerbehörde about your profile. In some cases, there is some exemption. You may be granted discretionary naturalisation if it is deemed that your German citizenship would be in the public interest or you can show any special integration.

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