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  1. My application for German citizenship has recently been accepted, so I need to renounce my US citizenship. According to the Frankfurt Consulate's website, they are not currently offering appointments for this service, due to covid restrictions. I'm not sure if this information is up-to-date, and any attempt to call or email on this subject is automatically rejected.   So I turn to the expat community: are any of you in the process of renunciation right now? Have you succeeded in renouncing any time in the last year? Have you heard any rumors?   Should I just submit my documents and wait? Any chance of them being processed before my Einbürgerungszusischerung expires in 2024?   Thanks, Charlie
  2. Hello, I'm a PhD student on a scholarship, which means I have only a student residence permit. I'll be done with my PhD later this year and would like to apply for German citizenship afterwards.  From October, I would have lived in Germany for 7 years and I have a B2 language certificate. I would love to stay on as a postdoctoral researcher at the university and I'll be given a contract that lasts for about 3 years. I know that I can apply for a Blue Card with this contract because I've seen someone else do it about 3 years ago. I've also seen the case of a PhD student who had a contract (and not a scholarship) and applied successfully for citizenship. But I would like to ask: What's the possibility that my citizenship application would be turned down on the basis that my postdoctoral contract is only 3 years long? Would this matter at all or is it sufficient for them to see that at the moment I can comfortably secure my financial situation and that I have the appropriate residence permit to apply for citizenship?   Many thanks in advance.
  3. Please forgive me if this specific question already exists, I have tried searching through old threads.    How soon can I begin the citizenship application process?   For example, if someone would be eligible after eight years of residence: - do they begin the process with Erstberstung only after the eight years have passed? - OR, can they already start/complete most of the process maybe during the seventh year of residence and then the Amt simply grants/activates the citizenship right after the eight years have passed and they officially meet all the requirements?   I’m asking because of course I’d like to get through the process as soon as possible. I have lived here for three years already and will marry my German spouse in September, so then I’d need another two years. I wonder if I could already start everything in around 1-1.5 years from now so that after 2 years from the marriage have passed I can get the passport with as little delay as possible.    Hope it all makes sense, as said please point me to other relevant threads if this question has already been asked and answered. 
  4. Hi All, So I am technically eligible for German Citizenship. Been Permanent resident (Niederlassungserlaubnis) for 9+ years. Own a property and live in Munich (mostly). -but- during this COVID times, we got a taste for being digital nomad.   While we never left Germany longer than 179 days in any outing; I am about to exceed the 180+ day barrier in aggregate. I mean every few months I fly in, hang around few days, collect mails, hang out with customers etc and fly out again.   So purely for the purposes of German Citizenship application; Do they perform a `physical presence` test: - Do they ask times and durations of each travel (USA does this in their Citizenship application) - Do they ask German Border Police of your border passing records? Or do they even care so long you are a tax paying, property owning, with a proper anmeldung?   As far I understood the key concept is "Lawful habitual residence" defined in here:   as far as I can tell nothing specifically says anything about Physical Presence; and as far as I can tell, FinanzAmt will never try to prevent me from paying taxes, and keep my tax resident status.     Best regards, AI HAL9000