Brexit / Applying for German citizenship

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yeah, I meant the translation of the birth certificate - I submitted my documents in our local Amt but they sent it all to the main Kreisamt for processing - I guess the lady that took my documents was just working from a list..

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4 minutes ago, locknut said:

yeah, I meant the translation of the birth certificate - I submitted my documents in our local Amt but they sent it all to the main Kreisamt for processing - I guess the lady that took my documents was just working from a list..

Did they not give you the list?

On the form I was given they noted all the documents they said they needed. If you have the list, check it, it will speed up things.

 

Thing to keep in mind is this will all differ depending on where you are. I have heard the odd horror story about other areas, but you just have to fight through it.

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5 minutes ago, Uncle Nick said:

Congratulations, now you can say "your" country has won the world cup 4 times! ;)

That is indeed true...

Luckily years of being British has hammered football out of my DNA... And I could never swap teams - that is just not done!

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15 minutes ago, cb6dba said:

Did they not give you the list?

On the form I was given they noted all the documents they said they needed. If you have the list, check it, it will speed up things.

 

Thing to keep in mind is this will all differ depending on where you are. I have heard the odd horror story about other areas, but you just have to fight through it.

No dramas..  all the documents on the list were submitted but the lady obviously didn't know that there should be a translated birth certificate - same old, same old for me doing stuff in Germany..  there is always something missing or incomplete etc. and I have two or three trips to the Rathaus to get it done..

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5 minutes ago, locknut said:

No dramas..  all the documents on the list were submitted but the lady obviously didn't know that there should be a translated birth certificate - same old, same old for me doing stuff in Germany..  there is always something missing or incomplete etc. and I have two or three trips to the Rathaus to get it done..

Good thing is it only takes a few days to get  a translation. Make sure it is with an office that is authorised to do that.
:-)

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19 minutes ago, locknut said:

No dramas..  all the documents on the list were submitted but the lady obviously didn't know that there should be a translated birth certificate - same old, same old for me doing stuff in Germany..  there is always something missing or incomplete etc. and I have two or three trips to the Rathaus to get it done..

 

I see you live in NRW like me. I had my certified translations done here http://www.iprevaes.com/, whom I can recommend. The cost depends on how many lines are translated. I had my birth certificate and my marriage certificate translated (both British). I had to send the original copies to her. I think for both it cost about 150 Euros.

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1 hour ago, cb6dba said:

Well, mine came through today, as of this morning I am officially a British/German citizen. Just have to wait for the ID and passport to come through and then it is all done.

 

I handed all my certs last year so it didn't take so long (although that will be on a case by case thing I expect). However I had pretty much all my stuff collected and it isn't that hard to check things in the UK from here.

 

As I said before, my advice to anyone considering this is to start.

 

Congrats. I look forward for you defending us when ISIS takes over most German cities.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37164960

 

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1 minute ago, RenegadeFurther said:

 

Congrats. I look forward for you defending us when ISIS takes over most German cities.

 

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-37164960

 

Shouldn't be too hard. I am from Durham, we are used to people popping over the boarder to take our stuff ;-)

Although I think my mate Hammy would be better suited according to that article.

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2 hours ago, cb6dba said:

I don't know if the cost is the same everywhere but they should have told you how much it will cost.

If you mean for the translation of the birth certificate, that will depend on who does it. I don't think there is a fixed price.

Try to get any documents they need as soon as they can. I don't think they even start checking until they have everything.

 

For what it's worth, I got my wedding certificate translated through TT member @Kilkenny. See Professional translation services German/English. Very reasonably priced. All done by email and post. Can recommend.

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Looking towards the future and renewal of UK passports..

 

Has anyone applied for a renewal of their UK passport after getting dual citizenship? Did you let the UK know that you now have dual citizenship?

 

Mine is up in a few years so I have been asking around but most of the people I know from the UK that live abroad, are either in Canada, the US, Australia or New Zealand.

Most did not inform the UK (or so they say) when renewing their passports. Which I thought was strange as if you have had to renew at least once in the past from the country you now live, they can see how long you have been out of the country.

Must be at least a hint that you may have dual citizenship...

Anyone been through this already? Anyone know of the German authorities inform the UK ones about the nationality change?

 

 

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12 minutes ago, snowingagain said:

When you apply they now ask you to submit  all passports that you have. 

 

If you are abroad they ask for a colour photo copy of each page of your other passport(s).

 

What have other people done? Did you fill that bit in, or decide to not inform them?

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On 19.1.2017, 13:15:45, locknut said:

yeah, I meant the translation of the birth certificate - I submitted my documents in our local Amt but they sent it all to the main Kreisamt for processing - I guess the lady that took my documents was just working from a list..

 

The Kreisamt here in SH sent me the list of expected docs and I turned up there with untranslated UK docs. 

The Beamter simply read them all, took his own copies and gave me the originals back.

 

Seems to be a good old "standard process" for Germany...

one standard for Monday,

one standard for Tuesday,

one standard for Wednesday,

etc.

 

Or should that be :

north, south, east or west

your local Beamter always knows best

 

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5 minutes ago, cb6dba said:

Looking towards the future and renewal of UK passports..

 

Has anyone applied for a renewal of their UK passport after getting dual citizenship? Did you let the UK know that you now have dual citizenship?

 

Mine is up in a few years so I have been asking around but most of the people I know from the UK that live abroad, are either in Canada, the US, Australia or New Zealand.

Most did not inform the UK (or so they say) when renewing their passports. Which I thought was strange as if you have had to renew at least once in the past from the country you now live, they can see how long you have been out of the country.

Must be at least a hint that you may have dual citizenship...

Anyone been through this already? Anyone know of the German authorities inform the UK ones about the nationality change?

 

 

I don't have duel citizenship, but I have lived in Germany for 17 years.  I have applied for UK passport renewal twice in that time.  At no time have I been asked about my citizenship status.  I just basically filled in the renewal form and send back my old passport and the new one arrived within a couple of weeks.  So in my experience the UK is not bothered about anything else other than you fulfill the criteria you need for UK citizenship.  These things may change depending on how BREXIT pans out.

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12 minutes ago, Macca-bb said:

I don't have duel citizenship, but I have lived in Germany for 17 years.  I have applied for UK passport renewal twice in that time.  At no time have I been asked about my citizenship status.  I just basically filled in the renewal form and send back my old passport and the new one arrived within a couple of weeks.  So in my experience the UK is not bothered about anything else other than you fulfill the criteria you need for UK citizenship.  These things may change depending on how BREXIT pans out.


I checked the website last night and they have started asking...

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53 minutes ago, cb6dba said:


I checked the website last night and they have started asking...

Thanks for the update.

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I was told last week in Osnabrück that i didn`t need to have my (British) birth certificate translated so I handed in all my paperwork today . No problems. Said i would hear something in about 3 months. He said he had quite a stack of British applications to sort through.

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I am gathering the paperwork at the moment.

 

I did a B1 online test...

Gulp.

I might need to work on that.

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