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Dismissal from German citizenship for persons abroad

The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is a German higher federal authority within the remit of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI). Among other things, as a nationality authority for persons abroad, it is responsible for issues relating to nationality.

If you live abroad, wish to be naturalised in another country and the foreign state requires the surrender of your German citizenship, you can apply for dismissal from German citizenship. If the dismissal can be approved, you will be given a certificate of dismissal.

If you are a minor, you can only be released with the permission of the German family court responsible for you (at the district court). A minor child does not need permission from the family court if the parents with custody or the parent with sole custody make or make the application for themselves and at the same time for the minor child.

You can also appoint an authorised person, such as a lawyer, for your application. To do this, you must present a power of attorney.

Further information can be obtained by telephone, e-mail or in a personal conversation at the German mission abroad responsible for you or at the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

Hint:
A distinction must be made between dismissal and renunciation of German nationality. A waiver can be explained by anyone who already has at least one other in addition to German citizenship and wants to give up his German citizenship.

You can submit your application for dismissal from German citizenship in writing to the responsible German representation abroad, online or in writing directly to the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

Process flow

You or your authorised person can apply for dismissal from German citizenship in writing at the responsible German mission abroad, directly in writing or online at the Federal Office for The Federal Employment Office (BVA).

Written application:

  • You can obtain the application form on site at your local German mission abroad or download it online from the BAT website.
  • If you live in Germany, please contact your responsible city or district administration. There you will receive the appropriate application forms for you.
  • On request, the local mission abroad will assist you in filling out the application form.
  • Fill out the application form completely and sign it.
  • Submit the signed application by post or in person together with the required evidence to your local German mission abroad.
  • However, contact with the diplomatic mission abroad is not mandatory. You can also send the declaration directly to the BVA by post.
  • The BVA will examine your application and inform you if further documents and information are required to process the application.

Online application:

  • Go to the website of the Federal Portal and fill out the application form for dismissal from German citizenship electronically. Note: For the online function, you need your identity card with PIN number or another eIDAS-compliant form of authentication.
  • Add the other required documents as a file.
  • Submit your application.
  • The BVA will examine your application and request any necessary documents in a certified copy.

Conclusion of the procedure (written and online):

  • After the decision, you will receive a request to pay the procedural fee.
  • If your application is approved, the BVA will send your certificate of dismissal to your responsible German mission abroad. This will inform you about the further procedure for handing over the certificate.
  • The dismissal takes effect upon delivery of the certificate of dismissal. Your German identity documents will become invalid as a result. They are drafted by the diplomatic mission abroad.
  • To complete the process, naturalization in the foreign state must take place within one year of receipt of the certificate of dismissal. Proof of naturalisation must be provided to the Federal Office of Administration.
  • If naturalisation has not taken place within the one-year period, the dismissal procedure becomes retroactively ineffective in order to avoid statelessness. The certificate of dismissal must be returned to the Federal Office of Administration.
  • If the BVA rejects your application, you will receive a rejection notice.
     

Requirements

Applications for dismissal from German citizenship can be submitted by:

  • Germans with habitual residence abroad

Further requirements:

  • the foreign state requires you to give up your German citizenship in order to obtain the other nationality
  • there is a written assurance from the foreign state that you will be naturalized
  • for minors:
    • Approval of the German Family Court (at the District Court)

Hint:
If you are conscripted in Germany, you need the approval of the Federal Office for Personnel Management of the Bundeswehr. This is obtained by the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

Which documents are required?

When applying, you must submit:

  • possible proof of possession of German citizenship, such as:
  • German identity card,
  • German passport,
  • (last) Citizenship card

and

  • Naturalization assurance of the foreign state
  • for minors
    • Approval of the German Family Court

Hint:

Please attach the documents and evidence, unless otherwise stated, as officially or notarized copies. For the online application, you first need simple electronic copies. The Federal Office of Administration (BVA) requires any necessary documents and evidence in a certified copy in the online procedure only after the application has been submitted.

What are the fees?

  • for the certificate of dismissal: EUR 51.00
  • for the rejection notice: EUR 38, 00

Hint:
Please keep in mind that you may incur additional costs for obtaining documents, translations and certifications.

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

  • After delivery of your discharge certificate, naturalization in the foreign state must take place within one year for the release to take effect.

Processing duration

  • for the processing of the application: usually 2 to 3 months

Applications / forms

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance required: yes (to hand over the certificate of dismissal)
     

Application for dismissal from German citizenship

Appeal

  • Contradiction

Author

The text was automatically translated based on the German content.

Technically approved by

Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community (BMI)

Professionally released on

31.05.2021

Data protection information

Gemeinde Rhede (Ems) - Ordnungsamt/Gewerbe/Feuerwehrwesen

Postal address: Post Office Box 1134

Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)

Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Transport Connection:
Parking:
Handicapped Parking Place: Number: 2, Fees: no
Parking Place: Number: 60, Fees: no
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
IBAN: DE08266614940000164300
recipients: Gemeinde Rhede (Ems)
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
IBAN: DE06266500010017000019
payment methods:
Sepa Credit Transfer, Bank Transfer, Cash Payment, Sepa Direct Debit, Paypal

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Herr Holger Knak
Address: Gerhardyweg 1, 26899 Rhede (Ems)
Telephone: 04964 9182-19
Fax: 04964 9182-40
Department:
Ordnungsamt, Sozialamt, Bürgeramt, Standesamt, Gewerbeamt
Room:
19
responsible for:

Landkreis Emsland

Address: Ordeniederung 1 , 49716 Meppen

Postal address: Post Office Box 15 62

Telephone: 05931 44-0
Fax: 05931 44-3621
Transport Connection:
Building Access:
elevator available : yes
wheelchair-accessible : yes
bank account:
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Emsländische Volksbank
BIC: GENODEF1LIG
IBAN: DE26266600600120050000
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Sparkasse Emsland
BIC: NOLADE21EMS
IBAN: DE39266500010000001339
recipients: Landkreis Emsland
bank: Postbank Hannover
BIC: PBNKDEFF250
IBAN: DE36250100300012132306

Ansprechpartner

Point of contact:
Marc-André Burgdorf
responsible for:
Bernd Otten (Datenschutzbeauftragter)
Telephone: 05931 44-1605
Fax: 05931 44-391605
Room:
605
responsible for:

Landesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz Niedersachsen

Address: Prinzenstraße 5, 30159 Hannover

Telephone: +49 511 12045-00
Fax: +49 511 12045-99
Building Access:
elevator available : unknown
wheelchair-accessible : unknown

Source: Serviceportal Niedersachsen (Portalverbund des Bundes und der Länder)

Further Links

Single points of contact of the state of Lower Saxony, Single points of contact of the countries of Europe, advice and assistance for EU citizens and their families.