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Good lord. I've just found out there's a reasonable chance I've got German citizenship by virtue of birth.

People born to a parent who was a German citizen at the time of birth are usually German citizens on that basis. It does not matter whether they were born in Germany or not. Nor does it matter if the parent is a naturalised German.

Those born after January 1, 1975 are Germans if the mother or father is a German citizen.

SWEET! The only thing that sheds doubt on this is that my mother took the naturalisation ceremony when she was 18. Normally this would simply bestow dual citizenship on her (German/Australian) but the Germans are notoriously cliqueish about such things, so I'm in the process of investigating, on mum's behalf, whether she unwittingly gave up her German citizenship when she went and turned Aussie. Man, if she did? She's going to be annoyed. I'm talking World War III. ;)
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xodiac From: xodiac Date: July 10th, 2008 12:31 am (UTC) (Link)
I wonder if that goes to 2nd generation. My father's parents were both german, so he then is a citizen. I was born before 1975, and my father is german because his parents were... so am I?

tania From: tania Date: July 10th, 2008 01:14 am (UTC) (Link)
From what I'm reading it doesn't go second-gen, it's only if one of your parents was actually born in Germany that it counts...
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