German Dual Citizenship
German citizenship is primarily based on jus sanguinis, citizenship by descent. Thus, German citizenship is typically acquired when you are born to a German parent, regardless of where you are born.
Since Germany is a part of the European Union, a German citizen can travel and reside freely in any of the member states that are a part of the EU.
German dual citizenship is permitted in the following limited situations:
- you are born to German parents and you acquire another citizenship at birth, such as U.S. citizenship as a result of being born in the U.S.;
- you are a naturalized German citizen or born in Germany to non-German parents and you apply to keep your foreign nationality;
- you are a German citizen and you obtain another nationality with the permission of the German government;
- you are a EU or Swiss citizen during naturalization;
- you are a refugee holding a 1951 travel document during naturalization.