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When can I apply for German citizenship?

I was an international student and spent 2 years in Germany for my master’s degree. After graduation I worked for a local company and then established my own start-up after 3 years. Now I am holding a residence permit for the purpose of self-employment. When can I apply for German citizenship? Does the time I spent as a student count towards the required years of residency for naturalization?

  • ECOVIS Beijing (Richard Hoffmann Rechtsanwaltskanzlei)
    December 18, 2018

    To apply for citizenship, you must have an unlimited residence permit in Germany. You must have been living in Germany for at least eight years, habitually and legally. You must secure your livelihood for yourself and your family members without social assistance and unemployment benefits. You must have sufficient knowledge of the German language. You must have passed a citizenship test on the German legal and social order. You are not convicted of a felony. You are committed to the German Basic Law. You have lost your old citizenship or gave it up.