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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