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What is the general law provision for naturalisation?

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25/01/2013 - 11:12
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In Germany, a foreign person can apply for naturalisation if the following criteria are fulfilled:

-  He/She holds an unlimited residence permit for Germany

-  He/She has ordinarily and rightfully lived in Germany for at least the last eight years

-  He/She can assure a livelihood for him-/herself and his/her family without receiving social welfare or unemployment benefits

-  He/She can prove to have a sufficient German language proficiency

-  He/She has passed a naturalisation test on the German legal and social system

-  He/She is not convicted due to a criminal offence

-  He/She commit him-/herself to the German constitution

-  He/She has lost his/her old citizenship or abandons it

Naturalisation costs EUR 255 per person. For minors who are to be naturalised (with their parents) there is a fee of EUR 51 or for those who are naturalised without their parents there is a fee of EUR 255.



  1. Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration (Bundesbeauftragte für Migration, Flüchtlinge und Integration),, Accessed on 16.01.2012.
  2. Nationality Act (Staatsangehörigkeitsgesetz, StAG), art. 8 to 16, 40a and 40b,, Accessed on 11.01.12.
  3. Ministry of Migration, Refugees, and Integration:, Accessed on 18.01.2013.
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