Naturalization
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Entitlement check 2024

Your naturalization check for 2024 - do you meet the requirements?

Can I become a naturalized citizen in Germany?

When it comes to German naturalization, it's not so easy to keep track of everything. There is a whole range of requirements prescribed by the Nationality Act (StAG). However, many of these requirements are set to change as a result of a bill proposed by the German government. Assessing the chances of success of an application for naturalization is therefore often fraught with uncertainty. Our naturalization check helps you overcome these uncertainties. With clear, simple questions, we go through the legal requirements for naturalization with you step by step.

Naturalization Check

Basics of the check

Our check is based on the applicable laws from the citizenship law, especially § 10 StAG. However, no test, no matter how well designed, can cover all eventualities. Therefore, you should note that this check is only a first indication and not a final legal assessment. Should you require such a well-founded legal assessment of your case, please do not hesitate to contact us! The same applies if you still have detailed questions that go beyond the scope of this check.

Duration of stay in Germany

The check begins with the question of how long you have lived in Germany. Only legal residence counts, i.e. it depends on when you have been in possession of a residence permit or a similar title. You must also have stayed in Germany without any significant interruptions. Stays abroad of up to six months are harmless. In principle, the law requires a residence period of eight years. However, by participating in an integration course, this period can be shortened to seven years, and by additional special integration achievements, such as a language level of B2, particularly good academic or professional performance, or voluntary work, even to six years. You can find out more about the length of stay here.

If you have not been in Germany long enough, it might be worth waiting until May 2024. This is because a law will then come into force that reduces the minimum period of residence to just five years, and in the special cases just mentioned to just three years. You can read more about these changes here.

Current residence permit

Next, we ask about the residence title you currently hold. This question is important because only people with certain residence titles can be naturalized. Anyone who holds an unlimited residence title, i.e. a settlement permit or a permit for permanent residence in the EU, can be naturalized. In the case of temporary residence titles, i.e. those that have to be renewed again and again, a distinction is made according to whether the title is intended to guarantee more than just temporary residence. You can find out more about residence titles for naturalization here.

You can find which paragraph your right of residence is based on on the front of your residence title card under "Remarks".

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German educational qualifications

We ask about any schooling or vocational training in Germany because this can usually serve as proof of German language skills and knowledge of the legal and social system. Simply enter the highest degree they received in Germany here.

If you do not have any of the specified school or professional qualifications, then you must be able to present a language certificate for German at level B1 or higher and have passed the naturalization test in order to be naturalized.

State aid

If you want to be naturalized in Germany, you must be able to finance your living independently. That is why we ask whether you are currently receiving state assistance. It is important to note that only the receipt of benefits from the Social Code II (SGB II) and from the Social Code XII (SGB XII) is harmful. This includes, for example, unemployment benefit II, social assistance and basic benefits in the event of reduced earning capacity or old age. Other benefits that are not regulated in either SGB II or SGB XII, such as unemployment benefit I, child benefit, parental allowance or BAföG, do not prevent a claim for naturalization. You can find more information on the topic of subsistence here.

Family status and children

We ask about your marital status - single, married, divorced or widowed - and your children for several reasons. If you have a spouse or children who do not yet have German citizenship, for example, you could think about co-naturalization. In this case, these family members can naturalize together with you and under easier conditions. It is also important to know whether you have a spouse or children, as their livelihood must also be secured.

Salary and pension contributions

We also ask for your current monthly salary after deduction of taxes and contributions. This provides a good estimate of whether your livelihood is secure.

Since your livelihood should also be independently secured in old age, we also ask how many years you have already paid contributions into the German pension fund. As an alternative to this statutory pension, however, a private pension plan can also serve as proof.

Here you can learn more about the topic of livelihood.

Valid national passport

Finally, we ask whether you are in possession of a valid national passport. If you want to become a naturalized citizen, your identity and nationality must be clarified. As a rule, this clarification takes place with a valid passport. However, in justified individual cases, other documents may be sufficient if it is impossible or unreasonable to obtain a passport. We have summarized the exact procedure in such cases for you here.