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2021-11-28T13:35:54.189Z

Germany is opening its doors following a decision by the country's courts and is dramatically changing its immigration policy.



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Law changes in Germany allow hundreds of thousands of Israelis to obtain a German passport

Germany is opening its doors following a decision by the country's courts and is dramatically changing its immigration policy.

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Adv. Yuval Chen, in collaboration with Legal Zap

Thursday, 11 November 2021, 14:04 Updated: 14:19

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Until recently, German law stipulated that a descendant of a German citizen whose citizenship had been revoked by the Nazis could obtain citizenship with a German passport.

A German citizen is considered to have been born, no matter where, to a father who held German citizenship.

Thousands of Israelis exercised this right and over the years received German citizenship, because they were able to prove that their relatives had German citizenship during the Hitler era.



This gave them the automatic right to obtain a German passport and also enjoy many benefits, given only to a German citizen or EU citizen, such as residence and work permits and opening businesses all over Europe, academic studies in Germany at almost zero tuition and very significant relief or no restriction in obtaining Entry, work and residence permits in the United States and other Anglo-Saxon countries.

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On the other hand, thousands of Israelis did not receive German citizenship at the time and were not entitled to German citizenship because they could not prove German citizenship of their relatives or because various German regulations or historical events prevented them, even though German citizenship was denied to their relatives by the Nazi regime. For example, there are countless cases in which only those born from a certain date received or could have obtained a German passport, while their brother / sister and their descendants were refused. Children born to a mother who had already received German citizenship were not eligible to receive German citizenship if their date of birth is from the day set out in German regulations. If she held German citizenship and married before the enactment of Nazi law with a non-German citizen, she lost her German citizenship and so did all her children and grandchildren.



A recent German High Court ruling has been enacted and regulations have been enacted to facilitate the granting of German citizenship.

German law, Germany and the Germans

Germany is now radically changing its approach and allowing hundreds of thousands of Israelis to obtain German passports.

Whereas until recently, German law required a blood relationship with a German citizen, whose citizenship was revoked following the persecutions, the new provisions of the law do not require this.

This is not a relief, but a dramatic change in German citizenship policy.



In the 1920s many emigrated from Poland and Eastern Europe to Germany where children were born to them, who fled Germany when the Nazis came to power.

All those immigrants did not receive German citizenship at the time, even if they were born in Germany or lived there, so all the hundreds of thousands of their descendants were hitherto not eligible to receive German citizenship and passport.

Your chance for a German passport

Laws recently enacted in Germany now also allow descendants of those immigrants to obtain a German passport, regardless of whether the father / grandfather or mother / grandmother held German citizenship at the time. It is estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of Israelis eligible for a European German passport.



It is quite possible that the recent political changes in Germany and the removal of Chancellor Angela Merkel from power and the expectation of hundreds of thousands of Israelis' applications for German passports, will once again lead to tougher conditions. Therefore, it is advisable for anyone who is a descendant of a person who was living in Germany or was born there to hurry up and apply for German citizenship. It is advisable to enlist the help of lawyers who are completely fluent in German and have legal tools, for example tools they have received in law studies and German citizenship law studies at a university in Germany, to deal with reservations that the authorities in Germany may raise.




Adv. And Dr. Yuval Chen



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