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Hi all,
A friend of mine is a refugee in Germany holding a settlement visa. He got a job in NL and planning to be a cross border commuter (going back and forth to NL every day for work while living in DE). He is worried whether this can have a negative impact on his German citizenship which is due in 2021.
Thanks in advance,
asked Jan 24, 2020 in Legal advice by MahmudulMunshi
edited Jan 24, 2020 by MahmudulMunshi

Dear @MahmudulMunshi

Welcome to the Wefugees community and thank you for sharing your question. 

I am not an expert on the naturalization procedure, but as long as the work is legal, I don’t see any issue at the moment. 

The info website of the Berlin authorities would also not mention a requirement to have a job in Germany explicitly, as far as I can see. It is important though, that you and your family don’t receive social benefits from the German government.

I will link some of our wonderful experts here, as @mbeon-Christine, @manrhei-mbeon and @mbeon-Ruth

Is there any rule for the naturalization, that requires to have payed tax etc. in Germany, instead of have worked in another EU-country? 

All the best, 


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Hi @MahmudulMunshi,

thank you for contacting the wefugee community. Like @Meike already mentioned, there is no rule stating you have to work in germany. You find the rules of naturalization also here      (sorry I could not find an english version).

If you want to be 110% sure you can turn to the local authority that is responsible for naturalization in your community and ask the staff there. Usually this is the registration office / community office.



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answered Jan 30, 2020 by mbeon-Ruth
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