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  1. Has anyone recently applied for einburgerung at Burgeramt Pankow ? How long did it take to get Termin there, and how long did the process take. Currently it shows appointments only until 21. November, (all booked). Can anybody share their experience?
  2. Hello. I've completed 6 years of permanent residency in Germany and I'm considering apply for the German citizenship.    My question is: during the application process (specially during the Erstberatung appointment) will I be asked the reason of why I'm applying to become German? If so, what would be a good practical reason to state, in order to make my application easier to be accepted?   One of the main reasons that I'm considering applying is that, we're a Brazilian family and we don't know what the future holds for us, ie, in case we decide to move back to Brazil and then eventually decide again to move back to Germany/Europe, the German passport would be handy in facilitating this move and not having to bother again with applying for visa/residency permits from scratch. But I assume that's not a good reason to state for the clerk (possibly).   Wdyt?
  3. Hello TT readers,   I am a EU national pondering whether or not to apply for German citizenship (naturalization).  I fulfill all the requirements but don’t really feel much will change for me in my everyday life in here whether I am a German national or a EU national.  However, the example of Brexit have made me think if I should use the opportunity that I fulfill all the requirements and apply for citizenship.   Should something crazy like the disolution of the EU or another “Brexit type” situation involving my home country ever happen, it would be nice to have the same rights as German citizens, but it also poses the question if there are any (seldom talked about) obligations that could eventually be seen as a drawback after becoming a German citizen.     Particularly, I am interested to know if there are any tax or financial implications (besides the application fees).  For instance, I think it is likely that at some point in the future I would like to live and work in another country before retirement, and also, most likely once retired, I would like to live in another EU country (other than Germany).  These potential future plans make me wonder if naturalization is the right thing for me...   1a) Do German citizens residing abroad need to fill out a tax declaration in Germany every year even if they don’t have any income, capital gains or property in Germany?   1b) Linked to 1a above, I will definitely have a pension associated to my years of contribution to the German social security system.  If I reside abroad after retirement, will that pension have a different tax treatment (in Germany) if I am a German citizen as opposed to a EU national?   2) Is there a difference in tax treatment for inheritance purposes between German citizens and EU nationals while residing in Germany?   3) Are German citizens required to pay any special taxes or contributions to the German system while residing abroad?   I appreciate your thoughts / advice with regards to these questions.  Much appreciated!            
  4. Hi All I am naturalized German citizen since 2020, originally from non EU country   I gave up my original citizenship, during process of receiving German citizenship because the person from citizenship office told it was a big chance that I would not get German citizenship if I would refuse to give up original citizenship   When I received citizenship certificate in 2020 I asked again if I could apply for double citizenship (beibehaltungsgenehmigung) to restore my original citizenship and have both, but the person there was also sceptical that this would work.   I am interested if someone here is naturalized German citizen , originally from Non EU country and received double citizenship (beibehaltungsgenehmigung) after applying it?  is it possible at all ? and what  are conditions of successful application? of course I know it is possible to get beibehaltungsgenehmigung, question is if it is possible for naturalized German citizens   p.s restoring citizenship in my country of origin is very easy and straightforward,  problem is German side because such action, getting another citizenship causes to lose German citizenship if no beibehaltungsgenehmigung was permitted.