Hi, Happy Weekend, l have a questions.. Can Goethe B1 certificate get me a German citizenship, after three years of marriage? Or can they accept Goethe b1 certificate for Naturalization to German citizenship if am married to German for 2-3 years? When can I start to apply for citizenship? Would they ask me to cancel my Nationality to become German citizen? How can I retain the two Nationalities? I will be appreciated for any reply
asked Jan 12, 2019 in Legal advice by Emmytender | 2,946 views

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Hey there @Emmytender

Nice to hear from you again!

The BMI or BAMF explain everything you need to know about German naturalization/ getting the German citizenship on the following websites:



(The BMI site is in German, but it includes further information regarding the language level you need to have).

Let's have a closer **** at the requirements (BAMF source):

  • you have an unrestricted right of residence at the time of being naturalised,
  • you have passed the naturalisation test (knowledge of the legal and social system, as well as living conditions in Germany),
  • your habitual, lawful place of residence has been in Germany for eight years (this period can be reduced to seven years if you attend an integration course successfully, and can be reduced to as few as six years in the case of special integration measures),
  • you have independent means of securing a living (including for family members entitled to maintenance) without resorting to welfare payments and unemployment benefit II,
  • you have adequate German-language skills,
  • you do not have any convictions on account of a criminal offence,
  • you are committed to the free democratic constitutional order of the Basic Law of the Federal Republic of Germany, and
  • you have lost or given up your former nationality (exceptions apply with regard to this point, depending on the country of origin; please contact the naturalisation authority).

Here are also some threads from our platform discussing your question: When can I get German citizenship?

Can I apply for citizenship after having an Aufenthaltserlaubnis for 3 years? 

I've had another **** regarding dual citizenship and found this information from the BMI in English: https://***.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/faqs/EN/themen/migration/staatsang/Doppelte_Staatsangehoerigkeit_Mehrstaatigkeit_en.html

Let me know if you need any further assistance, I hope the sources I linked here help :-)

All the best,


answered Jan 16, 2019 by Isa
Hi lsa, Thanks for your reply.  If l've been married for 3 years, can i apply for a citizenship? Or should i first get Unlimited before citizenship. Can l jump the Unlimited residence permit and apply for citizenship?
Dear @Easytemmy, please have another **** at my answer and the threads I listed :-) They should give you an answer to your questions. Best, Isa
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Emmy tender please have you applied for the citizenship, did it work out, can I get your contact details I would like to know how the process went as I have a client with a similar situation?
answered Dec 20, 2020 by Zere
I haven't apply yet.. hopefully this year. Have you?
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