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Naturalization


Are you a foreigner and have been living in Germany for some time? Then you can become a German citizen under certain conditions.

Fortunately, more and more foreign citizens are deciding to apply for German citizenship. Unfortunately, the increasing number of applications also leads to longer processing times.

Applications from the 2nd quarter of 2022 are currently being processed. As soon as your application is in the final processing stage, we will contact you.

Please note that, for reasons of equal treatment, naturalization applications are always processed according to the date of receipt.

With naturalization you receive German citizenship and become an equal citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany with all rights and obligations.

With German citizenship you can, among other things

  • exercise your right to vote in the federal states and for the German Bundestag,
  • enjoy freedom of movement within the European Union as a citizen of the Union,
  • travel outside Europe to many countries without a visa.

If you meet the requirements, you can apply for German citizenship through naturalization.

Requirements

To obtain German citizenship, you must fulfill the following requirements:

  • You live in Bremen
  • You have been resident in Germany for 5 years
  • Your identity and nationality have been clarified
  • You are committed to the Basic Law
  • You are in possession of a valid residence permit
  • You do not receive unemployment benefit II or social assistance
  • You have no criminal record
  • You have sufficient knowledge of the German language
  • You have a basic knowledge of the legal and social order and living conditions in Germany

With the so-called "Quick-Check" you have the opportunity to check without obligation whether you meet the requirements for naturalization. The "Quick-Check" is provided by the Federal Government Commissioner for Migration, Refugees and Integration. You can find the "Quick-Check" under "Further information".

Exceptions to the listed requirements are possible under certain circumstances. Further information can also be found in the "Frequently asked questions" tab. You are also welcome to contact the naturalization authority for further clarification.

What documents do I need?

  • The application form describes which documents are usually required in your life situation.

    Naturalization requires the submission of a variety of documents.

    Which documents must be submitted depends on your personal life situation.