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What must you do/complete to become a German citizen (get citizenship) and be able to live there?

I'm trying to move to Germany and I've been concentrating were and learning the language, never hit me till yesterday I would still need to become a citizen to live there.

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Actually you have to live 8 years in Germany(3 if you're married to a German citizen) then you have to pass the imagination test to become naturalized but it does help if a parent or relative is a German citizen

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I read online you need to denounce your citizenship to the US or what ever country you are part of unless you have dual citizenship. Were did you find this out?
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You do have to denounce you're citizenship to live there and get one there my family is from Germany I visit a lot I have a temporary citizenship and have thought about moving there so I asked my grandparents what it would take
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I read your parents can give you citizenship if they had it when they concieved you. My problem is my family moved to the US back in like the 1820's.
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You're parents can give you it but they have to have been born there my parents could give me it since they were both born there
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I'm looking to retire and move to Germany and go to the places my family was at when they were in Germany. This will be a decade or 2, but still figure this out sooner then later.
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I have no idea, but my uncle was raised in America for most of his childhood and moved to Germany with my grandma, and he still lives there today and has a German and American citizenship.

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Did the US change it's policy? Didn't know they recognized dual citizenship.
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Yes, they have a dual citizenship because my grandmother (who passed away two years ago) had one, as well as both of my uncles who now live in Germany have one. I don't know the rules on it though, I just know they have one.
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When I became a US citizen I had to renounce my UK citizenship. I was also informed that although UK acknowledges dual citizenship US does not.
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@Thistle this is normally the case. @Kay if you are born in a country and your parents are from a different country(most countries) you get dual citizenship that way. I found a webpage on it, still not very clear, but looks like I will have to denounce US citizenship if I move there.
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My grandmother was born in czechoslovakia and moved to Germany as a small child, she met my grandpa, and moved to America, then she moved back after a while taking 2/6 kids with her.
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You can also keep your citizenship and just come home every 18 months.
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@Thistle
It depends, according to what I found you can only be in Germany for 90 days max without a residency license of some sort.
@Katmoss
chances are you great grandma had dual cit. to Czechoslovakia and Germany, BUT not the US, only other way is if the laws were different back then or your grandma gave birth to you uncles' in Germany.
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My friends brother has been living there since he got out of the military years ago. Works for an American based company and comes home to maintain residency in US.
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He is part of an Embassy. On rare accounts people in the military can keep there posts in foreign countries or get sent to the foreign country on behalf of a country. In these cases you are actually not a citizen of this country. You will be punished by US law for any crime in that country. Basiclly now the US law is that country's law except if you break it chances are loss of job and pension immediatly due to the fact you represent the US
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