The New Naturalization Law Comes Into Force – All the Changes and Advantages!

29 June, 2024


Welcome to our comprehensive guide on the new naturalization law, effective from June 27, 2024. This new legislation brings numerous benefits and opportunities for those seeking German citizenship. Let’s delve into the details.



Key Changes in the New Naturalization Law

Faster Naturalization

Naturalization After 5 Years: One of the most significant changes is the reduction of the required period of legal residence from eight to five years. This means that individuals can now apply for German citizenship after just five years of living in Germany. This change is designed to facilitate quicker integration into German society and provide more people with the opportunity to become citizens sooner.

Naturalization After 3 Years: For those who can demonstrate special integration achievements, the period can be further reduced to three years. Special integration achievements include obtaining a C1 language certificate or engaging in significant civic activities, such as volunteering, which showcases a strong commitment to integrating into German society.


Dual Citizenship

Dual Citizenship Allowed: Another major reform is the allowance of dual citizenship. Previously, individuals seeking German citizenship had to renounce their original nationality. With the new law, you can retain your original nationality while acquiring German citizenship, allowing you to maintain your ties to your home country. This change is particularly beneficial for those who have strong personal or professional connections to their country of origin.

Simplified Requirements for Guest Workers

Relaxed Language Requirements: The new law introduces more relaxed language requirements for the guest worker generation. Instead of needing a formal language certificate at the B1 level, basic oral German skills (A1 level) are now sufficient. This change recognizes the contributions of guest workers and makes the path to citizenship more accessible.

No Naturalization Test: Guest workers are also exempt from the naturalization test, simplifying the process further. This exemption acknowledges the long-term residence and integration of many guest workers who have contributed significantly to German society.

Application Process

To take full advantage of the new naturalization law, it’s important to understand the application process and ensure you have all necessary documentation in place.

1. Gather Documents: Collect all required documents, including:

  • Passport or ID card: Valid proof of identity
  • Birth certificate: Original or certified copy
  • Proof of legal residence: Residence permit, registration certificate
  • Language certificate: Certificate of sufficient knowledge of German (e.g., B1, C1)
  • Evidence of integration achievements: Civic engagement, professional successes
  • Proof of signature on the declaration of loyalty: Signature on the declaration and the information sheet with the commitment to the free democratic basic order in the Federal Republic of Germany
  • Proof of income: Employment contract, salary slips, tax assessments
  • No previous convictions: Certificate of good conduct

2. Submit Application: Complete the naturalization application form and submit it along with all required documents to your local naturalization authority. Ensure all information is accurate and all documents are provided to avoid delays.

3. Pay Fees: Pay any applicable fees for processing your application. Keep the receipt as proof of payment.

4. Wait for Processing: Authorities have a legal requirement of 12 weeks to process your application. However, due to high demand, waiting times may vary. Stay in regular contact with the authority to check on the status of your application.

Advantages of the Reform

The new naturalization law offers several significant advantages:

Faster Integration: By reducing the required period of residence, the law enables quicker integration into German society. This allows new citizens to participate more actively in social, economic, and political life sooner.

Economic Benefits: Higher naturalization rates can lead to better integration into the labor market. Naturalized citizens often have better employment opportunities and higher wages, which contributes to economic stability and growth.

Social Cohesion: Easier access to citizenship strengthens social ties and promotes a sense of belonging. This fosters a more inclusive society where more people can contribute to and benefit from the country’s prosperity.


While the new law offers many benefits, it also presents some challenges:

Increased Applications: The simplified conditions and reduced residence period are likely to result in a surge of naturalization applications. This increase can strain the resources of naturalization authorities, potentially causing delays in processing times.

Longer Waiting Times: With more applications to process, authorities may face capacity issues, extending the waiting times for applicants. This can be frustrating, especially for those who need citizenship for specific rights and privileges.

Legal Actions for Delays: If authorities do not process applications within the legal timeframe, applicants have the right to file an action for failure to act. This can be a complicated legal process, so it is advisable to seek legal advice if you find yourself in this situation.

Need Help? Contact Jaberi Lawyers

Navigating the complexities of the new naturalization law can be challenging. Jaberi Lawyers specialize in immigration law and can assist you throughout every step of the application process. Our experts will ensure your application is complete and accurate, helping to avoid delays and increasing your chances of success.

Contact Jaberi Lawyers today for a consultation. Let us assist you in obtaining German citizenship under the new law.


The new naturalization law provides significant advantages and opportunities for those seeking German citizenship. By preparing and submitting your application promptly, you can benefit from these new regulations. For expert assistance, reach out to Jaberi Lawyers to guide you through the process and help you achieve your goal of becoming a German citizen