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Applying for naturalisation as part of reparation - for persons who were expatriated during National Socialism and their descendants - 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.

You can be re-naturalized if you were deprived of your German citizenship during the National Socialist era. If you are a descendant of such a person, you are also entitled to naturalization.

If you meet the requirements for (re-)naturalization, you will be given a naturalization certificate. After that, you have German citizenship.

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

If you live abroad, you can submit your application for (re-)naturalisation in writing or in person (appointment) to your locally responsible diplomatic mission abroad or in writing and online to the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).

Hint:

If you already live in Germany, please contact the municipal citizenship authority responsible for your place of residence for a procedure for determining German citizenship.

Process flow

You or your authorised person can apply for naturalisation as part of the compensation in writing or by appointment in person at your responsible German mission abroad or in writing or online at the Federal Office of Administration (BVA).
Written application

  • You can receive all the necessary information in advance by e-mail, telephone or in a personal conversation on site (appointment). Among other things, you will receive information about which documents you should attach to your application.
  • You can download the application form directly from the website of the Federal Office of Administration.
  • If necessary, the diplomatic mission abroad can assist you in completing 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 proof to your local German mission abroad (appointment).
  • However, contact with the diplomatic mission abroad is not mandatory. You can also send the application 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 naturalization as part of the reparation electronically.
  • Note: For the online function, you need an 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):

  • If your application is approved, the BVA will send your naturalisation certificate to the responsible diplomatic mission abroad. This will inform you about the further procedure for handing over the naturalization certificate.
  • If the BVA is unable to approve your application, you will be informed about the diplomatic mission abroad.

Requirements

Applications for (re-)naturalisation can be submitted by:

  • former Germans who were deprived of Their German citizenship between 30.01.1933 and 08.05.1945 due to political, religious or racial persecution

or

  • Descendants of persons who were deprived of German citizenship between 30.01.1933 and 08.05.1945 due to political, religious or racial persecution

Further requirements:

  • the withdrawal took place by automatic loss according to the 11th Ordinance to the Reich Citizenship Act of 25.11.1941 (applies to all Jewish German citizens who had their habitual residence abroad at the time of entry into force or later)

or

  • by loss in individual cases according to the Act on the Revocation and Revocation of German Citizenship of 14.7.1933 (publication in the Reichsanzeiger)

and

  • Your permanent residence is abroad

Hint:
If german citizenship has not been revoked by expatriation, but if the ancestor has lost it in connection with National Socialist persecution measures, naturalization according to § 15 StAG (reparation naturalization after persecution) can be considered.

Which documents are required?

When applying, you must submit:

  • as persons of the immediate generation of affected persons:
    • Birth certificate
    • Current identity document, for example:
      • IDENTITY card or passport
    • Evidence of previous possession of German citizenship, such as:
      • old German identity documents, including a passport,
      • Deregistration certificates from before 1945,
      • old Heimatschein
    • Evidence of the fate of persecution, for example
      • Entry of religious affiliation in birth or marriage certificates of:
        • to you or
        • Your parents or, where appropriate,
        • your grandparents or
        • Your great-grandparents
    • Notes in passports or other official documents
    • Indications of receipt of compensation payments under the Federal Compensation Act
    • where applicable, proof of name changes
    • where applicable, proof of acquisition of a foreign nationality
  • as descendants of data subjects:
    • Birth certificate
    • Current identity document, for example:
      • IDENTITY card or passport,
    • other civil status documents, such as:
      • birth certificates or marriage certificates,
    • Proof of previous possession of the German citizenship of your ancestors, for example:
      • old German identity papers (until 1945),
      • Deregistration certificates (from before 1945),
      • old Heimatschein,
    • Proof of the fate of the persecution of the ancestors, for example:
      • Entry of religious affiliation in birth or marriage certificates (ancestors until 1945),
      • endorsements in old passports or on other official documents (until 1945),
      • Indications of receipt of compensation payments under the Federal Compensation Act
    • where applicable, proof of name changes,
    • where applicable, proof of the acquisition of a foreign nationality of the ancestors

What are the fees?

none

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

What deadlines do I have to pay attention to?

none

Processing duration

  • For the processing of the application: usually 18 – 24 months

Applications / forms

  • Forms: yes
  • Online procedure possible: yes
  • Written form required: no
  • Personal appearance necessary: yes

Application for naturalisation in the context of reparation (redress naturalisation after withdrawal) on the website of the Federal Office of Administration

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

29.09.2021

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.