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Source: BUS Sachsen-Anhalt (Linie6PLus)

Request clarification of the non-existence of an option obligation

Description

Since the possession of several nationalities is only possible in exceptional cases, if you have other nationalities in addition to the German citizenship acquired at your birth in Germany, you must declare after the age of 21 whether you want to retain German or foreign citizenship (option procedure).

Before you reach the age of 21, you can apply to the citizenship authority for binding official proof that you are not subject to an option in Germany and do not have to declare after reaching the age of 21 whether you want to retain German citizenship or foreign citizenship of the nationalities you acquired in Germany when you were born.

The citizenship authority determines the continued existence of German citizenship, among other things, if you grew up in Germany. You are considered "grew up in Germany" if you

  • have or had their centre of life in Germany for eight years,
  • have attended school in Germany for six years,
  • have a school leaving certificate obtained in Germany or a vocational training completed in Germany, or
  • in addition to German citizenship, only other Member States of the European Union or Switzerland have acquired by birth.

If the nationality authority accepts your application, it will give you a written decision. You do not need to do anything else and retain your German citizenship even if you do not give up your foreign citizenship.

If, in addition to German citizenship, you only have the citizenship of another member state of the European Union or the citizenship of Switzerland, it is obvious to public authorities in Germany that you are not subject to an option. You should then check whether you really have reason to apply for the declaration anyway.

  • You have not yet reached the age of 21.
  • In addition to at least one foreign nationality established by descent from your parents, you have acquired German citizenship by birth in Germany.
  • You are currently in possession of German citizenship; it must not have been lost after your birth, for example by applying for another nationality.
  • They are considered to have "grown up in Germany", i.e.
    • You have or have had your center of life for eight years in Germany,
    • You attended school in Germany for six years,
    • You have obtained a school leaving certificate or completed vocational training here, or
    • In addition to German citizenship, you only have EU citizenship or that of Switzerland
  • Completed application form
  • Proof of identity (valid German passport or identity card)
  • Proof of acquisition of German citizenship by birth and current possession of German citizenship: birth certificate, nationality certificate if applicable
  • Proof of possession of foreign nationalities: foreign identity documents (passport, certificates of nationality), if necessary also for the parents
  • Proof of non-existence of an option obligation:
    • School reports proving that the applicant has attended school in Germany for at least six years, or
    • Certificates of a school leaving certificate obtained in Germany or vocational training completed in Germany.

The declaratory decision is free of charge.

The notification of the continued existence of German citizenship (non-existence of an option obligation) is issued once and should therefore be kept safely and permanently. It will not be reissued if it is lost.

The duration of the application process depends, among other things, on the factual accuracy of your information, the completeness of your application documents and the current capacities of the citizenship authority.

the competent German nationality authority at the place of habitual residence (centre of life) of the applicant

Personal appearance required: Yes

  • You must apply to the competent citizenship authority for a determination of the continued existence of German citizenship (non-existence of an option obligation).
  • For your application, please use the application form provided for download by the citizenship authority or sent to you on request.
  • Submit the completed application form with all required supporting documents (see "Required documents") in legible copies (on white paper, DIN A4) to the citizenship authority.
  • Upon receipt of the application documents, the citizenship authority will contact you. You don't need to do anything before you
  • In the course of the procedure, the citizenship authority will ask her to provide her with the original documents for verification; they will then receive the documents back.
  • If it is determined that you are not subject to an option, you will be issued with a notification of the continued existence of your German citizenship.

Ministry of the Interior and Municipal Affairs of the State of Brandenburg

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