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Naturalization initial consultation

Naturalization is one way to obtain German citizenship. A formal application is required for naturalization. Before submitting an application, a personal consultation is necessary. It is only possible to book an appointment for an...

Naturalization is one way to obtain German citizenship. A formal application is required for naturalization. Before submitting an application, a personal consultation is necessary. It is only possible to book an appointment for an initial consultation online. There are several legal bases and diverse naturalization requirements. The legal basis for naturalization and the documents to be submitted depend on the individual circumstances.

Important notes

Documents required

Please bring your passport and residence permit with you to the personal initial consultation. The documents required for the procedure will be determined on site.

Please note

Please note the following safety instructions:
- If you feel ill and/or have flu-like symptoms, we would like to ask you to cancel the appointment by email and to make a new appointment. This also applies if you do not want to attend the appointment for personal reasons.
- To protect everyone present in our office, please wear an FFP-2 mask throughout your stay. Please find out about changes that will apply in Hamburg in the future.
- Please come alone to your appointment. Unfortunately, accompanying persons (with the exception of supervisors, interpreters and lawyers) cannot be granted access to the building.

Please report to the registration (waiting area II) on the ground floor shortly before your appointment.
Upon reaching the age of 16 (capable of acting), all procedural acts can be carried out without the person(s) having custody.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

Basically, it is first necessary to carry out a personal initial consultation after booking an appointment online. In the initial consultation, the information provided is used to check whether the requirements for naturalization are met. Due to the current situation, later applications can only be submitted by post or email. A processing fee will be charged from the time the application is submitted. The processing time in the naturalization procedure is individual. On average, the procedure lasts several months, since other authorities and offices have to be involved. If you need to be released from your previous citizenship, the naturalization process can take a long time. As soon as a decision has been made, you will be informed by us.

Fees

The initial consultation is free of charge, only the later application is subject to a fee.

The following fees apply:

255.00 euros for each adult. If minor children are also naturalized, EUR 51.00 per child will be charged. For underage children who are naturalized without their parents, the fee is EUR 255.00. The fees are only due when the application is submitted. In individual cases, a fee reduction can be granted upon application if public funds are obtained.

Legal notes

Legal basis

Sections 8, 9 and 10 of the Nationality Act

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