Learn what you have to do to become a German citizen
Einigkeit und Recht und Freiheit: this is Germany’s motto, meaning “Union and Justice and Freedom”. This European country has the world’s fourth largest economy in terms of nominal GDP and. For that and many other reasons, people around the world want to know more about the rules for obtaining German Citizenship.
Becoming a German citizen is an exciting possibility. In addition to living in Germany and enjoying all the benefits of its citizens, people who obtain German Citizenship also become European citizens, and this opens up tremendous opportunities in several other countries.
It is an excellent offer and something quite achievable. To help you in the process, we have selected some information about the country, as well as what you need to do to become a German citizen.
Yes. Germany offers considerable advantages and has become an increasingly popular destination to Brazilians who want to move.
According to a 2009 estimate by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Brazil, also known as Itamaraty, there were around 89,000 Brazilians living in Germany at the time of the survey, i.e. 0.108% of the country’s population that year, estimated at 81.8 million people.
Some of the advantages of living in Germany are as follows:
If you enjoy learning about different cultures, you will fall in love with Germany. The country is bordered by France, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, and Switzerland.
Beer is to the Germans what cachaça is to Brazilians. The country hosts several festivals honoring beer, from well-known Oktoberfest to lesser known festivals, like Cannstatter Volksfest in Stuttgart, and Bergkirchweih in Erlangen, and of course has several pub and restaurant options.
From snow-capped Alps to the sands of the northern beaches, Germany has amazing landscapes. These include camping sites, crystal-clear waters, boat rides and great opportunities to admire the breathtaking scenery.
Although not as cheap as in other countries, the German rail system is one of the best when it comes to technology and agility. To get from Hamburg to Munich, for example, you can travel approximately 800 km in only six hours. Even economic class offers great comfort, being considered first class in many other countries.
These holidays don’t count as vacation to which employees are legally entitled. So, in addition to having 30 days a year to rest and relax, a period of time several companies offer to their employees as default, you’ll have more days throughout the year to enjoy and get to know the country. In the state of Bavaria, for example, there are 13 public holidays.
Germany’s sound economy makes it much easier to get a job there than in other countries. Unemployment is at very low levels and those with higher education are likely to get a job in their area of expertise.
New parents can share a 14-month period of paid leave, which means that each parent can stay home for 7 months or that the mother can stay home for 10 months and the father for 4 months, for example. In addition, in 2017, parents who had up to two children were paid € 192 per child directly by the government. This amount increased to € 198 when the third child was born and to € 223 if the couple had more than four children. The benefit would be valid until children turn 25 years old.
As we have seen before, the benefits German Citizens have are just amazing. According to the rules to obtain German Citizenship, one of the following requirements must be met:
In case of Citizenship by descent, documents from the ancestor, son of German parents, who was the first in his/her family to move to Brazil must be obtained.
If the ancestor was born after 1914, you must have the birth and marriage certificates of the immigrant’s parents. Such documents must also be submitted by the applicant, together with a passport or identity document and proof of residence for him/herself and his/her descendants.
This process can be done at a German consulate located in the applicant’s state. If the possibility is confirmed and all the requested documents have been obtained, the next step is to wait in a “queue” until the agency contacts you.
If documents are correct, the consulate will request applicants to sign into the consular register. After that, you have to wait for the process to be completed and schedule an appointment to have your long-awaited German Passport issued.
For those who have lived in Germany for at least 8 years, the procedures to be followed are different and should be performed in Germany.
Having the same rights as native Germans is quite an advantage and this can bring you personal, professional and academic benefits. So if you have a German relative, get the paperwork ready, make sure all the requirements are met, and if you have any questions, contact a German consulate.
If you are entitled to obtain German Citizenship, remember you will need sworn translation services and, possibly, other services provided by a translation agency to get your paperwork ready. Thus, your long-awaited citizenship will only be a matter of time.