Obtaining a German passport – main options for our clients from Israel
The most important option to obtain a German passport for our clients from Israel is the ‘right to repatriation’, which is guaranteed by the German Constitution. Article 116 section 2 of the German Constitution guarantees a right to repatriation to former German citizens who were deprived of their citizenship during the Nazi-era and to their descendants. Unfortunately, the according provision in the German Constitution up to today is interpreted in a restrictive way by the German authorities, and the preparation of an according application therefore in many cases requires a complex legal assessment.
A second option to obtain a German passport for our clients from Israel is the possibility to confirm German Citizenship for children of German citizens on the basis of the German Citizenship Code. According to the provisions of the German Citizenship Code, children of German citizens can generally acquire German citizenship by birth, regardless of the place of their birth. In order to obtain a German passport, it is important to prove that the applicant did not lose the German citizenship after birth in according cases, e. g. due to the acquisition of another citizenship. If only one of the parents (mother or father) had German citizenship at the time of the birth of the applicant, it is also necessary to prove that the applicant has nevertheless acquired Germans citizenship by birth in accordance with the provisions in the German Citizenship Code which were valid at the time of the birth. If the German mother or father was born after 1999 and lives abroad, it is obligatory to register the child within one year after birth at the German embassy.
A third option to obtain a German passport for our clients from Israel is an application for naturalization from abroad on the basis of para.14 in the German Citizenship Code. This option is relevant – inter alia – for children of German mothers and non-German fathers who could not obtain German citizenship by birth. In according cases it is usually necessary to prove German language skills, sufficient income/financial means, close ties to Germany and fulfill some additional requirements.
Dual citizenship is generally allowed for all three options described above.
These are our seven steps:
1. You fill in the online-questionnaire and we respond to you and deliver our first preliminary opinion for free.
2. If we are optimistic about your case, we will ask you to sign a power of attorney form and a fee agreement, to send copies/scans of all documents in your possession which are relevant for your citizenship status, and to transfer a consultation fee to our account.
3. After having received the according documents and the consultation fee, we will assess the legal situation in detail and search for evidence of your ancestor’s German citizenship in German archives.
4. We will inform you in writing about the result of the research and our legal assessment of the chances of success for an application.
5. If our result is positive and you decide that an application should be filed, we will ask you to send originals of the necessary documents to our office in Berlin and to transfer an application fee.
6. As soon as we have received the according documents and the application fee, we will file the application at the competent authority in Germany and take care of all further proceedings.
7. We will send the original of the administrative decision about the application to your postal address in Israel, which will enable you to obtain your German passport at the German embassy in Tel Aviv.