Retaining of German citizenship

The German law on citizenship mandates that German citizens who voluntarily apply for and accept Australian citizenship will automatically lose the German citizenship if they have not been granted a permission to retain the German citizenship prior to becoming Australian. This "Beibehaltungsgenehmigung" is granted by the competent authority in Germany on an individual basis. To obtain the permission, you must prove that you still have substantial ties to Germany and are in a personal situation in which the obtention of the dual German Australian citizenship would be beneficial to you and/or avoid individual detriments. Please note that applications have to be submitted to the German Consulate Sydney and that proficiency in German is mandatory.

More information on the "Beibehaltungsgenehmigung" (in German language only)

All statements mentioned on this website are based on knowledge and experiences of the German missions in Australia at the time the website was published.  As far as correctness and completeness are concerned this information is supplied without liability.

Retaining of German citizenship

Certificate to retain German citizenship

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map of Australia with German missions

Two German Missions and ten Honorary Consuls throughout Australia offer consular services. Each mission covers a specific geographic region. To find out which Mission can assist you, what the hours of operation are and how to reach it please use our interactive Consulate Finder.