Becoming a German citizen by birth

Section 4,para. 1 of the Nationality Act

A child acquires German citizenship at birth if one of his or her parents is a German citizen. If only the father is a German citizen and is not married to the child’s mother, legal proofor recognition of paternity isrequired prior to the child’s23rd birthday.

What does "principle of birthplace"(jus soli) mean?

Section 4,para. 3 of the NationalityAct

In additionto the principle of descent,since 1 January 2000 Germannationality law also recognizesthe principle of birthplace (inLatin: jus soli) for theacquisition of citizenship. Accordingto this principle, children bornin Germany to non-German parentsmay, under certain conditions,acquire German citizenship. Theseconditions are as follows: Oneparent has to have livedlegally in Germany for atleast eight years prior tothe child’s birth and beeneither an EU citizen entitledto freedom of movement, anequally entitled citizen of anEEC member state, a Swisscitizen entitled to freedom ofmovement, or the holder ofan EU residence permit ora settlement permit inaccordance with the ResidenceAct.

One Response to Becoming a German citizen by birth

  • Tofik says:

    Eric, I still don’t buy your anmegurt about dual citizenship going against gold confiscation. I see your point, but I think it’s largely irrelevant because if TPTB decide to confiscate gold (regardless of any property rights), then they won’t mind stepping on other countries’ toes by affecting foreign citizens. I’ve seen it happen here in Argentina several times (not the gold confiscation in particular, but the conculcation of all kinds of rights); I don’t think the US is in for anything better. You may have rights on your side to fight it in court, but you won’t probably have the funds or time to do it. Being things what they are these days, I don’t think owning gold in the US is worth the risk: the probability is considerable (definitely not zero), and the impact would be extreme. If I were you I’d stash some gold in France, Canada or elsewhere. I did have some money in US banks until recently, and now I’ve put it elsewhere.LT