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    Apr 20, 2018, 03:59 PM
    Regaining German citizenship
    I was born to German parents in Augsburg, Germany. We immigrated to the United States in the 1950s when I was 3.5 years old. My parents became naturalized American citizens, and as a result, I became a naturalized American citizen. I would like to consider regaining my German citizenship in addition to my American citizenship. Is that possible? Where should I start? Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Apr 21, 2018, 12:38 PM
    You start with the german consulate; but may be problematic. It has been too long if you don't have birth certs for both your parents and you.
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    Apr 21, 2018, 09:35 PM
    I think that if you want to naturalize to get German citizenship now, they would require you to renounce US citizenship as a prerequisite.
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    Apr 22, 2018, 04:14 PM
    You can have dual citzenship but reclaiming your German citizenship won't be easy.
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    May 10, 2018, 09:11 AM
    Just from reading the German visa website, it appears that naturalization in the US renounced the German citizenship of your family. The only option you have at this point is to naturalize as a German citizen, which requires the following:

    • You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for at least 8 years, or
    • You must have lived in Germany on a residence permit for 7 years and attended an integration course (this becomes 6 years on special integration circumstances)
    • You must prove German language proficiency of at least B1
    • You must be financially able to support yourself and your family without any help from the state
    • You must be a law-abiding citizen with no criminal record
    • You must pass a citizenship test
    • You must renounce any previous citizenships

    You cannot hold dual citizenship in the US and Germany unless you have a German parent, which naturalization eliminated, so you would have to renounce your US citizenship.

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