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Germany Approves New Citizenship Law to Streamline Naturalization Process

The German Federal Government has given its approval to a new citizenship law aimed at simplifying and expediting the process of granting citizenship to foreign nationals residing in the country.

Germany Approves New Citizenship Law to Streamline Naturalization Process

Under these updated regulations, the required period of residency in Germany will be reduced from eight years to five, and children born in Germany will be eligible for citizenship if one parent has lived in the country for five years.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser welcomed the passage of the law, emphasizing its significance in modernizing immigration regulations. She noted that the law is a crucial step for Germany to remain competitive on the global stage, particularly in attracting skilled individuals and fostering a diverse workforce.

The Ministry of Interior revealed that out of the 12 million foreign nationals currently residing in Germany, approximately 5.3 million have lived in the country for a minimum of ten years. This underscores the need to integrate these long-term residents fully into society, allowing them to contribute democratically and equitably.

Once the law takes effect, millions of foreign nationals who have established their lives in Germany will have the opportunity to become German citizens and enjoy the rights associated with citizenship. The Ministry listed key provisions of the new law:

  1. Successful integration, proficient knowledge of the German language, and the ability to support oneself financially will be prerequisites for naturalization.

  2. The waiting period for citizenship by naturalization will be shortened to five years from the current requirement of eight.

  3. Naturalization after three years will be possible for individuals who have demonstrated exceptional performance at work, volunteer work, proficient German language skills, and financial independence.

  4. Children born in Germany to foreign parents will automatically receive German citizenship if at least one parent has legally resided in Germany for more than five years.

  5. The naturalization test will be eliminated for guest and contract workers who have significantly contributed to Germany's development.

  6. The law emphasizes adherence to the principles of the free democratic order and equality between genders. Individuals disregarding these values or practicing polygamy will be excluded from citizenship benefits.

The government stressed that prospective citizens must be capable of financially supporting themselves and their families. The new law sets the stage for a more inclusive and streamlined citizenship process, fostering a sense of belonging and participation in German society for long-term residents and their families.



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