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Applying for German Citizenship – Personal experience

I am in the process to prepare for  applying for German Citizenship and thought helpful to share my progress

StepActionDetailsTime Frame
1Einbürgerungstest

I made an appointment at the VHS Stuttgart. This was in July 2023. I had to enrol for the test in person and got a date for the test in September 2023.

I used the apps listed on the website to prepare and I found it prepared you very well for the test

The result was sent to me via post within 3 weeks
2Beratungsgesrpäch at the BügeramtI contacted the Bürgeramt on 19 January 2024 via E-Mail to arrange an appointment, and they made one for me on 24 January 2024. During this consultation session, the official (Beamtin) went through the list of required documents with me and explained the application process.
I received an application form as a hard copy. It was made very clear that if I apply before the new law is implemented, I still have to renounce my South African citizenship
 
 3Gather the needed documentsThis is still in progress. The biggest challenge for me is that I have to apply for an unabridged Birth certificate and have it apostilled. It must then be translated by a recognised Dolmetscher I will do this in March when I will be in South Africa. There are other options for obtaining it via an agency. See the information below. 
 4Apply for Retention of my South African citizenshipEven though this might or might not be needed, I decided to do it anyway to cover all my bases. I will do this in March when I will be South Africa. There are other options of obtaining it via an agency. See information below 

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Example of documents needed

The following is a list of the possible documents that might be needed, depending on your situation. I got the list during the Beratungsgespräch.

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