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How to Get German Citizenship by Descent

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  1. Hello what should i do to get german passport my father is german my mother is filipina im 22 yrs old they're married can i get passport?

  2. I got German citizenship by descent actually. I actually didn’t even know it was possible to claim German citizenship by descent tbh. It happened because my aunt moved with her children and husband to köln (cologne) in the western Germany, and she found out she can apply but didn’t know how and on the other hand my mom is a lawyer so she is very well educated in all this stuff so my mom actually helped her and at the same time applied for all family members and that’s a lot of people and we waited 2 years and we now finally have it.

  3. Hello, I looked into it…my mother is German and was german at the time of my birth …so it seems I qualify but they said you have to have German language at B1 level. Is this right?

  4. I have german ancestors and i carried the family surname am i eligible to yhus application im really interested. How can i follow the procedure . Shall i go to the german consulate near me ask this matters ? Pls help me

  5. It's a little more complicated than just proving ancestry. You might have a German grandparent who immigrated to, let's say, the U.S. The problem is, if they naturalized, then it means they forfeited their German citizenship. If then had their child (your mom or dad), then your parent won't have German citizenship, nor will you, regardless of the ancestry. On the flip side, it's possible that if one of your parents was born in Germany, but naturalized in the U.S. or Canada while still a minor, they may have retained their German citizenship. As far as documents go, you'll probably need more than just a valid passport and birth certificate. Think marriage certificate of your parents, passports of your parents, birth certificates of your parents, and even naturalization certificates, if applicable.

  6. One of my friends from high school moved back to Germany in the 90's for university and never came back. We lived in an area of Canada with a huge diaspora of German immigrants, so most of my friends are of German descent. Great people and warm culture. Many of my friends have been back to visit over the years and a few were there when the wall came down. I had considered moving there even though I am not of German descent just for the fact that I am a huge auto racing fan and Germany is arguably manufacturer and racetrack mecca for many racefans. Definitely a place I'd consider living even if I didn't have citizenship.

  7. Both my grandparents on my father's side immigrated to the U.S. from Germany in the 1920s. I would like to apply, but I will have duel U.S. and Canadian citizenship in the next two years and my son will have U.S./Canadian/Japanese citizenship until he reaches 18. Japan like Germany doesn't allow multiple citizenships for adults, but if that changes I would definitely apply for German citizenship.

  8. Best friend I grew up with’s mother and grandparents all immigrated to Australia when his Mum was 7, I remember going around his house and seeing his grandparents speaking German and thick accents in English.
    He is a full 50% German, he’s never even been there and probably won’t know seeing he has 2 young children now. I have tried well before this video for him to get his German passport but I doubt he would ever leave his life for it because he just doesn’t have the Nomad Capitalist or open mindset.
    Another guy I used to work with both his parents and 2 older siblings born in Germany he was the baby and only family member born in Australia, I have tried convincing him to do it so he may eventually do it, will forward him this link to keep him motivated.

  9. Alert for the youngsters: any German born after 12/31/1999 won't pass the citizenship automatically to their children – they will have to register those children as Germans before they are 1 year old!

  10. Look at all these poor serfs in the comments talking about refugees and other migrants. This video isn't for broke people to complain about the state of their country, it's to help wealthy people get a second passport.

  11. Hello – Thanks for this video. Do you actually have specialists on the ground in Germany who can help this one to obtain this citizenship, even if all the required documentation is not 100% available? Regards

  12. LOL – throw away all your documentation or simply flush it down the Toilet — then stand in line at the Flüchtling Centre and Bingo – you are now a German Citizen with all the benefits – or – claim Climate Refugee status 🙂 Germans, what a Numbnut Nation !!!

  13. Very easy just arrive in Germany and say you’re from Syria. No questions will be asked and you’ll be given a passport!!!!!!!! Merkel the worst leader in the history of Europe


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