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  • Location Pankow, Berlin
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  1. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    Commenting on radioactive76: I had no idea they were still denying dual citizenship to Americans in some states. That was absolutely not my experience in Berlin. I mean I had to wait 30 months, but that was OK, because by then enough time had passed with US embassy closed.
  2. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    I think if you want to argue that granting citizenship under easier conditions won't help with integration, you would also have to argue that taking away citizenship (and the right to vote) from a current group of Germans would not harm this group of Germans in terms of their societal integration. 
  3. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

      I think the reason that so many people are getting dual citizenship is that first-generation immigrants are rarely willing to give up their first citizenship, so they don't bother to apply for citizenship at all. The reality of the sacrificing important rights even in a problematic homeland are beyond what most people are willing to subject themselves to. There is also a group of people who would happily surrender their original citizenship because they would face death or persecution in their home country, but such countries also don't cooperate in releasing people from their citizenship, so such immigrants also end up with dual citizenship.   Making dual citizenship available by default is the only way to integrate first-generation immigrants into the full civic life of the country, so I hope even more progress is soon made in this area.  
  4. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    I remember Switzerland was having a big discussion about whether they would penalize immigrants in their citizenship applications for receiving welfare due to Covid-related job loss. I was kind of surprised that Germany wasn't having the same discussion, but perhaps the problems of immigrants just get more attention in Switzerland.
  5. How to get German Citizenship and retain (dual) US Citizenship

    After submission of the complete package of documents, it took 32 months to get German citizenship for myself and my family members (while keeping US citizenship). And the process only ended because Berlin determined that it was currently impossible to renounce US citizenship. At the point my lawyer received the acceptance letter, it looked like it would otherwise drag on for another year or two and be decided in administrative court or in some appeals court above that.