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Germany's New Citizenship Law: Easing the Path to Dual Citizenship

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Zwei deutsche Reisepässe., © picture alliance/dpa | Karl-Josef Hildenbrand

26.03.2024 - Article

On January 19, 2024, the German Bundestag adopted the “Law for the Modernization of Nationality Legislation” (StARModG), marking a significant shift in Germany’s citizenship policies.

As soon as this new legislation takes effect on June 26, 2024, German citizens will no longer require a retention permit (Beibehaltungsgenehmigung) to avoid the automatic forfeiture of their German nationality when acquiring Canadian or another nationality by application.

It's crucial to note that this change applies only after the law becomes effective on June 26, 2024!

Until this date, the current regulations remain in place, meaning that German nationals must obtain a retention permit to prevent the loss of their citizenship when acquiring another nationality.

This legislative update is expected to streamline the process for many Germans living abroad, reflecting Germany's evolving approach to citizenship in an increasingly interconnected world.

Please visit the website of the Federal Office of Administration (Bundesverwaltungsamt) for more detailed information.

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