The longer you live in FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM), the more you want to stay. After all, FRM offers much more than just job opportunities. It also offers a very good standard of living. This is why many of those who come here decide to become German citizens. So how does the process work?
When you take on German citizenship, you have all the rights and obligations associated with it. Below are some of the advantages:
- Full freedom of movement within Germany and the entire European Union.
- The right to vote and to be elected – at municipal, district, national and European level.
- Visa-free travel to many countries around the world. No other passport entitles you to visa-free travel to so many countries (currently 188!).
- Protection against expulsion or extradition to another country.
- Protection by the Federal Republic of Germany while abroad.
To become a German citizen, you must submit an application to the relevant authority. You can find out where to go by asking either the city or district administration (Stadtverwaltung or Kreisverwaltung), the local Immigration Authority (Ausländerbehörde) or a Migration Advisory service (Migrationsberatungsstelle) near you.
In addition, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- You have an unlimited residence permit.
- You must pass a citizenship test.
- You have lived in Germany for at least eight years.
- You are financially self-sufficient and not reliant on income support or unemployment benefit for you or members of your family.
- You have adequate knowledge of German.
- You have never been convicted of a crime.
- You pledge allegiance to the free democratic order of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- You must give up your current citizenship to become a German citizen. Dual citizenship is only possible in certain cases.
Naturalisation costs 255 euros.