The longer people live in FrankfurtRheinMain, the more they wish to stay. After all, FRM offers much more than just jobs – namely, a very high quality of life. For this reason, many immigrants decide to become German citizens. How does the process work?
With German citizenship, you are granted all associated rights and duties. There are many advantages, including:
- Full freedom of movement within Germany and the entire European Union.
- The right to vote and to be elected – at municipal, federal state, national and European level.
- Visa-free travel in many countries around the world. No other passport entitles to visa-free travel to so many countries (currently 158!).
- Protection against expulsion and extradition to another country.
- Protection by the Federal Republic of Germany while visiting abroad.
To become a citizen of the Federal Republic of Germany, you must submit an application to your local naturalisation office (Einbürgerungsbüro). To find the office responsible for you, please refer to your municipality or district administration, local immigration office or any migration advice services (Migrationsberatungsstelle).
In addition, you must meet all of the following requirements:
- You have an unlimited residence permit.
- You have passed a citizenship test.
- You have lived in Germany for eight years or more.
- You provide your own costs of living without income support or unemployment benefits, including for your family members.
- You have adequate German-language skills.
- You have never been convicted of a crime.
- You are committed to the free democratic constitutional order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany.
- You must give up your former citizenship to become a German citizen. Dual citizenship is only possible in exceptional cases.
Naturalisation costs 255 euros.