Naturalization in Germany 1: Several basic requirements

People who have fled to Germany since 2014 are now thinking of becoming German citizens. tünews INTERNATIONAL spoke to Matthias Regenbrecht on June 3rd, 2020. Regenbrecht has been responsible for naturalizations at the district office in Tübingen for 15 years. In the studio of tünews INTERNATIONAL, he first gave an overview of the conditions imposed by the German Citizenship Act, which was last changed on November 20th, 2019. Regenbrecht mentioned the time that refugees must have legally and permanently lived in Germany, which is usually 8 years. Sometimes shorter periods of 7, 6 or 3 years may also apply. The applicants must then demonstrate certain German language skills. Anyone who has not completed a school-leaving qualification or completed training in Germany must prove at least language level B1. Applicants must not have committed serious crimes. Anyone who wants to be naturalized in Germany must also be prepared to give up their previous citizenship. Regenbrecht’s work is particularly difficult because refugees need to prove their identity with original documents. In general, people who want to be naturalized must be able to live on their own income. Finally, applicants must recognize and comply with the values of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany. If you want to be naturalized, you must meet all of these basic requirements. In the “Naturalization in Germany” series, we have worked on in-depth insights into the individual requirements and the information provided by Regenbrecht.

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