Ministry of Labour, Social, Family Affairs and Integration

Residence Naturalisation

With a simple application you can get German citizenship and take advantage of the benefits of German citizenship.

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If you live permanently in Germany, you can be naturalized under certain conditions. To do so, you must file an application. From the age of sixteen, you can submit this application yourself. For children under the age of 16, parents must apply.

Benefits of Naturalisation

The naturalization opens up many new opportunities and freedoms, such as:

  • You enjoy EU free movement. This means that you have the freedom to choose your residence within the European Union.
  • You have the right to vote.
  • You do not need a residence permit anymore.
  • You do not have to go to foreign representations because of passport issues.
  • You have free access to all professions and the possibility to be officiated.
  • You can enter many non-EU countries without a visa and enjoy the protection of the German embassy.
  • You can use the freedom of assembly, freedom of association and the right to found a political party to participate in politics.


Basically, you can naturalise if you meet the following requirements:

  • You have been legally in Germany for at least eight years.
  • This deadline can be shortened:
    • to 7 years, after successfully attending an integration course,
    • to 6 years if you fulfil special integration conditions, such as a German Abitur or a German secondary school certificate, a B2 certificate or a completed vocational training,
    • to 3 years if you have been married to a German spouse for at least two years.
  • You have an unlimited right of residence or a EU Blue Card. In certain cases, a temporary residence permit (for example children under 16 years) is also sufficient.
  • You are committed to the free democratic constitutional order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • You can secure the livelihood for yourself and your dependents, visit a school, complete an apprenticeship or study.
  • If it is necessary or achievable, you are willing to give up your previous citizenship. Exceptions apply, for example, for EU countries, Afghanistan and Iran.
  • You are not convicted of a criminal offense.
  • You can speak German well (for example proof of language B1, German school-leaving certificate).
  • You pass the naturalisation test and prove that you have the knowledge of the legal and social system and living conditions in Germany. Exceptions: You have acquired a German school-leaving qualification or university degree or you cannot fulfil the requirements because of a physical, psychological or mental illness or disability or on account of your age.

Consulting, Application, Costs

A personal consultation in the Naturalisation Department at the Central Office for Residents (Einwohner-Zentralamt) is highly recommended. You can consult them without an appointment. There you also make your application for naturalisation. Please bring your passport and your residence permit to the consultation.

Moreover you can make use of the multilingual and free consultation offer from the naturalisation guides. They will help you with all questions concerning the naturalisation process. Please feel free to contact the naturalization project.

The cost of the application of naturalisation is 255 Euros per adult and 51 Euros per child. For minors who are naturalised without their parents, the fee is 255 Euros.


Ministry of the Interior and Sports (Behörde für Inneres und Sport)
Central Office for Residents (Einwohner-Zentralamt)
Naturalisation Department (Einbürgerungsabteilung)
Hammer Straße 30-34
22041 Hamburg
Phone: 040 428390

Opening hours

Monday8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Tuesday8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Thursday8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Friday8 a.m. – 12 (noon)

Availability by telephone

Monday1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Wednesday 10 a.m. – 12 (noon)