Determining German citizenship

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To determine whether you are a German citizen or not you can apply for a certificate of nationality.

For applicants living abroad, the Federal Office of Administration (BVA) is the competent authority to deal with citizenship matters. The BVA carries out specific procedures to determine whether or not applicants are German citizens.

Applicants whose German citizenship has been established are issued a certificate of nationality. It can also be established that you are not a German citizen. In such cases, a so-called negative certificate is issued.

Please note that the whole application process must be conducted in German.

The German Embassy Manila forwards the application to the BVA for processing. Communication from the BVA will usually be forwarded to the applicant by the German Embassy Manila.

Please find detailed information leaflets and application forms on the BVA website.

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